I stumbled upon the Seed Keeper last week and mentally filed it under “why didn’t I think of that?” Today I bought one!
The Seed Keeper is a filing system for your seeds, complete with tabs for sorting alphabetically or by month. After years of storing my seed collection in a little orange gift bag, I’ll finally have a dedicated storage system, organized in an easy to access system. I used to buy a few seed packets a year but as my passion for gardening grew, so too did my collection of seeds. Each year I buy seed packets as Christmas gifts, collect pumpkin seeds from my garden and occasionally receive some as gifts or freebies. A good storage system is essential.
Kerrie Rosenthal and Carol Niec came up with the idea when:
“… we tried to find a better way to store our seeds. Together, we developed a seed filing system for seed packets and captured seeds complete with tips and seed planting accessories. The accessories were chosen because they are important to the seed starting process. The plastic clip-lock container is rugged enough to go to the garden and solid enough to protect delicate seeds until the next planting season.”
I ordered mine online, though they are available at a variety of locations throughout the United States and Canada. Checkout the Seed Keeper and the Seed Keeper Deluxe.
I splurged on the Seed Keeper Deluxe (I liked the green handles). In addition to the basic storage system (box and dividers) the kit includes:
A-Z dividers have new, essential garden information about composting, rain barrels, mulch, a Frost Zone Map, recipes, plant facts and other fun and interesting nuggets. Sturdy Monthly Dividers are helpful for planning seed-starting and garden plantings. Also included are 10 wooden plant markers, permanent marker, 10 glassine seed envelopes, 10 What Did I Plant?Labels (no more mystery plants), garden gloves, a seed sorting dish, garden ruler, anti-static seed tweezers, hand-held seed magnifier, utility clip, seed picker-uppers (toothpicks in a tube) and a hand & nail scrubber.
Wow! I can’t wait to organize my seeds.
- How To Save Seeds From Your Garden (optimumnutrition.wordpress.com)
- Planting Seeds 101 (livingseedcompany.wordpress.com)
- Seed Catalogs – The Gardener’s Winter Pastime (rubylane.com)
We need this, because we have seed packets all over the place 😦
Thanks for sharing this info!
Mine should arrive within the week. I’ll post again when I set it up. I’m pretty excited…it’s the little things, you know?
Back in January when I was making my seed catalog shopping list I realized that I seriously needed to organize my seeds. I had a couple of little wooden boxes that were just the right size so I used them to create a filing system very similar to this. So far it’s working out great!
Nice! I love the creativity of my fellow gardeners. Thanks or commenting, Kate.
How long will the seeds keep? How many seasons?
Properly stored seeds can last 5 – 7 years, but like many forums such as this one, opinions vary. Cool and dry seems to be the most consistent advice. I’ve saved pumpkin seeds in paper bags as well as *wax* sandwich bags with success. I think a plastic baggy traps moisture. This kit comes with glassine bags which I’m looking forward to trying out. Once I’ve set up my new kit, I plan to store it in an lower kitchen drawer. Stay tuned!
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