Swapping with Friends!
Tess has moved to a home in a sunny spot where she has created a great vegetable garden, and this time she suggested a seed swap as well. I have to admit, I was lucky enough to begin a seed collection consisting of organic and non-GMO varieties from the free rack at our local community college horticulture center and these days, I love to peruse and order from seed catalogs throughout the winter months. This year, the rare seeds profiled in the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company catalog have completely captured my imagination. I love the thought of being able to touch, smell and taste the history of so many of these old, rare varieties. With space at a premium at our homestead though, when I buy a seed packet, I don't need 25 melon seeds of the same variety - or, at least, certainly not in one season. Seed swapping is great way to increase the variety we have access to, and provides a fun forum to sit and chat about our favorites. Here at our house, for example, I'm the only one who will eat eggplant. I was able to grab a few seeds of a container variety ('Little Prince' from Renee's Garden Seeds) that Tess found, and I can't wait to give those a try in a pot on our deck. Just like clothes swapping, part of the joy of seed swapping is finding unexpected treasures yourself, and part is enjoying having friends peruse your collection and get excited about things they haven't tried. I love that after talking about, seeing, and touching all these great vegetable and flower varieties, I'm more excited than ever to get seeds germinating here at our homestead in time for spring planting.
I hope the swapping idea catches on in other circles. What do you think about starting a swap among your friends?