Simple Seed Storage Binder

 

Since learning about winter sowing (I’m a bit hooked on it), my seed stash has increased significantly. I needed to find a way to store them that was organized so that I could easily find what I needed later. 

In the past, I saved my seeds in a jar in the fridge in order to make them last longer. The more I plant each year, the less likely I’ll need those seeds to last more than 2 years. 

On the Winter Sowers group on Facebook (which I highly recommend joining if you’re at all interested in winter sowing), one gal showed how she stored her seeds: a binder! I immediately gathered the materials and got to work setting up my own. 

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Materials:

 
The 3-pocket photo pages hold a baggie with my plant labels, the pill bags, and the index cards. They also hold the seed packets I have pulled out to plant next or that have not been opened yet. 
 
The front pocket of the binder holds index cards I have cut in half and some notes about what I want to do in the garden next. 
 
The sports card pages hold the seeds. I separated them into herbs, cool-weather seeds, fruit and warm-weather seeds, and flowers.  Each pocket includes the packet, if it is available, the seeds in a pill bag and some planting notes. The planting notes are on an index card that has been divided in half. 
 
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Front of binder with Territorial Seed Co graphic on it. Pretty.:) 

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plant labels, seed pouches (pill bags) and index cards

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Unopened seed packets or ones I want to get to next

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A sheet of cool weather seeds.
Each pocket has the info sheet (half an index card with my notes),
seeds, and the seed packet if available.
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Back of the seed pocket sheet. The notes are facing out so I can
 flip through them (blanks are because I had enough seeds to need two pockets)

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The contents of one seed pocket

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All organized and on my bookshelf. Yay!
 
 
That’s it! I can easily store the binder and flip through my seeds. I put a cut out from my seed catalog on the front because it’s pretty 🙂 and a label on the spine so I can easily spot it on our main book shelf. 
 
I am working on a gardening journal as well to plan and document our various gardens. I considered combining it with the seed binder, but I think I’ll like to have them both open while I’m working and dreaming. 
 
How do you store your seeds? Do you have any garden journal recommendations? 
 

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