Spring is here. It’s time to start planting and let’s face it, we all have some free time right now to get those plants started! Since we can’t travel anywhere, we are all looking for things to do at home.
DIY Lemon Seed Starter
Starting seeds indoors gives your crops a head start on the growing season and the chance to grow in a stable, controlled environment.
Outdoors, the unpredictability of rain, drought, low and high temperatures, sunlight, and pests and diseases can take a toll on young plants, especially when they’re just getting started.
A lot of seeds can be started indoors, but some are better off being sown directly into the garden. Some crops, such as root vegetables, do not transplant well and should be started outdoors. Tomatoes and peppers, on the other hand, can tolerate being transplanted and are typically started indoors.
Whether you start seeds indoors or outdoors also depends on the length of your growing season, as well as your climate. In cool regions with shorter growing seasons, most seeds should be started indoors, as they need to get a head start on the growing season and should be protected from potentially-freezing spring temperatures.
In warm regions with longer growing seasons, more seeds can be started outdoors, as they don’t need as much of a head start on the season and are not in danger of being killed by a spring frost.
This is the perfect way to start your seeds this year without having to go our to the store to buy a starter tray.
Materials You’ll Need:
- 1 LARGE Egg carton
- Potting Soil
- 12 half lemon rinds
- Mini bamboo sticks (or any other type of stick)
- Mini shovel/spoon
Collect your lemon rinds. Lime and orange rinds will work too.
Keep the rinds submerged in water in the refrigerator to prevent them from rotting and drying out.
Once you’ve collected the sufficient amount of rinds, you’re ready to start planting!
Cut the top and closing flap off of your egg carton leaving only the bottom egg cells.
Insert one ½ lemon (lime/orange) rind into each egg cell of the carton. They should fit nice and snug.
Fill each rind with a good helping of potting mix.
Write the names of the plants on the mini bamboo sticks.
Put in your seeds and top with extra soil. Water lightly.
Insert the bamboo sticks into their designated area.
Put your seed starter kit near a light source to allow it to grow until your garden is ready to receive plants.
When you are ready to move the seedlings outdoors, simply plant directly into the ground. The rind will naturally decompose.
Don’t forget to water regularly!
When seedlings have grown too large for their seed trays or starter pots, it’s time to transplant. If it’s not yet warm enough to plant outdoors, transplant the seedlings to larger plastic or peat pots indoors and continue care.
The best part about these – there’s a good chance you already have most of what you need in the garage! If not, potting soil, sticks and seeds can be ordered on line.
- LARGE Egg carton
- Potting Soil
- 12 Half Lemon Rinds (6 lemons) Orange/Lime will work too
- Mini Bamboo Sticks
- Mini Shovel/Spoon
- During the week collect your lemon rinds.
- Keep the rinds submerged in water to prevent rotting
- Once you have collected the sufficient amount of rinds, you're ready to start your project.
- Cut the top and closing flap off of your egg carton leaving only the bottom egg cells.
- Insert one ½ lemon (lime/orange) rind into each egg cell of the carton. They should fit nice and snug.
- Fill each rind with a good helping of potting mix.
- Write the names of the plants on the mini bamboo sticks.
- Put in your seeds, top with extra soil and water.
- Insert the bamboo sticks into their designated areas.
- Put your Seed Starter Kit near a light source to allow it to grow until your garden is ready to receive the plants.
- When you’re ready to move your seedlings outdoors, simply plant directly into the ground, the rind will naturally decompose.
- DON’T FORGET TO WATER THEM REGULARLY!