Plant and Seed Trading forum: Beginning our garden

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DanaLC
Jan 6, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Four strangers came together needing a house to heal in. In our transitions we are looking forward to spring and planting to aid in the healing. Two of us are disabled and are on fixed incomes, if anyone can help us with seed (SASE) we would be eternally grateful.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jan 8, 2017 12:24 AM CST
Hello, Dana, and welcome to NGA!

It would be helpful if you tell us in which zone you are, and if you want flower (annuals and/or perennials) or vegetable seeds (or both).

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Jan 14, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Hello there! I agree putting in your state and planting zone will get you more responses. I'm in zone 9a so not all my seeds will take a cold environment. Let us know so we can send appropriate plants.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 23, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but seeds are extremely cheap to buy even for those on a fixed income and disabled or for those with low income. I know because Walmart sells seeds for 50 cents a pack and the dollar tree sells them for 20 cents a pack. That's less than the cost of a soda.And if you don't have those stores near you, you can also collect seeds from some of your produce you purchase at your grocery store. The fact that there's four of you and two on a fixed income, clearly states one of you, if not all can spare less than 50 cents a pack even with tax it'd still be less than a $1 compared to a soda from McDonald's and these packets have a LOT of seeds in them. Just saying...Good luck though...

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 23, 2017 10:07 PM CST
Also, keep an eye out for seeds in odd places. Even in our tiny town, both our local drug stores sometimes have seed packets for as little as 10 cents each, which is MUCH cheaper than first class postage!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jan 24, 2017 7:49 PM CST
I agree. Dollar Tree has the best deal. I bought a packet of mixed sunflower seeds 2 years ago from Dollar Tree for 20 cents and they all germinated and bloomed. They gave me so much cut flowers that I had to give them away.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jan 25, 2017 3:13 PM CST
@DanaLC, Welcome!

What a wonderful thing ... strangers coming together in healing! There's no better place to heal together and learn together, than in a garden! Lovey dubby

Please let us know what area you are located; you don't have to publicly list your address on this thread but if you can give an idea of what state you are in, i.e. Nebraska, California, Florida, New York, etc. it will help to determine what seeds would do well for you and your housemates; the address can be shared in a private system tree-mail.

I'll be happy to offer a few packets of seeds without the need for reimbursement of postage.

Wishing you and your housemates, happy healing and happy gardening! Group hug
Lin
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jan 25, 2017 10:24 PM CST
@DanaLC, please come back and let us know what types of seeds you'd like to grow. I would be happy to send seeds as a gift. I have a lot of veggie seeds, and some flower seeds.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 31, 2017 11:21 PM CST
RenaeC said:I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but seeds are extremely cheap to buy even for those on a fixed income and disabled or for those with low income. I know because Walmart sells seeds for 50 cents a pack and the dollar tree sells them for 20 cents a pack. That's less than the cost of a soda.And if you don't have those stores near you, you can also collect seeds from some of your produce you purchase at your grocery store. The fact that there's four of you and two on a fixed income, clearly states one of you, if not all can spare less than 50 cents a pack even with tax it'd still be less than a $1 compared to a soda from McDonald's and these packets have a LOT of seeds in them. Just saying...Good luck though...

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You can also buy vegetable seeds with foodstamps!

I am a social worker and so many of my clients don't know this. Sometimes even the stores that sell them don't know this. But it is legal in all 50 states.
Keep going!
Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
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GardenQuilts
Feb 6, 2017 4:35 PM CST
I noticed that seed potatoes , asparagus and onions can also be bought by food stamps. I think that is a great idea.

You could ask at any local food banks or community gardens for resources too.

You could post a notice in your local craigslist in the gardening section. They may have rules about asking for free things, but you could ask for information on local gardening groups, affordable sources of plants and seeds, etc. People may offer spare seeds and plants, advice, help, whatever.

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