March 2018 Blue Barn Lightning Swap: important notices from the host

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Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Feb 3, 2018 6:43 PM CST
At times there may be changes or updates, they will be posted here or emailed to participants.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Feb 25, 2018 7:06 AM CST
Good morning,

We are less than 2 weeks away from Swap time! Can't wait!

I have reviewed a few lists. What Im asking all of you to do is not list anything offering more than 20 items of the same thing. I prefer 15. We have just added a couple new participants, so we're up to 20. But If you list 25-50 offerings of something, there is no way that those will sell because each person can take ONLY ONE, and not everyone is going to want every item you list. This throws the numbers off when I go to set the multiplier, so please keep your items down to 15-20.

A few participants have no listings as yet. I know life is busy, but if you're planning on participating, it'd be helpful if you could get your listings up sooner rather than later. Next week I will be removing anyone without any listings, I believe I've posted 4 days before the swap.

Questions? Please message me!
Best
Val
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 5, 2018 9:15 PM CST
Well, Time's ticking by, and it's less than a week til SWAP NIGHT! :D

A few reminders:

I've asked everyone to get their lists up by tonight, and everyone participating has done so. If you want to add more seeds, that's FINE, til the day of the swap. I have a handle on the number of tickets that we'll be able to give each person, it looks like 40-45, perhaps 50. Some of that might depend if more seeds go up this week, but no necessary.

The Lightening Swap is one night, "Dib as fast as you can". Remember that if you are given so many tickets (say it's 40 for discussion purposes), this doesnt mean you'll ONLY get 40 packs of seeds. You will continue to accrue additional tickets as the seeds you've offered are taken by other participants.

I'll announce the final ticket disbursement a couple days before the swap.

Please make sure your address is in your profile so I have your address to send seeds. Even better yet, if you can include an address label (make one up is fine!) than I can just slap on your swap seeds to return, it just makes it that much easier

For those of you who have my address, PLEASE NOTE I am asking for the swap seeds to be sent to a different address, which is posted in the "Mail seeds to Host/address" area. I am doing my PT here and staying the majority of March til I return to work.

If you have any questions before or after the swap, please message me. Please keep this space open for Host Postings - and everyone should keep an eye out here, tho I dont expect to be making alot of posts!
I also might miss it if you post on the forums, tho I'm trying to be present as much on line this week as possible.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 7, 2018 6:10 PM CST
I've been keeping tabs on the number of offerings, and the majority are listed as of Monday night; It looks like we'll be able to start off with 100 tickets each as the swap starts.

Can't wait til Saturday evening!

See you then!
Green Grin!
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Mar 7, 2018 7:51 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
California (Zone 9b)
Vegetable Grower Cat Lover Herbs Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Seed Starter
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EricaBraun
Mar 8, 2018 6:29 PM CST
Holy cow! That's a lot of tickets! *happy dance*

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Maulwurf
Mar 8, 2018 6:33 PM CST
How many seeds are all of you listing, I am at 163 and wondering if that is enough.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 8, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Andrea, you're fine. Most have an average of 100 varieties listed, some less, some more.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Mar 9, 2018 8:03 AM CST
I have about 120.

The excitement is building.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Raises cows
Vegetable Grower Irises Daylilies Roses Hummingbirder Birds
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patrob
Mar 9, 2018 10:54 AM CST
I am at about 120 also and all but 3 are on someone's wishlist. I'm going to add a few more since I am through bagging and labeling everything I have offered so far.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 10, 2018 6:13 AM CST
Well, ladies and gents, Tonight's the night!
Get your wish lists in priority order for bidding and let the game begin! :D
Are you ready?

I am!
See you all tonight 7pm EST (my time)

Val Thumbs up
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Mar 10, 2018 7:14 AM CST
Yippee! Can't wait. Thanks so much for doing this Val.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 10, 2018 11:13 AM CST
MY pleasure Leslie!
I enjoy it as much as everyone else :D
California (Zone 9b)
Vegetable Grower Cat Lover Herbs Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Seed Starter
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EricaBraun
Mar 10, 2018 1:53 PM CST
Hurray! Excited! Hurray!

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Maulwurf
Mar 10, 2018 2:21 PM CST
So thrilled, can't wait, time is going sooo slow.
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 10, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Well, 46 minutes to go!
Name: Val
Near Boston, MA (Zone 6a)
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vma4922
Mar 10, 2018 5:47 PM CST
So just to remind everyone, the swap stays open for 24 hours. That means that the "final send list" of everything you sold and need to pack (as well as packing instructions) will not appear on your swap screen until that time.

Dave has made it so easy to pack by giving us this check list by participant. Please dont forget to pack your seeds for each person in clear baggies with the check list included, and clearly marked for who it is going to

THANK YOU!!
Val
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Stacycnr3
Mar 10, 2018 8:09 PM CST
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Thank you! This was my first swap like this. I have a lot to learn but I am excited to do more.

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Maulwurf
Mar 10, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Hi Guys, I am surprised that nobody picked my Broccoli romanesco. Its the cross between Broccoli and Cauliflower, please google it. Its not at all common.
Name: Kaylee
(Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Pacific Northwest Vegetable Grower Fruit Growers Herbs
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missmaven
Mar 10, 2018 9:45 PM CST
I saw your romanesco too late I'd already run out tickets! But I agree it's very unique, looks fun to grow!

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