TRADE - Crazy Garden Seed Train - herbs, vegetables, flowers

Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by spookyevilone, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    A discussion offline sparked this. I collect seeds from my garden every year, and have a bunch of heirloom and other seeds. Since I'll be gathering more this year, I thought I'd spread last year's around - and figured there's probably other people on here who'd like to play.

    Rules:

    1.) Person A offers a packet of seeds. Packet can contain any number, but please try to send at least 6. Person B likes what is offered and says "I'll take those and in turn offer..." Person C likes those and offers another packet of seeds.

    2.) To qualify for accepting an offer, you need to post what you are offering in return in the same post.

    3.) When each trade is posted, please pm or email the person who offered the seeds and work out the shipping arrangements.

    4.) The person receiving the seeds will pay no shipping because the person who sends them will have received their seeds without paying shipping as well. Shipping should be less on these than on the egg swaps, because the weight and packaging is so much less. This will keep the thread moving along without a lot of complications.

    5.) Try to be as specific as possible about the seeds. If you know the zones where they grow, list 'em. If you know for a fact the seeds grew in your garden last year, list where you are [​IMG]

    6) Seeds do not need to be heritage/heirloom/home-grown. If you have extra seeds from a seed order, go ahead and offer 'em.

    (thanks to Shelleyd2008, since I stole her wording for the rules from the Crazy Quail / Gamebird Swap )

    Happy trading!
    -Spooky
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2009
  2. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    And to start it off:

    Offer: White, red, pink Ukranian Zinnias - at least 50 seeds. Plants get about 3' high and have grapefruit-sized blossoms. Seeds were brought over by my landlord, from the Ukraine and grown at the house I'm renting.

    -OR-

    Large Mennonite heritage tomatoes - 10 seeds - fruit get anywhere between grapefruit size to acorn squash size. Very, VERY large, meaty fruit great sliced, canned, sauced, or dehydrated into chips.

    Both plants thrive well in MN. Tomatoes won best of show at the County Fair last year.

    -Spooky
     
  3. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Very, very cool. Do they have to be heirloom varieties? I ordered a bunch of seeds yesterday from a few different companies and I know for a fact I'll have more than I need. (They are big, commercial seed dealers that my father buys from) Could I offer those to swap? Or do the seeds have to be from a previous garden of mine?
     
  4. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    Quote:Any seed is fine. They don't have to be heirloom or home-grown. If you order and have too much, go ahead and offer 'em. I'll go clarify the rules.
    -Spooky
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    We can send the seeds out in a simple envelope, as long as it wouldn't pose a risk to the seeds, right? This might be a swap that I can actually participate in right off the bat! [​IMG]
     
  6. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    Quote:Yup. And unless they're tropical, freezing usually won't hurt seeds. Some actually require it for germination. My $%!#$!% grapes did.
    -Spooky
     
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Awesome. The seeds that I have will be fine, they're coming from my mother's plants, and she sometimes leaves them out over winter by accident (she's crazy, lol) and they still grow in the spring, so I can't imagine that it would hurt the seeds if the plants survive.
    Is there a limit to how many times we can take an offer or offer a certain type?

    I'll take your tomatoes. [​IMG]

    I'll offer 10 ornamental pepper seeds. I'm not 100% sure of the exact breed/line/whatever (I'm not on the up and up on gardening lingo, lol), but they're the ones that only get 1" in length, and start green, go to purple, then orange and finally red. They are potted plants, my mother has had her's for a few years now, and they're only about 1.5 ft tall. They are edible, but only if you've got an iron stomach. I'm a fiend for hot stuff, and I won't even touch them, lol. But, just as an ornamental plant, they're gorgeous.

    -OR-

    150 catnip seeds. They were "wild collected". Basic herb, everyone should know about them. Grow just about anywhere, great for teasing cats, can also be used as a -mild- sedative for humans (personally, I think it's the bad taste of the tea that does it, lol).
     
  8. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    Quote:Not yet [​IMG] If I see people abusing it, I'll step on 'em. I think people will be pretty reasonable. As long as every other post isn't the same thing, I think we'll be fine.
    -Spooky
     
  9. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    4,591
    30
    266
    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    This is going to be soooo much fun. I've collected all my herb seeds and annual flowers but you know how it is when you have hundreds of seeds... I don't really want a hundred basil plants [​IMG]
     
  10. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    701
    1
    141
    Oct 5, 2008
    Minneapolis
    Quote:I started bedding mine last night and realized how huge my seed horde had grown. It's crazy. I have a tupperware tote full of 'em.
    -Spooky
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by