Eco-Friendly Seed Starting Ideas

Eco-Friendly Seed Starting Ideas

Spring is here and that means it’s time to start our garden. I know many have started already but where I’m from, there is still ice on the lake and our last snow patch just melted this weekend. In fact, they’re calling for snow this week. Sad but true.

This means, our garden begins inside and we won’t transplant our seedling until the middle of May, unless we have an unusual warm front. This year, like most years, we decided on organic seeds. I’m not an expert but you can learn more about choosing organic seeds from my friends at High Mowing Organic Seeds. They know what they’re talking about!

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This year we’ll be growing:

  • Green Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Carrots
  • Sweetie Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Garden Beans
  • Radishes
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Peas
  • Ruby Red Chard

What about you? What are you growing? I’ve never tried growing eggplant, squash or ruby red chard. I can’t wait to see how these grow! Any tips?

Eco-Friendly Seed Starting Ideas

To start our garden inside, we’ve used many different methods in the past. It doesn’t take much, other than some organic soil, sunshine, water and reusing old containers or even making your own for seed starters.  If you haven’t started your garden yet, it’s not too late. Here are some easy seed starting ideas to help inspire your spring garden:

#1 Reuse Old Egg Cartons and Egg Shells! I love this idea and when you’re ready to plant your seedlings, the egg shells are great nutrients for your soil. Premediated Leftovers has a great post on using egg shells in your garden.

#2 Reuse Yogurt Containers. We have plenty of these at my house, so before we put them into the recycling bin, we use them to start our garden. In the past I’ve used Stonyfield Yogurt containers to start our green onion seedling and with success. I think it’s because they’re deeper?

#3 Use Toilet Paper Rolls. We’ve done this in the past too and if I plan ahead, it’s easy to save the toilet paper rolls. This year, we used all of the toilet paper rolls to make fire starters for Boy Scouts. Burlap and Denim has a great post on how to use toilet paper rolls for seed starters, with step-by-step directions. It’s easy too!

#4 DIY Newspaper Pots. Admittedly, I’ve never tried making my own newspaper pots but my son does love origami. If you’ve got the time and the newspaper, this is always an option and Mamas Nook as directions for how you can make your own newspaper pots. Good luck and if you try this, let me know how it works out.

Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t have seeds yet and no time for origami or to stock up on toilet paper rolls. You can still order seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds or find them in a store near you. There are also greenhouse starter kits at any hardware or big box store. It’s not too late!

And if you’re new to gardening, here are some great resources for beginner gardeners:

Happy Spring Gardening!

Disclaimer: I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter and I do receive coupons and free product. My opinions are my own and I’ve been eating Stonyfield Organic yogurt for much longer than I’ve been a Yo-Getter! I genuinely love their products! Stonyfield partnered with High Mowing Organic Seeds and I did receive free seed samples, pictured above. 

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for Freshbaby.com and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.

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  • Jenny

    I’ve used to use egg shells for this
    purpose in the past. The main reason- I was a beginner gardener and
    it was easier for me just to inhume the shells with the plants when
    the weather gets better and the plants are ready to be planted
    outside. After a while I started to use yoghurt containers because
    they are bigger and this allows the plants to grow bigger and with
    stronger root systems.

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  • Maria

    We wanted to plant a garden this year, but there’s been too much rain. Our green cleaning efforts are still going strong.