Thursday, March 12, 2009
My version of seed swapping
Right now, the blog world is filled with stories of seed swapping adventures. I have been in heaven reading them and seeing all the tantalizing photos. I personally love getting packages and envelopes in the mail, but I also love seeing *pictures* of packages and envelopes that other people get in the mail! Especially when they're filled with seeds.
See these drawers? One of them holds my secret seed stash:
I'm probably breaking every seed-storing rule in the book by keeping them in here:
When my friend, Marcee, came to visit me in January, we spent some time looking through pretty seed catalogs and talking about what we wanted to grow in our gardens this year. Now, while I didn't have any of my own, personally saved seeds to share, this didn't prevent me from sharing some of my pre-packaged seeds with her:
She chose a few that she thought she might like to plant and I packaged them up. I like the thought that, even though we're on opposite sides of the country, we'll be planting some of the same seeds:
Marcee then participated in our "swap" by sending me a lovely package of Zinnia seeds for my birthday. I can't wait to plant these!!:
We fell in love with Zinnias last summer when we came upon a small farm by the road:
A tremendous thing about the blogging world is the way people share information and tips. A wonderful blog that I am enjoying and learning a lot from, Chiot's Run, recently blogged about WinterSown. By simply sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with your choices (from a list they have posted), this seed sharing site will send you a selection of trial-size heirloom tomato seeds for FREE. Of course I jumped right on this:
When I received my envelope, I even received a personal note along with tips on saving my own tomato seeds in the future:
I was so excited when my envelope arrived! This is what was inside:
of heirloom tomatoes...:
some of which I have never even heard of before:
...and they even threw in a small package of carrot seed just for fun:
Maybe next year I will have my own homegrown seeds to swap, but I think I did ok this year for a first-timer.