How To: Keep Seeds Organized


When you want to have a cut flower garden, seeds are a very important part to the process. Direct sewing is a great way to have loads of flowers in a short amount of time. You can buy new seeds every year or you can save seeds. Read my post about starting a cut flower garden in Iowa here.

There are a few different ways that I have organized seed packets over the years. Previously, I’ve kept all of my seeds in these green lidded plastic bins from Sterilite (pictured below – buy them here). That worked great until I wanted to divide them up into smaller groups of seed types.


Now I use these plastic containers inside of a larger plastic container. They are made for storing photos but are also great for storing seed packets! They are made by IRIS USA (here is a link). They look like they would work great to organize photos in as well.

I purchased two and they each have 12 4″ x 6″ photo cases that can hold 100 photos for a total of 2400 photos or lots of seed packets. 


I used my labeler put general labels on each inner container.


I originally go this idea from Deanna from Homestead and Chill who is on Instagram @deannacat3. She just launched her new blog so be sure to check it out.


I am definitely doing a lettuce/kale garden again next year but need to find a new location. The chickens just loved me and all my tasty kale treats.


I especially like to arrange flower seeds by planting time. Grouping them by start date, such as 8-12 weeks before your last frost date, is super handy. I have a bin for early seeds, seeds that need 4-6 weeks indoors (ones that I will actually start indoors) and then direct sow seeds. Right now I am really loving seeds that can just be directly sown in the ground in early spring.

I also have some seeds in jars and other misc. containers. These are Love in a Puff seeds from last year. How do you organize your seeds? Comment below!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Editor says:

    Great idea for storing seeds!!


  2. Debbie Gordon says:

    Mine are much more disorganized


    1. Melissa Peterson says:

      Oh I am sure you are more organized in other things than I am!! Thanks for the comment!


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I envy such organization! It would make life simpler, but I don’t seem to have the head for details. Instead, packets are held by paper clips, rubber bands, stuck in jars and old tea tins. You system is inspirational, Melissa!


    1. Melissa Peterson says:

      Why thank you Eliza! Thank you for your comment.


  4. Jin says:

    I just found your blog. It is awesome! and sooooo pretty. I have a quick question about direct sow in the ground in early spring. Would you mind sharing what are those flowers? I read a lot and was confused especially since many authors were not in zone 6, not like us. Thank you very much!


    1. Jin, I direct sowed anything that said you could on the packet. Direct sowing is SO much easier than growing seeds indoors under a grow light. Zinnias and sunflowers are two examples but there are many more!


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