Because I'm just a home gardener, the normal seed packages frequently contain more seeds than I need in one season. But many of those seeds are good for more than one season, especially if stored properly. So what's a gardener to do?
Well, first she does her research! This is what I found from NC State's horticultural department:
"If seeds are obtained well ahead of the actual sowing date (or are surplus seeds), store them in a cool, dry place. Laminated foil packages help ensure dry storage. Paper packets are best kept in tightly sealed containers and maintained around 40oF in low humidity. A good storage location would be an air-tight jar or a sealed, Zip-Lock-type bag in the refrigerator."
I love when gardening directions are really specific--frequently they are a little vague. But this one told me to use a Zip-Lock bag and put them in the fridge! I can't screw this one up!
I have a bunch of paper seed packets, especially since I just had my new shipment of spring seeds come in! So in addition to storing them properly, I wanted to organize.
I decided to divide things up by plant family, because they would probably be planted around the same time. I used an index card to write down what was in each group.
How do you organize your seed collection?