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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
May 27, 2015 7:09 AM CST
So, I have a bag in the shed with a dried zinnia from last year, multiple seed heads on it. My intention has been to collect seeds and put them in little packets to give away here in my neighborhood. We've got a Garden Walk coming up soon so I figured I had better check the seeds for viability before going to all that work.

Results:

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This is the wet paper towel in a plastic bag method.

They looked so perky and eager, I couldn't resist:

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I expect they'll root right through that wet paper towel; they'd already begun to. Green Grin! Thumbs up
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
May 29, 2015 6:22 PM CST

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Looks like your neighborhood will be beautiful with Zinnias in a while. I love these....they are so easy to start, the rabbits don't eat them, and they bloom all season. What's not to like?
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 30, 2015 2:48 AM CST
Well, I got real tired of this orange one last year, LOL! ORange everywhere! Blargh! hahahaa!

This year I am making sure we have a number of colors and I have several colors of cactus-flowered zins growing out right now, starting to color up too.

The bees and butterflies just love them whatever color they are. Lovey dubby
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
May 31, 2015 4:40 AM CST

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very nice
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jun 2, 2015 5:45 PM CST
I love zinnias!! How pretty the neighborhood will look if everyone grows them!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 2, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Then I better get cracking with my zin seed packing.. LOL!

We may get rained out for our Garden Walk! But I will still give these seeds away, somehow. I'll keep you posted.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 5, 2015 7:49 PM CST
We are not going to get rained out but it was touch and go all week. Today was dry. Tomorrow has scattered thunderstorms forecast, I think just for the afternoon but who knows?

So anyway I packed up 12 little glassine envies of seeds and ran out of patience for the cleaning and packing. That was because I didn't get to it til this evening! But if I have twelve people who want seeds I will be surprised. And if there are more who want than I have packets for, well, I'll get them some seeds somehow!

I'll report in after the event is over. I have the seeds I test-germinated growing in a pot, and there happens to be a zinnia start that volunteered in a place where it will be easy to show people what they look like when they come along past that initial sprouting stage.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 9, 2015 2:25 PM CST
Realized I forgot! to follow up here.

Our garden walk had four visitors. Sad Two of whom were my next door neighbors.

I gave zin seeds to the other two and will indeed give the rest of them away, just not sure how. In any case, the garden walk itself needs to be better publicized if it's going anywhere but I don't know that I will get involved with that. Meanwhile, we are thinking about siting a Little Free Library at our house. There is one design that has a separate box for sharing seeds and recipes, as well as books. That might happen.

http://littlefreelibrary.org/

Green Grin!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 9, 2015 7:18 PM CST
Kyla, I love the idea of that "little free library" -- whether for books, recipes, seeds, or what have you ! I wonder how that would go over in my area; we're rural, about 10 miles from town, and actually a kind of cohesive township community. I think our township hall could be a great place to set one up -- might have to approach the board about that !! Thumbs up
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 9, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Let me know if you do? I love the whole idea of it.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 11, 2015 3:50 PM CST
So, this may go a bit outside the purpose of the Seeds forum, but I wanted to post that we are definitely doing the Little Free Library thing, and our version will include a seed exchange (I hope other people will use it!) I will definitely put some of the zin seeds out to share. The structure was ordered today from their website, and we've got somebody preparing to put in the post it will be mounted on; he's getting the city to send the folks to check for underground lines that might need to be protected from a dig.

So moving forward with that project. Thumbs up
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 12, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Kyla, I think that is a GREAT idea.

You might want to list your local seed library at
http://www.seedlibrarian.com/


"Would you like your seed library included on this map
or do you have additional information
you'd like included on your listing?
Email seedlibrarian at gmail dot com "

Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 12, 2015 4:04 PM CST
Rick, thanks so much, I had no idea that existed! I will definitely check it out and see if what we end up doing is listable there. Cool!
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 12, 2015 4:08 PM CST
I don't think any seed library is too small for them.

They used to list one near me that, as far as I could tell, never actually had any seeds in stock.



Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 12, 2015 4:33 PM CST
Oh,hahaha! Well, once we get set up here, I'll no doubt list us then. Honestly, I have no idea if people will exchange books, let alone seeds, but one can but try, right? And I can for sure always keep the little seed box stocked, with something or other, even if no one replaces what they take.

It's going to be a couple of months, apparently, before we get our structure anyway.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jul 17, 2015 2:18 PM CST
Wasn't that long at all. Got installed today.

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That drawer in there is for seed exchange. Hrm. They sent a lovely generous selection of summer vegetable seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Hrm.

So for now I just put a note in the drawer saying "Watch this space! Seed Exchange coming soon!" Until I figure out how to work it.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Jul 17, 2015 7:13 PM CST

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Kyla: That is incredible! What a beautiful little exchange you've created. Hope it does really well in your community. Please keep us posted.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jul 18, 2015 3:50 AM CST

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very pretty!!!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jul 18, 2015 9:05 AM CST
Thanks! And I am SO excited to report that people are already using the library. Books taken, books added.

I started the seed sharing part today, very very low key. I have zinnia seeds and also just gathered Cosmos sulphureus seeds which I packed up and wrote a short set of instructions. These can grow right now and make flowers this season, so it seemed a good place to begin.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 18, 2015 9:39 AM CST
That looks terrific, Kyla !! Did you advertise it in some way ?
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