Saturday, April 26, 2014

Recycled K-cups as seedling pots

Every year I start a good amount of my garden plants from seeds. Actually, I start just about everything but the annual flowers I put in the planters. I'm also frugal, so I often buy my seed starting supplies when they go on clearance in the fall. This past year I bought some 25 plant 'mini greenhouse' kits with growing pellets (basil and parsley seeds came with them.....bonus!) for $.99 each. At that price I bought all 3 that they had! This is how I started my seeds this year. These kits also came with a little fill-in-the-blank diagram to keep track of which seeds were planted in which space. It makes it so easy to keep track of what went where as many seedlings look exactly alike when they first start growing. I simply watered the pellets to make them expand, added seeds, put the lid on then filled out the diagram. I put the mini greenhouse in a sunny window and waited. Everything was sprouting well and really filling in the growing pellets. I was starting to wonder where I'm going to move them next, when I remembered.....


reuse K-cups for seedlings


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!


k-cups and peat pellets for seed starting
This is the before & after.
Now granted, this only save a small fraction of K-cups from the landfill. Some is better then none though, right? I am looking for other ways to re-use K-cups though so if you have a great idea, please forward it to me so I can give it a try! Thanks and happy healthy seedlings to all!


~L           

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13 comments:

  1. What a great way to re-use the K-cups! Love this!

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    1. Thanks! ...and thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  2. What a great idea for those damn things!

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    1. ....and we use so many of them!

      ~L

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  3. How 'bout using them to corral beads or other small craft supplies? Or nuts/screws in the garage? Use them to make games for kids (throwing pennies or beans into them for points? Bathtub boats? Sandbox molds? Thanks for sharing this on The Maple Hill Hop!

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    1. Ohhh, so many great ideas. Thanks so much!

      ~L

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  4. Yay! It does alleviate a bit of the guilt right? Now we just need an offseason use for them!

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    1. I'm working on that! lol I just need another color of Krylon first.

      ~L

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  5. I hate throwing away my K-cups...great idea!

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    1. I do too! They are so convenient, but I feel oh so guilty! At least they get a second chance sometimes....

      ~L

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  6. This is a great reusable project! Saving the landfills and helping you out without having to find something to plant the seed in! Thanks for sharing over at the Homeacre Hop. Please join us again this week!
    Mary :)
    www.homegrownonthehill.com

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  7. I would never have thought about that! Time to start saving my K-cups!

    Blessings

    Linda

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    1. I keep trying to think up new ideas for them! They add up quickly, you'll have plenty saved in no time!

      ~L

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