10 ideas for making homemade seedlings with recycled materials

Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be an enjoyable hobby that allows you to spend more time in contact with nature without breaking the bank. Once you have the substrate and the seeds, most of your growing tools can be obtained using recycled materials. Today we’re giving you some ideas on how to make a home seedbed with what you have at home.

1. Newsprint

The first recycled material that we offer you to create your nurseries is newsprint because it is a material that you probably already have in your home or that you can easily salvage. In addition, setting up a homemade seedbed with sheets of newspaper is very quick and easy to handle, even for novice growers. This is about molding cones or cylinders with the newspaper sheets as we explain in this article. In less than a minute, you will have your seedbed ready.

2. Cardboard rolls

Cardboard rolls are another recyclable resource perfect for building nurseries. Plus, you can give them a lot more uses, so we recommend that you always keep the toilet paper tubes and paper towels. They can always be useful for something! Create your seedbed with cardboard tubes as we explain in this article.

3. Plastic packaging from supermarket

When you can not avoid buying packaged fruits and vegetables, the ideal is to try to give a second life to these containers. For example, they are great for planting our seeds.

If the container is typical with a lid that already comes with holes at the bottom and top, the only thing we will do is fill them with the appropriate substrate and plant the seeds. The cover will create the greenhouse effect which will facilitate the germination of the seeds.

4. Eggshells

In the garden, eggshells are very useful for fertilizing our plants because they are rich in calcium. On the other hand, they represent a recyclable and ecological material perfect for seed germination.

5. Yoghurt containers

To reuse individual yogurt containers as seedlings, you will need to make a few small holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out when you water the seeds.

6. Recycled glasses

The next time you order coffee to go, remember you can recycle that glass for planting seeds. The process for creating this recycled seedbed is the same for yogurt packaging.

7. Juice bricks

Juice, tomato sauce and cartons of milk, of any size and format, are ideal for planting the seeds of your vegetables, herbs and flowers. They are easy to model and with scissors you can pierce the bottom and cut the top off to give it a flowerpot shape.

8. Cans

Homemade nurseries can also be built by recycling cans of tuna, legumes, etc. In this case, you will have to be more careful when handling them to pierce the bottom to avoid cutting yourself. For this, we recommend that you use gardening gloves when carrying out your work in the garden.

9. Egg cartons

Egg cartons are another great recycled material for germinating seeds. You will only have to place the substrate and plant the seeds.

10. Aluminum baking molds

Used aluminum molds can also have a second life. Make small holes in the bottom so that the water can drain out and add the substrate. To make planting easier, you can build a tool like this.

These are just a few ideas for germinating seeds in recycled packaging. With a little creativity, you will surely find how to make a recycled seedling also with other materials that you currently have in your home.