One of my manias is seeds and seed-saving. Perhaps it’s my Catholic upbringing*, but it bothers me that so many good seeds sit in cupboards and drawers and old shoe boxes and never get planted…much less harvested. This year I decided to winnow down my own considerable stash by doing a seed trade with a few gardening friends. I stumbled, however, on packaging the seeds. If I bought envelopes it kind of defeats one of the purposes (thrift) of seed trading. Fortunately, I am married to an artist, so I put him on the home-made envelope task.
I asked for small envelopes (seed trades don’t mean “four years’ worth of cucumbers”) and I wanted them to be easily made and resealable. He came up with envelopes made of 4″ square pieces of regular paper. Here’s the photo tutorial below. You end up with little 2″ envelopes…perfect for, say, 300 lettuce or 6 pumpkin seeds.
*you know, the profligacy of seed wasting evidenced by Monty Python’s “Every Sperm is Sacred” from The Meaning of Life. If I truly believed it, I obviously would have more than one child.
4×4 square piece of paper
halvsies then quarters
tuck one bottom edge into the other
seeds go into the center here and then the top gets folded over. Label on the other side and voila…