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Julianne Idleman

Hi Mark,

Thanks for this. I've been experimenting with different ways to keep seeds in order and have settled on a box with a dozen dividers, one for each month of the year. That way when I am done with a seed packet, I can slip it into the month that I next anticipate needing it. Not a perfect system when you want to find a specific heirloom to share a few seeds with a friend, but it does help me remember to start the cauliflower seedlings I'll need for fall when I get to the July section of the box.

Mark Delman

Hi Julianne: Organizing by month is great alternative. I see the main advantage of organizing seeds the way you suggest is that it reminds you when to plant. I think people call a system like this a "tickler" file. The only downside I can think of is if some of your seedlings die, and you need to replant, it won't necessarily be obvious where to look for the seed packet. Having said that, I do think this is neat idea and one I might consider as well. Thanks for the great comment.


My biggest issue with seed storage is moisture. We've been toying with the idea of buying some of those little dessicant packets to throw in with the seeds,

Mark Delman

Hi Karen: You make a good point. Where I live, we have a very short rainy season and after that, no rain for most of the year. I'm sure dessicant would work to keep things dry, but I would be curious to know if anyone else in a humid environment has had significant issues. As I mentioned, I put the packet into zip lock sandwich bags to prevent open packets from spilling, that may be all you need to do. Let's see if anyone else has a suggestion.


Thanks for the article.

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