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Growing File

Martha Stewart Living, March 2003

To create an indispensable reference guide to your garden, staple seed packets to index cards and organize them in a recipe box. Staple only one edge of a packet, so you can flip it over to see instructions for growing. On the lined side, note when the seeds were sown, when they sprouted, and any other dates you might need for future seasons.


Comments (10)

  • rootabaga 27 May, 2011

    For alba from brazil--Google images and online seed catalogs such as Burpee, Park Seeds, Thompson and Morgans are good places to look up pictures of plants.

  • albamiele 16 May, 2010

    Great idea! Does anybody know where can I find pictures or plant draws? Alba from brazil

  • ottermom41 16 May, 2010

    I have a really large industrial metal file cabinet in the garage with the top two drawers sized for 3 x 5 cards. Here I have my garden file. I keep not only empty seed packets but some of the plastic information tags from the plants I buy. I cut off the pointed end and tape these to the card. If I buy at least two of the same plant then the picture goes on one side and grow information on the other. There is room for notes on location and how it did, etc.

  • Patryce 16 May, 2010

    My problem with this is that I seldom use all of a packet of seeds at once. But I guess I could store the whole box in the fridge in a big zippered plastic bag...The brag book idea would work better in that regard, I think. As for starting things from seed or not, many things are far cheaper and so easy from seed--sunflowers, for instance, and are often not available as plants.

  • dtwesq 24 May, 2009

    Good heavens, yes. My frost date was two (yes, two) days ago, The only way to satisfy the spring yen to garden is to start seeds inside in April. Also I have much more choice in hot peppers and tomatoes if I start them myself.

  • Jorgy 24 May, 2009

    How about placing them in a small photo album- brag book size with soft cover? They are inexpensive, easy to store, and you can see the seed packets easily.

  • LindberghBookLady 24 May, 2009

    Absolutely I do, too! Often the only way to get exactly what I want.

  • witchmerle 24 May, 2009

    I absolutely do! =)

  • momtam 24 May, 2009

    I do - it is much cheaper than buying plants, and there are more varieties available locally!

  • TheBeachBum 24 May, 2009

    Who grows anything from seeds anymore?