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

 
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ImageAndi
Feb 8, 2014 8:37 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
As long as they find the package, I don't mind. People make mistakes. There must be more mail than usual piling up with all of the winter storms, delayed flights, road closures, etc. I am sure that Ella's local post office looks forward to the yearly piggy stampede - not. One of these days, someone's post master may ask to join the piggy swap.

After all of the problems I had with the local post office at my old place, I have trouble trusting the post office. I had lots of things go missing including prescriptions twice. There were whispers of a scandal when the staff suddenly changed, but I don't know the details. My mail is getting delivered faster in my new address, so I hope that was an isolated problem. The new mail lady seems really nice. She was very helpful when I was having trouble installing my new mailbox.

The seeds in little baggies, commercial packets and folded paper envelops fit in one regular shoebox with some extra room. I usually sow half a packet or less of seeds in case they don't germinate the first try. If you put a long piece of cardboard lengthwise, you can fit two columns of seeds in a shoe box. Does that make sense? I have to fold the top down of some commercial packets to be able to close the box. I pull out the seeds that I am going to sow each day, make labels and sow them. I typically sow one genus or species at a time such as Digitalis or Helianthus annus(sunflowers). I wintersow in soda bottles in batches of 8 because each tray holds 8 bottles. (fyi, I wintersow digitalis and either start sunflowers inside or direct sow them, depending on how crowded my shelves are.)

The shoebox is easy to spill, especially when Winston comes running over thinking I am opening treats when he hears the packages rattling. I close it with elastic bands and put the box in a plastic tote with desiccant. I got plastic shoe boxes at the dollar store to "upgrade" my seed system. The seeds don't fit well in the plastic boxes because of the rounded corners.

I used to keep my seeds in a wooden tequila box. It became too small because I am such a seed piggy! I needed to drink more to get more wooden boxes or find a better seed filing box. It would be great if it is a bit taller than a shoe box.

I also have a box of empty bottles ready for dried seeds from my garden.

I am using the wooden tequila box for double pointed knitting needles. I have been meaning to sew a custom case for my double pointed knitting needles, but I haven't gotten that project started, yet.

I imagine that my once I find the perfect system/containers, my life will miraculously become more organized. One can hope. No matter what system I use, seeds take much less room than yarns and fabrics.....

Another thing that would be great is having a tablet or laptop computer. It would be great to be able to look at my spreadsheet or check seed sowing sites online while sowing seeds. My luck, I would spill fertilizer on it or get potting mix in the keys. I wonder if compost accidents are covered by the warantee?

I run Frankenstein desk top computers. I was still running windows 98 when the rest of the world started running Windows XP. Now, I am mourning XP and grumbling at the learning curve for Windows 7. Rebuilding older second hand computers is a type of recycling, but I do it to save money.

Back to downloading drivers so that I can read images from my camera cards. I am learning all sorts of techie things I would rather not have to know. I have plug and pray vintage hardware - plug it into the windows 7 machine and pray that the os recognizes it or that I can find a driver online.
ImageAndi
Feb 8, 2014 8:47 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I was thinking, you could still divide the box in half and move the seeds from one side to the other after sowing them. That would keep things in alphabetical order and keep track of what was already sown. I'll sleep on it and maybe try that!

Whether you use separate boxes or a single box would depend how many seeds you have and how big your boxes are.

After moving this year, I am trying to pare things down in general.

I have plenty of really nice outfits, but people only see me in my grubby gardening duds. Time for a diy makeover.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 9, 2014 5:23 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
PIGGIES ... I just thought of this. I have filed complaints here at Po but you each have your tracking numbers. It might just help if ya all take your numbers and call the complaint department and file claims too. Maybe when they see they have a whole bunch at one area they will work even harder to find our stuff. It can't hurt to try.

Number to call on my receipt says 1-800-222-1811 You'll have to listen to get the right buttons for complaint department. They usually say well they wont do anything for so many days, tell them you want a complaint filed now.

I also noticed on the tracking info site there a little box for customer service, I haven't clicked on it yet, but you might try it and see if you can file a complaint there too.

I wish they would let me in the gates down there, I would go a hunting for stuff myself. Grumbling Grumbling
poisondartfrog
Feb 9, 2014 7:18 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Earlier this year a package on it's way had not been delivered to me and it was too early to file a missing package complaint online, so instead I complained that I had 5 days without activity according to the DC number. The next day the DC number showed my package leaving the original location. In other words, it made them look for it. If they tell you not to be filing a complaint for a few more days, folks might try that.

Seeds from another swap were mailed to me from Georgia the day before my piggy package was mailed. I usually get packages from Georgia in 1 or 2 days.
No one from that swap has received their seeds yet.

If there was something that I sent anyone that needs an early start, c-mail me and I will see if I still have it. I may well be out of it, but if I have it I would be happy to send it along.
Alana
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 9, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Poison... That may not help. I just got an envie from a piggy the other day that was mailed out Jan 22 . Mail is backed up everywhere. But there a difference between it being backed up waiting to be loaded on a plane and just sitting missing in a warehouse bag.

That is good advice. Do that folks like Poison suggested. Maybe if they see they have so many complaints out of one unit they will be forced to take more serious action.

Thanks Poison. At least that makes me feel better. I keep trying to think on the positive that there is a reason for the delay. A good one. Maybe it means that if the missing seeds were started now that we still in for more bad weather and they would be lost. I don't know but I know I am not gonna rest til everybody has there's. Crying Crying

ImageAndi
Feb 9, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I will start complaint procedures online today and on the phone tomorrow. It helps that the packages were tracked and insured. When the post office management and the main computer sees that permanently losing these packages could cost additional money, they may look harder. The local management may not want to explain lost package fees to their regional managers. With the recent storms, post office employees are probably overwhelmed and overworked. I bet places like Atlanta are still dealing with mail that piled up while the planes were grounded in the storm.

Thanks for all of your work Ella. You are having more problems with your piggies this year than usual. Hope you don't give up on us!

A friend moved to Florida two years ago after her husband died. Her birthday and her wedding anniversary is this month. I am sending her some herb seeds in her card to cheer her up. She likes to cook and has a few potted plants. The lavender flowered stonecrop seeds offered in the piggy swap came from plants she gave me when she moved. She had gotten the plants from her in-law's garden. Now she is getting seeds originally from first or second generation piggy seeds. It is a circle of sharing and caring. Good piggy karma!
ImageMistirose
Feb 9, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I will do the same as Andi. I agree
ImageDayjillymo
Feb 9, 2014 10:02 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
When I tried the online Delayed Shipment process online and the USPS Email A Complaint system, I found they were temporarily out of service. I'll try making a phone complaint tomorrow.

Andi, you might ask friends and relatives to save boot boxes rather than shoe boxes for your seeds. They are larger and taller to accommodate the boots. Your local farm store sometimes sells boots without the boxes - they may have some you could have for the asking. Just a thought! Smiling
ImageMistirose
Feb 9, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yep same here, I tried to email and got "The Email Us site is temporarily unavailable. Please try later." I will call Monday as well.
ImageAndi
Feb 9, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
The site is unavailable for me also.

Boot boxes are a good idea, dayjilly. I have a couple of shoe boxes that are a bit bigger than regular shoe boxes, Maybe one will be a better size. I am hoping to find something wood or metal that closes with a clasp. A plastic box with square corners would work also. Until I find a replacement, I'll keep using some kind of shoe box.

I am sharing unused seeds while they are still fresh to keep the stash under control. I also purged colors that I don't plan to use in my new gardens - like orangy yellows and red/yellow bicolors. I had extras from swaps that I saved in case "maybe someday" I wanted to try them. I passed them on to the piggies and other friends this year. It is a win-win situation. I am happy to streamline my seed collection and some piggies are hopefully happy with my spare seeds.
Imagegreene
Feb 9, 2014 1:39 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Just a thought while you are talking about shoe and boot boxes -
Places like Wal-Mart and K-mart and other stores that remove the shoes/boots from boxes and display the shoes/boots on shelves, discarding the boxes. One day I noticed that each box had one or two desiccant packs inside - those were being discarded as well. Maybe one could make an arrangement with the department manager for some of these items before they hit the trash or recycle bin?
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 9, 2014 2:15 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Ella you sent me my tracking number, but I really don't know how to check it. Can you send me a link?
Imagechelle
Feb 9, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Jonna, try this link. Smiling

https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction!input.action

ImageNisiNJ
Feb 9, 2014 3:30 PM CST
Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, NJ
I received my piggy bag on Friday. Thank you everyone! I have already sowed Tuink's leek seeds.

And my daughter Katherine (the pansy/viola lover) and I are sharing the surprise blank blank. Hope that's not too much info. No its not pansy/viola seeds.
Psalm 100 (look it up)
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nbgard
Feb 9, 2014 3:48 PM CST
Name: Tonya Rose
Blanco, TX
Hello everyone! I have not been able to be one here much lately as I have been having a Marathon Grandma Week. My oldest daughter had her 2nd baby on Wednesday January 29th in San Antonio (a strapping baby boy!) and my second daughter had her first on February 3rd, 4 1/2 hours away in Abilene (a lovely little girl). I was so blessed to be able to be at and participate in both births!. Came home today to find my seeds! More little babies!

Thank you so much everyone for the seeds and thanks again to Ella and her admin buddies who make this possible year after year!

Tonya
ImageDayjillymo
Feb 9, 2014 4:40 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Congratulations on your Marathon Grandma Week! I'm so happy for you and for the healthy little ones. Lovey dubby They truly represent many blessings, Tonya. My oldest granddaughter was 21 Christmas day - there are 9 more, but none were born in the same week! I'm very happy for you!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 10, 2014 2:12 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you Chelle.
My package is not lost, it's taking a sun bath in Miami Thumbs up
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 5:47 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Jonna.... That's where you, Sorellina and Tuink all fly out from. You guys are all airborne. That will probably be the last posts you will see from here. That is where the long haulers go out from.

I went through this morning, finally got through online customer service. Ya have to hoover over the one set of solid buttons to find customer service they sort of have them hidden.

Gonna call too. Took 3 complaint forms to get all the numbers in.

Make sure you change the date from today to 02/07/14 cuz they take things in order by date. Otherwise they won't look at it if it says today for a week.

Check problem with po mail not delivered and say no activity for 7 days not logged into sort facility and watch they only give ya a few words and cut ya off.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 6:07 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Opps that should be 02/04/14 the 7th was a delivery date for somebody. Trying to find the right number to get a human instead of going round and round with auto voice. Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 6:34 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Grumbling Grumbling Hopefully I have found a way to get to a human. You need to call 1-800-275-8777 and when they prompt you to use words like tracking and such, say complaint. Then when voice machine says you want to speak to a respresentative you say yes.

Other wise all they do is ask you if calling about number you already gave them.

Customer complaint don't open up here for another half an hour and it a case of be prepared to hang on hold for an hour. LOL I stock up on coffee and snacks and such while on hold. Big Grin

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