I recently decided to start an indoor herb garden. Or try to at least. In gathering the necessary supplies I had a revelation! Plant the seeds in my old coffee cups! Now I can feel slightly less guilty when the barista at Starbucks hands me yet another latte in a paper cup.
Step 1: Supplies
Recycled paper coffee cup with lid
Recycled plastic tray - or something waterproof to catch the water and dirt
Soil (I used seed-starting mix and composted potting soil)
Spray bottle - I didn't have one so I used a recycled bottle
Step 2: Poke holes in the bottom of the cup
Step 3: Adding soil
Fill the cup with equal parts compost and seed-starting mix. The compost should be on the bottom and will allow for keeping the seeds in the same cup after germination. Seed-starting mix is lighter so it should be on top, allowing the fragile seedlings to grow.
Step 4: Adding seeds
Label the cup with whatever seeds you're planting.
Read the seed packet for specific instructions on how to grow the seeds you're using. I'm growing thyme, rosemary, and parsley. I added quite a few seeds to each cup. If the seeds are really tiny, place a thin piece of tissue on top of the soil and place the seeds on top of the paper.
Step 5: Covering the seeds
Using the spray bottle, dampen the soil enough to add moisture but not drown the seeds.
Step 6: Store in a warm place
moisture so don’t worry about finding a sunny place just yet, as long as it’s warm.
According to the seed packets, the seeds germinate in about two weeks. Keep the soil moist with the spray bottle.
Step 7: After germination...
Once the seeds germinate they need sun. I plan on keeping my seedlings in the sun during the day and moving them back to where I let them germinate to keep them warm at night.
I'm not a pro (yet) so consult the seed packet or other resources on how to maintain your seedlings and usher them to full growth.
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