Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

Q: I have collected paper egg cartons to use for seed starters. Will the paper bio-degrade or will I need to ‘pull’ the seedling and soil to transplant it?

A: In my experience, you can “crumble” the carton pocket on your hand just before planting. This breaks up the paper pulp and allows roots to escape. Be sure to cover the top edge of the planter with a thin layer of soil so it doesn’t wick moisture away from roots. Slicing the pulp pocket in a few places with scissors before initially filling it with soil also creates escape routes for roots.

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