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Organizing Seed Packets

By Sheila_FW
September 8, 2011

Use baseball card collection pages in a ring-binder to hold seed packets.

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Sep 7, 2011 6:02 PM CST
Never would have thought of this one!

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StephGTx
Sep 7, 2011 6:19 PM CST
I use this method and I LOVE it!!!!
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RickCorey
Sep 7, 2011 6:49 PM CST
I've been keeping my eyes open for an A-Z fan-fold-folder gizmo at Dollar Stores.

I like a scheme that holds ziplocks upright, in case I didn't close one tightly. I guess the 3-ring binder would do that if I stored it upright and leaned it against something while flipping pages.

P.S. I make seed packet labels in MS Word, double-sided to get more info on one label in readable font.

I line things up by making a "table" so I can cut them apart along the lijnes.

I can get 12 or 16 big labels for 2x3" Ziplocks from one page.
When I only have a few lines of text, I get up to 42 labels per page, but those are pretty small labels.

My handwriting is illegible at any size, but 10-point fonts are pretty easy to read, and when I print labels for 1.5" x 1.5" mini-ziplocks, I can go down to 9 or 8 point font and still read it.

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plantladylin
Sep 7, 2011 6:51 PM CST
Wow ... I never would have thought of this either and what a great idea ... my favorite tip so far!
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Sep 7, 2011 7:10 PM CST
I think it's a wonderful idea!

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Shelly
Sep 7, 2011 7:56 PM CST
Great tip! Thank you for the idea Sheila!
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Sep 7, 2011 9:46 PM CST
Two thumbs up!!! Thumbs up Thumbs up

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Sep 7, 2011 9:47 PM CST
Sheila you are the handiest Hurray! Thumbs up
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Sep 7, 2011 10:26 PM CST
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I'm giving you a 3 thumbs up...what a wonderful idea!
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Sheila_FW
Sep 7, 2011 10:28 PM CST
Thanks all! *Blush*
It is really handy to have several small packets already labeled to share when you want to. However, I let myself get behind......so since that picture I have pulled out everything and plan on putting dividers in for different categories of plants. Natives separated for one, butterfly host plants, maybe annuals and vines. Still thinking...winter project. Rolling my eyes.
Definately plan on making better labels this go round Rick! I was in a hurry and put in anything I had that would fit when I first got the pages to try it out and take the picture. Whistling As for the zip lock larger ones I use a shoebox; you can also insert an index card inside the bag to help hold it's shape.
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valleylynn
Sep 7, 2011 11:37 PM CST
What a great idea. I can't wait to put this into use. Thank you so much Sheila. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Sep 7, 2011 11:54 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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vic
Sep 8, 2011 3:06 AM CST
GREAT idea! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thank You!
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Onewish1
Sep 8, 2011 4:03 AM CST
great tip.. such a great idea!
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KLStuart
Sep 8, 2011 5:22 AM CST
I've considered this idea, but not gotten very far looking into it. Roughly ow many packets (obviously depending on how full) could a binder hold, and how expensive are the binders and pages?
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Bubbles
Sep 8, 2011 8:13 AM CST
I love this idea. I was using pill bottles, but they're hard to store.
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dahlianut
Sep 8, 2011 8:18 AM CST
I use this method for my empty seed packs and plant tags. it helps me identify whats,s in the garden. I have a big binder divided into an annuals, perennials, bulbous things, woodsy, herbs and veggies, and plants I have luved and killed. Thanks for sharing this flabby idea SheilaFW Thumbs up

Edification Forgot to say I get my card sleeves at Wallmart but I,m going to start checking the dollar store now too!
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mollymistsmith
Sep 8, 2011 10:50 AM CST
Great idea!
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Sep 8, 2011 11:18 AM CST
What a cool idea. Might even manage to be organised for once in my life! Whistling
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RickCorey
Sep 8, 2011 2:02 PM CST
>> It is really handy to have several small packets already labeled to share when you want to.

I strongly agree! It also helps prevent awkwardness when you offer someone seeds, then realize they were your last few.

Sometimes if I have a big batch of seed, I'll split out a few individual trades so I'm ready, but save storage space by leaving most of the seed in the big pkt. But I print many extra labels and store them right with the seeds so I never have to rely on my handwriting.

I like using glassine envelopes a little bigger than the 2x3 Ziplocks, to group same-seed-pkts together with extra labels. Or I pack multiple 2x3 Ziplocs inside a 3x4 Ziploc.

>> As for the zip lock larger ones I use a shoebox; you can also insert an index card inside the bag to help hold it's shape.

Great tip! That's well worth an extra tip-of-the-day acorn!

I have many "sandwich baggies" each holding multiple 2x3" Ziplocs for a seed collection I'm holding, but they flop around, even if they're inside a gallon Ziploc. If I insert an index card, card stock, or chipboard cut from a frozen TV dinner (and maybe tape it to the baggie), they will stand up proudly so I can read their labels!

>> how expensive are the binders and pages?

Any office I've worked in periodically throws away old, dusty binders. Try asking 9-5 friends to keep their eyes open for free binders. Until then, store the pages in a cardboard box, they should stand up straight.

Online, I saw baseball-card-collector pages with 1-12 pockets for prices like these:
$14 / 50 pages
$6 / 25 pages (Amazon.com)

Say, ~ 25 cents per page in bulk.

But I would think that, for LARGE numbers of pkts, it would be cheaper to use some "bulk" method like quart-size and gallon-size Ziploc bags. You can nest quart and sandwich-size sub-categories inside the gallon-sized category, and use cardboard boxes to group categories together in alphabetical order.

Or: hanging file folders or even file cabinets. Those also tend to get thrown out of offices, or show up for cheap at Goodwill. However, imagine pretty, stacking, home-made wooden hanging file holders!

You might tape the lower third of the file folder edges if pkts or plastic bags tend to slip out. They also make acordian-fold file folders that would hold huge numbers of seed pkts.

I wonder what the Svalbord Seed Vault uses?
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