Seed Organizing Ideas

Jun 9, 2011 at 12:31 a.m. ET

Seeds by the packet are an economical choice for getting your garden started. One packet of seeds can hold enough potential plants to cover hundreds of square feet. Unless you have a very large garden, you'll probably have leftover seeds in the packet. What should you do to organize them?


Seeds by the packet are an economical choice for getting your garden started. One packet of seeds can hold enough potential plants to cover hundreds of square feet. Unless you have a very large garden, you'll probably have leftover seeds in the packet. What should you do to organize them?

While seed packets are great, I often wish they were resealable. Once you tear away the paper corner, seeds have a potential of falling out all over the place unless you keep the open packets vertical. Here are a few ideas for seed storage that won't leave you with a mess or lost seeds.

  • Baseball card book. Seed packets are just about the same size as sports trading cards. Use a binder with trading card sleeves to organize and hold individual open seed packets.

  • Rolodex. Before cell phone and email contacts, a Rolodex was the way to store business contact information. The rotary type won't work for holding seeds, but the box type will.

  • Jars. Mason jars work well for long-term seed storage. You can put the packets in the jars, or dump the seeds into jars and label them. Either way, you'll need a shelf to store the jars.

  • Clothespins. Hang open seed packets on a clothesline in your garden shed. Use clothespins to hold each packet on the line.


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