How to Plant Seedlings in Egg Cartons

We have definitely sprung into Spring mode over here in zest land- from giving our garden boxes a face lift, to creating fun garden tags- but now it's time to talk plants! We are super excited to add some more variety to our little garden by planting some carrots and lettuce. Rather than planting our little seedlings in the big playbox and allowing the rain to plummet the new growth we are starting the seedlings inside. To keep things easy, cheap and sustainable we are planting in old egg cartons- score! No need to go out and buy new containers. Once the seedlings have a good root system established I can simply cut up the cardboard crate sections and plant the entire container since they are decomposable. Gotta love that!
Photo Credit Anya McInroy
First detach your lid from the carton box and then fill with dirt.
Next sprinkle your seeds and water. You can use a sharpie to label what is going where on the middle dividers.
To make less of a mess I placed the egg cartons on a cookie sheet and now I can pour water all over and really allow the water to soak in through the cardboard. Place near light!
A few weeks later and look what we have here....

Suggested materials:

  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Scissors
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  • Brenda L Herrling
    Brenda L Herrling
    on Apr 13, 2016

    I just sent a msg but I had an error show on my screen. I know you are in CA but I was wondering what timeline do you usually start this process? EX: 4 weeks before planting? I live in Central NY FingerLakes area. Thank you. :)

  • Sandra mg Donald
    Sandra mg Donald
    on Apr 13, 2016


  • Pan4967315
    on Mar 27, 2017

    I have Styrofoam egg cartons, do I need to poke a hole in the bottom of them?
    • Deana Adkins
      Deana Adkins
      on Feb 9, 2019

      yes. need roots need to be able to get out the bottom and styrofoam doesn't deteriorate like paper.

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