A way to use recycled materials to make your own free seed cups. These are biodegradable, so there is no transplant shock, and include some coffee grounds for a natural nutrient source as the seeds grow! So far I have had great luck with these little cups- the seeds love them.
Inspired by a need for a biodegradable cup (these seedlings are so fragile!) and the basic idea behind paper mache (and the fact that I am trying to keep my first garden as cheap as possible!), they are easy to make and need mostly (if not entirely) materials from around the house!
Step 1: Gather Your Goods!
You will need:
-Several old yogurt cups (small, short ones work best)
NOTE: You technically only need one cup, it just will take longer to create several paper seed cups because of drying time; I would suggest, if you have access to yogurt eating fiends, collect as many yogurt cups as you will make paper cups and knock it all out in one sitting
-Scrap paper (I used my boyfriends old school papers, but any **non-slick** paper should work just fine, too)
-A spray bottle with water in it (the bottle I used was a dollar at Lowe's, but if you don't have one on hand, you can just sprinkle water by hand too)
-Some used coffee grounds (estimate about one teaspoon for each cup)
NOTE: Coffee grounds are good because of the nitrogen they will release; I don't know a whole heck of a lot about plants, but I'm sure there are some out there that DON"T want extra nitrogen, so just do a little research if you are especially concerned about your crop
And that's it! Well, eventually you'll need some seeds and potting medium too- if you actually want to use the cups!