Growing seedlings & How to store and organise seeds

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard.


When my dad moved into his new house earlier this year I was so excited to see the previous owner had garden bed of healthy strawberries.  We love strawberries and I thought this will be fun for the kids to pick them out for him when they visit.  Sadly Dad pulled up the strawberries as the garden bed was too close to the houses weep holes. I’d love to have a big patch of our vegetable garden filled with strawberries, but when visiting the nursery recently I realised it will be very costly.  So instead I we are happily growing strawberries and herbs from seed.

What you will need:  Searles Seed Raising Specialty Mix, seedlings, container and toilet rolls

{The Organised Housewife} Growing Seedlings

Fill toilet rolls with Seed Raising Mix

{The Organised Housewife} Growing Seedlings 1

Place seedling into each toilet roll, sprinkle with a little more Seed Raising Mix and water weekly with Seamax Fish and Kelp to ensure strong and healthy growth.  Don’t forget to label your seedlings so you know what is growing in each one.

{The Organised Housewife} Growing Seedlings 2

{The Organised Housewife} Growing Seedlings 3

It’s been a few weeks now and only a few have sprouted, I’m waiting ever so patiently (LOL, I don’t do patiently well) for some strawberries to show.  When the seedlings are a reasonable size I will plant them into the garden!

{The Organised Housewife} Growing Seedlings 4

Storing and Organising Seeds

I only used a few seeds from each packet, I’ll keep the rest in safe keeping to plant in the coming months.

{The Organised Housewife} Organising Seedlings 1

To keep the packets from opening and the foil seed packets from falling out (and then never knowing what the seeds actually are) I find the best way to keep the packets secure is storing them in a photo album.

{The Organised Housewife} Organising Seedlings 3

{The Organised Housewife} Storing and Organising Seeds

What do you grow from seeds in your veggie patch?


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MrsMcK85 November 7, 2013 - 10:46 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea with the toilet rolls! Thanks TOH! 🙂

Sharlene November 7, 2013 - 10:49 AM

We recently drew zucchinis from seeds, just waiting for them to flower and fruit. Didn’t have any success with the cucumber seeds. Our sage has sprouted a bit. A great place to source seedlings at a very reasonable price are fetes, we’ve bought most of our seedlings from them for between 50c and a $1!

Nicki November 7, 2013 - 3:25 PM

I sometimes use egg cartons to grow seedlings, as well as strawberry punnets (just punch a couple of little holes in the bottom). Our school use the bottom half of PET bottles (a teacher cuts the top off the bottles) – lots of things from your recycle bin can be used. Love the toilet roll idea!

Nyree November 8, 2013 - 5:38 AM

We need to get our foster lamb back out to the farm before I can plant much else!!! I have discovered that she doesn’t like lettuce or zucchini but pretty much anything else is fair game, including roses!!!

Katrina November 8, 2013 - 6:40 AM

ooh no Nyree, your lamb sounds very cheeky!

Anne November 8, 2013 - 9:02 AM

I love the photo album idea – so much better than the concept I came up with which was everything in an ice cream container labelled with the relevant planting season. It worked fine till Wilbur the puppy grabbed the bucket and ran around the garden while we played a fun game of catch me if you can…now I have a chewed up bucket with no lid, a pile of half empty packets and a mystery pile of seeds rolling around the bottom of the container…..So who knows what I will be growing this summer! This is definitely Companion Planting at it’s most random that is for sure. Aah, life with Wilbur is never dull.

AbouttheGarden November 19, 2013 - 10:20 AM

Those good old toilet rolls come in handy don’t they! Awesome to see your seedlings doing so well and I LOVE the storage idea.

Thanks for sharing our garden love with everyone Kat.


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