Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gardening Organization

If you're like most of the people I know whom LOVE gardening but also have moved from a CD collection to an mp3 one(like myself). Use your old CD Book to hold your seed packets!

Alternatively, for bigger collections, you could use a trading Card binder(like for magic the gathering) but the sleeves are generally smaller than a normal seed packet. You can take the important stuff from the packet(like picture and planting info) and make a little card to go in front of the sleeve. Then tape the sleeve over to keep your seeds from falling out!

Your Gardening friends will be jealous of "your" creativity and being able to easily find your seeds! Have at it!

I shared this with my grandma and she gave us some tips!

"That is a great idea! I love the idea of flipping the "pages" and easily seeing the picture on the packet. Thank you for sharing this with me.


But you have to add one more step.  Seeds should be stored in something airtight and moisture (humidity) proof--they will stay viable much longer. After opening a packet and removing the seeds you plant, empty the seeds from the packet into a small and sealable plastic bag (like minature zip-lock bags. Be sure to squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing. Then slip the plastic bag into the packet and the packet into your CD book.


These tiny storage bags are sold with craft supplies--guess they are used to hold small things like beads and parts. I've purchased them at Walmart and have seen them in some of my mailorder catalogs.


Here's another gardening tip: if the seed packet is not dated be sure to mark it with the year so you will always know how hold the seeds are. Your Dad and I both have the original "Square Foot Gardening" book which has an excellent chart showing the average time span that seeds stay viable."


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