20 Frugal, Repurposed Seed Starting Containers

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20 Frugal Seed Starting Containers

If you have a large garden, starting seeds at home can start to look like an expensive venture. Just think of all those peat pots, peat pellets or seed flats you will have to buy! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Every year I start over 100 tomato seeds, plus pepper, eggplant, herbs, brassicas, etc. All totaled I probably have close to 500 seedlings inside during the later winter and early spring, and I don’t buy a single pot for them! Gather your seeds, mix up your soil, and extend your imagination and get planting. Here’s a list of 20 items you can repurpose for your seed-starting adventures! Click the links to see how other gardeners used the ideas!


 Recycled Food and Drink Containers

Think of all those containers that come through your house from the grocery store on the way to the recycling. All it takes is a little cleaning out and you are all set to start your seeds. Here are just a few of the food and drink containers you can use for seed starting!

Image: ImaginAcres


Recycled Household Items

Household items that are past their prime are also an easy way to collect seed starting containers. Here are just a few of the items you can use.


Recycled All the Way

Tired of throwing out the toilet paper rolls? Keep some of your recyclables for your gardening efforts!

Photo: Learning and Yearning

Reuse the Food

Food shells and peels make excellent containers for seeds because they are compostable themselves. You can plant them in the ground with the seedling and it will help to give a boost of nutrients!

Photo: Collecting the Moments

So, skip the expensive peat pots and pellets and raid your recycling bin instead! Spend the money you save on more seeds instead!



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12 comments on “20 Frugal, Repurposed Seed Starting Containers

  1. Anna says:

    Great post! My favorite are yogurt containers. I just save them punch holes in them and even reuse them year after year. No need to buy anything ;).

  2. Amber says:

    I love this post! Thanks for all the great suggestions!
    Amber @ herbalacademyofne.com

  3. Marla says:

    You definitely have some great ideas on recycling and starting seeds. I made the mistake of buying regular plant containers years ago and they didn’t work as well as recycling using jars and stuff. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this,

  4. Linda Brown says:

    Love the idea of egg shell and avocado peels. Thanks.

  5. Love this idea, the soup I buy comes in a box it would make a great seed starter, Thanks for the ideas, and sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

  6. Nancy Wolff says:

    Sarah, what a great post and since it’s almost time to start seeds indoors the timing is perfect! So glad you shared your post on the HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you again on Thursday! I’m going to feature your post, be sure to stop by and pica up your “I was featured” button!
    The HomeAcre Hop

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  10. Chari says:

    I re-use toilet paper/paper towel rolls when I plant seeds in my vegetable garden. I cut the TP rolls in half, press it into the soil about 1/2 way, then sprinkle in a seed or two, put a little dirt on top of seed(s), lightly pack down, water. Then when “green” things start to grow in my garden boxes, I know that anything outside the TP roll is a weed. This worked out really well for my young grandchildren who like to help weed for Grandma. No Oopsies since I started planting my garden this way.

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