This week I received a "Seed Keeper Deluxe" seed storage kit that I won in a contest hosted by Southern Post Journal. The prize was thanks to Olivebarn.com
|Right out of the box...I love the purple and green...my favorites!|
|This should be interesting. That bread box is full of seed packets and more.|
|Love the dual system for organizing. I plant using dates things need to be sown so this works for me. Then I can file the seeds away afterward in the alphabetical portion. And the alphabetic cards have tips on them that are very helpful.|
|The very first thing you see when you open the kit...instructions about what everything is and how to use them.|
|Keeping notes on the what and when of things is really helpful but I am so bad at keeping these records. Maybe you won't be.|
|Glassine envelopes...I LOVE THESE! Nice sized too.|
|A big black marking pen and wooden plant tags that are big enough to decorate if you want to.|
|Wonder how long the Bazic Permanent Marker will stay readable? The Sharpie will last for several years.|
|Lots of other goodies in the kit too. Handy!|
|Okay...the fancy toothpicks made me laugh but are great for poking holes when sowing seeds in flats.|
|Oh more goodies can be found here!|
|Handy dandy idea.|
|My favorite tools, pens and other paraphernalia...signs I've been doing this for a while.|
When you have been saving and storing seeds as long as I have you generally develop a system that works well for you. These systems are forged by how we work, think and how OCD we are. I fit that latter category...I like things orderly and sometimes have to slap my hand and say..."It's good enough." But one thing is for sure, I can always find what I'm looking for because of it.
|Proof of my OCD...I can't bear to toss seeds until they have been ID-ed...These were in the bottom of the bread box.|
|Seed packets too tall...hmmm|
|To lay them sideways they need to be folded up.|
The big fail for me was how seed packets need to be stored in this kit. The generic seed packet size fits nicely, but not those big ones they use for beans, peas, corn and some flowers. Storing packets on their side can lead to spillage and folding packets makes them messy to deal with and hard to thumb through.
|Nice latches that hold the lid on tightly.|
|What did I tell you? I need another box and then some. (The gold envelopes are seeds I've collected.)|
I think mine will make a very nice little gift for a friend that has just started gardening. I'll add packages of favorite seed and tips on local sowing information and websites I like. What a great way to get someone off on the right foot by helping them to stay organized right from the beginning.
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