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Sustainable Living: Seed Preservation in upcycled shutter and magazine envelopes

Since we’re in seed starting mode, it doesn’t mean it’s too early to start preparing for seed storage for next winter. Now, I’m not suggesting that we’ll be starting a seed bank, but by taking some simple steps we can easily preserve seeds for 2-5 years.

The most important part of preserving your seeds is proper drying. This is why I prefer to store them in paper envelopes in a cool, mostly dark place. If you seal them in a bag or jar, moisture can be trapped. This will lead to mildew and waste.

I made upcycled envelopes from magazine packages. I fully intended to upload the envelope template PDF for downloading but I don’t see how to do that on Blogger (grrr). So, if you’re interested email me and I’ll send you the file.

The circle stickers are for adding the year so I can keep track of how long the seeds have been around.

I made small envelopes with large flaps out of the magazine pages. The large flaps are to hook through the slats on the old shutter I picked up over the weekend. Now is a perfect time to look for discarded things like shutters, buckets and hoses when people are cleaning out their garages for the upcoming warm season.

Here’s the shutter I grabbed.When I first saw a shutter used as a mail organizer on Apartment Therapy, I thought it was so clever, but not practical for high-traffic use. As seed storage, it’s organized and convenient.
Naturally I had to paint a little detailing before adding my seed envelopes then hang it in a place that will be cold for the winter. Many people store their seeds in the freezer, but I prefer the garage. The temperature is consistently cold, dry and ventilated.
I’ve had no trouble keeping my surplus seeds in the warm garage during the summer months because the temperature changes gradually over the seasons.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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