Seed Trading forum: 2013 Hog Wild Seed Swap Thread #8

 
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ImageSorellina
Feb 7, 2014 5:59 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Jonna, I think Andi meant Julianna. I had just posted about a metal seed filing box that Duane gave me as a present. I'll take a photo and post that so all of you can see what I'm talking about.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I like your set up Jonna. Everything looks so neat and organized. Thing is I would spend weeks and weeks getting everything to look nice and neat like you have and about the first time I decided to start sowing, poof. all that organization would go right out the window. Hilarious!
Deebie
Feb 7, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
The same here, Ella. Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing I like to spread things out.
Imagegreene
Feb 7, 2014 8:14 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Does anyone think it would be a good idea for each of us to post pictures of our various storage and sorting methods?
I've tried methods that did not work; more photos might spark ideas for those of use who are a bit Rolling on the floor laughing disorganized. My neighbor refers to me as 'that pack rat'. *Blush* My next door neighbor refers to me as 'that pack rat'. *Blush*
My second attempt at being organized worked temporarily, until the cat knocked the whole mess onto the floor.

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ImageCCvacation
Feb 7, 2014 8:25 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Popping in to say I received the piggy package! Yay!

Happy day! Thank you, everyone, for fun conversation and porcine jokes for the last few months. Really brightened my life while I was really struggling with some things.

Group hug
CC
Imageevelyninthegarden
Feb 7, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
That's what happened to me...I had everything so super-organized into categories: hardy annuals, tender annuals, perennials, warm season veggies, cool season veggies, and then all in alphabetical order.

Now it is in chaos from my seed-sowing and then seed-swapping. So I need to put them back in order, but I want to move a lot of seeds and reduce my cache. I need to donate what I will not use. So after the seeds germinate, and I know that they are good, I will donate my leftovers, as who can possibly sow all the seeds that come in packets. I cannot grow a thousand tomato plants, nor even all the hundred or so more varieties.

One nice thing about seed-hoarding is that they don't take up as much room as other things that people collect...like shoes or clothes or any other collectibles. They can be filed into boxes, but that is not fulfilling their purpose. (TO GROW INTO PLANTS!!) Rolling my eyes.

At least I have finally begun sowing seeds. Sticking tongue out
ImageMistirose
Feb 7, 2014 8:45 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I have tried different ways to organize my seeds but I think this is gonna work the best for me (or I hope, took me a week to make it) I will be posting instructions to make these on my blog in the next week or two. I have a lot of pics to edit. Anyway if you wanna sneak peek at my latest here it is!

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Imagerisingcreek
Feb 7, 2014 8:46 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
the seeds from the piggy swap are all ones that I wanted, and cant wait to try. unfortunately the purchase had nothing in it I didnt already have. ( the ones I actually ordered, but did not get, had a few things I wanted at least) I have been pouring over the piggy seeds all day, my idea of great fun!
ImageCCvacation
Feb 7, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Lilydaydreamer, where did you get your seed envelopes. I love the writable area on it! I'm in the midst of looking everything up again, and writing notes on each packet...
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CC
ImageCCvacation
Feb 7, 2014 10:29 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
I'm not nearly as organized as most of you folks seem to be... I reused baggies' and wrote categories in sharpie on each of them...
-cut flowers, annual
-vines
-sow under lights!
-direct sow, perennial bed
-poppies
-columbines

The categories will make it easier to grab a bag when I'm ready to plant for that bed or sow inside. I also have a 'huh?' pile, a suspected chaff pile, a 'not this year' pile and 'look up to figure out' pile.

My next task, after looking up everything in the 'look up' file, is to pull out the leftovers that ended in a huddled heap from last year's swap and throw those in each of the 2013 category bags.

This is the only seed swap I participate in,and definitely the only one I plan to be in looking forward. Heard lots of negative stuff about other seed swaps, where the momma piggy didn't make errant piggies squeal when pulling each other's tails.

I'm happy, happy HAPPY! Thanks so much for the A-1 seeds from y'all! Group hug

CC
SCbuttercup
Feb 8, 2014 12:08 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
So excited to have my seeds. Now to get the garden beds ready, looking for some manure....
ImageTxbabybloomer
Feb 8, 2014 12:31 AM CST
Name: Diana
Dayton, TX
Got my piggy seed envelope today!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up

I spent the afternoon drooling over them. Rolling on the floor laughing Then I got down to separating out some for Winter Sowing in the morning. I am one Happy Camper!! You ALL are the best little Piggies!! Thank you so much for sharing your seeds, and all the work that went into sharing. Group hug Lovey dubby

And an Extra Special Thank You to Mama Piggy, Ella, and her helper piggies TCS and Patti. You guys are AWESOME!! Group hug Angel Angel
Imagejoseph
Feb 8, 2014 2:04 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
greene wrote:Does anyone think it would be a good idea for each of us to post pictures of our various storage and sorting methods?


Uhhhh. Nope. I'm too disorganized. It'd put bad ideas into your heads. Might be good for your egos though: "Gosh, I'm not nearly as disorganized as Joseph". Hehehe. And no matter how much I look at and admire organized spaces I never learned the skills necessary to keep a workspace tidy.

However, for one glorious moment a few weeks ago, I had a small part of the seed stash organized for a few hours. Glass jars are my preferred storage method. They are immune to mice and insects. They are at risk in an earthquake. Oh well.

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I guarantee that my seeds take up much more room than all the shoes and boots of all the members of the household combined.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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poisondartfrog
Feb 8, 2014 7:01 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I was too tired last night to really do justice to all of the lovely seeds I received. Thanks to everyone who sent gifts or whose personal seed shops or private stashes became piggy stomping grounds. I am going to be very busy this weekend!
Thanks Ella and other admins for keeping things fair. And thank you Tuink for the blank blank! You really elevate pigdom humor.
Alana

Edited, because I think I revealed a surprise, lol.
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ImageAndi
Feb 8, 2014 8:46 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Sorry for the confusion about the filing boxes - I meant Sorellina's box that she received for christmas from her husband Duane. I am interested in people's organization systems.

First, I divided my seeds of flowers and vegetables. Problem with this division is herbs. I put the herbs that I use in cooking with veggies and others with herbs. There are some that can be considered both. I subdivide each group into seeds to wintersow, seeds to start inside and seeds to direct sow. Some seeds can be sowed numerous ways which I have noted in a website. In each group, I have seeds sorted alphabetically - flowers by latin names, veggies by common names. I had them in a shoebox with handmade dividers. I got plastic shoe boxes, but am having trouble because the plastic boxes have rounded corners.

During the piggy swap, I went thru my box and pulled out seeds that I wasn't going to sow this year to pass on to the piggies. Once I got my remaining seeds organized and sorted, a scuffle between Winston the pug and Bella the stealth cat dumped my box. Arghh. I organized it again! I also have another box with seeds from my garden stored in pill bottles and other containers. I also have some prepackaged seeds to trade in a little box (formerly holding tea bags). I keep thinking that there may be a better way to organize things.

According to the website, my box is still in Alabama. I don't mind waiting if they eventually find my box. Otherwise, I will be very disappointed. I had such fun in the swap and am looking forward to starting my seeds. this gives me more time to clean house and set up my seed starting shelf.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 8, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Andi.... Oh they will find all them packages. Ours and the other folks. I called twice again this morning and local Po is still waiting for an update from the plant manager. What they think happened is somebody took the bag for a bagful of empty bags and that it has been tossed somewhere in the equipment room. The seeds are safe in a heated building.

Whoever unloaded should have opened the bag up and looked inside not just assumed it was empty bags. I will be calling on Monday again. The plant manager is on it and he is upset about it. He knows what it is in those packages and that they are critical and that ya all upset about it too.

Jesse was apologizing to me this morning. I told him I know it not his fault, but I don't want apologizes I want all the packages. Hopefully something will develop over the weekend. Jesse sent another email to the plant manager about me calling again and being stressed. Either he was busy at the time or still looking into situation.

If we don't hear something by Monday will have one of you call and complain. Jesse to nice of a guy to have everybody complaining at him, but one can speak for the whole group.
Imageevelyninthegarden
Feb 8, 2014 12:20 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
Txbabybloomer wrote: You ALL are the best little Piggies!! Thank you so much for sharing your seeds, and all the work that went into sharing. Group hug Lovey dubby

And an Extra Special Thank You to Mama Piggy, Ella, and her helper piggies TCS and Patti. You guys are AWESOME!! Group hug Angel Angel

I agree

I have not yet received my seeds, but I have already started sowing with the ones that I already have. I am looking forward to seeing just what is in that package??? Hurray!
Imageevelyninthegarden
Feb 8, 2014 12:40 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
Andi wrote:First, I divided my seeds of flowers and vegetables. Problem with this division is herbs. I put the herbs that I use in cooking with veggies and others with herbs. There are some that can be considered both. I subdivide each group into seeds to wintersow, seeds to start inside and seeds to direct sow. Some seeds can be sowed numerous ways which I have noted in a website. In each group, I have seeds sorted alphabetically - flowers by latin names, veggies by common names. I had them in a shoebox with handmade dividers.


Andi ~ I have a question...do you have a wintersow box? Or just each category and then a wintersow section? That has been the source of my frustration as that is when I have everything out of order. Like another box to "sow now"...then I don't get them all sown. I suppose I should just pull a finite number of packets each day, and if they do not get sown, either put them back or sow them the next day. This is true, especially in spring, when I am busy with other garden projects and chores as well...

I think that I will wait to donate after I discover that the seeds are viable. At that time, I will put them in a donation box, and of course, throw out the seeds that do not germinate. It gets more complicated as I have hung onto these seeds for too many years. I suppose I could do a "Deno seed test" for the ones I am not sowing...then I will know if they are good.

jhgarden9
Feb 8, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Andi,

I'm on the same page. My box is also still in Alabama. Ella, I can wait, I'm sure it will show up soon. I have started cleaning my yard a little and started sowing on what I already have, too. There's still more yard cleaning I can do while waiting for the box to arrive.

Judy
soilsandup
Feb 8, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Just got back home today and got my bag of seeds Hurray! Hurray!

Took a short trip out to Montery to Pebble Beach to watch the golf tournament - between bouts of rains, there was a lot of delays. BUT, California needs that moisture, so no one is complaining.

Thanks Ella, and everyone else in the piggy swap!

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