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What do you grow your seeds in?

I use the plastic boxes mushrooms come in, with cling film on top, and the lidded takeout containers. Great for keeping things moist! 

Any other great ideas for recycling unexpected items for growing stuff? 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,172
    I use margarine tubs, also the plastic cartons that grapes come in.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Coir, with added nutrient granules and two handfuls of seaweed meal per coir brick to help with water retention.  Plastic food containers as above, yogurt pots or homemade paper pots.  Peas and beans, I sprout first in jamjars so I don't waste time and space sowing seeds that aren't viable.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    Use anything I can, found plastic ice cream cartons are ideal for starting bean's n pea's any thing that needs a deeper root, I'm trying parsnips in old toilet roll tubes this year to get them started in propagator I also sow/grow spring onions in succession in old tin cans about eight to ten seed's in each gives just enough for a meal.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • GlenjjonesGlenjjones Posts: 141
    I use toilet roll tubes for my beans and anything that needs a deep root run. I also use plastic fruit and veg punnets that bought fruit comes in from the supermarket. I also keep all the pots & module trays that any plants that are bought in come in and try to re-use these until they are literally falling apart. Basically anything that can be used will be.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,817
    I've used the brown plastic boxes that mushrooms come in for years now and the same ones have lasted years too. I've noticed that the manufacturer is making them out of a thinner plastic lately they won't last so long unless handled carefully. I save all sorts of plastic packaging for growing plants, the clear plastic trays meat comes in, also clear plastic mushroom trays they can make propagators, plastic netting that oranges come in for storing onions, large yogurt tubs with lids make plant pots or with the lids storage tubs, two litre water bottles can make windmill bird scarers, egg boxes for chitting potatoes, wine bottles for home made rhubarb wine. The trouble is although I'm keeping stuff out of the recycling box I'm starting to sink under the amount of useful re-purposed plastic that I can't help but save.
  • Great post I've never thought of reusing these items for planting! 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,564
    I use those clear plastic takeaway boxes.
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    4 ltr milk bottles for storing Perlite and also poke holes in the lid to make a small watering can. They can also be used to grow seeds in making it a small propagator. I have some old oven runner stood over the window sill which I'm using to lift seed trays so the heat is distributed. Small ice cream tubs and lid to start seed of in the lid saves on plastic bag when they need to be covered. No growing seeds but knives and forks for wind chimes, CD disc as bird scarers. Shall I keep going.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    I've been using takeaway plastic containers with lids on as propagators and germinating a lot of seeds on a radiator this year before planting in home made paper pots, squeezing about 12 to 14 into half trays. 

    I use both plastic and wooden fruit/veg  container as trays, lined with empty compost bags. They have been ideal when potting up as you can keep all the same variety together in one tray/container, as the pots get bigger the trays get bigger.    

    Most grow bags are black inside, turned inside out with holes in the bottom and they make ideal grow bags for spuds and carrots.    
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,015
    The food containers with hinges lids are great as you can open them when the seedlings sprout
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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