When starting seeds trays, it is very important to label the seeds. This is especially true with plants like cucumbers that have different picking requirements – some need to be picked small or they turn bitter, others can be left to grow long. A “Paris Pickling” needs to be picked at gherkin size, and a “Bella” at ten inches. How can you tell this looking at a vine? Sometimes you can’t. This is just an example.
You can solve this frugally by reusing your sour cream and cottage cheese containers. We are very fond of Daisy sour cream and cottage cheese because they use no fillers or stabilizers or anything that you can’t pronounce. With a large family, we eat a considerable amount of these weekly. While many of the tubs are used over and over for leftovers and my husband’s lunches, we still end up with stacks of them that I am reluctant to throw away.
So I have found another use for them. Using sharp scissors, I cut the base off about 1/2 inch up from the base. This forms a little “dish” that you can use as a tray under small pots. With the remaining sides, I cut strips just wide enough to write on with a permanent marker. If you have seen the cost of plant markers in nurseries and gardening catalogs, you will see that your savings can be substantial. When I am done using them, I put them all in a pot and often reuse them.