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New to gardening? Just learning how to grow seeds? Worried that you donâ€™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 friendâ€™s houses and see if they have any flowers with seed on that they would let you collect.
You can package your seed up in baggies or make your own seed packets. The choice is yours.
Make sure all your seed packets are labeled.
Please put the following information at least:
Your Screen Name
If you want to be extra nice 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 use 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 survivor 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 2008
*No Larkspur older than 2008
* 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 cheap 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).
The last wrinkle is your wishlist! When you sign up, also post AT LEAST 10 things you'd like to have. You can always post more. You can always change it around too. 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 donâ€™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. Having the Wishlist lets regular folks pull those seed off to the side and save them for you.
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
**Click "Browse all Entries" to view others seed lists.
If you see something you like, you come back to this thread or the main thread we are on at the time and post something like this:
"Star... I would like, or I oinking, or this piggy asking , ect..ect... for
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.
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