Friday, March 25, 2011

Reuse: K-Cups Become Seed Starters

We received a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas and I love it. If you have one you should definitely try the hot apple cider, it's a delicious treat. What I don't love is throwing out the plastic k-cups that hold the coffee and tea. With my previous coffee maker I didn't even use disposable coffee filters; it was a low waste system. So, I started stock piling used k-cups on kitchen counter hoping I could find something to do with them. And then genius struck:


Since I plan to finally start a vegetable garden this year (some in pots and some in a shared garden at a friends home) I thought the k-cups would make perfect little seed starters. All you need for this project is:

* used k-cups, remove coffee & filter and rinse
* a tray to hold the cups
* seed starting medium or potting soil
* seeds for whatever vegetables or herbs you would like to grow


I also made little markers that I printed on adhesive paper and stuck to tooth picks. If you are starting seeds soon and think these markers would be useful let me know and I will make blank ones that you can download and print at home. Happy Planting!

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  1. What a great idea! I love Kurig machines, but those cups are soo wasteful. I wonder how many other fun things people will come up with to do with them.

  2. I love these - how could they not grow well with all the creative juices?!

    Thank you for joining Post Of The Month Club - I hope you will link up again next month :) Happy sowing!

  3. So clever. I love a resourceful approach to living and I think I'm going to love your blog too!! x

  4. So cute and clever. And they look great! I don't own one of these machines, but I think I have plenty of little containers like that that I could use. Stopped over from the Post of the Month Club. Have a great weekend!

  5. Calling by from Happy Homemaker UK as participating in Post of the Month and really enjoying meeting everyone else and reading their favourite posts. Great idea for recycling.