Every New Year when we dive into January it appears to be a time for setting goals and for some getting organized is a priority. Both activities seem to help us be more productive in our actions. Downsizing and reorganizing is how I started 2015. During the process I uncovered an idea that has turned my garden planning into a breeze. I talked a little about it on my blog earlier this month when I was organizing my flower seeds. I’m in the middle of adding a fresh cut floral raised bed to my garden space just in time for spring; so far I’m off to a fantastic start.
Today I want to share my new helpful tip, organizing seeds. It’s perfect for new and established gardeners and stands out as a great visual for garden planning. I ran into my box of seeds while I was downsizing and it made me think I needed a better way to store seeds that allowed for my time to be more productive. I first divided my seeds into three groups, floral, spring and fall. Once I had them all separated it was time to do some container shopping.
I ran across these compact plastic containers at the local Tractor Supply, they include these nice little dividers which are perfect for separating seeds. These containers can also be found at craft stores in the bead department. I liked these because the dividers had a snug fitting. You’ll also need a pair of scissors, labels for your containers and a pen. After going through all my seeds I was shocked that I only needed one container per category.
Separating the Seeds
I’m a believer that when you garden you should grow the food you like to eat. I divided my vegetable seeds into spring and fall. It appears my spring planting is much grander than fall and I’m not sure I could eat all this future food even if I wanted to. By separating these seeds I realized that I won’t need to make any new purchases this year prior to planting. This helps me with budgeting and establishing plans for spring.
The next thing I did was open the container and begin installing the dividers. Little by little I added the seeds and then I cut out the name labels from the packets to help me remember which seeds are which. Sometimes it can get confusing to remember all the seeds without them being labeled.
Finishing with a Garden Plan
All the seeds are organized and labeled, doesn’t it look great? I’m organized and seed garden planning is finished in about an hour. My next step is to go outside and continue fertilizing my planting spaces with animal fertilizer for the rest of the month. Spring planting will be just around the corner and fertilizer is the most important part of the process.
I do believe gardening planning can be simplified for gardeners who have established spaces. Planning doesn’t need to last days or weeks get it done and move on, heavy duty planning can sometimes create burn out before spring even arrives.
Before I close I want to share a few things to remember when planning and organizing your garden space. First grow what you like to eat and if you’re new to gardening please start small. The worst thing you can do is plan a huge space, become overwhelmed and only get part of it planted because life happened. It’ my hope this little seed organizing tip helps you out towards your planning. I love it!
Carole West is the founder and writer of GardenUp Green. She’s been gardening since she was a small child, learning from her Italian grandmother. Carole shares her all natural gardening techniques and projects on GardenUp Green so that readers can learn, discover, and be inspired. Carole has been putting together patio gardens and backyard escapes and has even ventured into small scale farming. Her greatest reward comes from her family. Their love and understanding has helped her build an amazing and creative life! Check out GardenUp Green on Facebook, Hometalk, and Pinterest.