Wednesday, February 6

Seed Storage Container

Easy Way To Organize Seed Storage

This is an simple way to organize and store seeds, and makes it easy to inventory the seeds you have on hand.  
I like to separate my seeds by groups or type, that way come spring I know which seeds I need to purchase and which ones I have plenty of. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Plastic Storage Container (shoe box size)
  • Card Stock or Index Cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Seed Packets

Cut a tab area in each card, cutting a right tab, a middle tab and a left tab.
This will make it easier to view each tab once complete. 

Hand write seed categories on each tab or print labels.
I have terrible handwriting, so I use Word Document.  I type the labels, use format to add a border to each label, then print and cut out.
After cutting the labels out, just glue them to the index cards in the tab area.

I grouped seeds together under one tab or label.

 Label examples:
  • Lettuce:  includes lettuce, spinach, endive, etc.
  • Beans:  includes dry, bush, pole, etc.
  • Melons:  includes watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, etc.
  • Squash:  includes zucchini, summer, acorn, etc.
I also file them in alphabetical order.  Depending on your garden size and amount of seeds you have, use one plastic container for all your seeds, or separate into multiple containers by type.

Example of Headings or Labels:
  • Herb seeds
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Flower seeds
  • Non-edible plant seeds, like gourds and pumpkins.


Store the seeds in a cold dry area, in the refrigerator or in the freezer.
I keep mine in our cold storage, which is around 45 to 60 degrees year round.  

Cool, dark and dry are what you need for long term seed storage.

Seed Storage Tips:
  • Vegetable and flower seeds may be kept for one year without much decrease in germination.
  • Storage can be extended up to 10 years under proper conditions.
  • Seed moisture and storage temperature are the most important factors in storing seeds.
  • The drier the seeds, the longer they last.

I am saving more and more of my own seeds from my own
garden each year. 
I have even given out little packets of my seeds at Christmas. 
Last year I used small envelopes cut in half and folded for seed packets, but here are great examples of a little seed packet template you can print that I will be using this year.

One from the blog Gardens Ablaze website:

And another from the blog Family Home and Life website:


 Spring is right around the corner, yippee!


More Info on Seed Storage:

Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook


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Thanks for writing this very useful information you have provided for me cheers!

Anonymous said...

I really like what you come up with, this is great and such a clever idea! Keep up the wonderful posts

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks, necessity is the mother of invention, so something like that, ; }

Anonymous said...

I've been following your site for some time now and finally got around to commenting. Love this idea and going to give it a try. Thanks from a reader from Texas

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

You're welcome! And my daughter is in the DFW area of Texas! Go Long Horns! said...

I love the storage container! It makes everything much easier for sure! Thanks for the share!

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks. And the price of that size plastic container is usually around $1.00 which makes it a pretty cost effective storage idea too!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Have a pleasant day and keep on smiling.
Andrea Chiu

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks Andrea and I will! You too!