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7 Things You Have in Your Home To Start Seeds Cheap


It’s never too late to start your own seeds. Usually, I stock up on seed items at Dollar Generals 90% off summer clearance sale. I will save containers from the year before too.

I’m frugal and I’m still looking at everything in a new light. How can we reuse this? How can we make this last?

I planted more seeds this year, mainly because I’m having two gardens, and well the whole way we grocery shop is now changed.

I wanted to share with you a peek into some of the containers we are using here on our homestead to start seeds this year.

If you haven’t started your own seeds yet, you still have time. Here is my article on how to get started doing that step by step.

This year, I tried the PBF Hard coffee- it is so good! Sweet so you can only have one at the time but a treat. I shared a few deals on it on Insta and Facebook.


After browsing through Pinterest one night- because we are all at home, we were inspiried by some artwork with beer bottles. I told my husband I need more containers for seeds.

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He brought me these.

items to start seeds in

And they are working great.

What to Keep In Mind When Looking For Seed Starter Containers.

  1. Can you easily get the plant out of it. If you put it in a glass jar it’s going to be hard to squeeze your plant out.
  2. How deep does your seed need to grow roots? For example, a larger seed needs a bigger container.
  3. Check every space in your home for ideas.

Many of the plastic sandwich containers can be used. Egg shells are a common one too because you can plant the entire thing in the ground. These are good options if you start your seeds later.

I may have jumped the gun this year, but my excuse is Coronavirus.

People use the cardboard egg cartons too, but keep in mind only tiny seeds should go in there. You could even use toilet paper rolls.

items to start seeds in

Now is also a great time to start a compost pile. the soil will help nourish your plants year after year.

We also used up some paper cups that were out in the garage.

items to start seeds in

If you didn’t check out my seed starting article here- try to put your seeds in a south facing window. And if your seeds are looking crazy, don’t panic, read this.

items to start seeds in

More Frugal Tips to Start Seeds Indoors:

  • Use leftover plastic garden containers you previously bought flowers in. Or save yours from this upcoming season to start seeds in.
  • Egg cartons are a great way to start seeds indoors.
  • Label your containers. Don’t think you will remember like I have done so many times in the past and then can’t!
  • Use Yoplait Kids Plastic Cups/ or any other item in your kitchen to start your seeds indoors.
  • Use Plastic Takeout containerse.
  • Use Plastic wrap over each of your homemade containers until your seed sprouts to keep in the warmth.
  • Use Seed Starting Soil Mix– it’s lighter. The other stuff may work or it may not. Being frugal is not having to spend more money because we tried to save money and go the cheap route 😉
  • Be careful with watering. You won’t need to water at all while you have the plastic wrap on.  You will want to mist the plants because as they sprout they are not strong. After my years of seeds and knowing I can easily over water I put all my pots into a tray and then pour water into the bottom of the tray. So the plants take in the water from the bottom.
  • I use warm water to mix in with my seed starting soil.
  • Seeds sprout best at temperatures of 65 to 75°F (18 to 24°C).
  • You must keep only one plant in each pot. When I started I thought it was a waste to just kill off one plant when I had two perfectly growing. It is a must now. Just clip the others down. Keep the one that is the straightest and looks the best.
  • Enjoy! It is amazing to watch the whole process and enjoy the harvest!

Items In Your Home:

  1. Beer cans
  2. Juice Containers from schools
  3. Plastic Containers from lunch meat
  4. Egg cartons
  5. Eggshells
  6. Toilet paper rolls
  7. Paper cups
  8. Plastic Takeout containers
  9. Milk Jugs- slice to cut an opening to more airflow

Starting seeds has been a blast this year and I’m so grateful for the space to start a garden.

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