Seed Swaps: A General FAQ for How To Get Started

By DogsNDaylilies
August 20, 2016

If you love to grow things from seed and you haven't already checked into the seed swaps here on NGA, you're missing out! Seed swapping is a great way to expand your collection of seeds and try new things, whether your interests are wide or focused. There's a little something for everyone and NOW is the time to get started! Grab your seeds and get ready for a little trading--I'll help you learn how!

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Oct 20, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Wow, you communicated a lot of helpful information in a succinct fashion. Thank You!
One of the most frustrating things in my swap is when swappers only use the scientific name of their plant without the common name and don't add a photo. I am unable to copy and paste while in the trade list on my devices. When there are a lot of offers and when you want to know what they are talking about, it makes you feel excluded. Oh yes, I have copied down the scientific names and looked them up later, but when there are so many it just takes away the fun. Sad
How do you handle that in your swap?
Oct 20, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Daylilies Dog Lover Houseplants Organic Gardener I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thank you, Samlav! The difficulties in understanding scientific names (or alternative names) for items isn't easily overcome except by pictures. Unfortunately, there is no trick to it, you just do what you are doing (look them up in the database). There *might* be cell phone apps out there designed to find and identify plant names, but I have never looked and I suspect it is unlikely such an app exists just yet.

Encouraging users to submit photos is the best way to accomplish what your are looking for, I think. Also, Dave has set the swaps up to generate a photo automatically (pulling from the database) any time you there is an entry with a link, which lends even greater importance for people to link their seed entries.

I am sorry I don't have an easy solution for you, but I hope it helps in some way! Thumbs up
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