Start germinating ideas for next year's garden by saving the seeds from this year's harvest in handmade envelopes.
Seeds can be saved from any plant that produces them, though you'll have the most growing success if the plants are heirloom or open-pollinated.
The easiest seeds to harvest are from beans, peas, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupes, and flowers with large seeds, such as zinnias, sunflowers, and marigolds. Harvest the seeds from dried flower heads or overripe fruit and let the seeds dry completely before storing in a cool, dry place.
To make our seed packets, download the template and cut out the shape from pieces of paper.
Fold in the sides and the bottom flaps and secure them using the glue stick.
Decorate the envelopes with markers, fill them with seeds, then fold over and seal the tops with glue stick. Store the packets in a dry, cool place until spring.