DIY Seed Packets and Seed Storage Binder

| 3/14/2019 4:52:00 PM

Melissa Doris-BinigIn late winter, sometime between late January and early March, I like to start planning my garden. As I pour over my newly-arrived seed catalogs and choose new seeds varieties to order (always too many), I remind myself that I need to consider all of the seeds I already have in my ever-growing collection. So I bring out and attempt to sort through all of the other seeds I’ve been collecting for the past couple of years.

Some of these collected seeds are from past years’ seed orders, others I’ve saved from last year’s garden, and then there are those seeds that I’ve swapped for or have been gifted to me. And to put it generously, my seed collection is seriously unorganized. I have seeds stored in small plastic bags, envelopes, shoe boxes, and little jars — all just scattered haphazardly around my office.

So this year, I’ve come up with a new system. All of my saved and gifted seeds are placed into super-easy folded paper packets that I’ve made myself, and then all of my collection of seed packets (both handmade and seed catalog packets) go into a seed binder that I’ve assembled. And I have to say that since I’ve begun to implement this system, it’s been so much more efficient sorting through seeds and planning my garden.


If you want to try my seed-organizing project, you’ll start by making these easy folded seed packets. They can be made with almost any kind of paper - old paper bags, kraft paper, freezer paper, fancy scrapbook paper, or even plain printer paper. Flimsy papers like wrapping papers, however, aren't a good choice because they aren't sturdy enough to safely hold and protect your seeds. So stick to papers with a little weight to them.

And to label the packets, you can be as plain or as creative as you like. If you want to keep it simple, just use a pen or marker to label the packet. If you're feeling extra crafty, you could sketch a picture with colored pencils, use botanically-themed rubber stamps, or use premade stick-on labels. Or if you're tech-savvy,  use your computer to design and print the packets before folding them.

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