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Is everyone ready for the seed trade?

CearaQC
October 2nd, 2009, 06:49 AM
Just wondering if everyone is ready for the seed trade now?

My Echinacea may not be ready, it's hard to tell. We had a really hard frost last week and I lost a lot of late flowering seeds. Many are mushy. :sad: But I did get some other stuff saved, about 6 types of flowers.

And we have donations coming in from people who do not want to trade, but are providing seeds.

Any questions - feel free to ask.

You can put the seeds into teeny tiny plastic zip bags, they should be available at your local dollar stores in the craft section. Or cut up bits of paper to make tiny seed envelopes. There are tons of templates online you can print out. Remember to label! A little slip of paper is easiest when using the plastic bags.

As to the amount of seeds - well I figure most people have small gardens. So I will venture to say that a measuring teaspoon of tiny seeds is more than enough (like Poppy seed size) and 10-15 larger seeds (Hollyhock seed size) is plenty to share with each person.

I did a simple web search on Startpage.com and got these results for seed envelopes.

http://theseedsite.co.uk/envelope.html
http://www.blossomswap.com/envelopes.html

14+kitties
October 2nd, 2009, 11:54 AM
I have been working on seeds for the last few weeks. Don't have tons but I am sure I could put 20 or so in pkgs. Normally that is lots to trade.
I will be ready with a list of what I have available prob next week some time. I have a project on the go at the moment I need to get finished.

hazelrunpack
October 2nd, 2009, 12:50 PM
I may have echinacea if your crop failed, Ceara

CearaQC
October 2nd, 2009, 02:01 PM
Thanks Hazel! I will see how they are this afternoon.

Ok well I will check back in two weeks to see what happens and how many others reply.

Winston
October 2nd, 2009, 05:01 PM
I can be ready pretty soon. However if I wait for a couple more weeks I will have at least another MILLION mornign glory seeds....

How shall we do this? List what we have?

I have the following for sure:

morning glorys
columbine (a few colors)
poppy seeds (red)
alium

possibly
marigold
sweet pea (various colors)

CearaQC
October 2nd, 2009, 06:01 PM
Well that depends. Does everyone want a surprise pack? :laughing:

brianna079
October 2nd, 2009, 07:23 PM
I would love to join the seed trade, but dont really have any seeds from my garden. could i get some packaged seeds to trade or does that defeat the whole purpose?

CearaQC
October 2nd, 2009, 08:49 PM
Scrounge around with your family, friends and neighbors! Beg, plead and steal!

One of my friends "stole" some really nice dark burgundy Hollyhock seeds that he saw on someone's property while there for a garage sale. Then he asked after just to make sure. :laughing::laughing: I am hoping he will get some of his seeds together for the trade too. He has a killer TALL white Marigold (Tagetes). He gave me a head of seeds already but Jasper scattered the whole head all over the house. :frustrated: Guess he thought it was some new toy and nabbed it off the kitchen table when I wasn't looking.

But it's really up to you what you want to do. I've done other trades in the past and received commercial seed packs.

brianna079
October 2nd, 2009, 10:43 PM
ok, i'll see who i can tear through their garden (I just remember my aunt has a really nice garden :thumbs up ).

so what type of flowers are we sending seeds from? anything thats a perennial I guess? and how much do we send each person? thanks!

CearaQC
October 3rd, 2009, 12:00 AM
I recommend (but not a hard rule, share whatever you want)

Tiny seeds = one teaspoon
Large seeds = 10-15 seeds

For the mid range size, make a guesstimate! :laughing:

Well personally I prefer perennials, but some annuals are good too as space fillers. If you get something you're not too crazy about, it's a good opportunity to give to someone else! Especially someone that has a new garden or is just starting out.

14+kitties
October 16th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Partial list of seeds for trade:

Globe Centura - perennial - only a few seeds - difficult to grow
Blanket Flower
Coneflower - pink - perennial
Millet grass - annual
Catmint - perennial
Catnip - perennial
Purple and Pink Balloon Flower - perennial
Lupin - perennial - pink
Perennial Purple Salvia - very neat and easy to grow
Calliopsis - annual but self seeds prolifically
Coreopsis - perennial
Lambs Ear - perennial
4 o'clocks - Marvel of Peru - annual - may self seed
Pink Hollyhock - biennial
Rose Campion - perennial - self seeds
Black Eyed Susan - perennial
Yarrow - perennial
Cosmos - annual - self seeds
Dwarf Lavender - short lived perennial
Grape Hyacinthe - seeds - will take two to three years to form viable plants
Calendula - annual - may self seed
Agastache - perennial
Lemon Balm - perennial - marvelous relaxing tea can be made with this.

I may have more to add. Will have to check my seeds in greenhouse.

CearaQC
October 17th, 2009, 07:18 AM
Calendula may self seed? :laughing::laughing: It does, but it's not really invasive in my opinion. But it definitely self seeds! And I welcome it personally. It has so many uses. And it's edible. Back as far as the Iron Age, it was eaten, thus one of its names "Pot Marigold" because it was meant for the cooking pot.

I received two medium size freezer bags FULL of two colors of Hollyhock seeds for this trade. There must be over 10,000 seeds in there!:eek: One is a "black" type, and I can't remember the other color.

OK so I need everyone to say if they want to participate, then I'll PM you all my address. Then you send the stuff in a bubble envelope with an extra label and postage and the envelope will be reused to mail it back to you. The $1.15 Canadian stamps should work, unless you plan on sending a lot.

If the trade is done from a central location then it saves everyone postage trading among several individuals.

So you take your seeds and package in as many tiny envelopes for each person in the trade. Then I split everything up and mail back.

Of course, if you guys don't want to do the central trade you can trade with each other. But I'm offering my time to do this if you all want.

For me I definitely want some of that purple perennial Salvia, Coreopsis, and Black Eyed Susans.:D I picked a bunch of Grape Hyacinth seeds too! :laughing:

14+kitties
October 17th, 2009, 09:37 AM
Calendula may self seed? :laughing::laughing: It does, but it's not really invasive in my opinion. But it definitely self seeds! And I welcome it personally. It has so many uses. And it's edible. Back as far as the Iron Age, it was eaten, thus one of its names "Pot Marigold" because it was meant for the cooking pot.

In my experience it does not always self seed. Some years I get lots up. Next year nothing. I think it depends a lot on the soil it's in. Which is why I said it "may" self seed. I don't want to mislead people into thinking they are getting something that is going to be a tried and true selfseeder like Rose Campion.

CearaQC
October 17th, 2009, 11:33 AM
In my experience it does not always self seed. Some years I get lots up. Next year nothing. I think it depends a lot on the soil it's in. Which is why I said it "may" self seed. I don't want to mislead people into thinking they are getting something that is going to be a tried and true selfseeder like Rose Campion.

Well I always rip off a few ripe seeds and toss them about in the fall and they almost always grow again for me the next year. But we have mainly sandy soil. :shrug: From one pack of seeds we bought in 2004, they have been coming back every year since.

Oh forgot to add, I looked at the Hollyhock seeds I received, and one pack is labeled a black single and the other is a red double flower (more frilly than the single).

Winston
October 19th, 2009, 11:39 AM
So does anyone know where the seeds are in a black eyed susan? Mine have died off and the brown centre is left. It looks like it may hold seeds?

Dog Dancer
October 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM
The black hollyhocks that I sent you CearaQC may be more of a really really dark purple, but they look black when they're open. Just so nobody is disappointed! Good luck with the seed trade. Have fun.

14+kitties
November 4th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Winston - the brown parts if you open the seed head will fall out. They are the seeds. Sorry it took so long to answer.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be a lot of interest in the seed trade. I have an alternate idea. How about we list what we have available and if anyone is interested in some of the seeds they PM us with what they want and their address. We could send the seeds to them and, if we want, the person who wanted the seeds could reimburse for postage. I have most of my list already posted. I have to go through it to see if there is anything to add. But feel free to PM me if you are interested in any seeds.
Thanks all. :thumbs up

Winston
November 8th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Final List

Lupins
Alium
Morning Glorys
Columbine
Poppy
Pink ROse of Sharon
Snap Dragons
Pink Balloon Flower
Oat Cat Grass
Black Eyed Susans

These are all ready to go so if anyone would like some just pm me and I will send them off!

Not sure what everyone else is doing

Cindy

luckypenny
December 30th, 2009, 09:39 PM
Here's my list if anyone is interested. All seeds are certified organic.

Paris Island Cos Lettuce
Beaver Dam Hot Pepper
Broom Corn (mixed colors)...Not really a corn but a type of grain
Rouge Vif D'Etampes Pumpkin
Small Sugar Pumpkin
Beefsteak Tomato
Lazy Housewife Bean
Aurora Hot Pepper
Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce
Black Palm Kale
Cocozelle Zucchini
Tendergreen Bush Bean
Italian Dark Green Parsley
Russian Mammoth Sunflower (grows to 12' tall!!)
Opalka Tomato
Chadwick's Cherry Tomato
De Ciccio Broccoli
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Sweet Banana Peppers
Cracoviensis Lettuce
Noir De Carmes Melon
Malali Watermelon

Jacob's Ladder
Scarlet Flax
Butterfly Weed
Feverfew "Flore Pleno"
Pheasant's Eye
Roman Chamomile

I ordered these from an heirloom seed and plant nursery last year when I had big plans for a big garden :rolleyes:. I'm only planning on a small one this spring so I'll be more than happy to share.

Winston
December 30th, 2009, 09:41 PM
LP are your seeds in packets already?

luckypenny
December 30th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Yes, they came in packets. I could split them by halves though.

Winston
April 7th, 2010, 06:51 PM
Bump Bump....did this ever get off the ground?