21 August 2011

Recycled Glass Jars Make Great Seed Storers

The cheapest way to get plants for your garden, apart from being given them, is to grow from seed. Unfortunately unless you are a serious gardener with a huge garden, a packet of seeds contains far too many to use in one season. And if you are a serious gardener seed collecting is a part of your gardening routine. An safe way to store seeds is in glass jars with sealable lids; baby food jars are a perfect size, pasta sauce jars will do the job too. Make sure the jars and lids are spotlessly clean by washing in hot, soapy water, rinsing well and then drying the jars in a warm oven before storing your seeds. Let the lids air dry. Then line the jars with a round of brown paper to keep the light out (it prevents light damaging the seeds). Add the seeds to the clean, dry jars, seal and label with the type of seed, and expiry date (it should be on the packet).

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