Mid-Atlantic Spring Plant Swap May 7 2016: new to seed swap, want some seeds for zone 5 and lower

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flummywins
Apr 25, 2016 5:37 AM CST
looking to plant a fast growing ground cover from seeds, perennials...
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Apr 25, 2016 6:17 AM CST
Hi, Flummy. Welcome. I'm not coming to the swap, just wanted to say, HI!
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Apr 25, 2016 6:34 AM CST
Hi, Flummy!

If you're in zone 5, I'm not sure you're close enough to MD for a day trip... The spring swap is a plant swap, and this year it's at my place in Frederick

Our next mid-Atlantic seed swap will be in late January or early February, 2017. We meet in person at a buffet in Frederick, MD.

Don't overlook clover if you're trying to green up a spot quickly, especially if it's in sun. I've planted the deeper-rooted red clover and really enjoyed it, and I've also used white clover as a green mulch between garden rows. You can get seed in quantity, cheaply, from places like Tractor Supply and Southern States.

You may want to check out the plant and seed trading forum here at NGA / ATP.

http://garden.org/forums/view/trading/

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Apr 25, 2016 7:22 AM CST
Mornin' Flummy, and welcome!

If you have areas that are partial to full shade, consider using hosta. Most are rated to Zone 3. Another option would be fern. There are quite a few varieties rated to zone 5. Check with your local nursery for their recommendations. Also, if you have a 'big box store' such as Lowes or Home Depot, check there. They should only carry items that are rated for your area.

A note about Lowes... SALE RACKS! Lowes doesn't play games in the clearance arena. They have racks for $1, $3, $5 and half-off. They normally get their blooming plants in when they are in bloom. Once the blooms fade, the plants are moved to clearance. Their philosophy is that people want that 'instant gratification' of a plant in bloom. I've lost track of how much I've acquired over the years. For example, last week, I picked up 6 small potted dahlias for $1.00 each. The regular price was $5.00 each. A few years ago, I picked up 40 fern for a $1.00 each. All they needed was water.
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Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Apr 25, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Big ole VA hello, Flummy!
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flummywins
Apr 25, 2016 12:17 PM CST
yes, sorry I thought it was a seed swap. No, i'm not close enough to visit the plant swap, but I am looking for some seeds for ground cover....if anyone has any they would like to send i'd like to connect with you.
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Apr 25, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Flummy...you might want to check out this forum http://garden.org/forums/view/trading/
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