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Oct 6, 2010 1:08 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
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New to gardening? Just learning how to grow seeds? Worried that you don’t have many seeds or any seed s at all. Your welcome to join in the fun. You will receive back many more seeds than you send in, but you will be required to make an effort to send in something. If you have absolutely nothing to send in, you could buy a mega pack of a more unusual seed from a small seed house and divide it up into trade sized packages. Or, you could do the same with some inexpensive or bulk seed from the seed houses.
You can also go around to friend’s houses and see if they have any flowers with seed on that they would let you collect.


Seed Packets

You can package your seed up in baggies or make your own seed packets. The choice is yours.

Make sure all your seed is labeled.
Please put the following information at least:

Common Name
Scientific Name
Screen Name

If you can also put year and Zone.

On those folks sending loose packets for Part 2 of the swap, besides labeling them, please put your screen name on them. If they don't have your screen name on them, and I read what you like, you may find them coming right back to you. With thousands of seed to sort through and group, I can't remember every packet that was sent by who.


For the loose seed packs, which are packs for the general swap, not for a specific person, I will distribute these based on who I think will like them the best. I us e your Wish lists and you about my garden section on your Database entries. All seeds will be welcome, and if we have any left over that no regular swapper or survior wants, I'm sure folks on this thread will come up with some great ideas for their final home.

Old seed is fine and that a part of this swap, but check for viability.

*No Delphinium older than 2007
*No Larkspur older than 2007
* Here's a guide to seed viability: http://www.hillgardens.com/seed_longevity.htm

Some seeds will last for years and years if properly kept. No problem with some older seed in the swap, but please, post that it is older.

Seed packets do not need to be a required amount. Some seed is harder to find and some is common. Some folks may only offer up three to five seeds if it one of the more rarer ones. If your only offering a few seeds, less than a regular trade of 20-25 seeds, please post it on your seed trading list.

A real time saver is to grab a box of cheapie snack baggies, sandwich baggies, or ziplocs, and as people sign up, write their name on the baggie or on a slip of paper inside the baggie. So you can easily drop in their requested seed and count the number of packets later. If you have seeds for each participant, you might need quite a few baggies.

Some seeds are premium seeds because they are rarer and "worth more". As loose packs of seeds come in, I will sort of separate those out and distribute them in a way that makes sense in terms of what people send in (or ask for, as in the case of survivors).

Wishlist
The last wrinkle is your wishlist! When you sign up, also post 10 things you'd like to have. These can be specific (Lupine 'White Snow') or vague (anything white for part shade). Try to be as specific as you can. Like any type Salvias or Echinacea. If you just put "anything for butterflies and hummers" or "anything for part shade", it hard on me. I am not familiar with all the plants around and don’t have time to look up every seed to see if for hummers or not.

Note: You will not be considered "in" the swap until this Wishlist is posted.

Some people have to work odd or late hours and may miss on out the seed they really have been Wishing for. This lets folks pull those seed off to the side and save them for you and fulfill your dreams where folks can.


How To "OINK " For Seed

For those who have not participated in the swap before, here is a guideline as to how to ask for seed.

You can look at folks seed lists which can be found here:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/hogwildseedswap/

If you see something you like, you come back to this thread or the main thread we are on at the time. ( which will change to a new one about every 200 posts, so make sure ya click the " watch this thread" for each new thread to keep from getting lost ), and you put something like this:

"Star... I would like, or I oinking, or this piggy asking , ect..ect... for

Snapdragon Purple
Geranium Splish Splash

then send that person a cmail soon as ya can for the same request. It easy just to copy and paste your post in a cmail too. This is so that folks who may be to busy working or such to watch the chat threads at the moment can check their cmails and answer you back whether they have your seed or not and edit their lists as they get a chance.

And then you have folks like me who are mainly watching the threads and won't get to cmails right away to answer you whether they have the seed available still or not, but will answer right away on the threads and then your cmail later.

It also lets other folks see that if somebody has 3 packets available on their list and three people have already oinked for them, that they can cmail the person and see if they may still have some available or not.

Now some folks will not have their full lists all ready here as we begin, so you will want to watch the the swap thread, as maybe for example I will have 2 packs of some rare seed. Instead of putting it on my list, I may just put on swap thread something like this:

" I have 2 packets of Snail Vine"

then the first two piggies who oink for them, will get them and I will acknowledge on a post that I am putting them in their baggy.

Please try and keep your seed lists updated as soon as you can. That way you won't have piggies asking for things you already out of.

Remember it is a swap and it a first to the trough get served, so if ya play in the mud to long, you'll miss dinner calls. : ) If you miss out on getting something you really wanted, ask. Sometimes the person can break up a trade to share. If they can't do that , then put it on your want list. Ya never know what ya might find in your trough at the end of the swap. : )

You will find that there will be times as folks post that they posted their lists, or added to their lists, that oinking will be fast and furious, then there will be time s it will go slow, only to start the process all over again. Don't get discouraged. Just take your time and ask questions anytime you want too.

You will find that some of us with big lists will be breaking them down in small amounts at a time, so we can oink and answer cmails. Those of you with small list and new to the game, may want to just list one or two particular item up at a time til you get the hang of it. It won't take long though and you will be pushing shoulders with the best of the piggies. Rolling on the floor laughing


As you adjust available quantities or add to your list, simply edit your post. You may also want to use your post to make note of what seeds you have promised to whom. You can also add a listing of what seeds you have requested from other participants.

When you edit your post (especially if you've posted additional seeds), please tell everybody about it in the current swap thread so we know to come here for another look. :-)

This will give us an easy place to check for lists, updates, availability, etc. Having everybody's list in one place will save everybody having to update their list and re post it on each continuation thread.


We have a lot of folks this year. I hope everybody has a great time and a lot of fun. : )

Let’s all remember our manners towards one another. Shoving at the piggy trough, oinking at the top of your lungs, and wallowing in the mud together is permissible : ) ,... but disrespect on the threads will not be permitted. Anybody being disrespectful or otherwise misbehaving, I will ask to leave the swap.

I know we have a great bunch of people in the swap, but with so many folks, just have to make this point.

Those new to the swap, at anytime ya get lost, have questions, don’t be afraid to ask. There a lot of fantastic seasoned Piggies here who will be glad to help.

I usually forget some item or two, and reserve the right to add or edit as we go , but I think I have everything covered. Whistling

LINKS

To Swap Lists: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/hogwildseedswap/

To Sign up Threads:http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/40937/

Top Chat and Help Thread: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/37486/

Be ready to yell Suuuuuuuueeee/eeeiiiiiiiii on Nov. 3 at 8 pm est when this thread will open and the swapping http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/40706/ officially begins. Thumbs up


Edited to add, folks are welcome to see how the swap works and then join in at any point til the swap closes. Some folks come in at the beginning and some later ,depending on what happening in their live s at the time. So don't think that just because swap as started you can't get in. If you decide to join at anytime, just holler on the swap chat thread.
















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