Beginner’s Gardening Project
Growing seedlings in an egg carton is an easy beginner’s gardening project for kids. It works for many plants, including herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce and cucumbers.
- Cardboard egg carton
- Potting soil
- Spray bottle
- Garden trowel
Cut an egg carton in half. Add potting soil to the six egg cups. Poke a hole in the soil in the center of each cup, and place one seed in each hole. Cover with soil. Spray the soil with water. Keep the carton in a warm, light-filled location, and water your seeds every day!
Once the seeds have sprouted into small seedlings, transfer them to a larger container or plant them outside. Check instructions on the seed packets to find out when the plant can be moved outdoors. (Find your climate zone at garden.org.)
Transferring: Make sure the egg carton is very wet. Separate each of the egg carton cups, and plant them — cups and all! (BTW: The cardboard cups will decompose.)