Dietzville.TV #006: 8 Creative & Free Containers For Seed Starts
Gardening has to be expensive, right?
You have to make investments in tools and seeds and raised beds and starts, right?
I hope to dispel the myth that gardening requires large financial investments so that you can start growing your own food organically and sustainably!
Here in Minnesota, we have a super short growing season. This means we have to start seeds like tomatoes and jalepenos indoors if we’re going to have a chance at growing these crops.
Gardening does NOT have to be expensive — and you only need to make investments where they count! (Hint: quality, heirloom seeds are a worthy investment, and even they aren’t expensive!) You DO NOT need to invest in special seed-starting containers or trays from nurseries or hardware stores.
By using these creative and free containers for seed starts, you can reuse and recycle items that would otherwise end up in the garbage or recycling bin.
Bonus! ALL of these free containers for seed starts can be rinsed out at the end of the growing season and stored for use next year!
Just in case you missed them, here are my 8 Creative & Free Containers For Seed Starts:
- Plastic, gallon-size food buckets — like the kind a gallon of coconut oil or peanut butter come in
- Vinegar or milk jugs with the tops cut off
- Quart-size yogurt, sour cream, or cottage cheese containers — ask your friends to save theirs for you too!
- Pint-size containers that mushrooms, berries, or okra are packaged in
- The large, rectangular containers that hold ground beef and other meats at the supermarket
- Shoebox-size storage containers
- The containers from last year’s transplants — don’t forget to save them this year if you’re not starting seeds!
- The useless container that comes with most refrigerators (sometimes they’re for holding eggs).
Worth Mentioning Again:
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds — where all of this year’s seeds were ordered. (We started 2 varieties of tomatoes, tomatillos, jalepenos, cauliflower, purple cabbage, basil, thyme, and Italian parsley indoors this year.)
- Dietzville.TV #005: Gardening Finds For $1
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Do you start seeds indoors? What creative and free containers for seed starts do you use?
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