Tips & Tricks

Organize your spring garden in 3 easy steps

If you are anything like me, by the end of the winter season you have drawers of seeds that are haphazardly organized. You may also be overrun with seeds you will never plant.

Now is the perfect time to take a look at what you’ve got (perhaps rediscover an old favorite?) and let go of those that are taking up space (does anyone ever really need more than 5-10 zucchini seeds?). Here are three easy steps you can take to be better organized, less wasteful and also give back a little. 

Step One: Make a Plan - List out what you will be growing in the coming seasons and the quantity that you reasonably anticipate will be planted in your garden. Give yourself a buffer of 5-10 seeds in case some do not germinate.

Step Two: Clear Clutter - Whether you store your seeds by throwing them into a drawer, or neatly organized in a seed book, you likely are holding on to seeds that you will never plant. 

Seeds that are older than two years should be composted.  There is no point in holding on to seeds that will likely not germinate. 

Downsize and set aside the number of seeds that you will plant and place the excess in labeled envelopes or bags. Label with the date on the existing seed pack/when you harvested seeds, the varietal name and if it is an heirloom or a hybrid. 

If you do not enjoy the way to vegetable tastes, or if the plant does not grow well in your garden because of factors you cannot change, such as lighting, then it is time to remove the seeds from your collection. 

Step Three: Give Back  - Donate your extra seeds and supplies to school gardens, a community garden or a seed library.  A seed exchange is another fun way to give away extra seeds!