How-to: Start Seedlings in Food Scrap Containers

orange peel seedling starter via My Roman Apartment
orange peel seedling starter via My Roman Apartment

citrus peels: Although citrus can be too acidic for some soils, if you have alkaline soil and plenty of oranges, you can start your seeds in orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit halves, as with these orange peel seed starters from My Roman Apartment. When the seedlings are ready to transplant outdoors, snip the bottom of the citrus peel open to give the roots room to expand, and bury the peel below the surface of your garden to allow the peel to slowly compost, not mold.

pumpkin shells: Look how cute these pumpkin seeds started in pumpkin shells are! Although you could start any seed in any pumpkin shell, the easiest method is to start from an actual heirloom pumpkin; simply open it up, insert soil and fertilizer, and then transplant the whole darn thing into your garden. If you’ve ever had volunteer pumpkins grow up in the sneaky spot in your yard where you surreptitiously ditched last year’s Jack-o-lantern guts, then you’ll know how happy pumpkins are to grow this way.

avocado peel seedling starter
avocado peel seedling starter via The Daily Green

avocado peels: Avocado peel seedling pots are even easier to create than citrus peel seedling pots, since you probably prepare avocados by slicing them in half. Instant seed pot!

coconut shells: The good news about planting something in a coconut shell is that you NEVER have to transplant it! With a hole for drainage, a coconut shell hanging planter is good for years of tropical atmosphere.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

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