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How to Turn K-cups into Seed Starters

I got an email the other day from sweet Beka, a creative 14-year-old and the lovely daughter of my friend Valerie.

Valerie is a renaissance woman. She works, cooks, gardens, sculpts, paints, raises beautiful children, and even makes awesome cakes shaped like Kate Spade purses.

Seriously. Which one is the real thing?

Seriously. Which one is the real thing?

It appears that Valerie has passed her creative DNA onto the adorable Beka, because Beka sent me a snap guide on how to turn Keurig K-cups into seed starters. This project only took Val and Beka an afternoon to complete. Val says she will harvest the lettuce they planted right from the K-cups but when fear of frost is over, she’ll plant them outside.

Val with Hannah and Beka (on the right)

Val with Hannah and Beka (on the right) – Gorgeous girls and one hot momma!

Because nothing is more local than growing your own food, I planted a small garden last year with moderate success. I also helped my friend John plant, weed, dig, and harvest in his giant garden. One thing I’ve never done, though, is start my own seed. But with this guide and a Christmas gift of heirloom seeds from Val, I’m ready to give it a try.

Without further ado, here’s Beka’s snap guide. Click on the photo below or this link:

Check out How to Turn Keurig K-Cups Into Seed Starters by Beka Ein on Snapguide.

This guide is awesome. Thanks, Beka!

This guide is so helpful and easy to follow. Thanks, Beka!

Let’s share some gardening tips! When’s the best time to start seeds for spring planting? What’s the easiest vegetable to grow? What’s your favorite thing to grow? Any tried and true gardening tips you can give a novice gardener like me?


  1. That’s such a cute idea!! I don’t have a Keurig and also have a black thumb, so unfortunately this would not be successful for me. When we moved into our house a few years ago, we discovered some crops that were growing out back. So we had some strawberries and green beans that year, but not since. I’ve always wanted one of those little herb gardens, but was always fearful that I would murder those poor little plants. I am just not a very good gardener.

    • Strawberries are no easy to grow. I’ve planted them, but they require attention I’m not willing to give! I thought I had a black thumb, too, but then I grew the most delicious radishes, beets, and spinach last year. I’m excited to expand the garden this year. You should definitely try an herb garden! Some of them are really easy to grow (except cilantro. I killed my cilantro).

  2. Gail

    I definitely will use this one. I am a coffee fiend and my flower gardens out back need some new plants for the spring. Great idea.

  3. Ahhh that’s so fantastic! Peppermeister and i were just saying how we need to stop buying K-Cups because it seems so wasteful… (They make a reusable stainless steel K-cup that you can fill with ground coffee.) Peppermeister, are you seeing this?

    You rule, Beka!

    • But then if you get the stainless steel one you actually have to fill it with ground coffee. Isn’t the point of a K-cup to be as lazy as possible, especially in them early morning? I feel strongly about this, Jules.

      Beka’s a cool kid. she even did a snapguide on how to make that purse!

  4. Clever idea and clever kid! Like Misty, I’m a hopelessly inept, Keurig-deprived gardener. But chives and parsley are really tough and come back every year for me – yeah!

    • I tried chives, too, with some success, but I chose the wrong pot to grow them. Lesson learned.

      Gardening is both more difficult and easier than I expected. I’m expanding my tiny plot this year.

  5. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying
    your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • Hi Devin! My suggestions are simple and it looks like you’re already doing one thing – commenting on other blogs. Do this a lot. And when you find blogs you really like, do it consistently.

      Also, be consistent with your own posts. Set a schedule and try to stick to it.

      Keep your posts short and simple. Don’t go on and on.

      I think the biggest thing for me was connecting with other bloggers. I’ve done guest posts too.

      Hope that helped!

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