Tap here to get 5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners

How to Start Seedlings in Yogurt Cups


posted: 04/26/17

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy

Once you know how to start seedlings in yogurt cups, you can get a jump on your vegetable garden each year!

Basil is sprouting out of a Yoplait Light yogurt cup.

I’m so excited to be partnering with Yoplait to bring you this fun gardening tip!

One of my very favorite parts about summer is having a vegetable garden. It’s one of my kids’ favorite parts too! I can’t tell you how much I love seeing them jump off their swings run over to the garden and grab a cherry tomato and then run back and swing more. And then there’s the fresh herbs in my summer cooking! YUMM! But I always am late to start planting things so it takes forever for me to get my delicious summer goodness. Not this year! This year we started our seedlings in some leftover Yoplait cups and it worked perfectly. So I’m going to show you how to do it too!

This is a great craft to do with the kiddos! Mine have been obsessed watching our seedlings grow!

Step 1:  Grab some Yoplait! My kids love the Original and I feel good about the 6 grams of protein they’re getting in each serving. I love Yoplait Light, which has 5 grams of protein but less calories! It is the perfect snack for both me and the kiddos!

Enjoy your yogurt, and then give the container a good rinse.

A spoon digging into the Yoplait Original Strawberry Cheesecake.

Step 2: Puncture some holes in the bottom. This is a job for the grown ups! Be sure to make the puncture holes from the inside of the container so the plastic points out and it’s easier for excess water to drain. We don’t want to flood our little seedlings.

Some holes are punctured at the bottom of the Yoplait yogurt cup.

Step 3:  Add some potting soil to your cup. You want to add enough so that you have about 1/2 inch left at the top. Make sure you tap the cup once so that it is fully settled and you know you have enough in there. I didn’t add quite enough soil to my parsley cup, and they didn’t grow as well as my other seedlings.

A scoop of soil is being placed into the yogurt cup.

Step 4: Add some seeds! Add several to each cup, because some may not germinate. Be sure to read the back of the seed packet to see how far down you need to put the seed. Most seeds just barely need to be under dirt. If you put them too far down they won’t sprout.

Some seeds are being placed into the dirt

Step 5: Label your yogurt containers so you know what’s what.

The Yoplait Yogurt cup has the label of Parsley

Step 6: Water your seedlings gently and set them in a sunny window sill. I loved having mine above my kitchen sink because I could check the dirt daily. When your dirt looks dry, add a little more water.

Some herbs are sprouting out of the yoplait cup.

It was really sweet, my kids were so excited to see how much the plants had grown each morning. Quinn started talking about our bean seedling like it had a life of it’s own. “Do you see Bean?? Bean is growing like crazy!!”

The picture above and below are the growth after two weeks and according to my dad (an amazing gardener if there ever was one) they look good to put in the ground at this level of growth.  You want to look at the planting times for your zone to get a sense of when you should start them. Where we live in the Midwest is just about the coldest and late April is the perfect time to start seedlings. Get going, friends!

Some herbs are sprouting out of the yoplait cup.

And the picture below is the growth after a month. Don’t they look so good?? I’m so happy with my little babies ????

Some herbs are sprouting out of the yoplait cup.

 The instructions on sprouting herbs from a yoplait cup

For more awesome snacking and DIY ideas, be sure to follow Yoplait on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! And try all of Yoplait’s 100+ flavors for a chance to win $100,000! Just enter the code on top of specially marked lids at Yoplait.com/100Ways and you will have a chance to win one of more than 3,000 prizes!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 5/15/17. To play and find Official Rules, visit Yoplait.com/100ways.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

Reader Interactions


    Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you & seeing what you made!

  1. Kevin says

    How do you get the seedlings out of the cups or do you cut the cups?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Kevin! You can cut down the side of the cup and to remove them :)

Broccoli Pasta"Omg! I didn’t think anything so simple could be so good!"
overhead of skillet of Cajun Shrimp Pasta ingredients on a cooling rack with toasted bread sitting beside
Cajun Shrimp Pasta"My family absolutely loved this recipe. Even my finicky eaters."
overhead photo of a gray skillet filled with beef and broccoli recipe, garnished with sliced green onions
Beef and Broccoli Recipe"I have made this a couple or more times. It’s easy & quick to prepare. I like this for a quick meal. It will be my go to recipe."


5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners