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Reuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own Seeds

By Newyorkrita
February 21, 2015

Seed starting is easy when you reuse those garden center cell packs.

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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Feb 20, 2015 6:47 PM CST
I do that too. I have quite a bit of them stored on a shelf in my garage. As a matter of fact, my whole garage looks like a storage center. I have buckets filled with decorative garden stakes. Watering cans stashed in corners. Flower pots nested together, and plastic bins filled with fairy garden stuff. That's MY side of the garage. Hubby has his tools, leaf blower, mower, and other stuff on the other side. It's a wonder the car fits in there. Big Grin
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 20, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Great idea! With 6-packs and 4-packs, each pack can be sown with just one kind of seed. You don't need to have a whole tray with 74 cells and 6 different kinds of seeds, all emerging at different times.
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quietyard
Feb 20, 2015 9:11 PM CST
I do that as well Rita. Thumbs up
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 21, 2015 2:10 PM CST
Always good to reuse. I agree
Since I don't buy anything that comes in those packs I usually hunt for the ones discarded by landscapers and homeowners on recycle day. I just wash them and give them a rinse in a mild bleach solution. Love saving money. Thumbs up
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Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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paulgrow
Mar 1, 2015 7:38 AM CST
I also reuse them, but I sanitize them in a 10% bleach solution to avoid spreading any disease,
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 2, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Sometimes I use my dishwasher to thoroughly clean inserts and sections of -lug trays that I re-use. I always get the soil and visible stains off first, by spraying, soaking and scrubbing.

Then I fill the dishwasher as full as I can with 6-pack inserts, plastic pots and sections of trays. I add detergent manually so that every part of the cycle becomes a "wash" cycle. I seem to have a pre-rinse, then a pre-wash, then the main wash, then a rinse cycle. Instead I turn those into 4 wash cycles, and do the rinsing outdoors with a hose set to "mist" or "flat spray".

Each batch of trays and inserts gets 5-7 minutes of washing, then I remove that batch and put the next batch in. I can get 5-6 batches through one dishwasher cycle.

The bleach rinse might get them more nearly sterile, but the dishwasher does get them very clean.

P.S. Modern "laundry bleach" is an oxygen-based "bleach" and very weak tea compared to traditional BLEACH (sodium hypochlorite). If you want to sanitize or sterilize something, you want traditional Chlorine-based bleach. If a jug says "laundry bleach", read the fine print and look for "sodium hypochlorite" (effective for sterilizing things) and anything else, usually starting "oxy-", which does not kill microbes.

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