Guest Rant by Tee Riddle, the Veggie Gardener
I must admit, I typically don't have much to rant about in the world of gardening. Sure, I have flipped my cookies when the brand new water hose sprouts eight leaks, or when the handle on that six month old shovel snaps in two, but overall, I thoroughly enjoy all things gardening. There is one thing that's gotten under my skin the last several years. Something I think every gardener has experienced at one time or another. This irritation is summed up with one simple question:
Why aren't seed packets resealable?
organizing spilling most of my seeds recently, I began to wonder why 99% of seed packets do not have a convenient little Zip-Loc style closure.
How many times have we spilled seed all over creation, while cursing the failed attempts of folding, and refolding, the seed packet openings? I have ventured to the garden many times to find a budding patch of plants I know I didn't plant there. While any new plant is a welcome sight in my garden, I really didn't want those turnips growing next to the Knock Out® Roses.
Countless times I have picked up my favorite seed packet to resow a particular seed just to quickly realize I'm shaking an empty packet. I am positive I only sowed a few plants previously and had plenty of remaining seeds! Certainly, it was a case of SRS (Seed Relocation Syndrome).
You may think I'm being petty; that perhaps I should get a life. You may say, "Just transfer the seeds to a resealable bag if it's that big a deal".
I do end up spending time sorting each variety of seed into resealable baggies, but you are missing my point.
How difficult would it be for seed companies to supply their product in a packet that was already resealable? It would be much easier to reseal the packets while sowing, and not have to worry about mini-rogue gardens popping up in unwanted places.
Come on, seed companies!
It's the 21st Century
It's 2010 A.D.
A resealable container is not some experimental technology featured in the latest Sci-Fi movie. If consumers can purchase cookies and potato chips in a resealable bag, why can't a gardener have a resealable seed packet?
In all fairness, of the three seed orders I made this year (Okay, it was five total), I found one company that does offer resealable seed packets, Seeds of Change. I think it's time for other seed companies to follow Seeds of Change's precedent and feature this simple, yet convenient feature to their beautifully illustrated seed packets.
All in? Say Yea or Nay.
Tee Riddle has been an avid vegetable gardener and weed puller for the past twelve years. You can follow his gardening tips and adventures at www.veggiegardener.com.Posted by Susan Harris on March 27, 2010 at 4:32 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.