DIY seed starter pots are a great project to save you some cash – which you can spend on seeds to put in your DIY seed starter pots! Most of these are easy enough for smaller kids to help to, should you have some you’d like to involve in a project. My goal in this post is to show you not only how many different ways you can start your seeds, but how to use materials you already have; save cash, landfills, etc. I say try them all and see which works the best for your particular needs.
What is a seed starter and why use them?
A seed starter pot is simple a starting place for your seeds to begin life before you transplant them into your garden. It is a great way to get a jump start on your garden, especially if you live in harsh weather conditions (very cold or very hot). This way you can start your vegetables in “perfect” conditions indoors, in a greenhouse or sometimes on a porch. I have used them because I want to be able to pick from the strongest, healthiest sprouts so every inch of my garden is filled with the best of the best. If I have more than I can use then I bring them to the garden exchange, give them to friends and occasionally I can sell them.
DIY Seed Starter Pots – Idea #1, Egg Shells
Eggs shells are a natural seed starter pot. Sure I love to put in in compost, use them around the garden and even feed them back to my laying hens for extra nutrients (see How to Reuse Egg Shells), But we generally have enough to use some a seed starters for our garden. Some people like to only take off a bit of the shell’s top when cracking their egg, leaving more space for dirt and eventually roots; while others crack the egg in half so there are 2 starter pots. The only thing you need to do to use an egg shell as a DIY seed starter is to make a small hole for drainage. The great thing about egg shells is that you can plant them directly into your garden; the roots will eventually break through th shell as the grow the the shell will biodegrade and feed the soil. Great video tutorial on making your egg shell seed start pots.
Of course I recommend you use egg shells from healthy, organically raised chickens.…