How do you all organize your seeds? I have an addiction to buying seeds and it's getting a bit hard to find the ones I want to plant when I want them. Right now, I have a cardboard box(that's falling apart btw), full of seed packets. A while back I at least separated like kinds into plastic zip-locks but as I've gone through them, that system as failed miserably because I can never find the original bag to replace the seeds packets I didn't use when I took them out. It's a mess...
I was hoping there would be something simple on Amazon but apparently the only thing they have are super expensive decorative boxes. I was thinking of just getting an index card holder but I figured I would see what you guys do first. I would love pictures!
As I am a seedaholic, (I own more than 850 different seeds), I went through several systems...
The last one is several wooden boxes tailored to my seeds packets size, and ordered by latin name.
Each and every packet I buy or get is opened and transfered into one of my a4-based paper packet.
I'm using a metal dresser with 4 big draws.
2 families/drawer is my plan so finding and putting back should be easy. I do have to work a bit on the mice proofing.
System is not perfect yet as the bikes are stored in front so the lower drawers are harder to get by fast :p
every drawer contains 2 boxes, one for every plant family. My rotation in the kitchen garden is 8years for 8 plantfamilies.
And than a big box (mouse proof I hope) for everything I do not consider annual veg seeds or stuff I don't know if I'll grow it.
I have been using a cardboard box with dividers and little packs, but as I have been growing, I am now moving to jars and going to be constructing a shelf. I am also moving from pure-bred heirloom varieties to the Permiscuously Pollinated model I learned on the forums here. This way I don't have 300 little seed packs, I have 80 (or whatever it happens to be I pick up) and those seed that like genetic variety to produce strong will get it. The little bottles come from a dietitian or something via a friend who does aromatherapy blends and sometimes has extra. Or, finished jelly jars or yeast jars. Or, for beans and such- pasta jars. The important thing with these jars is making sure things are dry enough they won't go bad.
I recently picked up a shopping bag full of glass baby food jars at a garage sale; they are coming in very handy. (Funny story: I asked the woman what she wanted for the bag of jars, and she said "Oh, I guess a dollar" and as I said "sold" a woman nearby exclaimed "Oh, I want those too!" Too late... )
I just ordered 100 heavy paper manila "key envelopes" (the little ones) to start putting a bunch of my little collections of saved seed in; many of these are currently in odd places like stacking screw-top pill containers that are hard to see and hard to label, so I want to consolidate. And as for organizing my seed packets (both purchased and saved) this latest find from a garage sale "free" box should come in handy. Ugly, but handy: