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How To Organize Your Seeds or Confessions of a Seedaholic

By DomehomeDee
February 2, 2017

When I first started “seeding” I kept my seeds in a shoebox, but then I read the seeds could benefit from being refrigerated, so the shoebox turned into a plastic box in the refrigerator. As my seed collection grew, so did the boxes, and then one Christmas I received a mini-frig from my chef husband. He wanted me out of the kitchen and the refrigerator.

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Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Feb 6, 2017 7:42 AM CST
      A few years ago, my seed collection had grown so much I was spending too much time sorting through them to find which ones to plant. Lacking cigar boxes, I bought a stack of cheap 9x12" manilla mailing envelopes, and labeled them for weeks before and after the last spring frost. When my seed orders come in, I note on the seed package when I want to plant them and put them in the corresponding envelope. For example, onion seeds go in the -14 weeks envelope and pole bean seeds go into the +2 weeks envelope. I keep a box with these envelopes in my cool basement.
      Each week I take out the appropriate envelope and start planting the seeds for that week. Extra seeds go back into the envelope for next year. Seeds to be succession planted, like lettuce, get moved to the proper envelope for 2 or 3 weeks from the present date. So far this simple system seems to work pretty well.
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Feb 13, 2017 10:08 AM CST
I do sorting for planting too. It does help make the job a little less daunting. Then any seeds that don't get put in go into my binders for possible planting next year.

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