Excel seed tool
My seed box is filled with hundreds of seed varieties. A large number of
those I'll start in the winter/spring seed-starting season, and an equally large
number are for trading (but not necessarily the same ones). Keeping track of
which seeds I've promised to which trader, and which seeds to start when, becomes
a daunting task pretty quickly.
That's why I developed a simple computer tool for organizing my seed "collection".
The tool is a Microsoft Excel workbook. It has room to enter all your seeds, and
various macros set up to publish your seed trade list, to generate a list of
seeds that need to be started (in order of start date), to quickly see all the
varieties you promised to a particular trader, and more. I couldn't live without
it any more, and I think you may like it too - so that's why I put it up here,
for you to try it, and use it if you like it.
The tool can be downloaded from this page as a .zip file. Click on the link
below, and tell your browser to save the file, to some temporary location. Then
open the file into your archive program (for example, WinZip) and extract it to
the place where you keep Excel files. Open the file into Excel - information
on how to use it is on the "help" tab (select it at the bottom of the Excel
The file doesn't have any viruses or other nasties, but you can run it through
your favorite anti-virus software anyway, just to be sure.
If you have any problems downloading this file, please
let me know.
Click here to download seed organizer
Good luck! Let me know how it works for you.
Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|FLYONAWALL from garden web||Oct 29, 2006||Thank you so much for this spreadsheet, Rob.|
You're welcome - I hope it comes in handy
|Loretta||Nov 18, 2008||I am going to try your spreadsheet as I am buried in collected and purchased seeds. I hope it helps me as much as it helped you. Thank you for building it and sharing.|
|Pippi||Nov 19, 2010||Can you tell us exactly what the size of the ziploc bags you use for your seed?
I can buy some at Container store for small items for about $1 for 10 bags. That will probably serve my purpose now but later on when I get into exchanging more seeds, I might want to invest in a larger quanity. I don't have Excel but have Microsoft Works. Can your Excel files being downloaded into Works or can you send a copy of your spreadsheet throug email in pdf form? I'm computer illiterate so hope this makes sense. |
I discuss sizes and sources of baggies on my seed supplies page. In bulk, you should be able to get them for less than 2c each. I'm afraid my seed organizer tool will not work so well in MS Works, since it uses macros. But you may be able to use the most basic features by downloading the Excel file and importing it into Works.
|David||Apr 13, 2011||If users don't have Excel, they can download the free open source OpenOffice which has a spreadsheet and word document program, as well as others. Some of the formatting may be off, but it will open Excel and Word documents.
By the way, thanks for putting the spreadsheet together. Exactly what i was looking for.|
|Emily Sullivan||Jan 17, 2014||I just downloaded your spreadsheet - VERY COOL! What I'm looking for is a seed starting spreadsheet, but I'm tempted to create my own and add it to yours. Thanks for sharing your expertise.|
|Lisa Cullen||Mar 21, 2014||This is awesome Rob! Thank you for creating and sharing the knowledge and resources you do ! I am so excited to get logging my seeds in to this ! Cheers
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