While planning the garden for 2013, I needed to decide which crops I would grow again from last year’s seeds and what new crops I wanted to try. I knew I didn’t store last year’s seeds very well, but I thought I did better than this:
Yep – all those seeds in the bottom of the baggie are NOT supposed to be there. I thought I had sealed each package well enough, but then the baggie managed to get knocked over and I was left with this mess.
Some of the seeds are easy to identify. The large, pumpkin looking seeds you see above are clearly the zucchini – I have nothing else in the baggie that even comes close to those. Unfortunately, all the tomato seeds look exactly alike. I would have no clue if I was planting a cherry or not, or even what variety. I wanted to be able to save those I could identify, but I clearly needed a better system.
I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and ran across what I thought was a genius idea.
If anyone knows the original source, I’d love to give credit! All signs to point to this tublr page.
A quick trip to Walgreens resulted in multiple 2-packs of off brand, Tic-Tac like candies – Great Bite.
I got busy emptying the containers (the candy is not very good to be honest) and separating those seeds I could identify.
I don’t have the cute speech bubble stickers, and the labels did not come off very well so I defaulted to a Sharpie for a quick fix.
Although this method works, I don’t care for it too much. The containers are pretty large while the seeds take up very little space. Also, I now have to find something to store the containers in. So while this is working for now, I’m still on the hunt.
I’ve seen the baseball card storage method and I think that could work well in a binder with small, sealable baggies. It must be something that protect the seeds from falling out should they tip or fall.
How are you storing your seeds? What works for you?