Am I the only person who gets packages of seeds and then sticks them in a drawer or box and forgets what I have? Am I the only person who loves how some seed packets look? Packages of seed are often quite attractive and just looking at them can make us feel happy: they contain so much potential.
So why hide them in a drawer? Why not display them and use that display as a way to sort them at the same time?
Today I decided to use the mini-clothespins that you can buy for crafts, favors or photo-holders. You can find them in cheerful colors such as red, or in natural wood.
I decided to clip my seed packets to thin ribbon – you could use any cord and tie it to branches or dowels that are stuck into something heavy. I used mason jars filled with glass marbles that I have for flower arranging, but you could also use flowerpots or tall vases and fill them with gravel. Just be sure that the containers that hold your sticks are heavy. If they aren’t large and weighty enough the combined heaviness of the seeds will pull the whole thing over. (#TheVoiceofExperience I initially used smaller jars and they were no match for the seed packets. Picture sticks, marbles and packages all over the kitchen.)
After the sticks and lines are up, sort the packets into piles according to when they need to be started. You might place those seeds that get sown directly in the ground in more glass mason jars underneath this display.
You’ll notice that the most colorful, smile-producing seed packets on my sorting line are from Renee’s Garden. I grow many of Renee’s seeds every year and wouldn’t be without these zinnias in my cutting garden. Stay tuned for a future Zinnia post with a Renee’s Zinnia seed give-away!