Seeds forum: round robin type swaps

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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Mar 17, 2013 2:08 PM CST

Plants Admin

just wondering, does the community here ever participate in round-robin type seed swaps?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 17, 2013 7:43 PM CST
What is a round-robin seed swap?
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
Annuals Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US
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robertduval14
Mar 17, 2013 7:54 PM CST

Plants Admin

Essentially, a bunch of people will all donate seeds, perhaps based on a theme, perhaps not. Nobody announces what they are including. After all seeds are gathered, equal amounts are sorted and sent to all who participated. Each person will also agree to included a pre-determined amount to cover postage (which usually don't amount to very much). The fun of these is simply the surprise of what you end up getting.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 17, 2013 7:58 PM CST
Ooh! That sounds like it could be fun. Hurray!

Rules about age of seed, and are you volunteering? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 17, 2013 8:27 PM CST
That does sound like fun!
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
Mar 18, 2013 7:00 PM CST
I was in a RR once. A pretty big box was mailed around in a circle, and each person took some and added some.

You got a choice of what you wanted most, especially if you were near the beginning of the circle! However, the postage for that was sometimes over $15 because they sent it Priority and it got heavy.

Usually several people "pre-stuffed" it by sending bigger bags of seeds collected from their garden to the originator. We had lots of Ziplocs and measuring spoons in the box, so people could scoop out and label what they wanted most.

I would join one of your "centralized" one if the specialty was something I could grow. Heather in Canada has done one in that style for several years, based on tomatoes and peppers.

If someone offers to run it, and they receive batches of seed big enough to split, I would enjoy contributing labels and 2"x3" Ziplocs. If you get photos, I can print them in color (about the size of a postage stamp!)

Plus, here's a tiny incentive for the organizer: I'll send you a five-piece set of small, stainless measuring spoons:
TAD = = = = = 1/4 tsp
DASH = = = = 1/12 tsp - - - not 1/8 tsp
PINCH = = = 1/16 tsp
SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp
DROP = = = 1/64 tsp

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