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Topic: Vintage inspired Seeds Packets for saved seed :)  (Read 588 times)
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« on: August 31, 2013 12:18:07 PM »

I wanted to post these in gardening, but they're made of paper so I'm torn....

Since before we arrived in Texas in 1834, my family has saved garden seeds.  One of the worse moments of my childhood was when, one spring, my cousin Steven and I decided to plant *our own* garden in Aunt Bendina's front yard (just like Aunt Bendina, his grandmother, and my Mommy.  EVERYONE had HUGE gardens back then).  We tilled a 2' square section of Aunt Bendia's flower bed with a hand trowel and then planted seeds that Steven pulled out of a dresser, unknowing that these were seeds saved from plants saved from Aunt Bendina's mother's garden, which she saved from her mother's garden, which SHE had saved from HER mother's garden..... yeah you get the idea.  *Cringe*  My mother has never stopped gardening but I have not managed too well with ours.  This Summer the kids and I made a concerted effort and have been growing a bit.  We have taken to saving the seed of everything we eat, but WHAT to put it in???  At first I washed the seed, laid it out on a sheet of newspaper to dry, and stored them in empty spice bottles.  But those are clear and seed should be protected from sunlight to extend it's shelf life  (an EXCELLENT excuse for this project).  And so I made seed packets.  I printed out a pattern, found on the internet, of a seed pack onto card stock.  I then sprayed it with spray adhesive and attached it to scrap booking paper.  I built a label using GIMP, and an online program called pixlr.  The picture in the frame is actually a picture of the pasture behind my mother's house where I grew up.  Smiley  I couldn't stop there so I hole punched holes in the back of the seed packet and glued in ribbon, which I could use to tie the packet flap shut with. Smiley  Now my seeds are stored safe and dry, and out of the light.  Smiley
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librarylover
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013 10:43:34 PM »

You really put a lot of work into these, and by packaging your saved seeds in these clever packets, you're demonstrating to your children how much you value your garden.
Great project, and I enjoyed reading your story, too!
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