Not from the Seed Rack Seed Swap: Status of the Swap

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Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Dec 27, 2015 2:12 PM CST
Our little swap is humming right along, thanks to all of you. We are currently at 19 swappers. I was hoping to get at least 15 so my expectations have been exceeded. There are no upper limits to the number we will accept. This is still small relative to other swaps I've hosted and completely manageable. The automated system will streamline the sorting process enormously so a lot of seeds can be handled quickly.
Our swap list is beginning to look like a good seed catalog and currently 425 items have been added to wish lists. We have several players who have either not even started their lists yet or have not yet added them to this swap, so there is more to come.
The success of this swap so far is attributable to its membership. Everyone is engaged and cooperative and willing to learn how to use this new system and that is key. We have seed swap high rollers and brand new gardeners to learn from. Hurray!
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Dec 27, 2015 5:59 PM CST
I've made a change because I saw it on Horntoad's swap, Whistling raising the number of packs that a person can select on opening day from 3 to 4. The number of packs you can choose per day will increase from there incrementally. We have so many seeds available that it just made sense to me.
We are still experimenting with the swaps and I think this is a good move, but we will find out soon enough.
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 28, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Thanks for the update.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Dec 29, 2015 2:03 PM CST
We are holding steady at 21 traders. That's a great number. If anyone is lurking and trying to decide, there is still room for more and there is about a week until we start choosing seeds.

There are currently 1050 packs that have been added to wishlists and the list of seeds being offered keeps growing. There are 966 different kinds of seeds offered and well over 2000 packs available as of now. Smiling
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Dec 30, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Two new members joined today, treehugger and rattlebox, bringing us to 23 traders in this swap. 1255 packets have been added to wishlists, there are 1027 different kinds of seeds offered and a number of total packs that I'm too tired to count right now. Blinking
Six days until selection Tuesday. Hurray!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Dec 30, 2015 9:46 PM CST
I kneel before the Queen of Swaps. Hail Queen Alana. You've done an awesome job with this swap.
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Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Dec 30, 2015 10:23 PM CST
*Blush* Thanks.
The credit belongs with the great group of traders that has assembled here and Dave's swap system. Smiling
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Jan 2, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Today we stand at 24 traders. I think we will have at least one more before we are finished. There are 1229 unique kinds of seeds so far, many of which include multiple packs. I have not counted but I'm guessing there are 3000 or more available.

Reminder to all: The swap runs on ATP time. Everyone who participates must have something listed and activated for the swap before it opens for "dibbing" Tuesday evening at midnight ATP time, which translates to 4:00pm Pacific time, 5:00pm Mountain Time, 6:00pm Central Time, 7:00pm Eastern Time and 11:00pm Jonna Time. If anything about that looks off, please yell it out loud. Smiling
If anyone enters seeds and does not see them when you access the full tradelist for the swap, remember that you must activate your added seeds by assigning them to Swap #4 in the left column of your personal seed swap list. Just three days until we release the Kraken. Tickets, I mean release the swap tickets.
Also, not everyone has completed the step of submitting your name and address using the link provided on our swap page.
Have a good weekend. Thank You!

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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 2, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Done Thumbs up
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 2, 2016 1:33 PM CST
@ poisondartfrog - I checked my time zone, but we have winter and summer time here. ATP gives a lot of opportunities to fill in that. I was on 'French summer time' that should be the same as in Belgium. But when I checked that with your time tables I get confused. There are so many time table I can choose on ATP, but they are not really clear to me.
I'm in GMT +1
Can you translate that to the starting hour of the swap?
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Jan 2, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Jonna, here in Texas where ATP is based we are on Central Standard Time which is - 6 GMT. For us the start time will be 6pm on the January 5th.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
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Danita
Jan 2, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Jonna, I believe that will put you at 1:00 am on January 6, 2016.

GMT and UTC are basically interchangeable (unless you're a scientist.)
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Jan 2, 2016 2:51 PM CST
Oh. Thanks Horntoad and Danita.
Sorry Jonna, that the start time is so inconvenient for you.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
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Danita
Jan 2, 2016 3:22 PM CST
Also, you can see the current ATP time (set to UTC time) at the top of this page:
http://garden.org/apps/swap//

(The time display will update only when the page is reloaded.)
Name: Andi
Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
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GardenQuilts
Jan 3, 2016 12:17 AM CST
Hi Jonna! Great to see you again! (I am Andi on cubits, we were fellow piggies). I am glad that there is a swap open for our international friends!

I just found this swap. I was a member of the first swap using this system. It worked very well. It probably makes things easier for the host.

I have to adjust my seed list and print more labels today and tomorrow!
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 3, 2016 7:09 AM CST
That's a really inconvenient starting time for me. I will log in 6 or 7 hours later.
Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Jan 3, 2016 7:13 AM CST
I know, Jonna. The swap system is set up that way for now, but hopefully in the future hosts will have more control over start times.
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 3, 2016 7:56 AM CST
I thought it worked so that even though our region was showing a different time we all really started at the "same' time Confused
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Alana H
(Zone 7a)
Frogs and Toads Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter I helped beta test the first seed swap Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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poisondartfrog
Jan 3, 2016 8:01 AM CST
We do all start simultaneously, but the local time will vary. Was that what you meant, Ronnie?
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 3, 2016 8:03 AM CST
Yes Alan...I read it as Jonna was starting at a different time Confused
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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