Seed Storage II: Antique Folded Seed Packets

Columbine seed capsules are almost like salt shakers. When they are buffeted by wind, seed is sprinkled everywhere.

Some years ago, as I read “The Cottage Garden,” by Christopher Lloyd, I noticed a photographic montage of cottage garden flowers that included some antique folded seed packets, and I set to trying to reproduce them. It turns out that this particular packet was a common way to save seeds, and I was able to find several sets of instructions.

Ideally, you could use some old writing paper, and label the plant name in Copperplate handwriting, but that’s ideally. You can also use pages from last year’s seed catalogues. Or, very unromantically, you could use a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 copy paper. There is something satisfying about making these packets because no tape or glue is used, and they can be opened and re-closed easily.

This type of packet is good for smaller seeds; if you wish to store big seeds, such as beans, or even whole dried flower heads, there is another way, and we’ll look at that tomorrow.

One thought on “Seed Storage II: Antique Folded Seed Packets

  1. OK, now this is something I could actually accomplish – 8 easy steps and the seeds will not fall out even if they’re the teeny weeny columbine seeds. Will have to try this! Now, to figure out how to FIND the darn columbine seeds. I never can, probably because I’m either too early or late.

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