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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/19/2014, 10:16 pm

Since we are now in the doldrums of late fall/winter and all we have to play with are our seeds!  What are your best ideas for seed organization?  I'm sure there are some awesome ideas out there and when I find the perfect one I'll be perfectly organized forever!!!!  Or for the next 3 months anyway  Razz

I saw this idea in a Facebook group this week and am in the process of organizing all my seeds.  This is an old CD organizer that I've repurposed. I'm also taking them out of unwieldy bags and custom making smaller, new bags from my Foodsaver bag stock.  


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Post  boffer on 11/19/2014, 10:27 pm

I use an old school, grey metal, 2 drawer, 3x5 index card holder.

I haven't had any problems from storing them at room temperature.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/20/2014, 12:37 am

Can you show a picture?  I'd love to see how you have it arranged.  Do you simply alphabetize or have another way?

I'm doing one for fall and winter seeds, and one for spring and summer.  I got one done today, the other later this week.

I've used plastic shoe boxes but they always end up a mess!

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Post  boffer on 11/20/2014, 10:11 am

Dividers are made from poster board.  Organized alphabetically. The thing that makes this better than a shoe box is the adjustable stop at the rear of each drawer.





Since I'm a poor note taker, I keep empty seed packages so I'll have some kind of record of what I've tried planting before.  Right rear drawer has about 4 years worth of empty packages.


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Post  quiltbea on 11/20/2014, 12:27 pm

I like that CD organizer idea and would try it but I like my seed to keep cool in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator and that won't fit.  
Mine are in baggies, sorted in alphabetical order, lined up like upright soldiers and keeping cool til next spring.

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Post  sanderson on 11/20/2014, 1:57 pm

Two (2) plastic containers I had.  Most of the seeds inside are in 2" x 2" mini-Ziplock baggies.  Big seeds (beans, corn, soy, have to make it on their own.  I bought the soy seeds as bulk at a health food store!  I also wash and save the labels!  Embarassed Every seed pot gets one that follows the plant through harvest. I learned my lesson about trying to remember what is what.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/22/2014, 5:12 pm

I have a set-up similar to yours, Boffer.  Mine is an old floppy disk holder (the big disks back from the '80's, lol)  I'll have to post a pic.

In addition, I've put the seeds in small plastic bags stapled to the front of the package.  That way, I can see how many I have left...

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Post  llama momma on 11/22/2014, 5:23 pm

I keep seeds in little zip lock bags from Hobby Lobby and label those and throw in a few rice grains to absorb any moisture. The little bags are stored in a canning jar in the fridge. The original seed packets are in a container alphabetized and dated.

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Post  Turan on 11/22/2014, 5:41 pm

I have what looks like a child's size plastic shoe box.  I put packets in on edge and in groups of types.  When I am experimenting with lots of varieties of something those seed packets will all be together.  After a couple years when I have settled on some favorites I find something or other to do with the odd ones out.  I have less and less patience for lingering old packets if it is something I am not planting regularly.  The box sits on my desk here.  On the sides is a couple planting time guides for my area.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/22/2014, 5:57 pm

@quiltbea wrote:I like that CD organizer idea and would try it but I like my seed to keep cool in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator and that won't fit.  
Mine are in baggies, sorted in alphabetical order, lined up like upright soldiers and keeping cool til next spring.
We heat and cool our house to a very consistent 68-72 degrees so I've found that so far, no issues with the seeds not germinating well.

I do tend to go through them fairly quickly with as much garden space as I have anyway!

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