Bet there are some of you out there who are seed freaks like me. Can’t wait for the next seed catalog, find yourself trolling through seed websites, seeming to always be looking for the next thing you want to grow.
Then what do you do when you do order your seeds, and don’t use the whole packet? Do they go in a drawer, or bag in a big jumble? Oh, then sometime later, you find some other seeds you just have to get, and those packets get put, well, on the kitchen table, a pocket in your garden bag, in a jar – somewhere!
It is time to plant and you were absolutely sure you got that variety, but darn it, can’t find it, quick buy more. A month later, oh there are those seeds I knew I bought, darn, I double bought and now have more than I need.
I confess to have done all the above!
The answer is coming up with a seed inventory system that works for you. It can be simple or complex, depending on how many seeds you have, and what your personal style is. Make it something that works for you.
I have allot of seeds, I run a seed swap, save seeds, partner with seed companies and did plants sales for years, so having a system became critical to business. You don’t have to be in business to need to organize your seeds.
Here are some tips to create a seed organization system that works for you:
- Create a spreadsheet, chart, list on your phone, or a notebook to jot down seed orders when they come in.
- Have one place to put seeds that have not made it onto your inventory yet.
- Have one place where you store your seeds after they are on your inventory.
- Create a way to know when you have used up your seeds. I fold my seed packets in half for example.
- Have a trigger in your system that lets you know when you need to buy more of that variety.
- And a trigger if you grew something and you don’t want to grow that variety again.
Review your inventory at least once a year. I like to do it over the winter, and if you have a system in place, it takes much less time, so you can get back to important things, like looking at more seed catalogs and websites 🙂
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