Before spring planting, I refresh myself with charts on the best time to plant, looking at new seed catalogs and basically cleaning up all my past garden paper work. I also pulled out all the seeds I had to start my plants inside and realized I had such a mess with all my seed packets. They were just thrown in a zip lock baggie with no organization at all. I had to dump them all out just to find a couple of packets I was looking for.
It was time to organize my seeds in their own container.
I had expired seeds, half used seed packets, loose seeds, several of the same type of seeds since I didn’t know I already had some and general mayhem when I opened up those zip loc bags. I had flower seeds mixed in with the veggie baggie and herbs mixed in with the flower baggie.
Looking for the perfect storage bin:
The hardest part of this whole project was finding the perfect container. Seed packets are all basically the same size, but I didn’t want a container that would be really large either. Since I don’t keep many seed packets on hand, the “perfect” storage container was becoming hard to find.
And then I found it. A plastic CD container with a lid that snaps on and will allow the seed packets to lay on their sides.
With the container in hand, I next sorted out all my seeds into groups. Lettuce, Veggies, Herbs and Flowers. I then sorted each pile into separate seed sub-categories. Ex: Lettuce – spinach, kale, lettuce.
I then labeled all the index cards using my label maker. The 3 yellow index cards were for the main categories of Lettuce, Veggies and Herbs and the pink index card was for my flower seeds. The white index cards were labeled in sub-categories. That label maker has come in handy so many times. Every household should have one.
The seeds lay so nicely in between the index cards, very stable and not moving all around. I love that all I have to do now is look for the name of what seed I want to plant and its so easy to find.
The plastic snap on lid will keep the seeds from being exposed to spills or high humidity in my fridge. Its good practice to store seeds in a dry cool place. Since its so hot and humid here most of the year, I keep the seeds in the fridge.
What an easy project and didn’t take me days to do and the total cost was less than $5.00 for the plastic CD container.
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