How to Store Gardening Seeds

A few weeks ago, my good friend, a fellow garden and mom of a toddler called to ask me about seed storage.  Turns out her toddler had “helped organize” and she was in need of a new solution.  We have used the same simple system for years, and it really works well for us, so I was happy to share.  Since I have a bit of a seed buying addiction, having a neat, well-organized way of storing seeds is really important; I don’t want to waste time sifting through stacks of packets!

Some things to consider when you’re storing seeds from year to year are 1) keeping the seeds cool, and 2) keeping them dry.  Seed germination rates will decrease over time, but paying attention to these two factors really helps.  Some people recommend storing seeds in a refrigerator, but who has that kind of space?  I would suggest a cool pantry or another space where temperatures will not fluctuate dramatically.

As for my system, drum roll please … we use a Rubbermaid under-the-bed storage box, and divide it up with cardboard and duct tape, like so:

Seed Storage 2

These containers are just the right height for to store an average sized seed packet in an upright position.  The container is divided into categories, for instance brassicas, solanaceae, beans, greens, cucurbits, flowers, alliums, etc.

Seed Storage 1

Voila!  It may not be the most glamorous system, but it sure works great!

How do you store and organize your seed collection? 
Share your experience in the comments below! 

*This post shared on The Homestead Barn Hop

11 thoughts on “How to Store Gardening Seeds

  1. What a great idea. How many years can you successfully keep seeds until you think it is best to just trash them?

    Alec Sharp (Palmetto Prepper)

  2. we did ours just like this too.. Infact I had to look at the pic twice!!! lol.. it has worked for years and the only change we made was a locking lid, ( I drop things more than the kids..) I like that It is very portable. I can grab it in a bug out.. My seed are currency to me! Love the blog!

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