Because I live in a region that gets 8 months of winter (not joking), no one loves this time of year better than me… when I can start pulling out the seeds, and summer no longer seems like a dream away. The last 3 years I have not had a garden because we had been moving/building/displaced. The result was a messy seed collection full of old seeds… and lots of new seeds arriving in the mail every day as I expanded my collection. Look at it… just a jumbled mess. For shame.
Inspired by Homestead Revival’s post on Organizing Seeds and Planting Records, I set to work re hauling my entire system (or lack thereof). Using Amy’s templates for the seed record and mini file folders (you can find those templates in her post), I made a folder for each and every seed variety. Because I had lots of old seeds, I had a separate side project going to determine if they were still viable. You can read about about that at How to Use Old Seeds.
I printed off a bunch of the seed record sheets on the regular white paper, and the file folder template onto card stock. The I cut and folded the mini file folders to assemble them, using tape to secure the edges. I cut the seed record to fit the front of the folders, and glued them on.
There! Now doesn’t that look better? I had originally intended to color code the folders by vegetables/flowers/herbs etc, but ran short on some colors, so then I just figured it wouldn’t matter much. I did, however, find out I have way more seeds than could fit in the one container, so I divided up and put vegetables and fruits in one, and flowers and herbs in the other. This gives me more room for expansion.