Hog Wild Seed Swap

By starlight1153 (starlight1153) on October 26, 2010

Have extra seed just hanging around? Well get them out a suitcase and tell them to pack themselves up because it time for the Hog Wild Seed swap to start. This is a chance to find new types of seed to grow. Get rid of unwanted seed and to have a bit of fun and make new friends while expanding your gardens. Read about, and then come join the annual Hog Wild Seed Swap...

Just like humans like to take a vacation and see new sites, so do our seeds  Once a year a group of gardeners go through and lovingly package our seed babies up, and send them out to find new homes. 2010-10-26/starlight1153/6b9341

This seed swap orginally started many years ago. The person who orginally started it was  doing a bunch seed trades.  Along the way,  she discovered  that with all that seed trading she was building a collection of various types of seed.   She wanted to find homes for the extra seed she had, yet find new things for herself. 

Over the years, the more folks joined in and the swap grew.  One year, the swap became a place  not for trading  just new or freshly harvested seed, but it became a place to give the leftovers, seed  folks never  got a chance to plant, a second chance to find a good home. 

This swap has had many names over the years as hostess have changed.  Today it is called the Hog Wild Seed Swap. It developed this name from the one year when a participant affectionatly  said  she  felt like a piggy for all the seed  she got and the others agreed and felt the same way.  It's a swap with a chance for folks with little or hardly any seed at all to come and  gather more seed  than they thought possible.   

The Hog Wild Seed swap is a bit of a different kind of a swap.   The swap is open to everybody.  The swap starts officially Nov 3, but you can join in at anytime the swap is going on.   Some folks are  shy and like to watch a bit before joining in.  That fine, no need to be shy, we all were new to this swap at one time or another.  2010-10-26/starlight1153/7d8bae

It may look complicated, but it's not.   The Hog Wild Seed Swap has 3 parts. This is the  short  version:

Part one, no matter how many seeds you bring to the swap, you can ask for up to 100 packets of seed from other folks list.  Maybe you only grow  Marigolds and Petunias,  that's perfectly fine, bring them on, your welcome to join. You do have to have some seeds to play unless you are what we call a Survivor. That is a person who this past year lost their gardens due to floods, tornadoes, fires, hurricane s or other natural disasters. They need no seed to join. Part of this swap mission is to share and help those Survivor folks to rebuild their gardens.

Part 2, the one-for -one section. If you want to join in this part. It is not required.   This is seed packets you send in that are not marked for somebody who has requested them. All those packets go into what we call the trough.   Maybe afterall the swapping of part one you still have some seed available on your list.  Just pack it up and send it on.   If you send in say 30 extra packets of seed not marked for anybody, you'll get 30 different packets of seed back. In this part seeds are matched to your wishlist and likes and what your gardens are like, but there no telling what you will get back. It all surprises.

Part 3 If after everybody has all their seed and there anything left at the bottom of the trough, usually repeat seed already passed out, then it is donated to organizations or charities that can use it.

Seed in this swap can be commercial, leftovers from trades, trades you got and didn't want or like, collected and harvested seed. Anything and everything can put in and found in the swap. Flowers, veggies, tropicals, trees , shrubs, heirlooms. Only thing not allowed is seed the gov says is illegal to grow.    

Here's your once a year chance to clean out those old seed boxes and secret stashes and fill them with something new, different and exciting.  It's a chance  to meet other gardeners and share lovesand hates, up and downs  of gardening.
It's a month of fun and flurry as seed lists go up and are added  to and folks start oinking for the seed they want.

You can join in the fun here just by asking to join.  Feel free to bring your friends too.  Just CLICK HERE   All the information in the first posts.
Special thanks to Zanymuse of Zany's Playpen of Graphics for creating this years  Hog Wild Seed Swap Logo and The Traveling Seed graphics.

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