Introduction: Seed Organization

This Instructable is not so much a How To but let you know the best way ( IMHO ) to keep your seeds organized.

I am sure someone else has done this before but figured I would share as it has worked really well for me.
I saw an article on using small Dollar Store Photo Albums and thought that it was Brilliant!  After trying it I realized while the concept is good , it is really only practical for small collections of flower seed and even then Morning Glory seeds and I am sure some others are just  keep it from closing . I thought if it had D rings it would be OK.

But I deal with Vegetable Seeds mostly and when you get into Corn,Beans,Squash, even Okra for that matter those little books wont cut it even with D rings!

So here we are.

Step 1: What You Need


1 - Binder (  I would suggest a 2" Binder but the bigger the better )
1 - Box or a few loose packs of 4 Pocket binder pages. ( These can be found at Sports Memorabilia stores, Antique Malls, Comic Book stores, and of course the internet! They basically are for collecting baseball cards in a binder )

and Seed Packets

I am not going to give a lecture about always buy Non GMO as unless you are getting your seeds from a commercial grower they will not be GMO unless somehow cross contamination occurred. However keep in mind that most large seed companies will get there stock from various farms and some might use pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Not a lecture but try to buy from a reputable source unless it's a really good SALE and you just can't say no.

Step 2: Done! and Other Notes

You will get 4 packets per page if you want to view both sides for growing info or what not. or 8 packets per page if you put them back to back in the pockets.

Now store your binder in a dark cool place and when its time for the next batch of planting they are easy to find and organized.

You could add Binder Separator pages with tabs as well to segregate your Leafy Greens from your Root Vegetables or Tomatoes but it really isn't necessary.

If you are at store getting the binder pages you might see Glassine Bags for Stamp Collectors they are good for saving this years seeds for next year. Although you can use small envelopes as well as you have the moister barrier with the pages.

Remember if you are grow from hybrid seeds do not save those seeds as they will not produce the exact same next year , so try to stick with Heirloom seeds if you plan on making your garden sustainable.

Enjoy your Gardening!

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amekdala (author)2014-06-07

that is great idea, i ve done this and every year the seeds are renewing but this i dont have enough space to grow all seeds. what is the solution opened package,

i dont want to use all of the seed when i open the package to store rest of them?

any ideas?

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MaDaYoMaJe (author)2014-06-03

Nice!

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lomeli_martha (author)2014-05-22

I want my own seed organization!!

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metqa (author)2014-05-15

Wow, I just told my Mom Last month that she should do this. She was jealous of my Current Seed Storage which is an on the door hanging clear Vinyl CD organizer. Kinda like the hanging shoe racks but the pockets are just the right size to hold the Seed packets and you can see it without having to pull it out. Since She doesn't know where to find one like mine, i told her to get a baseball card sheet and put it in a folder. Ha, Now you've gone and done an instructable doing just that, you clever person. I like to have my seeds out where I can see them during the growing season hence hanging bags, but this is good for storing the off-season seeds out of the way. When I find my camera, I'll take photos to add. I'm glad you thought enough to post it for others, it IS a great idea.

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metqa (author)metqa2014-05-15

BTW, you can't "buy GMO" seeds for your garden, they are not made available commercially to the public, only businesses use them and they are limited to mostly Corn, soybeans, cotton (for oil), canola (for oil), squash,
and papaya and sugar beets and alfalfa for animals, not for sprouting. That leaves quite
a lot of your garden untouched, unless you live next to a large farm and GMO pollen drifts into your yard. There are potatoes, tomatoes and rice that is GMO, but they aren't commercially available, so in other words, YOU can't buy them.

So you don't have to worry that you bought GMO seeds( except maybe squash). Actually that is a marketing ploy to scare people to buy more expensive seeds by claiming they are GMO free when in fact, regular seeds offered to regular people are not GMO. Just thought this might ease some minds of folks worried about what they might be growing in the gardens. If you buy commercial packets, they are not GMO, You'd have to go to a bulk sale feed lot to get it.

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Great idea!

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