Thursday, January 15, 2015

Participating In Our Annual Seed Swap

Every year #SeedChat hosts a seed swap between members, and this year it's taking place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Our annual seed swap is a way for our chat participants to get together, and swap seeds that they have an abundance of.  This is a great way to get rid of your extra seeds while getting some new varieties that you might not be able to get otherwise (or just don't feel like buying!).

This swap is designed to be casual and fun, but here's a quick FAQ - a refresher for old hands, and a how-to for newbies alike.

Publishing Your list

Make either a list on your website, or a publicly viewable list on Google Docs, and have the link ready to go on swap day.

Please do not post your address on this list - exchange that information privately with people you swap with.

I'm relatively new to attending #SeedChat - can I join in?

Of course! This swap is for everybody who wants to come by.

Include As Much Info As You Can

On your list, as well as on seed packets, be sure to include the plant (tomato, squash, pepper, etc.) and the variety name.  Please be sure to include what year the seed was harvested (if known) as well.  Include how many seeds (approximately) will be in each packet (10, 25, 50, etc.)

Is the swap for commercial or home-grown seed?

Both! Please feel free to include your own saved seed and commercial seed you have extra of as well.  Some members do appreciate if you specify on your list which kind of seed you are offering.

If you are including home grown seed for a variety that has a high cross pollination rate, and you did not isolate the seed at time of growing, it's considered polite to alert other swappers that your seed wasn't isolated (for example, if you grew several kinds of squash together, saved seed, but didn't isolate the blooms before they set fruit).

How does shipping work?

This is an international swap.

Each country (and state, if in the USA) may have their own seed importation laws that range from rather loose to quite rigorous.  It is up to you to verify the importation laws for where you live.  Most countries allow small samples (the amount you will be sending) without certificates or special import licenses, as many of these laws are set up for commercial seed sellers.  Many countries however, for bulbs and tubers require special certificates, no matter what the amount.

Each swapper is responsible for determining if their seed is reasonable to send and/or receive for their country's laws.

Having said all that, most swappers never have a problem!

I don't have any seed to swap!

Please feel free to stop on by and chat with members.  Many members are more than happy to send out seed even if they receive nothing in return, but please make sure with that swapper that it is OK.


If you have any more questions, please feel free to leave them as a comment below, or to ask @SeedChat, @xitomatl, or @MrBrowthumb on twitter.

Chat Transcript - Jan 14, 2015

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Growing Peppers

This night we talked about growing peppers during #SeedChat To read the transcript in chronological order, read the transcript from the bottom up.

     Thanks for joining #SeedChat . We'll post the transcript at in a little bit. What should we chat next wk? -9:01 PM Mar 20th, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cocktail And Juicing Gardens

This #SeedChat night on Twitter we talked about plants to grow in your garden for juicing and cocktail gardens. Read the thread from the bottom up to see it in chronological order.

   Transcript up at in two minutes. Thanks for joining us. See you next week for peppers night.#SeedChat -9:10 PM Mar 13th, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Plants for Valentine's Day 2013

This SeedChat night we talked about plants and seeds you can give for Valentine's Day that mean love and remembrance.

    I'm waiting for the chocolate Easter bunnies. I bought Ears one year. Never saw them again.#seedchat -9:04 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   RT   -Clearance chocolate is some of the best. !! Yes#seedchat -9:03 PM Feb 6th, 2013
      -Sure thing! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. #seedchat -9:03 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   RT : There's a nice page on meanings of flowers at #seedchat -9:03 PM Feb 6th, 2013
      Half-price means it has half the calories, right? #seedchat -9:03 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   There's a nice page on meanings of flowers at #seedchat -9:03 PM Feb 6th, 2013
      -Clearance chocolate is some of the best. #seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
    Recently got the orchid bug. Like I needed another plant obsession. #seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   ciao #seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
     I love Valentine's Day because of the 75% off candy the next day. But that's about it.#seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   Night. #seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
     aka Nigella: #seedchat -9:02 PM Feb 6th, 2013
    You, too. #SeedChat -9:01 PM Feb 6th, 2013
    Bought myself 2 orchids a couple weeks ago :-) If I get 2 landscape this year, I'll be buying lots of plants#seedchat -9:01 PM Feb 6th, 2013
    if you're single you can get more than one present #seedchat -9:01 PM Feb 6th, 2013
    nigella. I've seen that. It's okay.#seedchat -9:01 PM Feb 6th, 2013
   Have a great week, everyone. Thanks for joining us.#SeedChat -9:01 PM Feb 6th, 2013