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Teen Grab and Go: Recycled Egg Carton Herb Garden

There is nothing better than cooking with your own fresh produce! Start small with this herb garden starter kit.

Start Your Own Herb Garden from a Recycled Egg Carton 1

Kit Includes:

  • Potting soil
  • 4 seed bags (Basil, Dill, Lavender, and Mint)
  • 4 egg carton sections or biodegradable seed cups (both function the same)
  • 2 popsicle sticks

Other Materials Needed:

  • A spoon or something to scoop the dirt with
  • A tray or plate to catch any extra water


  1. Scoop dirt into each of the 4 pods
  2. Make a divot in the center of each pod
  3. Pour each bag of seeds into their own pod
  4. Cover the seeds with soil and set them on a tray
  5. Carefully cut popsicle sticks in half and label each half with one of the herb names (use this to keep track of which herb is which)
  6. Water the seeds and set them in a sunny spot
  7. Let grow for about 8 weeks (or until sprouts start to outgrow the containers) watering as needed
  8. Replant the pods in either a garden or larger container, the whole pod can go in as it is biodegradable!
  9. Water and watch them grow! Enjoy once plants fully form.


  • If you have used coffee grounds you can mix them in with the soil
  • Covering the pods with a clear plastic lid can help sprouts form faster but are not necessary
  • If you don’t have any pots or garden space try recycling other containers for your growing herbs! (a milk jug or carton with the top half cut off works great)
  • If you are worried about drainage poke a hole in the bottom of each pod with a safety pin or pen
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