Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sorting Seeds

This was my seed storing method. Nice, right?

I buy seeds, and save seeds. My friends give me seeds. There are seeds everywhere. I usually put them in that basket, but they are stashed other places as well. They are in the truck, on the window sill, in a cabinet above the drier, on my dresser, in my desk, and between the pages of books. I need a better seed sorting and storage system.

I removed all of the seeds and cleaned out the bottom of the basket. It was full of garlic papers, hum? New seed packages were made by tracing the pattern on old construction paper recycled from Monkey school work then cutting, folding, and glueing them into seed packages. I used these little paper envelopes to replace the big baggies.

I bought some tab dividers at the office supply store and cut them to fit inside of the basked. I decided to sort my seeds by month. I simply filed the seed packets according to the month the seeds should be planted.

Now, Doesn't that look better?
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  1. Very nice. I also have seeds stashed everywhere! Some are so old that the germination rate will probably be pretty sad!

  2. Clever you! Now will you come and do mine? Mine are scattered about, too. At least you knew all the places where yours were.

  3. Wow, Debbi! How completely organized is that? Maybe you need to start a business??? You know, invent this seed-sorting gizmo all decorated and decked out for the organize-impaired.

  4. How clever are you Deb! That was a good way to get all those seeds organized. I use an old shoebox myself, lol.

  5. Very nice Deb, err just thought I would mention I made myself one of them a couple of years ago but somehow I still seem to have seed packets everywhere - I even found lettuce seeds in the bathroom cabinet!
    How? Why? I have no idea.

  6. Much better! And give yourself a pat on the back as well! Happy Gardening :)

  7. Lorilee, I threw out a bunch old seeds during this process. Hopefully, I have good seed stock left. We will have to wait and see.

    Thanks Susan

    Barbee, I hope I know where they all are, but don't bet on it.

    Brenda, I do think I am going to make a few to sell in our silent auction at the master gardener spring seminar.

    Racquel, You could set up the dividers in a shoe box.

    Karen, hahaha, I feel you pain.

    Thanks Tessa.

  8. Sorting them by month was the best part. The other was icing on the cake.

  9. Very impressive, Deb. I have a basket in my kitchen that looks identical to your original configuration! Somehow I doubt I'll be doing all you did, but I'm very much admiring your organization process! Yay!

  10. What a great idea to file them by sowing date. Now it will be very functional, and you won't have as many leftover, unplanted seeds. I like your homemade seed packages too.

  11. Anna, Many many times I have found saved seeds after it was time to plant them. Maybe this will fix that.

    Thanks My Little Family

    Thanks Kathryn, I just hope I can keep it straight.

    Northern Shade, I downloaded the seed packet pattern off of the internet. It is super simple.

  12. Thanks for popping in to offer your help today-! Happy almost spring!

  13. Amazing Good Job!

    I've seeds everywhere. Maybe that will be this week's project. Seeds.

  14. Wow, Debbi - that's really impressive. When's good for you to come over and do mine?!

  15. Diana, I need to make a few and offer them for sale.

  16. I'll bet all gardeners have seeds all over the place; it's a hazard of the job. What a neat idea, you should market those!

  17. Nola, Thanks I am going to make a few for our spring seminar.