11 ideas for making homemade nurseries with recycled materials

Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be an enjoyable hobby that allows you to spend more time in nature without breaking the bank.

Once you have the substrate and the seeds, most cultivation tools can be obtained using recycled materials.


How to make a homemade seedbed.

Today we give you some ideas on how to make a homemade seedbed with what you have at home.


The first recycled material that we suggest for creating your nurseries is newspaper because it is a material that you probably already have at home or that you can easily recover.

In addition, setting up a homemade seedbed with sheets of newspaper is very quick and easy to handle even for novice growers.

It’s about molding cones or cylinders with the sheets of newspaper as we explain in this post. In less than a minute, your seedbed will be ready.

Cardboard rolls.

Cardboard rolls are another perfect recyclable resource for building seedlings.

In addition, you can give them many other uses, so we recommend that you always save the toilet paper and paper towel tubes. They can always be used for something!

Homemade seed beds with recycled toilet paper rolls

Create your nursery with cardboard tubes as we explain in this article.

supermarket plastic containers

When you cannot avoid buying packaged fruits and vegetables, the ideal is to try to give a second life to these containers. For example, they are perfect for planting our seeds.

If the container is that typical container with a lid that already comes with holes in the bottom and top, all we will do is fill it with the appropriate substrate and plant the seeds.

The cover will create the greenhouse effect which will facilitate the germination of the seeds.

egg shells

In the garden, eggshells are very useful for fertilizing our plants because they are rich in calcium. On the other hand, they represent a recyclable and ecological material perfect for germinating seeds.

Homemade seedlings with eggshells

yogurt containers

To reuse individual yogurt containers as a seedbed, you will need to poke a few small holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out when watering the seeds.

recycled cups

Next time you order coffee to go, remember that you can recycle that cup to plant seeds.

homemade seedlings with recycled plastic cups

The process for creating this recycled seedbed is the same as for yogurt containers.

homemade planters with recycled paper cups

juice bricks

Juice, tomato sauce and milk cartons of any size and format are ideal for planting the seeds of your vegetables, herbs and flowers. They are easy to mold and with scissors you can pierce the bottom and cut the top to give it the shape of a pot.

Plastic bottles.

I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding them.

homemade seedlings with PET bottles


Homemade seedbeds can also be built by recycling cans of tuna, vegetables, etc.

In this case, you will have to be more careful when handling them to pierce the bottom to avoid cutting yourself.

homemade seedlings with aluminum cans

For this, we recommend that you use gardening gloves when carrying out your work in the garden.

egg cartons

Egg cartons are another perfect recycled material for germinating seeds. You will only have to place the substrate and plant the seeds.

homemade seedlings with egg cartons

Find out all you can do with egg cartons. Don’t throw them away!

Aluminum oven dishes

Used aluminum molds can also have a second life. Make a few small holes in the bottom for the water to drain out and add the substrate. To make planting easier, you can build a tool like this.

These are just a few ideas for germinating seeds in recycled packaging.

With a little creativity, you will surely find how to make a recycled seedbed with other materials that you currently have at home.

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