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- 09-10-2011, 05:59 PM #1
Help required organising seeds, please.
How do you store and organise your seed collection? I've tried sorting them by type - eg all cabbages together, or alphabetically, or by sowing month, or by age of seed, by whether they're roots, shoots and salads, outdoor or greenhouse, and by indexing them in a book. Whichever way I do it, I still lose seeds, fail to sow them at the right time, or sow newer seeds before the older ones. In other words, I'm in a mess. Perhaps if I didn't buy so many seeds to start with things would be easier, but, as a compulsive seedaholic I can't stop myself. How can I cope?
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- 09-10-2011, 06:12 PM #2
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I use a plastic organiser pouch with twelve divisions labelled monthly, and put the seeds in the appropriate pockets. Works well, as long as you remember to use it properly. Need to re-sort now though cos I have a load of seeds in a plastic tub in the kitchen.
- 09-10-2011, 06:35 PM #3
Very large tins and chuck them in.Dont bother searching for seeds you know you've got, just go buy some more and get some more tins for the excess you just bought
seems to work
- 09-10-2011, 09:00 PM #4
Thank you Rustylady & Pies for your advice.
I've tried something similar to Rustylady's monthly divisions but get totally confused when the seed packet says "Plant late spring" or "Early Autumn". What months are they?? Those packets get slung back in the box for later!!
Pies' version I can also relate too! Every December Festive season another tin of biscuits appears, is hastily emptied and refilled with the latest collection of seeds. They sit there until I have the time to amalgamate them into whatever system I'm using that year. Needless to say I never seem to find the time and the tins mount up until I'll soon need a system for organising biscuit tins!
Keep those ideas coming, please!
- 09-10-2011, 09:10 PM #5
I did a very elaborate spreadsheet at the start of the year listing ALL seeds on the spreadsheet with expiry date, sow date, expected harvest date, sow medium, germination time, harvest weights blah blah blah blah
Didn't use it
Gonna try paper and pen this year
- 09-10-2011, 09:16 PM #6
rough guide to seasons
march april may = spring
june july august = summer
september october november = autumn
december january feburary = winter
- 09-10-2011, 09:17 PM #7
Hi to The Large One and thanks. My computer skills are not up to spread sheets but I have tried a card index - similar data as yours, filed alphabetically. It was fun writing out the cards but never got around to completing the followup results. That fizzled out too!
- 09-10-2011, 09:22 PM #8
Thank you Pies! I shall revisit my biscuit tins and scribble some months on the packets. Think I'll take the first month of each season as the appropriate one as that gives me an extra couple of months to locate the packets.