Monday, February 17, 2014

Transplanting Seedlings from a Recycled Egg Carton

Two Week Seedlings Turned Sprouts | Plucky Gumption Copyright 2014
After two weeks, our seedlings have outgrown the egg carton. We had some difficulty transplanting the little sprouts into larger containers. I read that the easiest way was to spoon the sprouts out of the egg carton and carefully place them in a larger pot. I am not the most delicate gal in the world. (My nickname growing up was “Bam-Bam.”) I thought it was much easier to carefully cut up the bottom of the egg carton and transplant the entire piece into the larger container. Here is a step by step of how we transplanted our egg carton sprouts into large containers.
Step One: Separate each sprout into individual rounds for transplanting. My husband, a.k.a. Pookie is the lovely hand model. We initially cut the container with a pocket knife and separated the basil sprouts from the tomato sprouts. 
Step Two: Cut the thick edge off the individual rounds. That makes it easier to set it in its new larger home. We used regular scissors to cut the edges off.

 Step Three: Make a spot in the larger container to place the sprout. Fill the soil up around the egg carton round.  

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