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Make Your Own Seed Binder

Written by Cricket

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If you are like me, and I’m not saying you are–but you might be, then you may have kept all your seeds in a bag, a box, a drawer, the glove box, some pockets, a can, AND a few jars. You know you have yardlong beans, but now you can’t find them so you buy another packet only to find the lost one when the season is over and your are planting broccoli. Ugh! What you need to do is…

Make Your Own Seed Binder

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This is the all-inclusive version that has both Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer seeds.

 

This is the cover along with the seasonal dividers in plastic page protectors. You could also laminate them if you wanted. (I love laminating at Lakeshore Learning Store–29¢ a foot).

 

 

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The inside cover can hold your planting calendars, garden map, irrigation instructions, origami seed packet template, and anything else you use in garden planning.

 

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The inside of the back cover can be used for seed catalogs (not many though) and seed planting instruction.

 

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The very back can also be used for your planting calendar. This makes it easy to know what to plant at any time, and you can make sure you have the seed inside to do it.

 

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If you have lots of seeds you may want two binders, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. They would be divided into Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers.

 

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Here are some of the different photo, business card, and baseball card pages you can use.

 

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I like the top-load business card type the best because I can fit regular size seed envelopes in them and fold them down to keep the seeds in. Use whatever you can find. Everything I use here is from thrift stores or garage sales, so I get what I get and I don’t throw a fit (as my kids would say). You can see that I use a variety of envelopes to fit the pages.

 

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These are the different envelopes I use in the binder. You can buy small envelopes at a craft store or make your own out of recycled paper. Later I will show you how to make some cute origami seed packets from recycled paper.

Now go to the thrift store, pick up one or two big fat view binders and some business card or photo insert pages. Of course, you can go to a “real” store and buy this too, but what’s the fun in that.

Print these or make your own

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Download and print one of these binder PDFs and go Make Your Own Seed Binder!

Seasonal Seed Binders

Single Seed Binder


Links to Phoenix-area Planting Calendars

Maricopa County Master Gardener Planting Calendar

The Urban Farm Low Desert Planting Calendar

Phoenix Planting Calendar

Seed Saving Information

Seed Savers 

Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook

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About the author

Cricket

Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.

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