Citrus Peel Seed Starters

We love citrus season! From fresh squeezed orange juice to Ginger Citrus Marmalade, with plenty of oranges around, we have to find ways for using the compost scraps. The end of citrus season also means the beginning of spring planting. Don't throw all those peels in the compost, because we are cool enough to show you something else to do with them. You don't need fancy equipment to get your seeds started indoors. In fact, you can use one of the most common kitchen scraps to “get growing.” Using citrus peels to start your seeds is a creative and inexpensive way to get your garden growing. Not to mention, it’s a fun project for the entire family!

Start by either by juicing the fruit completely, until the remains lay flat onto the interior of the peel, or simply scoop out the fruit by section.

Then poke a small hole in the bottom of the peel, for drainage.


Next, fill your hollow half of a citrus rind with soil and drop your seed.

Once the seeds have sprouted, you can transplant the entire thing, rind and all, directly into your garden bed. The citrus peel will slowly compost under the soil providing nourishment as the young plant grows. This project can also be done using eggs shells and even toilet paper rolls.

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