Beginner’s Gardening Project - Carolina Country

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
  • Seeds
  • Spray bottle
  • Scissors
  • Garden trowel

Growing seeds egg cartons


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

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.)


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