This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to take part in a seed exchange with some avid vegetable gardeners. I learned so much and got a bunch of seeds that I was about to order from catalogs, thus saving a few bucks. I was a bit embarrassed because these people have been gardening a while and were very organized. I am still at the "keep all of the seeds in a large tin container" stage. I am starting to think I need to get file boxes. In my defense this is the second year with my new raised beds and I didn't need to file anything before because I didn't have anything to file yet! But this is the time to get organized since once the growing season gets underway one is less likely to take time to organize seeds (or other things.) I am so glad I wrote down the names of all of the seeds and which company they were from. Now re-ordering or exchanging seeds is so much easier because I know what I want and also, what I do not want.
In addition to vegetable seeds and some flower seeds too, I learned a lot from the other gardeners. This group has been a Meetup group called the Northern Virginia Garden Ninjas but we are about to merge with another Meetup group, I will keep you posted.