Top 5 Unique Containers to Recycle into Seed Starting Pots

This time of year many of you are planning gardens, starting seeds indoors or making lists of what to buy in a few months.One thing you don’t need to buy is seed starting containers when there are a myriad of household items that can be repurposed as such. Save money and the earth by using any of these five unique options to start your garden growing.

  1. Loofah Sponges from Thyme Square Garden

    This is the coolest thing. Ever. Grow your own Loofah (I didn’t even know it grew as a backyard plant!) and then use the harvest to pot next year’s plants? Wow.


  2. Roasted Chicken Containers from Inside Urban Green

    My family is a sucker for pre-roasted chickens as a quick dinner. Now I have a great re-use option for the container.  (This idea also works great with Applebees To-Go containers.)


  3. Egg Shells and Carton from Free People Blog

    Such a sustainable idea! Make omelettes with the eggs, then rinse out the shells for planting purposes.


  4. Chinese Takeout Boxes from Instructables

    I always thought these cute boxes should have some good re-use, and here it is. Although this tutorial shows using the box as a planter, I imagine the smaller ones can be used just as well for seed starters. Side note: These Chinese takeout boxes were designed to be used as plates, thus saving the need for dishes.


  5. Olive Oil Can Planter from E.A.T.

    I never would have thought of this, but what a sturdy idea for a bed of greens.


Some less unique but wonderfully upcycled ideas for seed starting containers include newspaper, coffee cups, yogurt containers and toilet paper rolls.

This post is featured on Natural Family Friday, Tuesday Greens, Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Hop, Small Footprint Friday and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.


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2 Responses to Top 5 Unique Containers to Recycle into Seed Starting Pots

  1. I love these ideas. I use any leftover plastic containers as mini greenhouses. They work amazingly.

  2. These containers are such creative and efficient reuse examples! I especially love the egg cartons, loofah sponges and the Chinese Take Out container! So cool! Thank you so much for sharing unique, green, seed starting containers on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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