Seed organization is not that hard, and can save you a lot of money in the long run. Before you go out and buy more seeds, make sure you don’t already have them. I have been guilty of this on numerous occasions. So this year I decided to organize my seeds and make a list of the packages of seeds I have and an approximate amount of seed in each package.
To do this I went to the dollar store and picked up several little plastic storage bins. I bought a couple the size of a shoe box, for my larger seed: bean, peas, and corn, for the rest, I chose smaller bins.
I organized them like this:
- root crops
- salad greens
- tomatoes, peppers, eggplants
- cucumbers, melon, and squash families together
- brassicaceae family (cabbage family)
- beans filled a larger bin all by themselves (I will definitely not have to order any more beans)
- peas and corn shared a large bin
This gives you an idea but you can come up with your own system. I will then place these smaller bins into a larger bin or box to keep them together and keep the mice out.
Once I had the seeds separated, them I went through them threw out varieties that I just knew I would never want to grow again. Made a list of what I had, how old they were and approximately how many seeds in each package. I can now take the old varieties and do a seed viability test to make sure they will germinate. After this I will know if I have to order more seeds or if I have enough. I will also know how to plan my garden beds according to how many seeds and varieties I have.
Now I am ready to order my seeds. Here is a list of my favorite seeds and where to get them.