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Egg Cartons and Seedlings

Fancy peat pots, I used egg cartons

Starting a garden from scratch

Now I do not claim to have a green thumb, but I am super keen. I’m also a keen saver, which is one of my motivations for getting a garden going, not only do you get fresh beautiful plants, you also save on the grocery dollar! It’s common to pay about $3 per bunch of [insert herb].

Now there are several ways I could start. I’ve seen the fancy ‘peat pots’ and I’ve rolled the newspaper pots too. I thought I’d give the good ol’ egg carton a go. I made a mental checklist of all the items I needed and ventured onto the balcony.

* To poke a hole at the bottom for drainage, usually you could use a tooth pick, unfortunately I only had dental floss, so ended up using a mini fork instead!

Step by Step

Cut carton in half. Scissors, knives or brute force (actually if using your hands ripping it bit by bit works well).
Find something sharp to poke drainage holes at the bottom of each cup. If you have a toothpick, that works well!
Fill lovingly with potting mix. Thanks to kitchen gloves, my hands aren’t too dirty.
Plant seeds as per instructions (I used 3 – 6 seeds per cup depending on the size of the seed).
I drizzled water on with my hands (i.e. poured some in my hand then splashed it over the cartons). If you’re fancy you could keep your seedlings moist with a water mister.
Now it’s a waiting game… grow little Oregano, Lemon Coriander, Pansy, Marigold and Lobelia!

Does it seem like things are speeding up? It’s already the end of April! Easter has come and gone as has a chunk of our public holidays. I’ve been cleaning up the site, mostly things that make it function smoother. I’m working on a project which will be launched on Kickstarter. Lots of Gouache (similar to watercolour but a bit ‘thicker’) is being used. The project’s creation involved going around the supermarket with a measuring tape. I’ll be sure to let you know all about it once it’s ready, until then I’m off to plant some seeds! Let me know how you go!

Jen Aboki
Jen Aboki
Jen Aboki loves nothing more than to create, she's a handmade over store bought kinda girl. One of her big dreams is to encourage the world to feel positively about mental health, share the laughs, tears, ups and downs. is a place where Jen brings to life the stuff she dreams about. Interested in working with Jen? She loves creating websites, logos, graphics and speaking (sprinkled with some stand up comedy)

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