Build your own seed bank by storing seeds from your own garden (or that of a generous neighbor).
Now is the time to harvest seeds - before the fall rains and early winter frosts. Here are a few storage ideas to get you started. (For DIY instructions, see How to Save Seeds at Mr. Brown Thumb.)
Above: Burgon and Ball's Seed Storage Envelopes made of reusable paper with adhesive closures. Available at Williams Sonoma Agrarian ($9.95 for a pack of 20) and, for UK readers, through Burgon and Ball (£3.95 for a pack of 20).
Above: Letterpress Seed Saving Packets are custom printed by San Francisco's Austin Press in black ink on matte paper; $9.95 for a set of 12 (six each of the mushroom and bird designs) at Williams Sonoma Agrarian.