Frugal Seedling Starting Station



Are you ready to start your garden, but the soil just isn’t quite warm enough?  Try our idea for a frugal seedling starting station to get ready for spring planting!

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!

The overall set up, 2 weeks ago.  
The gathered coffee cans are filled with some good compost from the pile, and each is labeled by writing the name of the plant on a popsicle stick with a marker.
So far, so good!  
These zucchini seedlings will be transplanted to the garden this week, 
and we will soon be enjoying the multitude of recipes for this prolific producer!
Have fun gardening!
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3 thoughts on “Frugal Seedling Starting Station

  1. I love that! I use our old yogurt containers but I have to remind myself to put enough holes in the bottom for drainage. I didn't do that the first few times and everyone got water logged.

    The lid thing is genius, btw! Pure genius.

  2. Thanks Green Bean! We are always trying to come up with new ideas, and yes, I did punch holes in the bottom of these for drainage. Feel free to share our idea, and hope you enjoy our other blogs. :-)

  3. I love the streamlined look of this! I’ve used yogurt containers, tin cans and toilet paper rolls, but this grouping looks far better! Now I need to find someone who drinks a lot of coffee! ;0D

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