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Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,021

Now that I have been seduced by all the seed catalogs that have arrived recently,  I have lots and lots of lovely seed  packets and not quite sure how to store them in an orderly manner. I know that they need to be kept in a cool, dry and darkish place. I just wondered if you have a system of arranging and storing your seeds that you could recommend to me. Any advice is welcome.

Last edited: 03 January 2017 21:55:03

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  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 510

    Mine are in a cream cracker tin. Flowers at the front, veg at the back. I've just sorted them out so they are currently alphabetical. That system won't last long?. I'm looking forward to others much more organised systems.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,233

    Mine are organised by type and then stored in tupperwares which are all kept together in a large plastic storage crate which I keep in a cold, dark shed.  The seeds are either in the packet supplied by the seed company or brown paper bags if collected by me.

    I separate veggies into roots, fruits, leaves and herbs and ornamentals into annual, biennial and perennial then grasses, shrubs, trees and climbers.

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  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden South Coast UKPosts: 862

    I make up little envelopes for the seeds that I harvest myself, Bought pkts are stored in tins and grouped as annual, half hardy annual, hardy annual , half hardy perennial...........etc. All are stored in a cool place.

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,009

    I keep mine in a wooden box like a suit case in alphabetical order, I have a sowing schedule sheet per month inside the box as well. I did have a picture somewhere but I cant find it at the moment. I store them in a cupboard in spare room. 

  • For xmas I bought my wife a seed storage steel box from The Greenhouse People, separate compartments with loose labels so you can arrange by month, seed type Etc. Very nicely decorated on the outside, she's delighted with it. They probably have them on offer this month.

  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,021

    Thank you all for replying, I've got some good ideas now. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403


    Just read your post and this is how I keep my seeds all together ready for planting

    Happy gardeningimage

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,009

    Sorting my seeds out today and printing a new sowing guide, I normally sow pelargoniums now but took plenty of cutting last year. This is my seed box image,


  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,021

    Wow!  Now that's what I call organised.  I love your box perki, is it a specialist seed box or one that you have customised. i think a seed sowing guide to is going to be a great help too. I'm going to try a dedicated cut flower patch which is bee friendly as my first seed sowing project, I sowed some seeds in the autumn which are doing really well. It looks as though I'm going to be busy growing from February onwards. Wish me luck!

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

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