I am so excited now about being a member of Davesgarden.com. You don’t have to be a member to trade, but if you are one, the trading is a bit easier, otherwise, you can only send out a few messages per day to others you’d like to trade seeds with elsewhere. Now is the time, typically, when I begin sorting my seeds, arranging them into their drawers for simple storage. For several years now, the system has worked really well and I still use it.
My little set of drawers was a smart item I purchased from IKEA. I use it to hold the bi-weekly groups of seeds planted one after the other until the last-frost day in Portland down in my basement with lights and heat. I sort the larger groups of seeds into bags. They are labeled for two planting periods: right now (outside) for a natural winter stratification, and after the last frost.
Now that they are arranged in their spots awaiting planting, I am trading online, shopping online, and I am adding to the Excel spreadsheet slowly.
This year I germinated hundreds of seeds, but this next year I intend to be a bit better, and not attempt quite so many. Let’s hope that’s true. I need to take care of myself and my health, and enjoy my plants, not hate them.