Warmer temperatures and longer days means that it's finally time to start thinking about your summer garden.  Planting seeds indoors is a good way to get a jump start on the growing season.  And fortunately, you don't need much in the way of supplies to get it going.  In fact, you probably have everything you need right in your recycling bin.  Here's how it's done:


Recyclables:  Metal cans, yogurt containers, water bottles, toilet paper tubes, and egg cartons all make excellent seed starter containers.  And the best part is that your kids can lend a hand and decorate their containers. Punch a few small holes in the bottoms of your containers to allow water to drain, decorate the sides with stickers, recycled paper, or paint, fill with soil, plant a few seeds, and watch your bounty grow.  Once the seeds have sprouted, gently remove the plants from the containers and plant in the ground.

Need more ideas?  Try these tips for organic seed starters that can be buried right with your plants.

Newspaper: Fold it in half lengthwise and roll it around a soda can.  Fold the bottom over, fill with soil and plant your seeds. 

Egg Shells: Save the shells from your next omelet, gently clean them with mild soap and water and return to the egg carton.  Fill each shell with soil and plant your seeds.  When it's time to plant, gently crush the egg shell and plant it in the ground with your plant.

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