Intro: 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!