27 Feb 2014
So it’s taken the better part of a week, chipping away at it at hour here and there. After several seed swaps, my own home-saved seeds, and a few online seed orders, I had seeds in boxes, envelopes, and filling a whole basket. First I made out a spreadsheet with all the information I wanted to record. The whole spreadsheet won’t fit here, but here’s part of the spreadsheet for the medicinal herbs.
|Dan Shen||Salvia Miltiorrhiza||herbaceous perennial|
|Chai hu||Bupleurum falcatum||herbaceous perennial|
|madder||Rubia tinctoria||herbaceous perennial vine|
|She gan||Belamcanda chinensis||lily|
|Mugwort||artemisia vulgaris||4’x 3′ bush|
|She chuan Zi||Cnidium monnieri||looks like parsley|
|Huang lian||Coptis chinensis||needs part shade, moisture, small|
|Ku shen||Sophora flavescens||4’x 3′ bush|
|ban zhi lian||scutellaria barbata||small but speading|
|huang qin||scutellaria baikalensis||small but speading|
|Ashwagandha||Withania somnifera||4’x 3′ bush, nightshade|
|huang qi||astragalus membanaceus||small, leguminous|
|Huang jing||xitex negundo||small tree|
|jie geng||platycodon grandiflorus||mounding perennial, purple flowers|
|dang shen||codonopsis pilosula||needs part shade, moisture, climbing|
|han lian cao||eclipta prostrata||keep contained, full sun|
|chuan niu xi||ox knee||sprawling bush|
|xuan shen||Scrophularia ningpoensis||needs moist soil|
Next to organize the seed packets themselves. I’ve usually just used an old shoe box, but the seeds don’t all fit any more. Drifts of seed packets in a basket on my desk was not a long-term option. So I stole an idea I saw at the Grow Gainesville seed swap: using an expanding bill folder for organizing seed packets.
My seed collection is now organized, portable, and fairly damp-proof. I feel so organized now!