So, I spent the day up to my eye balls sowing every seed I could find that was within the appropriate window for being planted inside or outside. I planted reusable nursery cells, egg cartons, used plastic cups, and old bedding plant pots. I have been falling behind since we started on our front yard landscaping project - we've moved 21 (twenty-one!!!) yards of soil by shovel and wheelbarrow in about a week and a half. Phew!
I pulled out all of my seeds, old and new, to take an inventory of which vegetables and flowers I have. Well... it turns out I probably have a seed library that rivals some mail order seed companies. Ooops. It's hard not to keep picking up packets of seeds when you see a new variety you want to try. They seem inexpensive on their own, but it starts to add up quickly when you plan your garden for the year.
I think I am going to try to rehome some of my beautiful little seeds to other loving gardeners this year. I won't be able to plant them all this year or even next, so why not share the love? I want them to be used within their peak viability time frame as well. Also, it feels good to connect with other people who get as excited to see parsnip or artichoke seeds as you do.
So, how's a gardener supposed to do that? I'm not one to take on fussy, time consuming projects (that don't involve gardening). I decided to make seed packet templates that don't involve any intricate cutting, gluing, and folding. I look at some of the templates out there and I get scared away by all of the intricate cutting and gluing. No thank you, very much!
To make these seed packets, all you need are standard-sized #10 envelopes (the kind used for 'letter' sized paper), a printer, and some kind of adhesive (sticker, tape, glue, or homemade glue solutions), and a pen. That's it. And #10 envelopes are pretty easy (and cheap) to come by, if you don't have them already.
It only takes a couple of minutes to make these cute little seed packets:
1) Print the template on a standard #10 envelope (this may involve changing computer and/or printer settings for #10 envelope paper size).
2) Seal the envelope then cut it in half.
3) Fill in the fields on the front of the envelope as desired.
4) Add your seeds to the half envelope.
5) Fold and seal the open end as desired. For eco-friendly options, you can use flour glue, cornstarch glue, fruit stickers, or resused tape). Make sure you check that the factory seal on the envelope is sufficient to hold the seeds inside, especially on the corners.
6) Rehome your precious seeds to your fellow gardening friends (or make some new gardening friends!).
Easy peasy! You did it! Homemade seed packets in a flash. No fussy work. Now you have lots more time to get out in the garden.
I have two varieties available for download:
"From the Garden of"
"From My Garden to Yours"
I have other seed packet designs available for purchase on Etsy. I am offering these personal-use-only downloads for FREE for a limited time only.