This is a really simple way to keep seeds organized. It makes it easy to find what I need, and comes with a handy reminder system as you’ll see.
For more, also see growing plants from seeds and cuttings.
Storing Garden Seeds
Seeds need to be dry and stored in a cool, dark place. Ensure you have these conditions no matter what you use for a storage system.
I organized my seeds with supplies I had on hand:
- A basket
- Old plastic freezer bags
- Smaller plastic sandwich size bags
Optional – Make a bulldog clips saying ORDER and PLANTED and USE FIRST
- Bulldog clips
- Labels ( I use my Brother label maker but you can use any label that will stick)
Here’s a quick video of my setup:
As you can see, it’s pretty straight forward.
- The seed basket is kept in my cool, dark, dry basement.
- Seeds are sorted into alphabetical groups by type: Beans, Broccoli, ….
- Each group has its own large freezer bag and I file them alphabetically.
- Each individual seed packet is placed in a small, ziplock sandwich bag and placed in the group bag. This way any stray seeds are not lost or mixed together. One of the best parts of starting plants from seed is learning how many varieties of each plant type there are!
- If any seeds are time-sensitive, I put a USE NEXT bulldog clip on the packet.
Keeping Track While Planting Seeds
- I pull out all the seeds I want to plant and put them in a container.
- If I’m starting seeds indoors, I keep notes as I go.
- If I’m directly sowing outdoors, I make a basic plan (to ensure good crop rotation, avoid overplanting, and other such travesties).
- While planting, if any particular seed packet is running low, I place the ORDER bulldog clip on it.
- The rest of the seeds are grouped with the PLANTED clip.
- This way, if I get called away or interrupted, I can easily see where I left off.
- After outdoor sowing, I update my planting journal and list of seeds to be ordered. I try to keep my orders down to twice a year to minimize postage costs.
- Seed packets are then re-filed in their alphabetical group bags.
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