You can reduce waste by recycling plastic yogurt containers to start seeds. Reusing household waste lessens a person's impact on the environment. Yogurt containers are the perfect size and they are free.
Step 1Gather some yogurt containers from your recycle bin. Poke holes in the bottom of the containers for drainage.
Step 2Nestle the yogurt containers closely together in a pop flat or cardboard box. Fill the containers with potting soil or compost.
Step 3Wet the soil. It should be moist, but not soggy. Place the seeds to be used for starting plants approximately 1/4 inch deep in the soil. Two or three seeds should be used in each yogurt container to ensure 1 plant germinates in each. The containers can be covered with plastic wrap to aid in germination of the seeds.
Step 4Place the recycled yogurt containers in a sunny window. Check the seeds daily to see if they need water, but do not get them too wet. After a week or two the seeds should germinate and small plants will pop up from the soil. Thin the seedlings down to one plant per container.
Tips & Warnings
- The plants can be transplanted to the garden after several weeks. Consult the back of the seed package for planting dates.