“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
–Henry David Thoreau
Around this time of year I normally take inventory of my seed collection. Over the years I have tried a number of ways to store my seeds, and for now I have settled on keeping them in their original packets that I store in air-tight plastic boxes. I have them further organized into various groups like brassicas, salad greens, tomatoes and peppers. That makes it easier to find the seeds when it is time for sowing, and also makes it easier to keep track of what’s on hand. Once the seed inventory is done, I will organize what I need for next year and decide what seed suppliers I will order from.
Recently I ran across an old photo of our cat Puddin, who was ‘helping’ me do seed inventory a few years back. We lost her last year, and I miss her quiet presence in our lives. I can’t imagine the two cats we have now behaving so well with seed packets all over the floor like that!
As for garden planning, I make notes throughout the year on what is doing well, and things I do or don’t want to plant again. I keep notes those in an online garden log, using Word or Excel software. That makes it easy to go back to a previous year for reference if needed. I also make a garden ‘map’, which is valuable for rotating the crops from year to year as well as documenting location of things in case plant tags get lost. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I ran across an old computer printout from the early 1980s of my garden layout. I pretty much tilled up my whole back yard for that garden, and it is interesting to see what I planted.
This all makes for pleasant work on a cold winter day, and I can begin to get excited for another year of gardening. I have been gardening for over 40 years now, and I can still recall many of the gardens from years past. I hope you have enjoyed this look at what’s going on here in early December!