Starter pots – somewhere to put dirt, water, and a seed.
I have various seed starter trays and pots. One solution I have found is to save the small seedling pots that come from the stores. Most of these have four or six cells to a set. I can refill these with dirt and use them to start seeds. Since water drains quickly from these, I place them on trays to prevent them from drying to fast. This also prevents water from spilling too much.
Another solution is to reuse the plastic starter trays that require peat discs. Disc replacements can be purchased separately. These are much cheaper than replacing the whole seed starter set, tray and all. They come dehydrated and require a heavy watering before use. After they have enough water, the disc becomes a large plug of peat in a nylon case. They even have a hole in the top to put the seeds.
So I remember what seed was planted where, I use seed marking stakes to display the names. These come in many sizes and shapes. The cheap plastic stakes are good choice as they are cheap and do not rust or rot. Also, if you plant the same items each year, they are reusable.
Here you can see I have reused some four and six cell seeding packs and a large seeding tray. All of these are from prior years.
Planters and pots.
I also start some seeds in decorative pots if I plan to keep them there. This works very well for basil and other small herbs. One cheap packet of assorted basil seeds produces some very good looking mixed arrangements with little effort. In addition to the fancy pots for the patio,I also keep every usable pot that I can get. If it holds dirt and water, I will probably try to grow something in it.
Last weekend and this weekend were perfect for working in the greenhouse and starting seeds. I have started many of the usual summer plants that grow in our garden. Cucumbers, various tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, and zucchini are the usual plants I chose every year.