Confession: I am a Stashoholic
Friday, 29 Jan 10 Cloudy 2°C / 35°F
OK, Folia, in just the short month I have been a member, you’ve awakened the organizer in me—the same one that has all our books cataloged in Library of Congress order—and encouraged me to be, well, more methodical about my Stash. (Caveat: don’t you dare look in my sock drawer!) How was I to know I have three packages of Catnip that had never been opened? (Cats: Proof that I do think of you each year, but obviously not enough!)
Voila! I present to you my new vegetable and edible plants seed filing system!
I purchased stackable plastic file bins and two boxes of expandable hanging folders at an office supply. I know I’ve heard it’s best to let seeds ‘breath’ but I’ve lost some to dampness and mice in the past. Being a botanist, I decided to organize my seeds by families, then by genus. I chose a different color for each family and printed my own tags on an inkjet printer. That’s just how nerdy I am.
Previously I had the vegetable seeds in manila file folders alphabetical by common name in a box that the collection quickly outgrew. This is because we started saving copious amounts of our own seeds and also because we grow a large variety of things having five acres on which to play. One thing I like about using the hanging files instead of the file folders is I can move the tabs around as I add new species, which makes it tidy.
But Folia has also made me come to terms with my Stashoholic tendencies: if I were a chipmunk my jowls would be about to burst!
Seeds are hidden in closets, drawers, flower pots, coat pockets (can laundering be considered a seed scarification process?), even plastic name badge holders for something that caught my eye in the convention center parking lot. There are dozens upon dozens of envelopes of seeds collected as mementos from various trips, some marked, some to remain a mystery. There are the impulse purchases based on the garden in my head (this must be why I have seven varieties of Hollyhock—every time I go to Santa Fe, I think ‘how romantic!’ but it’s yet to be determined if they will grow here). And what about those nifty exotic things like Asian Winged Beans that are very cool but who knows how to eat them since the fine print says toxic unless eaten young…um, how young is young?
Flower and native plant seeds are in the territory ahead for cataloging and organizing. I can already see I will need to make another trip to the office supply…this is going to be a long process. But the question is…will I ever get them all planted before they, or I expire? All those little potential lives, dependent on my action…
Come clean: are there other Stashoholics out there???
1. My new seed filing system
2. Commercial flower seeds still to be entered and organized
3. The sort-of-unknown native plant seeds
4. Your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine seeds
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