Now bear with me a second here cause this is where we go back a few months. In January my husband showed me an article that mentioned how many hundreds of thousands of K-cups end up in landfills every year. Great! Like I needed something else to feel guilty about...right? So I started saving them. I peeled off the foil tops and shook the coffee grounds out to use in my garden and compost. I let the cups dry out, but didn't really know what to do with them. In February though, Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily wrote a post about using K-cup as seed starters. Great idea! Unfortunately I had already started my seeds at the time, but these would be perfect now for thinning them out!
I lined up the empty K-cups in the same configuration as the growing pellets. I actually used the lid of the mini greenhouse since I wasn't using it anymore, and it worked perfectly! I also wrote the name of the seedling on the outside of the cup in sharpie for good measure! Next I added my soil mixture and watered them all so the soil would settle. I gently teased apart the soil in each pellet using a toothpick and transplanted 1-2 seedlings into each K-cup. I filled in each cup with soil and watered again, being careful that the seedling didn't fall over and was well supported by the soil. Then I moved them back to my sunny window and that's it! The K-cups should give them enough room that they can establish a strong root system for when I transplant them into the ground in a few weeks....plus I saved some plastic from the landfill!
|This is the before & after.|
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