Do you want to know the most popular ways to get your seeds organized before the spring season arrives? I will show you many ways to do this. This way, you will know which seeds you need to reorder. This in turn will help you save money as you won’t order seeds you already have. I also winter sow my hardy perennials, so this helps you find them which ones will work best.
Popular Ways of Organizing Seeds
- Excel sheets on your computer
- Mini Files in wooden box
- Binders with clear pockets
- Photo Storage Cases See this post. She also suggests purchasing labels. I have a label maker, I use.
- Plastic Shoe Box with Lid
- Cardboard Shoe Boxes
- Any cardboard box
- Seed Keeper Organizer
- Seed Keeper Box (metal)
- Shallow plastic bin
Seeds You Saved Yourself
- Glass Spice Jars
- Ziplock Bags
- Other Glass Jar (recycled)
- Tackle/Craft boxes
- Plastic Seed Storage Box
- UpCycled Pill Containers
- Mason Jars with lids
Popular Categories to Organize Seeds for Spring
Let’s talk about all the different categories you could divide your seeds into.
- First of all, you could alphabetize them such as Anise, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.
- Dates of oldest to newest
- Dates of when they will need them, such as Early Spring, Winter Sowing, etc.
- All the seeds that need to be planted at the same time, Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants need to be started indoors around the same time.
- Crops that can be planted outdoors around the same time such as lettuce, radish and carrots.
- Organize by planting guide- such as where you will plant them in a raised bed, planter or another alternative way
- Kinds of seeds such as Flowers, tomatoes, lettuces, etc.
- By type of seed and then within each type, by oldest first so you can use those seeds up first.
Last Years Organizing Project for Seeds
Last year I tried a 3 tier category. I put all my seeds into one of these categories. One was Winter Sowing, the other was Starting Indoors in peat pots and the last was Sowing Outside in warmer weather. The only problem with this idea was that I had a lot of old seeds from my new husband as well and I just got overwhelmed with all the seeds.
I started with some veggies and hardy perennials in January. Then I used an empty clean milk jug to create a greenhouse of such. Next, I divided each milk jug into four sections and planted many seeds. It worked for some seeds I tried to plant in the garden but not for others. The main problem was that just about planted time, we went on a trip to visit my daughter, who was going to graduate from college.
Now, as I read more information on the subject, you can pretty much leave the little seedlings inside until you are ready to plant. I guess I was just eager and didn’t want to miss my window of planting time. So, I planted some items, and left others in the milk jugs. I think I over watered them, also. I recently had moved from NE to Ohio and there seems to be more moisture here. AND it doesn’t get quite as hot here.
More on my experience in Winter Sowing in another post I will do.
Want more ways to save money in your garden? Read this.
My Favorite Popular Way to Organize Seeds
By far my favorite way to organize seeds seems to be the Photo Storage Cases! I was thinking I would create a label for each mini case that stated a general category such as tomatoes and then within each mini case they would be organized into dates. Such as which ones to use up first because I’ve found after about 2 years, seeds don’t work as well.
Save this for later!
I will be going to the craft store this weekend to find these. What about you? Do you have a favorite way you’ve found to sort or organize your seeds? Which one of these ideas interests you the most? Let us know in the comments below.