Seed Organizing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I have been saving all kinds of seeds this year, and while I don't have enough confidence to instruct you in the proper methods of seed saving, I think I have figured out a pretty handy way of organizing my seeds.

 I went to the office supply store and picked out sheet protectors with trading card and 3x5 card sized pockets.  The 3x5 sized pockets work great for retail-sized seed packets and you could just go with those if that was all you had.

Since I have a large amount of collected seed I went one step further.  I keep all my collected seeds in small zip top plastic bags I found in the beading aisle.  These fit perfectly in the trading card sized pockets which let me have 9 types of seed per page instead of just 4.

I also tape my plant tags to a sheet of card stock and slip them into a regular sheet protector in the same notebook.

Add a few pages of garden notes and random pages torn out of magazines and now I have all my garden information and inspiration in one place.

My Faithful Sidekicks

Friday, October 25, 2013


I snapped a few frames of my favorite animals in the setting sun.  These two get along better than I ever would have thought.

Fall Foliage Arrangement

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunday was a lovely fall day with beautiful sunshine and the perfect temperature.  Instead of cleaning up the garden or picking up branches, I spent an hour gathering fall colors and textures to bring inside.

Composed of rosemary, purple sage, cinnamon basil, Japanese maple, and euphorbia.

Grow Write Guild: Endings and Transitions

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sunrise or sunset?  It all depends on your perspective.
We have yet to suffer a killing frost this fall.  Some of the basil is a bit brown on the edges but the tomatoes are still growing away.  While the death of all the garden annuals is a bit depressing, I am excited for new things next year.  Sometimes the frost is a bit of relief when I just can't imagine what I will do with anymore tomato sauce and I have enough jalapeno peppers to feed a stadium. 

I am very grateful for the long growing season that gives me the ability to grow so much good food, but I enjoy the break of winter as well.  I have been thinking about how taking a break is healthy for almost any aspect of life.  There is something to be said about the renewed perspective and energy it can bring.  It is easy to fall into a routine and take things for granted so I am thankful for the winter transition which enables me to get re-energized and excited for gardening in the spring.

 This post is written in response to the writing prompt found here by You Grow Girl as part of the Grow Write Guild.