One surprise this year was our kale plant. We planted curly kale for the first time last year and come winter, we expected everything to die so that we could start over in the spring. Well, to our surprise, the kale plant resurrected and grew like crazy on its own. It flowered almost immediately and then produced weird long pods. After a bit of internet research, we realized the pods contained kale seeds. I ended up letting the pods dry themselves out in the sun and then I collected the seeds. And then I decided to do a little DIY for making seed packets at home.
sturdy paper (I used a brown grocery bag)
- Cut a rectangle out of the paper. I used pieces that were approximately 3" x 4" and without even measuring, just roughly cut and measured by eye.
- Fold in the two sides. Basically, you want to fold in the two sides just past the halfway point of the paper. The goal is to have the pieces slightly overlap so you can glue them together to form a closed envelope.
- Cut out small pieces from the top of the paper to create a flap.
- Run glue along the bottom edge of the paper and then fold in one of the sides.
- Run glue along the folded side and then fold in the second side.
- Fold the bottom edge and then glue it shut.
- Fill the packet with seeds, fold over the top flap, and then use tape to close it. You can also glue these shut. However, I had so many seeds that I will likely reuse from year to year and having a taped flap makes this envelope a little less temporary.