Do you have trouble organizing your garden seeds? Each year my seed collection grows as I explore new varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and my little seed basket is overflowing! Trying to find an easy DIY seed organizer, I searched the web for practical ideas on how to organize garden seeds. Let me show you my simple DIY seed organizer and links to some of the best ideas I discovered.
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Each year I experiment with a new “system” for storing and organizing my seeds.
Originally I kept all my seed packets and saved seeds in a basket along with labels, measuring tape, and other things to carry to the garden with me when planting. This worked OK, but I was constantly sifting through things, forgetting which seeds I wanted to use, and when to plant.
Last year I created envelopes to hold seeds based on planting dates. This made planning and starting seeds easier. I listed which varieties I wanted to plant directly into the garden, and the varieties I wanted to start indoors. I also made notes on inventory – if I needed to order more, for example, or wanted new varieties.
DIY Seed Organizer
This year I wanted a better system and more room to expand as we increase our vegetable and herb gardens. Not wanting anything fancy, and using materials I had on hand, I created a garden seed organizer with a storage bin and cardboard.
I simply cut old shoe boxes to create walls to hold my seeds and used packing tape to hold the cardboard in place.
This box offers room for seed packets, containers and bags of saved seeds, large pockets for the cover crop seeds, and a space for note cards, markers, and pencils.
Some gardeners prefer to organize their seeds by varieties, but I like to keep my seeds arranged by planting date. Each slot contains a note with the month, seeds to plant (outdoors), seeds to start (indoors), and inventory notes if needed.
This note card tells me in March I will direct sow the cool weather greens and peas. Inside I will start seeds for the warmer weather vegetables. All the seeds I need for the month of March are inside the pocket with the note card.
Here are some more ideas and inspiration for how to organize garden seed- including upcycled shoe boxes, binders, and albums.
Organizing Seed Packets and DIY Seed Organizers
How do you organize your seeds?