Every year about this time I get the urge to start gardening. Unfortunately, the soil just isn’t quite warm enough, and we are still having some frost warnings, so plants and seeds can’t go to the garden yet. The only alternative is to start seedlings that will later be transplanted to grow a veggie filled, green garden.
In the past, I’ve tried the little pots and trays you can buy at the store, but I knew there had to be a more frugal method for starting seedlings. Then one day last fall, as I was starting to throw away an empty coffee container, it occurred to me that those plastic containers could be put to good use when I got that gardening urge! So I spent the winter gathering up empty containers, and set up my seedling starting station a couple of weeks ago. Not only did the containers turn out to be a great size to get several seedlings started, the lids came in handy on extra cold days and nights. By covering the containers with their own lid, a mini greenhouse effect was created to help the seeds germinate.
Here are pictures of my frugal seedling starting station, and the resulting seedlings. Now all I have to do is transfer these new plants to the garden as soon as it warms up, and my veggies will be on the way!