Seeds forum: How do you save/organize your seeds?

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Oct 1, 2011 6:46 AM CST

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We've all been busy saving seeds from our favorite plants, or taking advantage of purchasing seeds from our favorite supplier.

How do you store your seeds? Do you have any tips for keeping your seeds organized?

I generally keep my saved seeds in small containers that are used for craft supplies. I use my p-touch to label each lid. I keep my purchased seeds in their original envelopes, so I have the sowing instructions handy. The seed envelopes are just stored in some long, narrow boxes that hold the envelopes upright. I have one box for flower seeds, one for veggies, and one for herbs.

During the winter, when I can't get in the garden, I usually sort through the boxes to make sure I have what I will need for the spring. I've tried to keep an excel spreadsheet up to date with my seed varieties, as well as some other germination information. It's a good winter-day activity to help keep me organized.

Hope you'll share your methods and ideas here.
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Onewish1
Oct 1, 2011 7:47 AM CST

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 1, 2011 10:21 AM CST
I put my saved seeds in those little glassine envelopes, then put those into homemade envelopes the same size as regular seed packets so I can store them all together. In alphabetical order in nice tidy little plastic boxes with locking lids to keep the vermin out.
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Biyuwolf
Oct 1, 2011 10:24 AM CST
I need to upgrade my container size lol but I try to let everyone dry minimum 1 week to try to get them bone dry then often I'll keep them in a plastic ziploc --I'm moving to pill bottles and need to sort a new system with them in mind

As for organising the current is approximated on my blog (I have some slightly more organised then it shows) [URL=sakura0garden.blogspot.com]here-ish[/URL] the big long list shows the order of things --the stuff I've collected is separate from the trades tomatoes and peppers in there bags and yea
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Oct 3, 2011 4:41 PM CST
A British seed vendor pointed out that you can bake dry rice to get it even drier, and use that as a gentle dessicant.

I use silica gel, but I change it infrequently, so I hope it does not over-dry my seeds.

My seeds are in 2"x3" Ziplocs with a double-sided-printed label inside. Usually I group similar pkts together into a 3x4" or 4x5" Ziploc. Those go inside a plastic tub (2 pounds of peanuts), each tub with a theme.

For the big public stash I'm currently custodian of, there are carboard boxes or big plastic tubs for catgories like "Beans & Peas", "Other Crops", "Annual Flowers" Perennial Flowers" and "Other Categories" .

The Other Categories are things like trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, "iris & lily" and some specific things that we happen to have tons of (Hibiscus, Hollyhock).

Within the boxes, there are one-gallon Ziplock bags for alphabetical grouping or things we have tons of (e.g. Marigolds or Morning Glories).

Within the gallon bags are sometimes quart bags, always sandwich bags, to group related things. These tend to be in alphabetical order.

Within the sandwich bags are whatever people sent in, or whatever was in the stash when I took over: hand-folded paper seed pkts, commerical pkts, big or small Ziplocks or huge paper envelopes. I try to re-package any big envelope into a 2"x3" Ziplock, and preserve any information that came with it - usually just a common name.

Wher someone contributes a lot of something (saved seeds or a big commerical pkt, I split it into individual trades in 2x3" Ziplocks with as much info as I can deduce, and try to include the name of the donor and "year harvested" or "Best By" date.

Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Oct 3, 2011 4:44 PM CST
Someone, in a Tip, suggested using the plastic pages with pockets, used by baseball trading card collectors, to organize seed pkts om 3-ring binders.

I just saw BIG 3-ring binders at Goodwill for $1 each.

I also saw some black elastic nylon organizers for CDs, that would hold 12-20 CDs, in a very small space.



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