Easy Seed Starter.





Introduction: Easy Seed Starter.

a simple, cheap way to get some seed started before getting them into the garden.

Step 1: Materials.

egg carton, any size.
plastic wrap.

Step 2: Step One. Osh.

first thing to do is cut off the top of the carton, save this for later.
then lay seeds in the carton.
cover the seeds with some soil, up to the bridges between the cells.

Step 3: When Osh Doesn't Have What You Need. Step Two. Lowes

now take the lid you cut off earlier. place a layer of plastic wrap on top, big enough to have a inch hang off.
now place the cells into the lid and water the seeds. the lid will act as a support to the cells.
when they get wet, they will get weak.

Step 4: Almost Done.

now wait a week or so depending on the germination time.
when plants are large enough transplant them into a larger container or directly into garden.
the egg carton is biodegradable and the soil will help the plant with nutrients.

Step 5: Notes.

it looks like this methods works for all my seeds.
don't know what to do with the top of the carton after planting the plants.
I'll update later if I think of anything.

Step 6: Update

as you can see the plants are tall and you can see how the roots find a way out of the bottom.
I cut along to row and planted it like that. makes planting corn easy.



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    I made it and I didn't xD. I actually came up with a similar idea and it worked well, nice to see I wasn't alone to germinate seeds with egg cartons.

    I poked holes under the egg carton and used the lid as an "automatic watering system", just fill half the lid with water and place it under the holes, the soil will absorb all the water needed automatically.

    Does this mean that you just stick the new plants carton and all right into your garden?? I'm a new gardener and am looking to grow veggies w/my kids this year in an urban planter box in our back yard....I'd hate to get this far with the seeds just to kill them in the ground because I didn't take them out of the carton! (I'm so sorry if this is a stupid question!)

    This is a little late for tillmancan, but can benefit others reading after this posting. 

    Yes, IF the egg container material is PAPER based, but not the plastic foam, it is perfectly acceptable to plant the egg carton "cup" with your seedling BUT...

    the spacing between plants in the "paper mache" type egg cartons is TOO CLOSE TOGETHER for proper plant spacing once in the garden. 

    So what I do is, when the seedlings are ready to plant in the garden, I use sissors to cut the "cups" of the egg carton APART, and then plant the cups WITH the contained seedlings at the spacing distance recommended on the seed packet.

    IMPORTANT: For this to work, the egg carton cannot be plastic foam, but must be the paper mache type made from ground up paper.  Usually you can identify this as the plastic or paper/cardboard material are clearly identifible by looking at them.  Also usually, the paper type is a grey color, while the plastic ones are usually bright colors, and shiny surfaced.

    What a kind and patient detailed response!! :)

    if you are using the formed cardboard cartons, yes. it gets soggy and the roof sill just grow right through it. it's also biodegradable.

    THAT EGG CARTON IS HUGE! In Australia they sell them in packs of 12

    We mostly have eggs in 12's but lots of 18's too!!

    Mostly they're sold by the dozen in the U.S.A. too, but one can frequently find 18-packs (and 3- and 5- dozen packages in certain stores).

    Hi there! Nice instructable.
    How often do you water those seeds?

    I use this method all the time, I have many egg flats saved just for this, when it is time to plant I saturate the egg flat and it is easy to pull apart the individual "plant pots" in the flat and transplant them without disturbing the plant or roots.