When we first dove into the world of starting our own seeds, it quickly became essential to find a way to organize all of our seeds. And when we started to see how many seeds we had left over at the end of the year, the idea of storing them came up as well. We created this quick and easy way to organize and store our seeds, using 3 rings binders and other items purchased at an office supply store!
You will also need baseball card sheet protectors. We found ours at our local Staples, but you can also get them online here.
If you have a lot of seeds, like us, I would also suggest getting some tab organizers like these.
Finally, you will need some small zip lock bags. We use the ones found at the link, but I recently saw some at the Dollar Store as well. As long as they are 2.5″x3.5″ or less they will fit in the pockets of the sleeve protector.
So now that you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s really very easy to get set up. First, grab a seed packet and a small zip lock bag. Transfer the name of the seed and the year you bought it from the seed packet onto the bag. You can be fancy and print labels like we did in the beginning, or if you don’t have time you can just use a sharpie like we do now. Cut open your seed packet, empty the contents into the zip lock and seal it.
Next, take your seed packet and cut out the picture on the front and directions on the back. I try to keep it to 2.5″x3.5″ to fit in the pocket, but sometimes I have to make the directions larger and fold it to fit.
Now place the zip lock bag with the seeds in the first pocket in the sheet protector. Put the directions and the picture in the other 2 pockets in that row. Once you have filled up the rest of the page with other seeds, put the sheet protector in your binder. Rinse & repeat!
If you have a lot of different seeds, I suggest using the tabs to organize your binder. It saves a lot of time in the garden when you can quickly flip to exactly which vegetable/herb/flower seed you are looking for!
Our seed binders have made our gardening much more efficient. No more rummaging around searching for a hidden seed packet! We are also saving money by not having to buy new seeds every year. By storing our seeds this way, we are creating an environment which will promote seed viability. The zip lock bags lock out moisture, being in a binder protects them from light and we store our binders in our basement – a cool environment.
If you are looking for a fast, easy and organized way to store your seeds, I hope you’ll create your own seed binder!