Erin over at Garden Now - Think Later did a post this morning on how she stores her garden seeds. Plus she included a lot more info on her garden related record keeping. She challenged her readers to do a post on how we store our garden seeds.
So here goes.
My seeds are kept in jars in a cardboard box. Nothing too scientific about that.
The bigger seeds such as peas and beans and sunflowers are stored in another cardboard box because I couldn't fit them all in the six other jars I use.
Where do these boxes of seeds live for most of the year?
Right on the floor of our outdoor clothes closet which is in the room we call our entry room. This closet was on an exposed north wall before we added on the garage, but now it is slightly tempered by the unheated portion of the garage. It stays cool in that closet even in the summer time. It must be a good spot to store my seeds because I seem to have really good luck getting very old seeds to germinate.
Like Erin I do have a 3-ring binder notebook that I keep all my gardening information in. I save the drawn out plans for each year of the field garden, raised beds and pumpkin patch. That way I can do a fairly good job of rotating the crops to a different area each year. Also kept are notations regarding the blueberry, raspberry and strawberry plants/beds.
I also keep track in this same book in a different section of all my canning, preserving and freezing for each year. This listing includes dates and quantities.
Notes are made usually at mid-season and end of the summer of a walk through all garden areas noting things I want to change, what did well, insect damage, etc.
As you can see, paper clipped to the cover of the binder are also random notes that I should do a better job of "filing away" in their proper spot.
My seed storage/garden record keeping system doesn't look nearly as good as Erin's. But I can't compete with that gal. If you want to learn something about organization, follow her blog. The woman is simply super-human when it comes to being organized. She also accomplishes more than a person ought to be able to do. You know my hat's off to you, Garden Now - Think Later Girl!
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