By Tamie Perryment-Organic Master Gardener
Now we are moving into the new season of gardening, if you are like me, you start thinking about things you need to begin to do. This year I am going to focus on planting some seeds. Whenever I look over my seeds I am not sure how long I have had them and now I have a Seed Binder to organize my seeds and the other information I need for my garden. The seed binder I developed was not only practical but also fun.
Here is a link to the site I used to develop my seed binder. I found this site useful with a PDF for page templates. You can use these to adapt to how you want to design your seed binder.
I bought some vellum envelopes from a coin shop for seeds I collected over the summer.
Plastic photo holder could be used for storing seeds, as this can be a keepsake, decorate as it inspires you.
Spring Planning for March
- Seed starting begins!
- Plan a list of what you wish to plant indoors and what you want to buy.
- Make a list of items to purchase such as organic fertilizer, soil, compost if needed, peat moss, etc.
- Research the best places to get the items for your garden.
- Continue with the garden planning in your Garden Journal or Seed Binder.
- Order a catalogue from one of the Seed places below.
A list of places that sell Organic seeds!
McKENZIE SEEDS, (http://mckenzieseeds.com)
BISHOP SEEDS ( http://bishopseeds.ca)
DOMINION SEED HOUSE (http://dominion-seed-house.com/en-CA/)
McFAYDEN SEED CO. LTD. (http://mcfayden.com)
ONTARIO SEED COMPANY (http://www.oscseeds.com/)
The Ontario Seed Company is Canada’s foremost supplier of Native Seeds for Conservation and Reclamation.
STOKES SEEDS LTD. (http://stokesseeds.com)
VESEYS SEEDS FOR SHORTER SEASONS (http://veseys.com)
Veseys offers a selection of certified organic seeds which has been produced under strict guidelines which govern the production of certified organic products.
FULL CIRCLE SEEDS (http://fullcircleseeds.com)
RICHTERS (http://www.richters.com) Extensive collection of herb seeds plants (over 700 varieties, some biological), a few gourmet vegetables.
Seeds packs organic coding: U, O, OP, or H.
U — Untreated seeds which have not been coated with chemicals that are harmful to soil life and humans.
O — Organic seeds that come from plants that have grown via organic methods.
OP —Open-pollinated organic seeds, capable of reproducing themselves.
H —Heritage seeds. Seeds passed down from generation to generation.