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Name: Elton Tophoj
Powell, WY (Zone 4b)
Sep 4, 2016 9:44 PM CST
|Hi, I am new to the site. I do not have seeds to trade, but would like to buy seeds. How do I go about doing that? I am zone 4b.
Thank you for all info.
Sep 4, 2016 9:49 PM CST
|Elton, the swaps aren't for buying seeds, but this site does have a classifieds section here: http://garden.org/forums/view/forsale/
Most of what is listed there right now are plants, but I think there are some seeds.
What type of seed are you looking for? I might be able to provide better assistance if I knew what you wanted. (For instance, I was selling daylily seeds just recently.) Or, if you're looking for other types of seeds, I might know some vendors to recommend...
Sep 4, 2016 10:45 PM CST
| Or .... send a mail to anybody who trades and offer to pay postage , or on the seed and plant trading thread .. ask for what you would like and offer to pay postage ... lots of ways around here ,,
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Sep 5, 2016 8:18 AM CST
|If I were you I would look over seed catalogs & make a seeds/plants you want. You can list any plants you do have that you can divide or take cuttings from or get seeds from. I see that on your interests you have listed "woodworking & building things". Maybe you could build bird feeders, squirrel feeders, butterfly or bat houses, etc. in exchange for plants. Keep in mind if you mail these items postage could be expensive. Be sure to make an album of what you make. You could also do this locally. Also, look here & on Facebook groups for people/groups closer to you.|
Sep 5, 2016 6:13 PM CST
|Hi Elton. Welcome to NGA!
I realize this suggestion comes too late for you to join a current swap. But, for future swaps, you might consider trying what I often do.
When I go through seed catalogs or seed websites, I keep an eye open for good deals on largish packets.
Very often I see things I would like to try. Some of those, I think plenty of others would like try (from a seed swap).
So I get a big packet and split it up 5-10 ways. If I buy an ounce of something (sometimes as low as $4 to $7 in a year-end sale), I might make up to 10-30 packets depending on how big the seeds are and how good the "deal" was.
Often a small packet of seeds from an online vendor will be say, $2.50 even before shipping & handling. A bigger packet probably has 5 times as much seed for $5, so they are 2-3 times cheaper per seed.
And if a seed swap gives me an excuse to buy three or more splittable packets, the cost of S&H in effect is 1/3rd of what it was!
(Or am I rationalizing?)
Anyway, buying one or two biggish packet(s) of seeds and splitting/labeling in Zip-Locs lets you join some seed swaps where dozens to hundreds of things are listed in "sample sizes". Now you're likely to bring home dozens to hundreds of small packets of things for the cost of round-trip postage (2 x $5-7).
I think that many swaps are open to new members who bring home more than they brought to the swap, expecting that many of them will come back next year offering a wider variety of seeds.
I think that all seed savers "cash in on" nature's bounty, and those who collect, label, clean, dry, save and swap those miracles should properly be called "seed angels".
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