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Name: Bill
San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a)
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Killbill3x
Nov 21, 2020 10:47 AM CST
I see alot of folks struggling with packing seeds to send after the swap and wanted to share the system that I use as it could possibly help a few people in future swaps. My system worked flawlessly and took very minimal time and effort. 


1: Before the swap began, I printed labels for each offer and put them on the corresponding baggie in which the seeds were in. (1.75inch baggies). Those printed labels are the exact title on the offer and also include the year collected and then a bit smaller I put the swap name d&d#8 and my username so folks know where it came from.


2: I then only listed items that I knew 100% were available and READY. Remember, I created labels specifically for this swap. I did NOT list anything before I printed a label and accounted for the seeds.


3: I hijacked my wife's arts and crafts 6ft table and neatly stacked each offer in its own pile. I had 54 varieties


4: Each Participant had its own label printed as well with their username (and my username a bit smaller). I put each username label on individual Mylar Ziplock bags in advance and layed them out on the table the day of the swap. (Took approximately 1 minute 30 seconds to lay them out)


5: At the end of each day of the trade, I put each dibbed item in the corrisponding users bag.


6: At the end of the trade, I verified each user had everything in their bag that was on the final list as well as added some extra to a few folks bags that made special requests. 

Of course I had Mylar bags that were empty because some users did not make a claim on my seeds but I can always pull the labels off and reuse!


7: Included money in a envelope and shipped to Libby. 


EASY EASY EASY. 


I'll do the same thing for any other trade I do because it worked flawlessly. 


I know for some folks this seems like alot of work but the reality is... its NOT, and everyone 100% gets what they placed dibs on, on time. 


Ok. I planted the seed. Do what you want with that rambling. Hilarious!

Thanks for a great swap everyone! Thank You!

*CAT TAX*


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Name: Olivia A
Brookville Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Joa922010
Nov 21, 2020 11:23 AM CST
While getting my seeds ready to send i noticed that the trade slip says i have 2 different kinds of sponge luffa. But my swap profile says they are both the same. Has anyone ever experienced this???

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Little kitty! Lovey dubby
I like your system, Bill. Thumbs up Thumbs up I do similar but not quite as organized...

when I first input each offer I also print labels for each offering with the name of the seed, date grown and my user name. Before the swap starts, I fill all the labels and do a count to make sure I can account for each seed I'm offering and put them in a three drawer container, divided alphabetically. It's not the most efficient but worked. I have each seed in a letter size envelope so; next year I think I'll put the individual seed packets back in the envelopes that will be arranged alphabetically.

But it helps having the seeds already labelled and ready to go. The packs that aren't dibbed can be removed from the packets, saved for the next swap or sent on as donations.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
American Beauty Butterfly
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2020 11:27 AM CST
No, Olivia, never have I seen that. @dave might want to know since I think those two species were integrated into one at some point.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Hammer O'Justice
Pennsyltucky (Zone 7a)
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Hammerojustice
Nov 21, 2020 11:38 AM CST
gngrbluiz said:If cabbage loopers are a problem in your garden, check out this article I came across while doing some research, earlier this week:

http://goodseedco.net/blog/pos...

I plan to test the theory in my 2021 brassica patch. Thumbs up


Thats a really cool idea! I've been using BT, but I might try this to prevent it completely. ;)
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Name: Thea
Illinois (IL) (Zone 5b)
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antsinmypants
Nov 21, 2020 11:50 AM CST
My printer needs work so I had to write everything by hand. Also no table to work on as every surface in here has plants on it except my cats surface space & he doesn't like to share his space Rolling my eyes.

I'll definitely be trying the butterfly decoys next year! Thank you Smiling
Name: Sydney
Eastern Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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phakewishard
Nov 21, 2020 3:09 PM CST
@Killbill3x I'm definetly stealing your system for next swap. I wasn't nearly as prepared as I thought I was. You live and you learn. Also, cat tax below.

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If anyone sends/has sent me a gift, I will get you back on the next swap we're in. I didn't count on over 40 different people dibbing on my seeds in the first swap I've ever been in Blinking
Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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dave
Nov 21, 2020 4:21 PM CST

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Joa922010 said:While getting my seeds ready to send i noticed that the trade slip says i have 2 different kinds of sponge luffa. But my swap profile says they are both the same. Has anyone ever experienced this???


Looking at your swap list, you have two different entries for luffa. They were created separately but both show the same name but different quantities of seeds per packet.

I don't know what caused this, but it's possible to edit an entry afterwards to change the name.
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SameOldBrandNew
Nov 21, 2020 4:45 PM CST
I don't have access to a printer and am hellbent on not consuming new plastic bags (but will gladly reuse the ones I receive).

I spent a couple nights in front of the TV before the swap, making little pinch packets by quartering and taping empty commercial seed packets. I did not pack seeds ahead of time bc I did not want to waste my time on any extras lying around rather inaccessibly. I am glad I didn't bc I had quite a few offerings left. I hand wrote the labels on the tape as I packed them by item. Learned as I went that if I labeled all half dozen or so pouches at once, the ink would be dry on the first ones by the time I was finished writing the last ones, so I would not be as likely to smear the labels. I was able to pack them as the swap was in progress as people dibbed on them. Stored them all vertically in a box label side up like a card catalog so they were easy to thumb through when bundling. Making the packets took maybe 4-5 hours with ~30% extras, packing and labeling another 4-5, and bundling 1 hour (211 items sold).

I was originally considering making little origami packets that require no tape so they could be composted or recycled, but did not have time for this many. I may make these over the winter for next time.
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okieheart
Nov 21, 2020 9:21 PM CST
I made a bunch of the origami envelopes out of old seed catalogs. Great way to reuse the magazines & if done right they make pretty envelopes.
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Nov 22, 2020 7:43 AM CST
I have zero patience to make those origami packets so I reuse seed envelopes, use the plastic ones in the craft department, or make them out of things like old envelopes & coin rolls. Whenever I think about it I'll go to the library & run copies of the page I have for seed packets. Then its just a matter of cutting them out.

I buy most of my vegetable seed from a local feed store & I think the smallest size is half a pound. Which is still a lot of seed. So I usually make up 10 or so packets, put them in a small Ziploc. This is the only large seed swap I've done in several years so I get a large Ziploc & write the name of the swap on it. I then put my smaller baggie in, writing down what I'm including & how many I have. When its time to get everything ready to send, I spread out on my kitchen table. It was handmade by my son-in-law & is huge. When Skittles the cat jumps up because my husband lets her on the table I put food on, I push her off.
I only have internet on my phone & no printer so I handwrite everything. DISCLAIMER: I am left handed so good luck reading my writing. Pretend I'm a doctor Hilarious! . I write every person's name down that dibbed on my seeds & as I fill their "order" I put a line through their name. When I've done everyone, I go back & as I put their bag in the envelope to Libby, I run a highlighter through their name.
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Name: Olivia A
Brookville Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Joa922010
Nov 22, 2020 8:21 AM CST
dave said:

Looking at your swap list, you have two different entries for luffa. They were created separately but both show the same name but different quantities of seeds per packet.

I don't know what caused this, but it's possible to edit an entry afterwards to change the name.


I did have 2 different entries because i had packs left from a previous swap and this swap i added to the list as i added to my box. It was just off that the trade slip said 2 different varieties when they were both out in the system as the same.
"Your mind is a garden, Your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds."

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okieheart
Nov 22, 2020 3:29 PM CST
I think every swap we have a discussion about how people pack their trades. It's so interesting to hear different methods, I seem to take ideas from all of them to create a system that works better than the last. Eventually I'll find the system that works best for me.
Name: Nancy Prendergast
Lakeland FL (Zone 9b)
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Nanctom
Nov 22, 2020 6:39 PM CST
okieheart said:I did the same thing in my first swap. I found that I could go to my trade list & edit the name. Add an extra letter, or the year or color, etc. Then go back to my list to see which is which.
Thanks okieheart for troubleshooting this problem! I listed a zinnia in 4 separate colors indicating the color in the comment section so I couldn't figure out what color was 'bought"
I ended up mixing the 4 colors together and sending the buyers a mix because I wanted to get my seeds out. I didn't realize you could edit your swap list after being 'bought'. Anyway, my apologies to Azaria13, IJSbrandtGA, and Ladyreneer because you will be receiving a Burpee's Big Tetra Mix of red, yellow, white and dark pink.

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