Egg Carton Seed Starts
Growing seedlings in an egg carton is an easy beginner’s gardening project for kids.
- Cardboard Egg Carton
- Potting Soil
- Spray Bottle
- Garden Trowel
- Cut egg carton in half.
- Add potting soil to individual egg cups in carton.
- Poke a hole in the center of each cup. Place one seed in each hole. Cover with soil.
- Spray soil with water.
- Place on tray and take indoors. Keep them in a warm light filled location until they begin to sprout. Make sure to water seeds everyday. The soil should stay very moist.
- Once the seeds have sprouted into small seedlings, you can transfer them to a permanent location.
- Make sure the egg carton is very wet and saturated before moving the seedling outdoors. Tear off one of the egg carton cups.
- Dig a hole in the container you are transferring to, using your trowel.
- Place the egg carton cup directly in the soil. It will decompose.
- Water your seedlings every day to help them grow!
- Start with an easy to grow plant. Our favorites are cucumbers and radishes.
- Before planting your seedlings it’s a good idea to take your tray outside and acclimate them to being outdoors. You can start by taking them outside in the shade for a day or two before transferring them.
- Birds love to eat seedlings! If you are planting a number of seedlings in a garden space you may want to lay a protective material over them as they begin to grow. A white sheet or plastic drop cloth will do the trick. Hold it in place with bricks. The cover can be removed once the plants are about 8" high.