Cardboard egg cartons can be used to start a dozen seedlings, and then cut apart to plant each one when it’s time to plant them in the garden. As with newspaper seedling pots, there’s no need to remove the plants from the pots before planting, as the cardboard will break down in the soil as the plant grows.
If you’ve got egg cartons, you probably have egg shells as well, and while they can be crushed to make a great soil or compost pile additive, egg shell halves can be used as seedling pots as well, and naturally, they fit perfectly inside an egg carton tray. A small hole will need to be punched in the bottom of each shell for drainage.
- Cut the toilet paper roll in half
- Make four cuts in the roll, 1/3 of the way up
- Fold in the bottom like you would close a box
- Fill them with a light potting soil, pack it down with your thumbs.
- Add your choice of seed, planting to their proper depth.
- Place the planted pots in a watertight container and give them a good watering. You want to completely soak the paper roll and keep it wet the whole time you are growing.
- Place your container in a Ziploc bag or cover it with a clear plastic bag. You are creating a small greenhouse, trapping in the moisture, until the seeds sprout.
- Take off the plastic once your seeds reach the top. They will need air circulation, otherwise, the toilet paper seed pots may mold.
Once the seeds have sprouted and are hardened off, these toilet paper seed pots can be placed directly into the ground and will compost away