Homemade Seed Packets


I have saved non-hybrid seeds from my gardens for many years. I always clean the seeds and lay them out to dry on saucers. When the seeds are very dry I package them, label them, and store them for next years’ garden. My collection of favorite annuals, perennials and vegetables – especially tomatoes – is stored in a tightly closed jar in our refrigerator. Because I save lots of seeds I had to figure out an inexpensive way to keep them neatly labeled and organized. My simple solution can be found at your local drug store. Get yourself a box of inexpensive plain white envelopes. Seal an envelope and cut it in half vertically. You now have two seed packets.


Label the packet with the plant variety or name, date collected, where collected, and any other information you think might be important. IMG_0141

Fill your packets with dry seeds and fold the top over a few times.


Now drop your seed packets into a glass jar with a tight rubber seal. Canning jars with new lids, baby food jars, or bale jars are perfect. If you have a dessicant – those little pkts. that come in new leather gloves, purses, or shoes, and bottles of pills – drop a few into the bottle/jar with your seeds. Dessicants are often labeled with the words ” Silica gel”, “Moisture adsorbant”, “Do Not Eat”, Throw away”, Oxygen absorber, Dri-Pac Moisture and Odor Adsorbant, etc. If you do not have packets of dessicant fold a tablespoon of dry milk into a tissue and put it on the bottom of your jar. The dry milk will act as a dessiccant.


Now pop that jar of treasures into the back of your refrigerator until next spring. The most important words to remember when saving seeds are COLD – 33 to 41 degrees and DRY. The wonderful book Seed To Seed by Suzanne Ashworth makes the important point that “The sum of the temperature (degrees F.) and relative humidity should not exceed 100.

seeds in refrigerator

When you save and plant/save and plant, year after year, those plants slowly adapt to the microclimate in your garden. You will have tomatoes, or whatever you save, that have adapted to your garden. You will have brought a small amount of self sufficiency to your garden. Not a bad thing!

Hey from the garden,
Fran The Country Cousin

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