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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seed Saving

This year I planted all heirloom, organic, non-gmo, non-hybrid plants with plans on saving seeds for next year's crops. This is my first time saving seeds from the vegetables I grew, so it has been a little trial and error and a bit of a learning process. I have already saved seeds from my bell peppers, chile peppers, lettuce, and carrots. It's amazing how many seeds you can get from one bell pepper!

I have researched methods for seed storage and it all seems to come back to a dry, cool, dark place. I have also looked for seed envelopes and have found a variety at Seed Savers, and also found several sites where you can print out templates to make your own.

Making Your Own Seed Envelopes

Making your own seed envelopes is easy to do. I have tried making my own templates with seed information printed on them that I could cut out, fold and glue together. They were nice, but were very  time consuming to make and seemed to waste a lot of paper. 

Here is one of the simplest ways I have found to make a seed envelope and you can make it any size you wish. I usually make two different sizes by starting with either 3-1/2" or  5-1/4" square paper.

Start with a 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" piece of paper.

Fold in half from corner to corner.
Fold the center point down, about 1/8" from the bottom.
Fold one corner to the center
Fold the other corner to the center
Lift up the center points and tape the end flaps.

Now you're ready to fill!
Seeds should be stored in a cool dry location. The paper envelopes alone aren't enough to protect your seeds from humidity and temperature so the packets should be stored in an air-tight container such as a mason jar. For long term storage they can also be stored in the freezer.

One of the best resources I have come across for learning how to save seed is Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. This book goes into great detail on the process of saving and storing seeds. It also gives in depth detail on the proper technique for each plant variety. I think it s a great tool for anyone interested in learning how to save their own seeds.

Does anyone else save their own seeds?


  1. I do I do with my hands raised.

  2. hi rob, it's patty. thanks once again for your great photos and comments. garden here still going strong, and i hope the greens and lettuces will take us for several more months. still have a few newly ripened tomatoes (picked green WEEKS ago) - enough for a few more salads, and it's funny to see the peppers STILL flowering! seed saving/swapping sounds like a great idea, or course; don't know what i could share though. maybe my favorite squash, and some cayenne peppers, mini chocolate bells?