During the pandemic, my friend has found many new interests, one of them is growing her own food.
This year, she asked her friends (including me) for a recommendation for a seed starter kit.
When I saw her message, I simply replied: “Would you like my kind of kit (which means a DIY project)?”
In this tutorial, you’ll find how to make a repurposed seed starter kit.
What you need
- plastic package (croissant container is perfect for this!)
- egg cartons/natural fiber pots
- potting soil
- scissors / cutter
- cardboard for signs
How to Make a seed starter kit
Step 1: Gather the items
First, gather all items you need. If you are like me who wants to remove the sticker off the container, there is an easy solution. Just place it under warm-ish (but not boiling) water. Doing this allows the heat to make it easier to remove. This method will remove most of it except for some sticky parts.
Step 2: Make some holes
One of the most important things for germination is humidity. This is why a container with a lid is ideal. For creating a bit of air circulation, you can poke some holes. Be careful when using sharp tools!
Step 3: place the planters in the seed starter kit
Next, place the containers (egg carton/biodegradable containers) in the incubator, and observe the spacing. What you want to avoid is having too much room between planters to move around. I had a small space up in the top right, so I cut both ends of an egg the carton to make a small container. Once the incubator is evenly spaced, start filling them with potting soil.
The final step for the seed starter kit
First, place some seeds on top of each compartment/planter. Before you snug them into the soil, make signs. In this case, I used a hard cardboard envelope.
When you are done, insert the signs into the soil. Then gently push the seeds into the soil and cover. Finally, spray water on the soil frequently to keep it moist.
Just wait and see which one sprouts first! This will bring you so much joy!
What I like about this is that my friend has been enjoying growing vegetables from seeds. She has been very happy, so she even told her friend about how to make the kit. She’s been eager to see the growth of her baby plants!
As I mentioned earlier, she used to believe that she couldn’t grow anything. But small rewards have given her some confidence to start believing in herself. Now, she has tasted the joy of gardening…that was how I was hooked, too! Is she going to make a lasagna garden next?
It’s the little steps that make a difference!