I’ve been gardening for many years and until this year, never had a decent system to organize my seeds. I always used to keep all my seed packets in one big bag or box. What a mess! I had to empty out the whole box and dig through the pile of seed packets when searching for one specific one. When it came time for planting, there was no rhyme or reason to my seed stash so every year I found myself digging through a big pile and sorting seed packets according to my planting schedule.
Last week I pulled out my box of seed packets to figure out what seeds I had and what I needed to order for our spring garden. The box was such a big, disorganized mess that I was inspired to reorganize it. I can’t believe I waited this long!
I’ve been thinking about organizing garden seeds for a little while now. What I came up with was using an old photo album to organize them. The photo album I had on hand that was empty and not in use is a smaller size one with two individual pockets per one side of the page. I have so many seeds that a larger photo album would probably work better for me (I’m going to keep an eye out for a photo album like this at yard sales next summer) but for now this is much better than a big messy pile in a box!
I started my seed organizing project by first sorting all our garden seed packets into specific category piles:
- cool season crops
- warm season crops
Then I matched up similar seed packets. Since I’ve had a huge, disorganized pile of seeds for a number of years I really didn’t know what all I had. I love buying seeds (those of you who also love seeds know that it is a bit of an addiction!) So I just kept buying more seeds which means I often ended up with multiple packs of the same type of seeds.
Next I started placing the seed packets into the little clear pocket in the photo album where a picture would go. Since I always start planting cool season crops first in the gardening season, I decided to start with filing all the cool season crops. When I had more than one seed packet that was the exact same variety of seed, I placed them all in the same clear pocket.
Then I filed the warm season crops, the herbs and finally flower seeds. I also have a growing collection of heirloom seeds that I’ve been saving. These seeds are in labeled bags that are also filed accordingly in the album.
Each year I sketch out a garden planting plan on a piece of paper that I keep with my garden seeds. This paper stays with me when I’m planting the garden so I can keep track of what I planted where. I like to keep these records to reference for future gardens so I can rotate crops. I also make a few notes on my garden plan to record if something did or didn’t grow well and any ideas I had to why that may have happened. I filed my garden plans in a clear pocket at the end of the photo album so I don’t lose them and can continue to reference them.
I love how organized this seed album is! I can’t believe I waited this long to organize my garden seeds. Earlier this week I bought some new varieties of heirloom seeds from one of my favorite seed companies, Botanical Interests, so I think I’m going to need a bigger photo album soon!
How do you organize your garden seeds?