You can help Mother Nature, as well as save and share your favorite plants by collecting seeds and stowing them in easy-to-make seed packets adorned with garden photos. Each packet is labeled with the plant name and the planting information needed to sow the seeds in the correct growing conditions. Thanks to the natural variation that occurs when plants share pollen to form seeds, the resulting plant does not always mirror the parents. For example, seeds collected from a pink zinnia might yield flowers in a rainbow of colors. So not only will you have the satisfaction of saving seeds, but you’ll also have the fun of seeing what comes up!
Tip: Choose small photos of outdoor settings to create themed seed-giving packets.
Choose a 3- or 4-inch photo. Look for historical photos at flea markets and tag sales, or use a family photo. Copy the photo onto center of a sheet of cardstock.
Create a seed packet template: Cut a 6-inch square from a piece of tagboard. Snip off three of the square’s corners. For easy folding, create a small triangular notch in the middle of each side.
Place the seed packet template on the cardstock with the photocopied image centered under the template. (The pointed corner of the template indicates the top of the seed packet.) Trace the template onto the cardstock. Cut out.
With the photo to the outside, fold the bottom and sides of the packet. Glue the seam lines. Once the glue dries, fill with seeds. Seal the top flap with glue. Label the packet with the seeds’ plant name, the year collected, and growing information.
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