Seed Savvy: Keep Track of Your Stash


Keep an inventory of your seeds.

Keep an inventory of your seeds. Photos by Corinne Gompf

If you’re like me, as soon as the holiday decorations come down, it’s time to prop up my feet and settle in for an afternoon of browsing through seed catalogs. Just looking at the vibrant pictures of delicious vegetables and fruits and luscious flowers makes me yearn for spring.

After years of market gardening and ordering pounds and pounds of seeds at a time, I’ve acquired quite a selection of plant and seed catalogs from various companies throughout the country. I can always count on the mailman to deliver one or two a week over the next few months, and I keep adding to the stack on the coffee table until it wobbles. Ok, ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I mean.

With so many wonderful seed companies, you can find a handful to supply you with the seeds and plants you want for your garden. Whether it’s heirloom seeds, native plants, cover crops, or hybrid top-producers, you are guaranteed to find what you need.

But before you place an order, making a seed inventory is an easy step worth the time and effort. Not only will having a seed inventory save you money by preventing you from spending too much on similar seeds that you may already have on-hand, but will help you plan your garden if you keep accurate records.

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