This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, December 26, 2014

seed sorting

I've been reading piles of seed catalogs this week. They keep arriving in the mail. I circle and make wish lists. If I ordered everything that's caught my eye, I'd go broke and have closets filled with seeds. Plus I'm sure I already have many of these seeds. So today I'm sorting my old seeds.

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My seed baskets are a jumble after a busy year. I'm piling the same types of seeds together. Lettuces, tomatoes, squashes.... The seeds I remember not sprouting this year go in the trash along with seeds that are just way too old. I came across an endive packet from 2008, gourds from 2007. 8 years old! They might sprout, but if I haven't used them by now, obviously not one of my favorites.

I have lots of bean seeds that have fallen out of packets. Don't know why I save them. I have baggies full of mixed bean seeds. Maybe I'll plant a random bean plot and see what happens. Then again, maybe I'll be organized this year and only grow labeled varieties in separate rows so I know what they are......

After sorting my seeds, I wrapped each type of plant with a rubber band and then put them back in my seed box - alphabetically. I feel so organized now. Soon, I need to get some kind of garden plan drawn up for 2015 so I know what I have room for. THEN, finally, I can go back to my wish lists, check them against what I have, see if I have room for them, and THEN ORDER SOME fun new stuff.

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Blogger Stewart Dorman said...

You could grow a green manure crop from your left over bean seeds or any other seeds for that matter. Just plant them and dig them back into the soil.

December 26, 2014 6:20 PM

Anonymous Cathy Chen said...

Sounds like reorg the wardrobe closet, " If I haven't worn it for 3 years, then I probably won't wear it ever again.":-)
Happy holidays, Kathy! Thanks for sharing your gardening experience.

December 26, 2014 9:49 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Great idea Stewart! Also I could also let my chickens feast on the sprouts. They would love it and convert it to chickn poop for my compost bins. I'm going to pull the seeds out of the trash and try both uses.

December 28, 2014 11:32 AM

Anonymous Joe said...

One of the things I look forward to about Christmas time is that it's when the seed catalogs start coming. I always spend way too much time flipping through them and dreaming. I'm pretty sure the best gardens in the world are the ones I plan in my head this time of year, but which I have neither the time nor the space to actually execute.

December 30, 2014 10:01 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Joe, I know what you mean. If only we could really plant all we imagine!

January 02, 2015 4:52 PM

Blogger Pam said...

One winter, I made an Excel spreadsheet of vegetable (and flower) seeds with columns for crop (beets, tomatoes), variety, source and year (Johnnys 2014, Pinetree 2012, etc), planting needs (sun, spacing, chilling, pre-sprouting), and comments (how much I grew, whether I would grow again, what to do differently, etc.). If I run low and need to reorder, I put that variety in bold.
I update the spreadsheet in January. It saves so much time when I want to know if I have a variety of seed, how it grows for me, etc.

January 24, 2015 5:06 PM

Blogger Robert Leavitt said...

Kathy, I love this blog. Your blog is so great I can spend hours reading this blog.

January 25, 2015 7:14 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Robert! I get a lot of fantastic advice and comments. I just love reading my replies.

January 25, 2015 5:36 PM

Blogger kathy said...

That sounds like a great way to keep track, Pam. My dad used an Excel spread sheet too. He records everything, variety, garden location, etc, like you. For me, my blog is mostly my journal for varieties, how things do, what I want to do differently. That reminds me, I want to write up my variety list early this year. Since I have the varieties selected and purchased already.

January 25, 2015 5:41 PM


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