You know those little baggies that your extra buttons come in when you buy a shirt or pants? Save them.
If you’re into gardening, or any type of craft that requires the storage of small objects, these little baggies are a great solution.
Seeds don’t keep as well in paper as they do in plastic bags. So, once you open a seed packet, you’ll want to transfer the remaining seeds into a plastic bag that seals.
I did this for my basil seeds. I removed the seed name and the planting information from the original seed packet and added them to a small button baggie.
You can also write the title and growing information on the baggie, or attach a label/info tag to the baggie with a ribbon.
Sometimes the button bags will have small holes in them from the plastic hangtags. You can patch those with a piece of tape, and then you’ll also have a way to keep the label in place.
Here’s a bonus tip: don’t fret too much if you get around to deadheading the flowers on your annuals a bit late. After all, then you can gather seeds to use for next year.
Recently I saved some of the dianthus flowers that I deadheaded. I removed a few of them too early, but several of them had viable seeds in them.
I was curious about what the seeds looked like, and how to find them. So, I decided to look for some in the spent flower casings.
As I started to slowly pull the casings apart, I wasn’t even sure if there would be seeds, or what they would look like.
I found what I thought were seeds, and looked at images on the internet.
They are indeed dianthus seeds. I’m excited to see what happens next year when I plant them.