Are You a Seed Junkie?
Gardeners love seeds…of course, we do! But sometimes our seed collections can get a little bit out of hand, am I right? If you spend more money on seeds than you save on food with your garden you just might be a seed junkie!
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So, what is a seed junkie anyway? First of all, I made up this term and I don’t think you’ll find it in Webster’s dictionary. However, here’s my definition…
(noun) A person who hoards or accumulates an unusually large number of seeds that they are unable to plant in a timely manner, ie. more seeds than they can plant before germination rates are negatively affected. Someone who is addicted to purchasing plant seeds.
Are you, or your family, concerned that you might be a seed junkie? Let’s find out if you need help!
Recognizing the Signs of Seed Addiction
The first step in recovering from an addiction to buying seed packets is recognizing that you have a problem.
If you answer ‘yes’ to 3 or more of the following questions, you just might be a seed junkie.
20 Warning Signs that You are Addicted to Seeds:
- You have more seed packets than you will ever be able to plant.
- Organizing your collection reveals that you have several packets of each variety … and you can’t plant an entire pack in a year.
- You just fainted at the thought of organizing your collection!
- You purchase seeds because the package is pretty or will look nice with your other packets, or because maybe you’ll increase the size of the garden this year.
- There are seed packets in your collection dating back to your Y2K preps.
- You can’t bear to give or throw away packages of seeds, because someday you’ll plant them.
- You dream about seed catalogs and wake up ranting that you ‘need a bigger garden!’
- You’ve ever run to the mailbox in your pajamas in December in anticipation of seed catalogs. You slip into a funk for the rest of the day when they don’t arrive.
- You begin purchasing seeds for next year before this year’s garden is put to rest.
- There are numerous drool spots in your seed catalogs and the pages are all wrinkled.
- The zombie apocalypse seems like a perfectly rational reason for buying extra seeds.
- Your family is considering an intervention and seed giveaway.
- People start giving you seed packets for holidays and your birthday because they don’t know what else to give you.
- You’ve ever lost a pet in your seed collection … and you still haven’t found it.
- The extra fridge in your basement has been overrun by seed packets.
- You forget your kids’ birthdays and give them seed packets in place of toys.
- You insist you can stop buying seeds anytime. (After this one last order.)
- Your spouse hides the seed catalogs, credit card, and checkbook starting around Thanksgiving.
- You hear the term ‘Seed Money’ and don’t realize they’re talking about a business start-up fund.
- You need to build a climate-controlled addition on your house to contain your seed collection.
Recovering Seed Junkie Tips
So you’ve taken the test and realize you need help. Join the club! Here are some tips to help you get through seed withdrawal:
- Send all of your seeds to me…I’m here to help 😉
- Cancel your subscriptions to seed catalogs through the mail & online
- Test the germination rates and throw away seeds that don’t pass
- Organize remaining seed packets and use them up this season (okay, in the next 2 years)
- Empty and frame vintage seed packages so you can still enjoy them!
- Learn to save heirloom seeds and reduce future purchases
- Take all old seeds and plant them in a nursery bed in spring
- Start a seed/garden journal to track how many packets you really need
- Add up the cost of seed packets you throw away (for an incentive)
You too can learn to purchase only the seeds that you need each year and store them properly. Check out my article How to Make a Survival Seed Bank for more information on proper storage methods for best germination, which seeds last best, and ideas for keeping your seeds fresh!
Use up some of those seeds (so you can buy more!)…How to Start Seedlings Indoors
Are you a seed junkie? Are you recovering from a seed addiction? Do you know of any 12 step programs I can join? Leave a comment!
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This article is a fun-loving look at those of us who collect too many seeds… it is not intended to make light of serious addiction issues. If you have an addiction problem, please seek help.