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 EnvelopesAfter 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.
Wooden Plant Labels
DIY Seed Saving Kit
- DIY: How to Save Seeds.
- 10 Easy Pieces: Seed Saving Envelopes.
- Object of Desire: The Mighty Seed Box by Franklyn & Vincent.