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How To Organize Your Seeds – Brilliant Seed Organizing Ideas

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It’s that time of year again!  Usually around January / February I start to get the itch.  You probably know the one.  The one that says I need to be out in my garden … now.  Unfortunately in a northern climate, that’s basically impossible until around April.  I do have a greenhouse that I can grow winter crops in year round, but you know it’s just not the same thing.

A few years ago, I started scratching this yearly itch by shopping for and buying my seeds at this time of year.  It helps me start my garden planning process, and I get a little less anxious to get out into my garden.  But then I quickly had another problem.

What the heck do I do with all of my seeds???

I came up with a pretty simple solution that I think you’ll like, and I want to share it with you today.

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How to Store Seeds

Seeds like to be kept in cool, dry locations.  If they are exposed to high temperatures or high humidity, they start to lose their viability, and they’re no good to you anymore.  It’s also recommended that you try to keep them in a somewhat airtight container.

Because of these recommendations, I keep my seeds in a small Sterilite container that I picked up from our local store for about $7.  I keep this container in our root cellar, because it is in our basement and thus doesn’t get that humid.

If you have a traditional root cellar that has a dirt floor and gets humid, you might want to consider storing your seeds in a different location.  Perhaps on a shelf in your basement, or in a dark cabinet in your kitchen far away from any appliances (your fridge, stove, and dishwasher can give off ambient heat which can warm up the interior of your cabinets).

Plastic Sterilite bin with seed packets inside.

I made basic dividers out of cardboard I had saved out of something or other (I honestly don’t remember where they came from).  I just trimmed them down to size and labeled them according to my needs.

I used Fruits, Herbs, Flowers, and Veggies as my labels, but you could break yours down into sub categories depending on how many dividers you want and how organized you want your seed bin to be.

And that’s really all you need!  You don’t need to make your seed organizing super complicated (unless you want to).  A simple plastic bin and some dividers made out of leftover cardboard is really all it takes to keep your seeds organized so you can easily find them once it is actually time to start getting out into your garden.

How to Make Your Own Seed Packets

If you’re like me, and you like to save your own seeds, you may run into another problem.

How do you store the seeds you’ve saved from your plants?

I’ve tried a little of everything.  Envelopes, plastic baggies, folded paper, you name it.  And I’ve found that making your own seed packets is the easiest way to store the seeds you’ve saved.

Usually I make a whole batch of packets with some extras, so this way I can use them year after year without worrying about having to make them new each fall.

I like to use printable templates for my seed packets, here are a few that I highly recommend:

Free Printable Seed Packet

Free downloadable blank seed packet template.
Image Credit: Salt in My Coffee

Just print it, cut it out, fold at the marks, apply adhesive to the places indicated, and let it dry. Once the printed template is in your hands, it’s very clear and easy process.

How to Make Origami Seed Packets

Origami seed packets.
Image Credit: Christines Crafts

Origami seed packets are so quick and easy to make yet lock your seeds in securely with no tape or glue.

Printable Mini Seed Packets for Seed Sharing

Printable mini seed packets for seed sharing.
Image Credit: Salt in my Coffee

These printable mini seed packets are the perfect size for sharing garden seeds with a friend. Small amounts of seeds seem lost in a full-sized packet, but these are just the right size for 10 of this, and a dozen of that!

Other Seed Organizing Ideas

Of course, my way of organizing seeds is not the only way to organize seeds.  You can organize your seeds however you want!  Here are a few other seed organizing ideas that may work for you:

Seed Organizer Binder

Three ring binder for organizing seed packets.
Image Credit: Salt in my Coffee

Here is another easy and inexpensive way to organize your seeds.  Take a look at Salt in my Coffee’s seed organizing binder, and get ready to be inspired!

Upcycled Metal Seed Packet Box

Upcycled metal seed box.
Image Credit: Sustain My Craft Habit

Create this seed packet box craft to keep everything in order and be able to give the birds and bees in your yard (or wherever you may be) the absolute best.

Seed Organization

And that concludes our seed organization post!  Hopefully you have found an idea or two to help you organize your seeds this year.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

Are you wondering what your plant growing zone is, and what plants grow best in your area?  Check out our post: 5 Helpful Tips on Plant Growing Zones for Every Homesteader

Do you live in an apartment or a small space, but you still want to have your own garden?  Check out our post: Unleashing Your Inner Farmer in Limited Space

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I’m a mom to two kids, and I am super passionate about sustainable, clean living.  My husband and I are building our dream self-sustaining homestead, while homeschooling our kiddos.  Have a look around my site for ideas for your homeschool or homestead, or find some new delicious homestead-friendly recipes.  You can also check out my About Me page to learn more about me and my website.

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