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Trade Flower and Vegetable Seeds

By Shelly
October 26, 2011

Trade seeds -- either ones you have extra of, or newly harvested.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 25, 2011 8:36 PM CST
Shelly this is such a fun thing to do. Love looking at the photo, it is like opening a Christmas package with baby plants just waiting to be born.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 26, 2011 5:31 AM CST
I have gone ga-ga for seed saving and trading. But beware, it's addictive. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 26, 2011 10:12 AM CST
I know, it is very addictive. I just received some wonderful seeds in the mail the other day. Can't wait for next year to see them become plants. Each seed is a tiny miracle.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 26, 2011 12:07 PM CST
That will keep the post office in business.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 20, 2013 2:41 PM CST
I love saving, labeling and trading seeds. Or giving them away!

Often the cost of buying a BIG commercial packet is only slightly greater than the price of a small packet. Then I can split it up into 5-20 smaller packets, give some away and trade some.

That way, for a small up-charge, I get 5-10 times as much variety, and up to 20 people get to try the same seed I bought.

>> That will keep the post office in business.

Yup. Unless I find multiple things I want to buy at the same time, I pay as much for postage or 'shipping and handling" as I paid for the seeds themselves. And when trading in bubble mailers, $2.07 for the first three ounces is 5-10 times the cost of the seeds if I only send 1-2 varieties.
($2.07 on Jan 27, 2013)
($2.32 on June 11, 2014)

And yet that is STILL cheaper than buying a single commercial packet. And perhaps 1/3rd the cost of one commercial pkt + S&H.

I love trading, but I keep losing packages and falling into procrastination. I warn people not to send TO me until after they receive FROM me.

USPS Price List Notice 123 Effective January 26, 2014
http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm

First Class Domestic:
http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#2203672

First Class Dimensions:
http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#2495936

I usually have bubble mailers charged as "First Class Package" since they are thicker than 1/4" or not uniformly thick (or the clerk claims they are). A "Large Envelope / Flat" would be half the price.

This is what I think the postal regulations about dimensions mean:


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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 10, 2013 1:58 AM CST
And often the seeds that you get from swaps are better germinators than commercial seed.
I do the NARGS swap every year as they send out Phytosanitary certificates so we can send seeds across the border.
I also am in a Canadian swap.
In the New Year there are Seedy Saturdays held across Canada.
They always have a table where you can drop off excess seeds, and pick up other seeds.
You can also purchase seeds and plants from small seed/plant growers there.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 10, 2013 6:07 AM CST
That's a great idea. I'd love something like that around here.

I participate in the American Horticultural Society seed swap each year and have gotten a lot of interesting seeds there. You do have to be a member so I suppose that technically it isn't entirely "free". It's one of the benefits of membership - which I enjoy.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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
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RickCorey
Nov 10, 2013 11:11 PM CST
The Hog Wild Piggy Swap will open in five days, over in Cubits, Ella's Garden. Barely time for me to count how many packets of each thing I have extra, list them, and decide what to "oink" for from everyone else's lists.

Last year we exchanged a total of 14,000 packets, and many of the members have pretty esoteric seeds.

The thread "2013 Hog Wild Swap @ Cubits (FWD)" in Plant and Seed Trading forum
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 11, 2013 4:55 AM CST
I know. I didn't have time to get ready for that one. :(
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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
Nov 11, 2013 2:45 PM CST
Tee, you can always join the herd after the initial rush is past. The more, the merrier!

It will will run until Midnight on December 16th.


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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Nov 11, 2013 3:20 PM CST
Thanks, Rick. I'm still thinking about it. :)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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