Lalalalala little yellow basket!
It's always hard to find all the seeds I want from the same vender, so yeah similar contortions to assess what I have, what needs to be used up (do I REALLY need a fresh packet now or should I use up what I have and take my chances that they won't germinate?) What about that exciting new variety of carrot, radish, cabbage..... Onion..... That I saw I in this or that catalog?
But first I have to figure out how many tomatoes I can plant, and to do that I need to work out the crop rotation.... Oooh that's going to be a smaller bed, but I could possibly squeeze in more tomatoes in this other bed without breaking the rotation cycle.... And what about the space hogs like corn and squash? How do I maximize the space and fit in the succession and companion planting?
But forget tomatoes...must order THESE that need to be started first. So the first/early order go out with plans still unfinished. Numbers are not set so I start more than I might need. I'm going to pay for that later when the growing pace under the lights become precious and every inch, every pot will need to be accounted for.
My seeds are (semi) organized into cool weather starters -- inside and direct seed -- and warm weather starters -- inside and direct seed. But I take them out and put them in a same zip bag when they are sown together and some of THOSE haven't been replaced where they should be.... And kind and generous seed trading buddies have been sending me seeds and some of those are still not sorted. ...NOW what do I have?
Eventually, more concrete planting plans emerge and I realize some warm weather seeds are missing -- usually ones that need to be sown/started around a month to two weeks before last frost and soon after last frost. Those are ordered in the second/later round.
I've been harvesting and saving and trading for more seeds not just tomatoes though, so I probably won't need to buy a lot of new seeds this year.... But I DID see that ...you know... *something* special -- one or two or three things that I couldn't possibly NOT try growing this season.....
...heh... Did all that rambling make any sense?