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
- Glue Stick
- Seed Packets
This will make it easier to view each tab once complete.
- 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:
PRINT SEED PACKET TEMPLATES
Spring is right around the corner, yippee!
Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook