Saving Money by Saving Seeds is admittedly one of my favorite aspects of gardening. Gardening, on the whole, can save you a bundle if done wisely. For the plant lover and gardening aficionado, it can also cause you to spend a bundle! Since I personally fall into both categories, I enjoy the task of saving seeds because I can have all the flowers and vegetables I want for FREE if I take a few moments each day while walking through my garden to pick spent blooms and dry and save the seeds.
The picture above is from my calendula plant on my back porch. I picked these yesterday, they are still green and need to go into a paper bag to dry.
As you can see, the next step in saving seeds is to dry the seeds. I use paper lunch bags to dry the seeds. I also shake the bag about once a week during the drying process to make sure they don’t mildew in the bag. I let the seeds dry in the paper bags at least a month and usually more.
Here is a picture of purple coneflower seeds that are all dried and ready to be stored until it is time to plant them in the Spring. Purple cone flower or echinacea is a very easy plant to save seed from. It is a perennial, beautiful flower and you can use the root for tea to build up your immune system!
I store all my dried seeds in glass canning jars. Why? Well, I learned the hard way when I stored the seeds in the brown paper bags in the garage one year and mice got to them and ate all of my seeds! I was incredibly disappointed! You do not have to use a canning jar any glass jar with a lid will do. Start recycling baby food jars or spaghetti sauce jars to use as containers for your seeds.
The next step is to put a lid on your canning jar and label it. Store the jars in a cool dark place. In my case, a basement or a garage is a good place. Your climate and winter season will depend on where you decide to store the seeds.
Make your own seed packages and give your seeds away as gifts. I have found that people really appreciate this! Download the FREE Seed Package Template, decorate, label and tie three seed packages together with a ribbon and Voila! You have a charming gift to get to friends and family!
How do you save money by saving seeds?
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.