DnD's All Seeds Swap: Think I need to stop getting tickets

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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Jan 9, 2016 11:52 AM CST
Let me just say I've enjoyed this swap immensely. Some things I've never even heard of! I only have 3 items I've put into the swap but I now have 84 items I've placed dibs on. To me, this is far from fair. I think maybe @Dave or @DogsNDaylilies should stop giving me tickets. I've started a Facebook group for my area & plan to share with the members. I just don't like being greedy!!!! And I've been blessed over the years & can't wait to bless others.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Jan 9, 2016 12:03 PM CST
I don't think you are greedy. Like I have said before, I'm just looking for a home for my extra seeds. I just want them to go to good homes Hilarious!
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 9, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I don't have a way to cut off anyone's tickets, but I really don't think you have to worry. I'm glad you're going to be growing the seeds and I think it's one of those pay it forward things...one day you will have seeds that you will be happy to share that someone else will need for their garden. Smiling
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 9, 2016 12:05 PM CST
I feel the same way but my yard is going to be so beautiful this year. Not to mention the veggies. I'm going out on a limb and trying some new things this year. Thanks for making this a wonderful swap!
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jan 9, 2016 8:01 PM CST
Kathy 547 Dibb away , You make a Butterfly , Bee pollinating trees , or a Rabbit happy , it has been worth doing , The Nature of things , Simple Gifts ,, you know the Idea . Welcome!
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2016 1:17 PM CST
KarenHolt said: ... I'm going out on a limb and trying some new things this year. Thanks for making this a wonderful swap!


I agree! Swaps are a great way to try something you would never try otherwise.

Hey, when we talk about seed-dispersal strategies that different plants use(wind, squirrels-burying-nuts, burr-cling-to-fur, birds pooping) , we should remember "seed swaps" as the most highly-evolved seed-dispersal strategy ever.

Which reminds me - I think I'm going to print up some generic slips for "this reseeds freely and may spread aggressively in some areas" for my lavatera, if anyone requested it.

Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 11, 2016 2:20 PM CST
Good idea. After I packed everything up I thought I should have put information like that on the packets. I'm broke so I do the origami packs. I think I'm going to create a .psd file to include things like that. It may take an afternoon to create but might be worth it.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2016 3:30 PM CST
I know some people say "all they need is the true name", but I like to put as many words as will fit onto every piece of paper.
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Jan 11, 2016 5:18 PM CST
@KarenHolt, you might like this.


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Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 11, 2016 5:39 PM CST
It may be something I end up doing. I keep thinking about it all afternoon. I have some that I actually make, but they really are too large for what little seed goes in there. So I ended up doing the origami style. I may just make that in photoshop but reduce the size of it.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Karen, as you plant your trade seeds, save the ZipLocs! You can always re-use them for future trades.

If you want to be tidy, wipe them out with a bit of tissue or toilet paper. Remove dust and all seeds. Magic Marker wipes RIGHT off (use a little isopropyl alcohol to get every trace off).

If you want to be incredibly fussy, rinse them out with some dilute real-bleach chlorine-Clorox (not oxygen Clorox) and then try to get them totally dry again. I wouldn't make the Clorox any stronger than 1:10 or 1:20. Maybe one Tablespoon per cup of water.

I get my 2x3" Ziplocs from Wal-Mart. $1 for 100.

Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 11, 2016 6:10 PM CST
Amazon has a lot of bag options, too. I purchased 2" x 4" bags for my daylily seeds, but I am thinking that once I've finally gone through all 1,000 bags, I'll go to smaller bags because the larger bags are a bit big for most seed types. Maybe I'll use something more like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Beadaholique-Count-Resealable-Zipper-2...

I think the idea about re-using the ziploc bags you get is a great idea! I'm all about recycling and trying to put less plastic into our environment, so I highly recommend it. Since your future harvests are likely to be from the things you're getting seeds for now, you may not even have to worry about erasing permanent marker labels off of the bags.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2016 6:35 PM CST
I save my used Ziplocs for "dirty" jobs like carrying seeds out to the (muddy) garden.

I read something, somewhere, by some paranoid gardener, who doesn't like carrying clean seed packets out to the garden. They get muddy and rained on or at least dirty. Then if you put them back in your stash, they (theoretically) carry soil microbes that might produce or encourage mold.

Well, I don't like anyone to be more paranoid than I am! And it was a good excuse to fiddle around.

Now I SPLIT any packet of seeds I plan to plant. I take outside only the seeds I WILL plant that day. If I have extra seeds left over, I scatter them in the furrow but don't bring them back indoors. My garden is so small that any given planting is less than a full packet, so the "main" packet always stays indoors, dry and clean.

That's one reason I always put at least TWO labels into each packet I keep, and usually put two labels into each trade packet. One label goes out to the garden with me inside the "dirty ZipLoc" so I don't have to try to read my own handwriting. I re-use those "dirty ZipLocs" if I haven't lost them.

Once I've typed up the seed label text, it costs around one cent to print dozens of extra copies, so why not? Originally I planned to use extra labels for things like labeling rows in propagation trays, but never found a good way to keep them dry.

Once I discovered Venetian Blind "mini-slats" cut in half or thirds length-wise, I've used those for labeling rows in prop trays and supporting plastic film up off the soilless surface. I cut them thin enough to stick down into the cells in the plug trays. I use some 128-cell trays, and you HAVE to cut the mini-blind slats into three to get them to fit easily. A row of those slats, standing upright, holds plastic film away from the soil surface until seedlings emerge.

It's hard to beat the Wal-Mart price online unless you get free shipping, or buy 1,000 at a time. Sometimes the online ZipLocs have better zippers than Wal-Mart, sometimes much worse. But you don't know until you get them home!

ZipLocs:
http://www.clearbags.com/crystal-clear-bags/crystal-clear-zi...


Glassine envelopes:
http://www.clearbags.com/stationery/envelopes/translucent-en...


Best Organza Bag Source: found by Patti1957
order sizes around 10 to 30 bags
http://www.yourorganzabag.com/organzabag.htm



Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 12, 2016 12:31 AM CST
Thank you both for the links. I have them bookmarked as I do plan on purchasing them in the future. I will save the little baggies for future seed trades as I, too, recycle anything I can think of. I hate waste. This year has been nice though as folding the envelopes gave me something to do. Hilarious! I have to keep myself busy. I guess that's why all the lists. I also thought about using the blinds in trays for winter sowing and marking the plants. I had replaced my blinds a couple of years ago and ended up keeping the old ones. I suppose I have an angel on my shoulder that will not let me throw some things away. Other things, I'm flat out nutty about making sure it goes in the garbage. I hate clutter.

I think this year I'm going to make garden stones that have each plants name on them along with the person who gave me the flower and the year given/planted. Sort of a sweet reminder every time I walk around my gardens.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 12, 2016 12:49 PM CST
KarenHolt said: ...
I think this year I'm going to make garden stones that have each plants name on them along with the person who gave me the flower and the year given/planted. Sort of a sweet reminder every time I walk around my gardens.


What a great idea!



Highlands Ranch, Colorado (Zone 5b)
Colorado Zone 5
Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Enjoys or suffers cold winters Herbs Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Littlecheryl
Jan 13, 2016 1:53 AM CST
I agree Great Idea!!!

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