Easy Recycled DIY Plant Starter - Reuse Your Coffee Pods for Gardening Written by Charlee Waldrop Apr 17, 2019 0 Looking for a creative way to reuse your VitaCup Pods? Use them as a DIY plant starter! Not only will you have a beautiful plant, but it is a perfect use for your used coffee pods! Supplies You'll Need: Used pods Potting soil Bowl Small spoon (or hands) Water Seeds A well-lit place suitable for your plants Instructions: 1. Brew yourself a nice cup of vitamin-infused coffee or tea. Do not toss any part of the used pods yet! 2. While you let the pods cool from brewing, relax and enjoy your warm beverage. 3. Once you’ve finished your coffee or tea and the pods have cooled, begin your project by peeling away the lids and recycling them. 4. Empty the contents of the pods in a bowl leaving the filter inside the pod intact. 5. Next, you’ll be adding soil to supplement the grounds/tea leaves. There are no specific measurements, but about 50% or more of your mixture should be soil to ensure there’s excellent absorbency to retain water for the seeds. 6. Add water to your mixture to make it moist and damp, but don’t over do it where becomes dirt soup! Just enough water where the mixture kind of holds together. 7. Thoroughly mix the grounds with the soil. 8. Once your soil mixture is ready, bring back your empty pod and fill it to the rim with your mixture. The filter in the pod holds the soil and seeds together, but the hole at the bottom of the pod from brewing allows excess water to flow out preventing over-watering. 9. Gently press the soil into the pod to ensure that it is full. Press a hole with your finger for the seeds to sit in. The depth of the hole (or if a hole is even necessary) is depended on what seeds you decide to plant, so please refer to the information that is provided with your seeds. 10. Take your seeds (here pictured are Purple ConeFlower seeds, but we also used Poppy Rhoeas Shirley mix) and place them into the hole. 11. Take your seeds (here pictured are Purple ConeFlower seeds, but we also used Poppy Rhoeas Shirley mix) and place them into the hole. 12. Lastly, be sure to place your pods at a nicely lit window sill and to keep the soil moist. From here on watch as your pods fulfill their new purpose and to follow any further directions from your seed packet. Do you love to garden? Try it and tell us what you think!