Sometimes you just need to take a second look at the things around you to see a new purpose for them. Look for items that have sleeves or compartments to slip in envelopes or small spaces for handfuls of seeds, as well as spots for labeling.
Plastic baggies can also make an effective seed storage method, stored right in drawers or baskets. Your gardening notebook can be kept in the basket along with anything else you need to know or have for an organized planning and planting season.
If you need a more compact method of storage, a photo album might be the answer. Simply slip packets of seeds into the photo sleeves. You can also include notes about the seeds and arrange them in order of planting time. Include real photos of your landscaping to track progress (and inspire new ideas) season after season. Once it’s filled, you can slide the album right onto a shelf until next year.
If you have a massive garden, to organize your seed storage a filing cabinet approach may be best. Those plastic three-drawer shelves or a repurposed nightstand can serve this purpose for larger quantities, or a recipe box might work for fewer. With a filing box, you have room for labels and information for each category of seeds.
An old 8-track case, which holds envelopes perfectly, makes for a creative seed storage system. Keeping on the defunct-music recording theme, a cassette tape storage case would work just as well.
This handy photo organizer, which houses several 4×6 plastic containers, can double as seed storage. Each sleeve could contain quite a few packets. You could group them by type of flower or food, time of planting, or family.
A pillbox, or medicine organizer, is a good choice when you have a small amount of a wide variety of seeds to store. Use separate pillboxes for different areas of your garden—one for your cutting garden, one for veggies—for easy planting later on. Don’t forget to clearly label each box with its contents.
Perhaps you’ve collected the seeds from your summer garden, and the fall vegetables will soon have a bounty of seeds to save. Or maybe you just have excess from planting earlier in the year. Either way, those seeds represent a bounty of food and foliage for the next planting season. It’s important to store them properly so that they aren’t lost or damaged before next year.
Of course, you don’t have to get creative to efficiently store seeds. A simple mason jar can do the job quite well. Storing seed packets in a jar allows you to seal it easily and even include silica packets if you’d like. It’s easy to find a place for jars, and larger jars can hold quite a few envelopes of seeds. Again, you can group them by any category you’d like.
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According to the Seed Savers Exchange:
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Yes! Absolutely. As opposed to an expiration date, you’ll most often see “packed for” date on garden seed packages – such as packed for 2018. Don’t throw out or avoid planting seeds if you don’t use them by that date! The date represents when they will be the freshest, and most closely follow their listed germination rate, which is the percentage of seeds that successfully sprouted during trials at the seed company.
That is another added benefit of our photo storage seed boxes: they’re double-encased to keep moisture out! If you do choose to store your seeds in a refrigerator, store them in an air-tight container. Also, if you are a seed-saver yourself, make sure the seeds are 100% dry before storing them!
But… Don’t seeds have to be stored in the refrigerator?
“Consistency is key when it comes to temperature and humidity levels. This is why you should avoid storing seeds in a spot that isn’t climate-controlled, like a garage or shed, where temperatures and moisture levels can fluctuate wildly.”
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If your are in need of an organized, efficient, effective way to store your garden seeds, look no further! I have the perfect solution for you. Say goodbye to your overflowing, jumbled cardboard boxes or stockpiled padded mailers of spilling and long-forgotten seeds. Once you get your seed packs all neatly tucked away with this system, you will say: Where have you been all my life? Really. And while we’re at it, let’s also talk about ideal seed storage conditions, along with seed “expiration dates”.
Any cool, temperate, dry location is suitable for storing seeds. Inside a closet, a north-facing room in your home that isn’t subject to temperature swings, or in a cool basement are all excellent choices. Heck, these cases would even slip nicely under a bed! The location doesn’t need to be pitch black per se, but seeds should be stored out of direct sunlight.
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