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When the promise of spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere are gearing up to get their little seedlings started for their summer gardens, you may want to take some time to consider your various options for seedling containers.  

Using biodegradable containers for your seedlings and starts gives you a couple of benefits; there is no need to remove a plastic container from around the delicate seedlings when you are ready to transplant them, and if you choose items that are compostable then you are getting some of those extra nutrients and ‘food’ into your garden soil that will greatly benefit the plants over the course of the growing season.  

Here are 5 fun ideas for biodegradable seedling containers:

Egg shells

With a little planning and preparation you can save up your egg shells to use in your garden!  Make sure to save the cartons to use with the open shells so they will be stable.  Rinse out the shell halves and let them air dry.  Carefully poke a hole in the bottom of each shell for drainage (just use a decent sized sewing needle) then fill each shell with some high quality potting soil.  Using your pinky finger make small holes in the dirt for the seed, place a seed in each shell, and cover with dirt.  In no time, with a little water and sunlight, your seedlings will be sprouting and growing.  When you are ready to move the plants out to the garden plot, simply place the whole shell down into the prepared hole and cover with dirt!egg-shell-seedling

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