Please post your pics and comments to social media from your Seed Swap Day events using the hashtag #SeedSwapDay. Feel free to also use the hashtag throughout the year to share what you grow from your seeds you acquired from the swap! We can't wait to see your shares!
Here are a few tips for getting prepared for attending a Seed Swap:
~ Be sure to register ASAP for the swap you want to attend. Space may be limited and some swaps fill fast.
~ You can bring unused seeds from purchased packs or seeds you
gathered from your own garden. Carefully
pack and label your seeds as best you can. The more information you can
provide, the better.
~ Each seed pack should have a "useable" amount of seed. Use your best judgement. For some plants, like zinnias you might include 20-30 seeds per packet and for others, like tomatoes, you would only need to put in 10 or seeds in a pack. If in doubt, err on the generous side as you can always break up a pack amongst swappers later.
Whether just among your neighbors, your garden club/plant society, or your wider community, a seed swap can be a terrific way to get lots of seeds, to meet new friends, and to learn a great deal about what grows best in our area.
When setting up a seed swap, pick a date well in advance so that you can give participants several weeks notice. Mid-winter is the perfect season for hosting plant seed events so folks who like to start seeds indoors have enough time before the growing season.
Next you’ll need a location. A big, open space with lots of table surfaces works well. You want some place that can get messy and will allow you to spread out the selections. Tip: contact your local public garden for space and to partner with them.
Send out the invitations and ask all of your participants to carefully label all their seeds. Ask for volunteers to help you set up and clean up as this is definitely not a one-person job.
Gather your supplies. You’ll want to have extra labels an…
Swapping Seeds: A Gardening Tradition and Hallmark of GREEN Living! The
seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the
first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect
and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare,
heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates
biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.
The first annual
Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange was held in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2006. Kathy Jentz, the editor/publisher of the magazine had the last Saturday of January named an official holiday and National Seed Swap Day was born. After that
event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have
joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on (or around*) the last Saturday in January.
Please help spread the word on this fun, green occasion!
*We consider any seed swap taking places two weeks before or two weeks after t…
Washington Gardener Magazine held a contest for a logo and/or slogan for National Seed Swap Day last January and our winner is Matthew Smith of Richwood, OH, who submitted this simple, striking design:
Matthew said, "Sharing seeds and fostering the ability of
communities to garden is something I'm deeply passionate about. I'm
excited to contribute this."
We hope communities across the nation and the world will join us in celebrating National Seed Swap Day! If you would like to use this logo at your seed swap event, please contact KathyJentz@gmail.com to have the file sent to you.