Hold on to Your Button Bags

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.

  1. Sarah Lewis

    August 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    So, when are you going to write your first ‘gardening’ book? You are certainly a “Jill of all trades”!!!

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Haha! I don’t think I’m experienced enough just yet, but that would be fun. Thanks!

  2. Angie

    August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Word of warning- If the seed is not completely 100% totally dried, it will create moisture in the plastic bag, letting mold or other ickies begin to grow, and ruin all the seeds in the plastic bag.

    If you’re saving your own seeds, make sure they are totally dried out. Different seeds could take different times to dry (small seeds less time, big seeds = more time), plus the weather conditions during dry time can take various time- i would think it should take a minimum of 2 weeks, to be on the safe side i’d let them dry 6 weeks (for smallish – medium seeds).

    When transfering ANY seeds into plastic baggies, don’t do it on a humid or rainy day.

    Learn from My Experience

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks for the tip. Luckily, I had taken the seeds out of the casings several weeks before I added them to the bags. After reading your comment, I also opened the bags up for a bit longer, just in case. I love all your input on the subject of gardening. Keep it coming! 🙂

  3. Cindy T.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    What a great idea to reuse those, Becca! You are so crafty and outdoorsy! I need to learn to garden one of these days! 🙂

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      You certainly need to start gardening at some point. I’ll let you wait until your crazy school semester is over though. 😉

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