Seed Starters from Recycled Materials

We’ve started getting our garden ready now that it’s finally warm out. But I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on the little seed starter packs because we had everything we need around the house to get our seeds started now.

We eat a lot of eggs and a lot of fruit around my house. We also happen to shop at Costco so we have bigger containers then the tiny sized ones from the regular grocery store.seeds

Here are some containers you can use for seed starters for your garden.

  • Egg Cartons
  • Clear fruit containers
  • Milk jugs
  • Paper / Toilet rolls (from the inside of the roll)
  • Newspaper
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit Rinds

We used the clear fruit and egg cartons.

Egg Carton Seed Starters

Here is an Apple carton that worked perfectly as well. Fruit Carton Seed Starter


What’s great about these cartons is the lids. They fold shut and have little locks so if it’s windy outside you don’t have to worry about your lid getting lost in your yard like other seed starters. You don’t have to worry about holes in the bottom. The seeds need all the water they can. The cartons act as mini greenhouses so they will burn through it fast if they aren’t kept wet.


They grown within a few days and are full in a few weeks! You’ll have a great garden without breaking the bank. We are suburban gardeners but if you can’t plant in the yard find bins and large pots that you can plant your veggies.

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  1. Smart idea…I should have saved our egg containers. We just bought a bunch of seeds, but the hubby just wants to plant them right in the ground.
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  2. I love these ideas, and the fact that you recycle that makes it even cooler.
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  3. We reuse plastic for seed starters, too! Great tips!
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  4. Very cool! I want to start a garden soon.
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  5. What a great idea! I am hoping to start some seeds soon & will be saving my containers.
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  6. That is pretty neat!
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  7. These are great ideas! I’ve used newspaper in the past and it works great because you can plant the whole thing in the ground and the newspaper turns into compost.
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  8. These are all perfect seed starters!
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  9. My Mom does this type of thing. I always plan to, but I don’t ever get to it.

  10. I want to pick up a kit like this Iluv to strt gardening

  11. What good ideas.
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  12. I have a huge yard, and I’ve grown huge to smaller gardens, but over the last 3 years it’s just too much time/work. So I’m doing container gardening – a salsa and salad garden on my patio this summer. :)
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  13. What a great idea!

  14. I decided not to start seeds indoors this year, but usually use peat pellets in mushroom containers.
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  15. What a great idea!
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