Seed savers believe in miracles. Or as Henry David Thoreau put it, “I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
With summer underway, I am collecting: poppy pods, foxglove seeds, and columbine seeds to save for winter, when I will sprinkle them in my northern California garden and await the wonders. Meanwhile I’m storing the seeds in a slim lidded tin, a very satisfying way to organize envelopes, labels, and little jars.
I wish you the same happiness. Here are a few simple supplies to assemble your own DIY seed saving kit:
Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.
Screw Top Jars
Kraft Paper Envelopes
After poppy pods dry and turn brown, you shake out the seeds (like shaking salt) in the garden.
When I buy seeds to sow, after I open the envelope I store any leftover seeds in the airtight jars.