Getting Organized for Seed Sowing
I started going through the seed catalogs last weekend, trying as best as I could to stick to my list. I needed to order peas, radishes, and potatoes. I also needed tomato and pepper seeds for indoor sowing.
Before I knew it, my pen was a' flyin', circling this and that, and, oh... don't I need to buy a few flower seeds, too? I could hear the "cha-ching" of my escalating bill. Hmm. Maybe I should assess my existing seed stash first, before I get carried away?
I keep my seeds in an old potato chip container. It's so packed full that I almost can't close the lid on it anymore. I've got seed packets in there from when I started gardening four years ago -- many of them still unopened. How did I end up with so many seeds? It's almost too much, even for a pack rat like me.
I dug deep into the well of seeds. Did I say I needed to order peas? I found two packages in there -- unopened. Radishes? I found five packets of those, in three varieties. Lettuce? Have I ever got lettuce. And, oh yeah, there are those fava beans I ordered last year and never planted. I'd forgotten about those entirely.
Long story short, I haven't placed a seed order yet because I already have enough to start with. Seeds that are a couple years old still germinate well for many plants, so there's no need to buy too much more. Although... yes, I do plan to treat myself to a few new things I want to try, keeping in mind that I still have to dig those garden beds!
In the end, I sorted some of my vegetable seeds into groups and clipped them together with binder clips. There's one set for sowing outdoors in early spring, another set for sowing indoors under grow lights, and so on. This should help me keep track of what needs to be planted at different times, and I won't have to swim through the sea of a seed bucket every time I need to find something. This is the most organized I've been with my seed sowing endeavors. Ever.
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