Recycle Egg Trays and Cartons Into Seed Starting Trays
I previously composted egg carton trays and their covers, but after emailing the company that distributed the eggs and told that the outer covering was not safe to compost, I decided to find an alternative way to deal with the waste. The best way I have come up with to deal with the trays themselves was to use them to sprout plants for your garden. The trays are a very convenient way to sprout seedlings before planting season and work rather well.
Repurposing egg cartons is a great way to garden greener and reducing the amount of waste you have to throw out.
Time required: 10 minutes or less per tray
Cost: 5 dollars or less per tray
- Egg Tray Carton
- Poking device
1. I like to poke holes in the bottom of each egg container. It may be unnecessary, but in my mind, it gives the plant just a little bit of help to establish its root system. Without having to fight through the tray itself, it helps the seedling to grow into the fertile earth without having to fight through the cardboard or molded paper.
2. Add a bit of soil to the bottom of the tray. I like to use some of the compost that I have made.
3. Plant the seeds as indicated on the package. You may need to add a bit more soil on top of the seeds afterwards.
4. Water Gently!
If you spray water from your hose directly into the tray, the water will almost "scoop" the seed and soil out and unplant your seeds.The best way I have found is to water underneath. The tray will soak up the water from the bottom up and saturate the soil just fine!
5. As it becomes time to plant, use a sturdy pair of scissors to cut apart your egg carton. Plant directly into the ground. I use a pair of trauma shears that are pretty strong. They are nicknames "penny cutters" for a reason!