Seeds of Organization

Those of you who know me well are not surprised that I actually want to organize my seeds.  It’s a project that has been a long time coming, tho.

This old shoebox had been as close to organizing the seeds as I’d ever come.  photo (2)Not real sure about what was contained here, but at least I knew where the seeds were!

I started out by weeding out the seeds that were more than 5 years old.  I tested a few this past spring and got 0% germination rate, so I felt pretty good about tossing them.

I have many packets of store-bought seeds and many zip lock sandwich bags of seeds that I have gathered from nature.  For the store-bought variety, I placed the seeds in these small 2×2 zip lock bags I purchased online.

pieces

If you search on Amazon.com for “2×2 baggies”, you will find many vendors to choose from.  I then cut the envelope front for a picture of what will grow, and cut the back for directions on how.

For the seeds I gathered, I made sure to label the zip lock bags with a description and a hint of where they came from.

complete pages

For both sets I included the date, either of the “packed for” year or the year I gathered.

These trading card pages are the perfect size to catalog and store the seeds.

pages

I bought mine at Wal-Mart, and you can get them at any office supply store.  I sorted mine by flower v. vegetable v. herb.  I haven’t done much vegetable growing, so most of my seeds are flowers.  I have many collections of columbine and marigolds, so I have a whole page dedicated to them.  I also used “post it” type notes so that when I run out of the seeds in that pocket, I can reuse the pocket.

book shot

Keeping the seeds in a binder, labeled and sealed, makes it so much easier to visualize what might be started come springtime!

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13 Replies to “Seeds of Organization”

    1. I got the idea from another blog, and am so thrilled that I actually followed through with my own collection! The zip lock bags keep the seeds air tight, so they should last longer than if kept in the envelopes they come in. Thanks for your nice comment, and for stopping by my blog!

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  1. You’ve inspired me, I’m going to copy you and get organised with my seeds this year. I have an awful habit of filling my pockets with seeds and then wondering what on earth they can be.

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    1. So happy to provide the inspiration! Kinda funny that I found a couple of baggies of seeds that I never bothered to label, and I have no idea what they are! I’m going to start them and see what develops – hopefully a beautiful surprise!!

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