Reuse Spice Jars to Collect and Store Seeds

A few of my favorite plants are best grown by seed. Growing plants from seed requires a little patience but the reward is great. Seeing the little seed sprouts and watching the plants grow daily reminds me to appreciate every day.

Every fall and then again in the spring, I set out to grow standing cypress, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflower, evening primrose, butterfly weed, as well as other wildflower species and native grasses in a variety of places in my garden. In both seasons, I like to sprinkle the seeds into planters, in the miniature meadow in my front yard, in flower borders around the yard to help fill in the empty spots, and in a starter bed to grow plants for friends. After the plants grow, flower, and go to seed, usually in fall, I’ll harvest the seeds, scatter some and store the others over winter, then start the process over.

Collecting and storing the seeds is easy with recycled spice and herb jars. The shaker tops come in handy when I sow the seeds. Just match the shaker top openings to the seed size, and they are ready to go. I make simple labels with construction paper, an attractive font, and a piece of tape or spot of glue. If the spice jar/seed shakers don’t make it to a storage bin, they don’t look half bad left on the windowsill.

Got a thing for wildflowers? Get more inspiration here:

How to Grow a Wildflower Garden

Tips for Planting a Meadow

How to Patch a Wildflower Meadow

8 Wildflower Plants to Try

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