5 Ways to store seeds from your garden.10:31:00
The vegetable patch here has reached the end of its summer life with only the Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach still providing a few leaves and fruit here and there.
The rest of the patch has all started to dry up and the kids and I have been collecting the seeds from the Marigold, Cosmos and the Basil flowers as well sorting through some of the other seed stores in the shed.
I haven't really given much thought to seed saving in the past as I usually just purchase healthy seedlings of vegetables and flowers cheaply at our local markets. However, after a bit of reading lately it seems that this seed saving business is a good one to do, especially for the long term gains and the many benefits it brings. Including but not limited to the ability to become more self sufficient, saving money and allowing us to always be in control of growing the very best crops in our gardens. It is also a very relaxing and mindful activity to do as I experienced the other day, sitting out in the backyard with the kids cracking seed pods into unlabelled envelopes.
These unlabelled envelops in question are what has prompted this post today. I figured that whilst placing seeds into sealed envelops was probably okay in the short term, in the long term its wasn't so good as not only will I forget what is in the envelopes, there is no order (cue annoyed hubby) and piling packets of seeds in envelops and plastic bags does look a bit messy out there in the shed.
Exhibit A - My current seed storing stash. I think there are some Broad Beans, Pumpkins, Poppies, Cosmos, Sunflowers and a few others Im not to sure what they are.
Ill leave to to peruse. Im liking the old photo album trick the best followed by the old ribbon strip. I think id be organising by the month so I knew exactly what to plant at all the different times of the year.