Easy Photo Album Seed Organizer

If you're like me, you're addicted to seeds. That means you have countless packets of seeds stored in boxes and baskets in your garage or in your garden shed tucked into terracotta pots or piled up on your potting bench. If you're also like me, you hate when things get misplaced and you can't immediately put your hands on what you need. So here's an easy fix to organize your seeds - using a basic photo album.

Dig out an album you aren't using, buy one like the one I use, or check your local thrift shop or tag sales for one. The album I use holds 200 packets (more if you double them up if you have duplicate types of seeds) in the 4x6-sized pockets.

There are a couple of ways to organize your seeds. You can organize them by type, i.e. vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc. You can organize them by month during which they should be planted, or you can organize them in a straight alphabetical order. That's how I chose to organize mine.

So I laid the packets out, alphabetized them and then tucked each packet into a pocket in the album. Then I cut an empty seed packet to fit into the little window on the front cover of the album and I was done. Now I will be able to quickly and easily find the seeds I'm looking for.

I belong to the Seeds of the Month Club. For less than the price of a cup of coffee, each month you receive four packets of non-GMO seeds chosen for your climate. The selection is astounding, all kinds of squash, melons, beans, tomatoes, plus a wide selection of culinary herbs. The club has really encourraged me to expand the scope of my garden, planting things I never would have even thought to grow in the past - like Brussels sprouts, endive and lovage. The beauty of it is that anything I plant that we don't eat, the chickens are glad to help out with!

If you have more seeds than one album can hold, consider making a few albums - dividing up the alphabet, or designating one for herbs, one for vegetables, and so forth. 

For more information about The Seeds of the Month Club, click HERE.
To purchase the photo album I use, click HERE.

Do you have any tricks for organizing your seeds that you would like to share?

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  1. I store all my seeds in the fridge, to preserve their longevity. So using an album would not work. But I do organize them. I use ziplock bags for each starting period, as I start seedlings of nearly everything. The starting periods are the 1st and 15th of each month. So the outside of the bag says, say, April 15 or May 1. Inside is a list of the seeds that belong in that bag, and the packets themselves. For the ones planted after last frost, there's a bag labeled May 31 and it contains, for vegetables, beans or other less hardy direct seeded plants.

    This bag is in turn put into a huge ziplock labeled either Vegetables, Herbs, or Flowers. I also have made a chart for each vegetables, herbs and flowers, listing all the plants I've ever started under the appropriate starting day. This is a quick reference to see what bag to put seeds into or to find seeds.

    Seeds kept in the fridge can have a longevity of up to 7 years or more. I once was given a huge amount of marigold seed and I used it every year for 11 years, and it always germinated beautifully, probably 80%, right up until I ran out.

    Also, as a side note, whenever seed packets come home, they are immediately opened, and tiny amounts of beneficial biology (bacterias, microbes, and mycorhyzial fungi) are added to coat the seeds. Then the packets are sealed and put into their respective bags and into the fridge. This way, the bacteria, etc they need to grow are right there, from the start.

    But I also keep the seed packets and have found using photo albums, labeled chronologically, a good way to see what varieties I've planted from what companies.

  2. Steph @ Crafting in the RainApril 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Useful and pretty too!

  3. Kim Partney ParkerApril 6, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Pam, can you share with me the name of the product you sprinkle on your seeds. I am fairly new to saving my seeds so appreciate all new ideas.

  4. These are 2 I have used:

  5. I tried to reply with links to the 2 things I use, but I guess she didn't like me putting the links in, as my comment has not posted.

    I'm not sure if this goes to you Kim, or to the comments section, but I will try again, in case it goes to you. Here's the links:



    BioGenesis III Seed Treatment


    I have no financial interest, or anything like that, just products I've used with success.