Monday, 15 February 2016

Sow Clever: Upcycled Seed Trays

It's the perfect time of year to start growing veg from seed (let's face it the weather isn't really good enough to be outdoors all day just yet so sneaking indoors to do some seed sowing is a good thing!) But you don't need expensive seed trays or propagators. Literally have a look around your house and you will find plenty ideas for free seed trays to use...

These egg heads know how to grow seeds


Toilet roll tubes
We all have loads of these. We normally use them for craft projects but they make excellent planters for seeds. Cut them down a bit in size (you could easily make two pots from each tube) and sit them on a tray and fill with compost. Easy peasy.

A great way of using old toilet roll tubes

Egg shells
You can even grow seeds, such as cress, in egg shells. Look at the funny haircuts above!!! 

Even egg shells can be used to grow seeds

Egg cartons
And nothing need go to waste with an egg. We have used the egg shell and we can use the carton too. Perfect for growing seeds in.

Egg cartons are a brilliant alternative to seed trays

Milk or juice cartons
Any sort of carton can be cut open (ask a grown up to do that bit) and filled with compost. Wonder if I can grow oranges in an orange carton?...

Don't these look wonderful and bright?

Paper cups
Get your mummy and daddy to save their coffee cups and recycle those party cups too. Perfect for growing veg.

Daddies will love being encouraged to drink more coffees! 

Newspapers
Newspapers can be folded up to make little cups for growing seeds in. These are brilliant as they decompose in the ground so you don't have to upset the teeny roots by taking them out of their pot. 

Newspaper pots can be planted straight into the ground

Ice cube tray
Another great alternative to a seed tray. Just make sure you don't pop it back in the freezer!

Ice cubes aren't the only things that can come out of an in ice cube tray!

Bottles & Pots
Old juice bottles or yoghurt or custard pots are other great ways to sow seeds. The bonus of using a juice bottle is that you can make a lid which then keeps the heat in and makes the seeds grow faster!

We grew some brilliant broccoli in this juice tray!


So there you go, not only do you save money on the veg you are growing you don't even need to spend any money on pots to grow them in. Veg-tastic!

To learn more about how to grow seeds in any kind of tray then read my blog here.

Happy sowing,

Lulu xx