Seed Organization

Yay, my order of seeds from Heirloom Seeds came in the other day.  I have been doing a lot of research for my new square foot garden.  Until this becomes second nature, where I know this information, I wanted to have a reference, without having to drag my books out or go to the North Florida Gardening website.   I decided to make a spreadsheet.  Below is a list of the information I wanted to know:

1.  What seeds I have.

2.  When to plant them (spring and fall).

3.  How many days to mature.

4.  How many weeks to mature (I divided days by seven and rounded up or down).

5.  How many plants per square.

6.  What year I bought the seed.

7.  The brand of the seed.

8.  The date I planted the seed.

9.  The date the plant was transplanted into the garden.

10. The date I picked the first fruit.

By keeping all this information I hope to make my life easier in the long run.  I made three seperate sheets, warm season veggies, cool season veggies, and herbs.  I bought a few herb seeds but have never tried growing them from seed, but that is a story for another post.   It took some time to make the sheets, but I think I will be very glad I did it.  Below I have a picture of what one page looks like.

Warm Season Veggies Spreadsheet

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7 Responses to Seed Organization

  1. meemsnyc says:

    Wow Charlotte, you are so organized! I am so impressed! I am so lazy about what I plant. I just throw the seeds in the pot and hope for the best. hahahaha
    I had really bad luck with growing herbs from seed my first time around. Herb seeds didn’t germinate. It took me 3 tries, but finally got it to work. But I cheated, I had to use an herb kit!

    • Charlotte says:

      I may have to get an herb kit, I saw your on your blog it looks great, but I am going to try with my seed packs first.

      • meemsnyc says:

        The only thing the herb kit had that was different from what I was doing is that the kit used peat pellets. I was using regular potting soil. The peat pellet stuff seemed to germinate better! I think because it retained more water.

  2. Wendy says:

    nice!!! I bet this will come in really handy. I tend to keep info too, and the data that is really helpful is the info on seed starting indoors in the early spring. It’s helpful to remember the best general time to start seeds so that they don’t invade your living room, yet have time to do their thing in the garden.

    Do you have a big binder to start keeping all your info? And plastic sheet protectors? 🙂 (I’m not making fun of you, I have these things myself). 🙂

    • Charlotte says:

      Hi Kimberly, Yes, I do have a note book but the plastic sheet protectors are a good idea. I’ve started my fall seeds inside in the bathroom I’ll have to make a post on this. 🙂

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