Seeds In A Box

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Every collection has a starting point.

When Pokemon was all the rage in the early 2000’s, I remember purchasing a starter set of cards to fuel my newly acquired (albeit short-lived) obsession of becoming a pocket monster trainer. Oh to be a teen with a vivid imagination again, right?! The same was true for the numerous collections I’ve started—I began with just one item. The days of Pokemon are long gone. Nowadays, my sights are focused on greener things. I have a garden space to maintain and a garden blog to keep updated so it’s only right if I start a seed collection.

I have two seed packets that are officially part of my seed saving project. The first is a packet of wildflower seeds provided by “Fresh from Florida” and the other packet of seeds—watermelon, to be exact—are one I received in the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival earlier this year.

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Intent

I have three reasons for starting a seed collection and they all revolve around the purpose of my garden blog: to make the garden experience more fun, social and meaningful. My FUN reason was the easiest to identify, collecting stuff, especially seeds, is just F-U-N fun. From a social aspect, my seed saving project will empower me to contribute to seed libraries and maybe attend and/or host seed swaps in my hometown. By doing so, I hope to meet and greet other beautiful folks of the garden community. The last reason is more meaningful: I want to help with seed conservation by saving the most valuable seeds.

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Materials

In addition to the seeds I currently have, I have a small cardboard storage box and a tiny empty vial that contained mints. What I need: resealable plastic bags and additional empty mint/candy containers (e.g., altoids tin) to re-purpose as a pocket seed bank.

How will I go about acquiring seeds?

Seed libraries, seed swaps & seed exchange groups, out in nature (responsibly), other gardeners, my own garden, independent small garden shops, local plant sales, and produce purchased from the grocery store. I definitely don’t want to just buy seed packets from garden centers (that takes away from the fun).

So there you have it…

My very tiny self-made seed collection starter kit. Let the seed saving fun begin!

Further Reading
MrBrownThumb: Guide to Saving Seeds
University of Illinois Extension, Cook County: Seed Collecting and Storing (PDF)

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