Hello! In my last blog post, I talked about what supplies you need to start seeds. This post is going to focus on organizing those seeds. If you only have a couple of packets, you probably don’t need to fret. If you have piles of seeds like Emily and I do, some organization will help you to keep your ducks in a row.
The first thing that I am going to recommend that you do is get yourself a case to organize. Emily and I each have this (photo) case that we ordered from Amazon. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N7N5SMR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
A few weeks ago, I went through and organized my seeds. It was a hot mess. Murray (my Brittany) was not impressed with my disorganization.
I added labels to each of the boxes. You can see what labels I used in the photo below. What labels you use will depend on what type of gardening you are doing.
After I organized, I was able to see what seeds I had & what I needed more of. Immediately after I finished my organizing, I went onto Baker Creek’s website & ordered more veggie seeds.
Yes. I know. I am a seed hoarder!
To get all of my seed information organized, I used a Google Sheet that Emily had started for her seeds. I changed it around a bit. I have tabs at the bottom for flowers, vegetables, herbs, and direct sew. I have included my direct sew seeds (direct sew means that you just plant the seeds right into the ground outside) because some of the seeds that I need to direct sew are actually put into the ground before the last frost date.
In order to figure out when you need to start your seeds, first figure out the date of your last frost for your area. In Southeastern Michigan, Google says our average last frost date is May 20th. I counted backwards from that date on my calendar. Most seed packages will tell you how long before the last frost you can start your seeds.
Other important information to add to your seed sheet is the name (you might want to include manufacturer as well so that you can remember next spring), plant spacing, seed depth, height, sun requirements, and other special directions.
Some of my packages did not have any information on them. When this happens, just Google the exact name of your seed + growing instructions. For example my coleus did not have anything written on it, so I Googled, “coleus pinto mix growing instructions.”
I am not going to lie to you, this exercise took me some time. However, it was well worth it. You don’t want to start your seeds too early or too late. They are kind of like a puppy. They need to be with you for just the right amount of time before they go out into the real world to do their thing.
Happy Seed Organizing!