Spring is almost here and with it comes planting and working in the garden or if you have no garden just a yard will do or if you have no yard then perhaps a window box 🙂 What ever or where ever your garden grows here is a handy way to use your muffin tin!
Use my muffin tin in the garden? Why of course! Use your muffin tin to plant flowers or herbs in, it’s especially good for starting seedlings! Now I must post a disclaimer, PLEASE do not pull your tin out of the kitchen and sprint to the garden… unless you have no intentions of ever returning it to the kitchen 🙂 This is a use for old tins, those poor lonely ones just sitting in a kitchen or thrift shop never to be used again because they’ve seen better days 😦 Well grab them up and show’em some love folks!
All you need is a good potting mix (news paper, optional) some old muffin tins and seeds of your choosing! Here is a quick recipe for starting seedlings in a muffin tin. This would be a fun activity to do with the kiddos too if you have them!
This first part is optional and I haven’t tried it but I’m gonna give it a whirl. It was adapted from an ice cube tray idea…before starting seedlings, line the tin with newspaper first. This will help get the tender plants out of the cups once they have established a root system. Good idea right?!!
To line the tin simply wet down the newspaper and lay it over the tin. Poke the newspaper down into each cup with your fingers, and let it dry completely before putting in your dirt and seed. If you decide to do this you will obviously need to do this hours/days ahead of time depending on how many you are prepping for.
When you are ready you simply fill your muffin cups almost to the top with potting soil mix (your mix should be moist, if it’s not moisten it) place 2-4 seeds on top, in the middle but a little apart from one another (that makes it easier to separate them later). Next you sprinkle a layer of soil over top to cover them. Mist them lightly to settle them in if you like but if your potting mix was adequately moist to begin with you shouldn’t need to “water” them. If they are larger seeds plant them a little further down, you can generally follow planting instructions on packaging for this 🙂 if you have planted more than 1 type of seed you may want to label, masking tape works great! Cover your muffin tins with plastic wrap to create a high humidity environment. Set them in a sunny window or other warm indoor sunny spot. As soon as you see a few seedlings poking up through the soil, remove the plastic. Give your seedlings a few weeks to grow, monitoring their soil moisture, ONLY use a spray bottle to water your seeds as needed! They can’t handle a lot of heavy moisture at once, and any dribble of water will disturb the dirt and harm the little plants. Now I’m not really a gardener so you’ll have to google what to do after that, lol but now your well on you way! I hope your garden grows beautifully 😉
They also make for lovely container gardens and floral arrangements, get creative in the garden with your repurposed muffin tins and when you do please post your pics! We would LOVE to see them 🙂 Here are a couple to give you some inspiration 🙂
My photo source for Baby Tears in Muffin Tins (left) is countryliving.com, if you like this they had a bunch of other great ideas for unique floral arrangements too!
Now the photo on the right is a display of succulent cuttings in a moss filled muffin tin and this comes to us from EDEN MAKERS blog a lot of very pretty container garden ideas there!