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An Organized Season

In the past decade or so I've become an enthusiastic backyard gardener. Whether I'm planting in the windowsill or straight in the ground, like anyone enjoying a new hobby, I've gathered some equipment and accessories overtime. As the snow begins to melt and the days become just slightly longer, it's time for me to start thinking about what seeds to plant, and hopefully watch grow all season long.


Whether you live in a large city or rural area, you know that leaving seeds or dirt exposed can leave you vulnerable to insects and other small critters getting into places you don't want them. So, what's a good way to keep your seeds safe - and organized?


After surveying the gardening group I'm in (shout out Avondale Gardening Alliance!), I found a few fun and easy options:


1) Keep seeds in a small photo album, meant to hold one photo per page. The packets slip easily into the photo sleeve and you're able to write with marker right on the page, if you want to document a name or date. This is a great option for small seeds, like tomatoes or peppers, but may become a hassle for bulkier seeds, like beans.


2) Use a small accordion file. Instead of coupons or receipts, fill the dividers with envelopes of seeds. Label tabs by category, like flowers, herbs and so on. Because you can find these files in plastic, in can be a nice way to ward off any tiny intruders, too.

 

3) If you have a larger collection and/or bulkier seeds, create a container just for seeds. Plastic may be ideal to protect from moisture and bugs. Something meant for 3x5 or 4x6 photos will easily fit envelopes and packets of seeds. Use divider tabs to separate seeds either alphabetically by name or categorically. 


Now the hard part: Realizing I don't have enough yard to plant ALL the things! 

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