I’ve experimented with a number of seed storage and organization ideas and this is the one that has stuck. As a certified frugalista, I always try to make do with supplies I have on hand and that’s what I did with this setup. It’s not fancy but it really works. It keeps my seeds nicely organized, alerts me when any seeds are running low, and helps me keep track of what I’ve planted (since I have the memory of a worm). Sorry, worms!
Here’s a quick video of my setup:
As you can see, it’s pretty straight forward.
- The seed basket is kept in my cool, dark, dry basement.
- Seeds are sorted into groups by type.
- Each group has its own large bag and I file them alphabetically.
- Each individual seed packet is placed in a small, ziplock bag and placed in the group bag. This way any stray seeds are not lost.
- If any seeds are time-sensitive, I make a note on the packet so they get used first.
Keeping Track While Planting Seeds
- I make my planting selections and place the seed bags in a container.
- If I’m starting seeds indoors, I keep notes as I go.
- If I’m directly sowing outdoors, I make a basic plan (to ensure good crop rotation, avoid overplanting, and other such travesties).
- While planting, if any particular seed packet is running low, I place the ORDER clip on it.
- The rest of the seeds are grouped with the PLANTED clip.
- This way, if I get called away or interrupted, I can easily see where I left off.
- After outdoor sowing, I update my planting journal and list of seeds to be ordered. I try to keep my orders down to twice a year to minimize postage costs.
- Seed packets are then re-filed in their alphabetical group bags.