Seedlings in Egg Cartons

I was shopping at the dollar store yesterday and saw that they were selling seeds for $0.25 each packet.  So naturally I thought, what a small investment to possibly bulk up my garden.

I had some left over egg cartons that I re-purposed into my seedling starters.  If I can avoid buying something new and adding to my personal carbon footprint I’m all for it.  Plus, if I’m reusing something that I already have that’s saving me money and scratching that frugal itch that I have.


I started some Pea and Tomato plants in some seed starter soil.  I had the soil on hand from a couple years ago.  If I didn’t have the special soil then I probably would have just dug some up from the garden or back yard.

The first plants that I started this year I just threw a whole packet of lettuce seeds in a pot and started watering.  This time I’m separating the seeds into the individual cups to help facilitate easier transplanting.  I think I might have killed my lettuce when I transplanted them outside last weekend.  I’m still watering them and crossing my fingers that they will survive.  So far they are looking pretty pathetic.


I have 6 more variety of seeds to plant.  I’ll either need to eat more eggs or sow my seeds directly outside.  I’ll probably do a variety of both and see how it goes.  This gardening thing seems like one big science experiment to me.


4 thoughts on “Seedlings in Egg Cartons”

  1. There are a couple of things that might help you with your lettuce another time (or anything you transplant). One you are already doing–give each little lettuce plant it’s own mini-planter, either in an egg carton or a 6-pack plastic one. You can plant several seeds in each cell, and snip the others off with scissors, leaving the best one or two, in each cell after they get a little bigger. That way the roots don’t get disturbed.

    The second thing would be to harden off your plants before putting them out. That means that the first day, you put your baby lettuces outside in the shade for a couple of hours, the second day quite a few hours, the third day all day and maybe even all night if it isn’t too cold, etc. until they are toughened up for the cruel world and it’s weather. That’s just an idea of how to do it==actual times can vary. The idea is just to gradually toughen them up.

    Good luck with your garden. I love growing mine. I’m always trying new kinds of seeds, just to see what happens. 2 years ago, I did an experiment with zucchini and a few other plants, planting expensive ordered seeds next to Dollar Store seeds to see what would happen. Some things I was just as happy with from the dollar store, and some I want the ones from Territorial, Johnny’s, Pine Tree, etc. because the variaties were so much better. It depended, but now I know:)

    1. Thanks for the advice. My thumbs are slowly becoming more green. I do have more lettuce seeds and wad reading that you could plant them at different times to have lettuce all season…that is if the first batch doesn’t die.

      1. I plant a little bit about every 2 weeks and have it all summer. The only time it doesn’t grow well is when it is too hot, but here where we live I get it for most of the summer.

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