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Post  middlemamma 5/18/2010, 10:24 pm

I have my packets in ziplock bags and labeled...but beyond that I am out of ideas. I thought of trying out some kind of file system like one of those accordian thingys? But I am so new at this I can't really think from all the angles. I thought some kind of binder set up might work too. I thought I would organize by flowers, vegtables, fruits, but then I thought maybe by when they should be planted would be better?

I figured there has to be some of you here with awesome ideas that would love to tell me about it!!! Please share your idea sand pictures too if you can...I am a very visual person and pictures help me a lot. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

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Post  dixie 5/18/2010, 10:41 pm

I have mine in 6 x 9 manilla envelopes labeled as to when/where sown: wintersown, tomatoes, peppers (I grow a lot of different varieties of these, that's why they have their own envelope)inside veggies, inside flowers, outdoor veggies, outdoor flowers. Maybe someday I'll organize them better, but it works for me.

I place the envelopes inside a gallon size zip lock freezer bag & store them in the freezer.
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Post  camprn 5/18/2010, 10:51 pm

Keep mine in letter size envelopes or plastic zip type bags and original packets in several small paper bags in a shoe box with an attached lid. I can look through the seeds as if they were in a file cabinet drawer.
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Post  chexmix 5/19/2010, 1:35 am

I store my seeds in mason jars in the refrigerator. They are all in there original package. I just fold them up so that I can get more in the jar.

Here's a video with Mel and Patti Moreno discussing seeds and the storage.


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Post  Chopper 5/19/2010, 1:53 am

I just put like seed packets together in ziplocs - squash, root, above ground, leafy, herbs and the like. Then I keep all of them in an old gallon ice cream tub. And I keep all of that in my garden cabinet in the garage. In my location it is pretty dang dry so I do not have that to worry about. Most of my seeds are up to 3 years old and germination has been pretty good.
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Post  Bec 5/19/2010, 8:19 am

I keep mine in their origional packages and store them inside a plastic coffee container stuck away in the back of my refrigerator. This past year is the first time I've done this and it worked fine.

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Post  Selandra 5/19/2010, 10:03 am

I am storing my seeds in little baby food jars. My sister had a baby and I told her to save all the jars. I also save all those packets you find everywhere to help keep away the moisture. I'm sure there is somewhere you can buy them, but a penny saved...
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Post  chocolatepop 5/19/2010, 10:52 am

original packaging or ziplock bags in plastic sleeves in binders in cool basement
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Post  PB 5/19/2010, 5:15 pm

In original packs. Folded over. In a mason jar. With Silica gel packs from medicine bottles. In refrigerator.
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Post  SirTravers 5/19/2010, 5:47 pm

@Bec wrote:I keep mine in their origional packages and store them inside a plastic coffee container stuck away in the back of my refrigerator.
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I knew I was saving my coffee container for a reason. Now I know where to put my seed packs. hehe. thanks
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Post  Wyldflower 5/19/2010, 5:59 pm

Organize? You mean you don't just throw the open packets into a shoe box (which now has a lot of unidentified loose seeds in the bottom) and set it aside for next year?

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Seriously, this will have to be an evening project for me... I have a just-right-sized tupperware type box. I'll seal up the seed packets and file them alphabetically (flowers separate from veggies I have some from this year and from last, so there are a lot of packets) and put that in the refrigerator... and hope for the best! The loose seeds, I think, will be put in the compost, and we'll see what volunteers.
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Post  boffer 5/19/2010, 6:33 pm

A picture I can do. Organized....ah, not so much! dangit

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I guess I'm the odd man out again. My seeds live on a shelf year round in my shop when it's not planting time-just like you see them. RH 55-60% TEMP 55-85 F. This spring I planted seeds that were 4 years old (don't ask what kind-they would have been cool crops), and they germinated OK. It works for me-I always try the easy way first!
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Post  Wyldflower 5/19/2010, 6:56 pm

Thanks, Boffer... I don't feel so alone, now!
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Post  Megan 5/19/2010, 7:12 pm

My seeds from this year are in a shoebox on top of the fridge, in their original packets. Some are binder-clipped together. Somewhere, I think I may have a ziptop bag with packets of older seeds. I think I had some transferred to (washed out) medicine bottles.

What do you use to ship small amounts of seed to friends??
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Post  camprn 5/19/2010, 7:13 pm

@Wyldflower wrote:Thanks, Boffer... I don't feel so alone, now!
Me either! Looks like home to me. Very Happy
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Post  ander217 5/19/2010, 7:55 pm

Mine are in their original packets placed in ziploc bags, separated as follows: herbs, flowers, spring-planted veggies, summer veggies, autumn veggies, seeds for starting transplants, and corn which get its own bag because the packets take up too much room in the summer bag. The bags are stored in an old seed box that used to go in my freezer until we had to boot it out to make room for a side of beef. Now the box is sitting in a chair under my dining room table because I'm using seeds from it almost daily. I'll have to figure out somewhere to put it for the winter.

Boffer, do you rent space in your garage?

I have some really old seeds, too. Some kinds seem to keep forever while others, such as parsley, seem to lose their viability in just a year or two.
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Post  timwardell 5/19/2010, 9:03 pm

Uh... I thought having them in "ziplock bags and labeled" WAS an organization system. It's what I use. At least I put them in the fridge unlike boffer. Very Happy
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Post  boffer 5/19/2010, 9:16 pm

@ander217 wrote:Boffer, do you rent space in your garage?

HA! Not even to my wife! She can use the space, tools, and materials any time she wants. But when it comes to putting something in there...uh uh, no way, not happening, no way jose, no sir ree jim bob....I know how women do it. First it's a coffee cup, then it's a coffee cup and jacket, then it's a coffee cup, jacket, and shoes, then comes a robe, then a toothbrush, and unmentionables. And before I knew what was happening, I'm married twenty years tomorrow! rock on

I don't give her an inch in my shop cause I know what it leads to! darn funny
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Post  jenjehle 5/19/2010, 9:56 pm

Here's a few pics of what I do with my seeds:



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Hope this helps!
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Post  Ha-v-v 5/19/2010, 10:59 pm

This is a great thread !! I like all the ideas. I have all mine in my shed right now until I get some more done. I have read about storing them in a better climate and I will remedy that soon. This is the inside of my shed with the seeds, the blue bucket are seeds Ive planted, the green one is ones I still want to plant. Ha-v-v



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Post  middlemamma 5/19/2010, 11:31 pm

Great help guys!!! Thank you...I feel at least in THIS arena I am not so far behind as others areas!! YAY! I have not quite decided yet what I am going to do...when I do I will throw a picture on this thread...LOL (if I can figure out how to do that:) )
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Post  Wyldflower 5/20/2010, 12:16 am

@boffer wrote:........... And before I knew what was happening, I'm married twenty years tomorrow! rock on

Happy anniversary, Boffer and Mrs. Boffer!
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Post  Megan 5/20/2010, 12:18 am

Yes, happy anniversary! Very Happy smiles
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Post  Ha-v-v 5/20/2010, 12:26 am

That was so funny, first its a coffee cup !! Then the jacket etc that was good so good Smile
Happy Happy Anniversary to the both of you and many more to come !!!! Wondering how folks organize their seeds? 593714
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Post  ander217 5/20/2010, 9:35 am

Happy Anniversary, Boffer. You're a lucky man to be married to such a smart woman. Wondering how folks organize their seeds? Icon_lol
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