Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: 2018 "Think Spring" Seed Swap on Feb 3

Page 1 of 4 • 1 2 3 4
Views: 1169, Replies: 62 » Jump to the end
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Dec 4, 2017 8:30 AM CST
This thread is to let folks start organizing theit thoughts and seeds for our mid-winter swap in Frederick, MD. As before, we plan to gather at Chef Lin Buffet.

I've confirmed the Feb. 3 date with Chef Lin Buffet.
noon - 4:30
$14 includes your choice of hot tea or soft drink, tax, and tip

NGA members, family, friends, new gardeners, old hands -- all are welcome!

This isn't a 1-for-1 kind of swap, more of a seed sharing party. You can offer & claim seeds ahead of time via the "seed swap tool" (see below), or you can just come for an afternoon of food and fun and seed swapping!

Please also bring an item for the "gift table." A potted plant or vase of cuttings, a handcrafted item, a useful widget, pretty much anything goes. Re-gifting is encouraged! a pair of garden gloves that don't fit you, a gardening book you're done with, a plant-themed decorative item that's not your style... one gardener's "um, thanks, that's just what I (didn't) need" is another gardener's treasure!

We'll gather in the party room at the back of the restaurant. There will be a table for name tags, a gift table, and a table with bags to sort out pre-traded seeds, as well as plenty of space to put down your "stuff."

Then we'll have lunch at the back of the restaurant. Around 2 we'll head back to the party room and do a game to determine who has first dibs at the gift table. Then we'll get serious about swapping seeds and sifting through the treasures at the "free to good home" table.

SEED SWAP TOOL
The swap has been put up on the Seed Swap Tool. Go to "Seed Swap" under "Tools & Apps" at the top of the page. Click on the swap name, then click "join this swap" and you're good to go!

I know a couple of folks have started entering items on their primary swap list for our winter swap, and that's a great idea! You can add to your "primary swap list" ANY time from the link at the bottom of the main page. You can also re-use item descriptions you've erntered previously, editing as needed for quantity and other pertinent info. Just click the checkbox under our swap to activate the item for our swap. As they say in the restaurant biz, "If it isn't green, it isn't seen!"

Once you've enrolled, you can add items to your list either via your primary list OR by going to the swap homepage and clicking "manage your own swap list" at the top of the page.

Using this tool is optional but helpful. I'll set up bags with names on a table, and we'll use them like elementary school Valentine "mailboxes" to distribute seeds requested ahead of time. The tool is the easiest way to keep track of requests made before the party date, and the "dibs" system helps give everybody a fair chance at limited items. If you're not familiar with it, please click on Dave's video tutorial.

A shorter trading window and higher "multiplier" than we've used in the past looks like it works really well for other seed swaps. I'd like to give that a try. That also gives plenty of time to prepare and list seeds. As items are added, you can look them up, ask questions about them, and then click on a star ranking if you want to put that item on your wish list.

Your wish list will be very helpful when it's time to start placing dibs! You need to list and activate at least one item before trading begins. The first day, you'll get 3 "tickets, " the second day you'll get 6 more, etc. You also get tickets as people put dibs on your seeds. I believe on the first day it's one additional ticket for every 2 items that get dibbed, and thereafter it takes 4 dibs to earn an extra ticket.

So it pays to have your entries in at the beginning, although some folks (like me) will continue adding seeds until the last day of bidding. Toward the end of the trading window I'll increase the multiplier to some ridiculously large number in case any latecomers need to catch up.

YOU DON'T NEED TO TRADE A SINGLE PACKET BEFORE THE PARTY DAY. This is a fun but optional activity. It does free up more time for visiting and looking through additional seeds at the swap. There will be a table of assorted "free to good home" seeds, many of which may be single packets, some pass-along "extras" from other trades. So it's good to have time for treasure hunting!

I'll post additional details about our venue, directions, etc., closer to the date. For now, I just wanted to get the seed chat started!

Green Grin!

PARTY PEOPLE

Aspenhill
Critterologist & Joyanna
Donnervillle
ecnalg & Greenthumb99
Frenchy21
Gitagal?
HollyG & Eric4Home?
5601Lisa
MariposaMaid
NisiNJ, plus Kat
RobinBunch5
RickM & Larry
Tantefrancine


DIRECTIONS to Chef Lin

The restaurant is in Prospect Plaza, at 417 S. Jefferson St,near a nest of interchanges where 15, 340, 40, and 270 all come together. This makes it both easy to get to from different directions, and hard to describe, but these directions worked well last year, LOL. McDonalds is at the front of the Plaza, easy to spot. Chef Lin is toward the center of this strip mall.

Combine these directions with a look at the map! (I failed to get a link... type 417 S Jefferson Frederick, MD into google, but don't try to follow the really confusing step by step directions, just use it for a map)

From the north, coming down 15 South. Get off at the Jefferson Street exit, turning LEFT (going east). Cross over the highway, and Prospect Plaza will be immediately on your LEFT (turn LEFT at the light).

From the south, along 15-340 North (the two highways merge together just south of Frederick): Stay on 340. (Don't get off onto 15 North when it diverges.) 340 more or less becomes Jefferson Street. Keep left. You'll cross the bridge over the highway, and then turn LEFT at the light into Prospect Plaza.

From the south, along 270N (coming up from the DC beltway): Get off at the Jefferson Street exit and turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp (east onto Jefferson). Make an immediate LEFT at the next light to turn into Prospect Plaza.

From the east (Baltimore), you'll be on 70 West. Take exit 53b, 15 North. Take the first exit onto Jefferson Street. Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp (east onto Jefferson). Make an immediate LEFT at the next light to turn into Prospect Plaza.

From the west: you'll be on 70 East. Take the exit for 15 North. You're now on 15-340. Stay on 340. (Don't get off onto 15 North when it diverges.) 340 more or less becomes Jefferson Street. Stay to the left. You'll cross the bridge over the highway, and then turn left at the light into Prospect Plaza.

From Dutch Plant Farm (151 Baughmans Lane) to Chef Lin: Turn LEFT onto 40 East. Take the first RIGHT onto 15 South. Take the first exit, Jefferson Street. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Street, cross over the highway, and then turn LEFT at the light into Prospect Plaza.

Getting to DPF. Dutch Plant Farm is off "the Golden Mile," highway 40, W Patrick St. At the corner of 40 and Baughman's Lane, there's a shopping center with a JoAnn's. DPF is just behind the shopping center. Coming from 15 onto 40W, you'd turn RIGHT at the first light onto Baughmans Lane and then take the 2nd entrance on the LEFT into DPF. (The 1st left is the side entrance into the shopping plaza.)

Thumb of 2017-12-04/critterologist/982667

I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
[Last edited by critterologist - Feb 2, 2018 10:05 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1597377 (1)
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Dec 30, 2017 4:25 PM CST
So... anybody starting to dig out their stash or get ready to make an early seed order?
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
Image
aspenhill
Dec 31, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I'll start looking at my seeds soon. I know I have tomato seeds from Burpee to share, but don't know what else. I tried to sow most of the stash I'd been carrying around for years last year, but didn't do too well with it - lots of germination, but not much luck growing the seedlings on.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Jan 8, 2018 10:38 AM CST
I just can't commit to coming.I am scheduled for work,and asking off could put them in a real bind.. plus other things
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
robinbunch5
Jan 8, 2018 4:59 PM CST
Is the date of Feb 3 definite? I need to request the day off so I can come. I guess that makes me a Yes, I will be there.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Image
5601Lisa
Jan 9, 2018 2:38 PM CST
https://www.washingtonpost.com...
Guess what's in the gift shop at Alcatraz? Nope, not files, rope or swim fins. No greeting cards saying, "Wish you were here." In fact, it has seeds!
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
MariposaMaid
Jan 9, 2018 5:18 PM CST
I received over 200 packs of seeds from participating in two recent Seed Swaps here on NGA, way too many to list for our MAG swap! But I wish to share the bounty with you all.
Please look over the lists and if you would like to split a pack with me let me know. There are lists for Bloomers, Basils, Veggies and Tomatoes, and Unusual Seeds

The thread "Too Many To List" in 2018 "Think Spring!" Mid-Atlantic Seed Swap (in person Feb 3)

Edited to remove non working links.
[Last edited by MariposaMaid - Jan 10, 2018 6:47 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1617462 (7)
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Jan 9, 2018 8:16 PM CST
Sally, you've got your hands full and then some. We'll miss you -- and we'll have to find another way to get together soon. I had lunch with Terri today and she's full of spring road trip ideas!

And yes, we had lunch at Chef Lin, so I can confirm the availability of "our" back room for that date! We'll do our usual thing, gathering around noon to put our stuff down in back, grab name tags, and mill around for a bit... then we'll spend an hour or so eating lunch in the back of the restaurant. (They've generously allowed our group to use both spaces the past several years -- much easier than when we tried to rearrange seats & tables after eating!)

I put 4:30 on the note so we have time to get things finished up... the party generally breaks up around 4, but that's not a firm time. If somebody needs the room for a dinner party, Donna will let me know and we'll be out promptly, otherwise we can linger.

A "newbie" took my note about reserving the room and was all set to lead the two of us back there to show us the space etc. -- Terri and I laughed and said we were very familiar with the facilities!

I recommend the Turbot if they have it that day... new(ish) buffet item, a large mild-flavored fish that's well worth the effort of pulling off its bones. The bones are big, so you don't need to worry about swallowing one by mistake, either.

Terri had some of their steamed shrimp and remarked on how tasty they are.



I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Region: Virginia Herbs Cat Lover Bee Lover
Seed Starter Butterflies Winter Sowing Ferns Region: Mid-Atlantic Hellebores
Image
greenthumb99
Jan 9, 2018 9:24 PM CST
Judy, the links you posted take "clickers" to their personal dibs lists in those swaps if they participated, otherwise nothing. The links do not lead viewers to your personal lists.
Earth is a galactic insane asylum where the inmates have been left in charge.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
MariposaMaid
Jan 10, 2018 6:51 PM CST
MariposaMaid said:I received over 200 packs of seeds from participating in two recent Seed Swaps here on NGA, way too many to list for our MAG swap! But I wish to share the bounty with you all.
Please look over the lists and if you would like to split a pack with me let me know. There are lists for Bloomers, Basils, Veggies and Tomatoes, and Unusual Seeds

The thread "Too Many To List" in 2018 "Think Spring!" Mid-Atlantic Seed Swap (in person Feb 3)

Edited to remove non working links.


Thanks for the heads up Greenthumb!

Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Houseplants Region: Maryland Orchids Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads
Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Spiders! Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Vegetable Grower
Image
Shy_gardener
Jan 20, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Sorry, but I'm going to have to bale from the Seed Swap on the 3rd.

Do hope everyone has a great time seed swapping, growing and most
of all enjoys the company and fantastic food they have at Chef Lin's....
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Eric4home
Jan 20, 2018 10:34 PM CST
I'm hoping we can be there. That's right after Holly returns. Smiling
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.
She's always gone too long
Any time she goes away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
In this house just ain't my home
Any time she goes away
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Smiling
Ric of MAF @ DG
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Jan 23, 2018 1:46 PM CST
We'll be looking for an extra glow around Ric & Holly! You two are just fun to see together.

Donna, you'll be missed!

I've been under the weather since Christmas, doing better but startled to realize the swap is nearly here!

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

We'll open pre-party trading via the seed swap tool THIS COMING FRIDAY, at 8 pm (midnight in London). You can add items to your trading list any time, but remember you must click the check mark (turning it green) next to the item to activate it for our swap.

If it's not green, it won't be seen!

If you haven't signed up for our swap on the trade tool, please do so! You can sign up after the start date, but a later start will limit the number of seeds you can claim.

If you're new to the swap tool or rusty on the details, watch Dave's how-to video. It's on the main page for the seed swap tool, which can be found under "Tools & Apps" at the very top of this (or any) NGA page.

You don't have to wait until Friday to look over the seeds... look up details... chat about the offerings... and put things on your "wish list" by clicking on the star ranking by the item. The more stars you give it, the higher it will be on your list, so you can use your list to prioritize your dibs.

Note that putting something on your wish list does not mean it's yours -- you still have to claim it by spending a ticket once the swap opens on Friday. Click on the treasure chest, and it's yours! If you change your mind, you can remove your dibs -- but you won't get that ticket back.

We'll start with a "multiplier" of either 2 or 3, depending on how many items I see listed by Friday. You get tickets each day (at 8 pm, I believe). With a multiplier of 2, you get 2 dibs the first day, 4 the second day, 6 the 3rd day, etc. You also earn tickets as people claim items from you. The more items you list, the more extra dibs you can get!

Again, if this seems confusing, watch Dave's video. It's a pretty simple system. If you have questions, just ask. I'm all ears!

***

I've been watching the Amazon price on black extreme sharpie markers, and they finally dropped below $12 for a dozen. So I have a box of them to share! The "extreme" markers are great for labels and other outside applications. They are fade-resistant (UV) and bond well to plastic. If you try to buy just one or two, you'll pay several dollars each for them, so I often get a box to split at swaps as a sort of mini group buy.

I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Falls Church, VA
Irises Region: Mid-Atlantic Garden Art Dragonflies Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator
Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hellebores Peonies Orchids
tantefrancine
Jan 25, 2018 11:54 PM CST
Hi Jill,

I will be coming with Frenchy21. I harvested seeds from my Chinese ground orchid, but I do not remember where I put them. If I find them, I will bring them. I really do not need any seeds this time-- I just like to see you all and also eat Chef Lin's food--

Francine

Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, New Jersey, USA (Zone 7a)
Vegetable Grower
Image
NisiNJ
Jan 26, 2018 10:41 AM CST
Is the the thread where we sign up to attend? I plan to attend with my daughter Katherine (Kat) and my college friend Ellenora. Both have joined me in coming to the PLANT swap in the past, but none of us have gone to the seed swap.

Ellenora lives in Finksburg, so she says it's a short hop to Frederick. She will have someone stay with her mother (who is 101 years old!!! Congrats!!!) while she goes to the luncheon.

I have listed some bean seeds, and will add more (probably tomatoes). Kat is a flower--lover.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus Cat Lover
Image
critterologist
Jan 26, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Post here to let me know you'll attend, yes.

The online swap has begun! (That's where we trade seeds in advance via the seed swap tool)

Note that to claim any seeds, you need to "join the swap" and also need to list at least one item, clicking the checkbox for the swap! If you haven't done those things, go ahead and take care of them tonight -- but I think the system won't give you "tickets" until tomorrow night.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
Lucketts, VA
Cat Lover Irises Ferns Hellebores Native Plants and Wildflowers Hostas
Clematis Peonies Lilies Garden Procrastinator Garden Art Birds
Image
ecnalg
Jan 26, 2018 6:47 PM CST
Yes, I'll be attending. Looking forward to lots of visiting.
Name: David
Lucketts, Va (Zone 7a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Region: Virginia Herbs Cat Lover Bee Lover
Seed Starter Butterflies Winter Sowing Ferns Region: Mid-Atlantic Hellebores
Image
greenthumb99
Jan 26, 2018 8:50 PM CST
I'll be attending along with Pat (above).

Jill,, be sure to make it clear to newcomers that lots of seeds will be available at the swap without joining the swap tool and dibbing.
Earth is a galactic insane asylum where the inmates have been left in charge.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Tomato Heads Hostas
Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums
Image
Frenchy21
Jan 27, 2018 12:23 AM CST
I will be there with Tante Francine. Can't wait! Hurray!
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Image
5601Lisa
Jan 27, 2018 9:29 AM CST
May leave a bit early because 3rd is DH's bday but I will attend.

Page 1 of 4 • 1 2 3 4

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Mid Atlantic Gardening forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Blanket Flower Amber Wheels"