One of the most valuable skills you can teach yourself in a food garden is to collect seeds. It’s not only a cost-effective way to grow food, but it’s also a great way to replicate your existing crop. Not all seeds are the same, and collecting seeds is a great way to ensure your variety can grow again. To do this you need to start off with heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are historical seeds which haven’t been modified. Once you collect your seeds, you can easily make seed storage envelopes to keep them safe.
The less you spend the more you grow, and making your own envelopes is just another way to save money growing food.
Seed storage envelopes
Almost every parent has brown paper bags for lunches. These make the perfect cool, dark place for seeds to be stored. All you need now is a few origami folds to turn them into small envelopes to store seeds.
What you need:
- Brown paper bags
- Sticky tape
- Saved seeds
- Take one paper bag (opening facing away from you) and make a square by measuring it with the ruler.
- Now take the bottom right corner and fold the square in half to make a triangle (keeping it the same direction as step 1).
- Next fold in the bottom corners equally, as shown in the video.
- Poke one of the bottom corners into the other one and tape it down so it won’t come out.
- Pick it up and find the pocket by separating the top of the envelope.
- Label and date your envelopes so you can keep track of your seeds.
- Finally, you can fill your envelopes with seeds, being careful not to overfill them.
- Seal the top of the envelope by taping it down and store in a dry cool spot.
Seeds can generally be stored for 1-2 years by will start to deteriorate after that. I always try to use my seeds the following season and collect fresh ones again. Give these simple and effective seeds storage envelopes a good at the end of your season. You’ll be well prepared with your trusted seeds the following season.