My Favorite Recyclables For Seed Starting

Today I’m going to share with you how you can get a head start on your garden by using recyclables.  Here are my favorite recyclables for seed starting with planting tips shared on this post.

Grab Those Seed Starting Containers

I’ve been collecting many different containers to use over the years for seed starting. Most of my successful gardens were grown in recycled containers.

The different containers to start seeds.
Old and New Containers to Start Seeds

Yup… that is a toilet paper roll.  In years past I’ve to collect toilet paper rolls as a fun project with my toddler Niece to teach her about recycling and starting a garden.

K-Cups and Produce Containers

This is my 2nd year I’ve using  K-cups for seed starters.  Fill the K-cup with soil after punching a hole in the bottom for drainage. Set the K-cup in a recycled lettuce container that has a lid. Using the lid in the first few weeks of seed starting works great to keep the moisture in creating a micro-climate.


 A microclimate is the climate of a small area that is different from the area around it. It may be warmer or colder, wetter or drier, or more or less prone to frosts. Microclimates may be quite small – a protected courtyard next to a building, for example, that is warmer than an exposed field nearby – from From Cornell University 

Jiffy Pellets and Container


This product I’ve been using since 2007 and have had amazing success each growing season.  I believe I started using this exact container in 2007 when I first blogged about the pellets and mini-greenhouse by Jiffy.  I give this product 4 stars.  The lid is funny… but it works great to start seeds in each year.   You get the same mini-greenhouse effect that I get with my larger lettuce containers I recycled to start seeds in.

Jiffy - pellets and container to hold the new seed starters
Jiffy – pellets and container to hold the new seed starters

Recycled Lettuce Boxes

We started buying the larger boxes of lettuce from the grocery store after a year of growing our own during the spring and summer. Once you start eating healthy varieties you just can’t stop! I keep the containers and use them to make mini-greenhouse ( microclimates) to start my seeds in and house the new plants for the first few weeks of growth.

Starting Seeds
Starting Seeds in fiber cells

The fiber seed starter featured above is very cool and fits perfect in my recycled lettuce containers.  I use the recycled container to create a micro-climate kind of effect by putting the lid on after watering the seeds.DSC_0017

If for some reason you lose the lid to the lettuce container of have a nice size plastic container that allows the seed to grow to  last east 1″ tall you can always use a plastic wrap over the top to hold in moisture.

Be sure to keep the container moist.  If traveling you can add extra water to bottom of the container / tray, apply the lid and keep in a low light area for up to a week.  The lid or plastic wrap on the container will help keep the moisture in so the seeds and new plants do not dry out.

Starting Seeds in a Mass Planting 

Recycle two plastic produce containers that fit into one another.  Poke holes that will be used for drainage in the container that will go inside one.   You can use this container to start lettuce for sprouts or to transplant starter plants once they appear.

Seed Starting in Recyclable Containers
Seed Starting in Recyclable Containers: Add about 1-2 inches of soil in the top container with holes.

The top container filled with soil and seeds will be covered after watering.  The bottom recyclable container collects the water that drains.

Happy Gardening with Recyclables 

In no time you will have lettuce to harvest and plants ready for the garden!  I hope this motivates you to try starting some seeds and use recyclable along the way.


Let’s Connect

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Happy Seed Starting Friends,

Bren Haas


Bren Haas

Bren Haas

Bren Haas is the creator of GardenChat which is the first online gardening social community using social media. Her website features gardening tips and tricks, recipes, travel ideas, product reviews, and social media how-to help from her personal and unique experiences.

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