Organizing Your Seeds

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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
  • herbs
  • 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

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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.

 

2 thoughts on “Organizing Your Seeds

  1. Organizing our seeds is a great idea and better yet, your idea of writing down which ones you like best.is excellent. I want to do this too.

  2. Thank you for this information. ‘My favorite seeds and where to get them’ was very helpful. I had never heard of ‘William Dam Seeds or West Coast Seeds.’ I got on their websites and was very pleased at the variety of untreated and organic seeds. Also, West Coast Seeds has organic seed potatoes. They are hard to find. Thanks again!

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