How to Start Seeds Indoors Using Egg Cartons
With spring right around the corner, many people have gardening on their minds again. To get your gardening fix, start seeds indoors for spring planting now! Have you tried egg cartons to get your plants started instead of purchasing seedling trays? There are many benefits to trying this alternative container instead.
Seeds can grow in just about anything that holds soil and allows for proper drainage. Using cardboard egg cartons is a great option because they are biodegradable, and you likely have a carton already in your fridge. Plus, starting your seeds in cardboard egg cartons is easy!
Follow the steps below to get your yard ready for the spring:
- Cut the lid off the carton and poke a few drainage holes in each egg cup.
- Add soil into each egg cup and place the seeds inside.
- Place your cartons on a tray or in a shallow pan to catch draining water.
- Place the cartons in a sunny window and be sure to water daily. The soil should always be moist. If you don’t have a sunny window to put your seeds in, try using a LED light!
- When the seeds have sprouted, cut the egg cups apart, and put them directly into the ground. Remember that cardboard egg cartons are biodegradable!
It’s as simple as that! This planting method is great for starting both flowers and vegetables. Extension Publication 3616, “Mississippi Vegetable Gardener’s Guide,” is a great read for anyone who wants more information on how to get a vegetable garden started. Your local Extension agent is a great resource as well. As you start your gardening journey for the year, remember we have an office in each county ready to help you! Happy gardening!
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