Seed organizing

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Re: Seed organizing


Post: # 37847Unread post MissS
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:55 pm

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Seed organization???

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Post: # 38359Unread post wykvlvr
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:36 pm

Yall just had to chatter about this didn't ya.... Started a spreadsheet went nope no way will I be able to find anything in this... learned how to make a database. Made a data base, got all the veggies EXCEPT tomatoes in the database. Got all my flowers in their own database... All the veggies and flowers EXCEPT tomatoes sorted and stored so I can find them easily...
Got storage for the tomato seeds, will start adding to the data base tomorrow...
Friend says did you get my white marigold seeds.... oops three new seed orders later her white marigold seeds have been ordered plus some Runner beans, more marigold, more nasturtiums, and of course more lettuce...
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Post: # 38371Unread post habitat-gardener
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 pm

I've thought about making spreadsheets.

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Post: # 38384Unread post Rockoe10
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:54 pm

Highly recommended. I just started mine a few weeks ago, and it's already paid for the time to put it together, through the time is saved me just in sharing with friends the information on my seed collection and more easily working out what to send them.
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Post: # 38407Unread post AZGardener
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:37 am

TLC333 wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:48 am
I also do the binder method. I alphabetized by basic name squash, tomato, bean, pea etc. Then after the most recent swap since my binders are now 3 and counting I have the corresponding spread sheet. This gives me the deeper info like size, shape, color etc. Works for now. Keeps stuff organized and easy to store for the winter on a shelf in my shed.
I like the idea of adding a binder to correspond with the spreadsheet. I may tackle that myself.
Thanks for the idea.
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Post: # 38426Unread post Amateurinawe
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:23 pm

I've created my spreadsheet, now how do i get my seeds filed into it ? Can't seem to upload them...
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Post: # 38614Unread post Gardadore
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:55 am

Don’t think I could live without my spreadsheets. Years ago I created a master Tomato Seeds I Have sheet which I add to every year and just change the year date in the title. Seeds I no longer have are highlighted in Red. Then I know what I need to order. One column has the colors so I can quickly see what I have if someone requests some orange seeds for example. Under type of variety I have color coded Oxhearts and Cherry to find those easily. As new packets arrive I update the sheet by either notating the new date for a variety I already had or adding the variety. On the computer I put in a new file for the year and put the updated copy in it. I keep the older copies under the older year files. I also make a list of what I am growing each year and where they are planted since I have three garden areas. Helps if I lose a marker!
Also keep spreadsheets of who I gave seedlings to.
By duplicating an old spreadsheet I don’t have to start from scratch creating the new one. Just delete what I no longer want and make any additions.
I do the same for Eggplants.
I also have separate sheets for all other vegetables, another for Flower Seeds and one for Plants I Have. Don’t duplicate those just add new dates to the main sheet. Then I highlight the varieties I am growing this year in blue and change ones I’m not back to black. Doesn’t take much time.
Storage is similar to many of you using Ziploc bags, storage boxes, etc. I gave up on albums as had to move packets if I used up a variety to avoid empty spots. Like the envelope system so may take packets already alphabetized but loose form to keep from losing the little packets under the others!
Great ideas here. Once you get used to using a spreadsheet you will find it to be a very efficient system.
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Post: # 38691Unread post asmx92
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:24 am

A very good system.
My knowledge from using a computer is not much.
My system is in my head...... ;)

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Post: # 38700Unread post roper2008
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:10 am

I am not a very organized person, never have been. This is all the ways I have stored seeds.
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Re: Seed organizing


Post: # 38732Unread post Gardadore
Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:25 pm

Unfortunately my head is getting too old to hold any system! Hence in my case thank goodness for the computer! But whatever system works for you is a good system! 😀

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