Somewhere between the last hot days of summer and the early chill of Autumn, there’s a certain mayhem that descends upon my kitchen. It’s particular craziness that’s hallmarked by a ramshackle, odds-and-ends collection of cups, containers, sieves, and what-nots – all filled with seeds, in various stages of fermentation, rinsing, and drying. Seed saving time is in full swing!
I wont dive into the how-to of seed saving in this post, since so many have already done it so very well. (For a favorite primer on getting started, I really like the information over at Seed Savers Exchange.)
For now, I’m just here to share my new way to store them. For way too many years, I’ve squirreled away my saved seeds in whatever random envelope or baggie happened to be handy. This year, I’ve been working on getting more organized, so I figured it’s high time I start putting seeds in something a little more respectable. I’m also trying to get an early start on inexpensive stocking stuffers and gifts for the holidays, and thought that some hand-illustrated packets of seeds might be welcome little doo-dads for my gardening friends.
So what I needed was an easy to replicate seed packet template. I wanted my packets to be nicely sized (some are just so big!), and constructed in a way that kept even the smallest seeds stay safely inside, without working their way out of poorly constructed corners. (I find that so many templates fall short in this regard!) I also didn’t want fold lines printed out on the right side of my packets. Call me fussy. I didn’t find any I liked. So I decided to make my own, and started by taking apart empty packets from five of my favorite seed companies.
I ended up making two versions. There’s a blank one, which you can download here. This is my go-to, because I’ve been really enjoying trying my hand at a little botanical sketching lately, so it’s helpful to start with a plain, blank envelope. And there’s also this slightly gussied-up version, with tidy lines for writing in your information. That one’s downloadable here.
One last tip – I’ve found that I enjoy keeping a copy of the template printed and cut out of a good heavy stock, so that I can use it as a master for tracing the packet template onto oddly-shaped bits of paper that won’t fit through the printer. Old paper bags, gift bags, finger-paint paper, birthday card envelopes, and wrapping paper, all make great seed packets. Happy seed saving!!