All Community Cultivator Seed Swaps have concluded for 2017
Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Community Cultivator Seed Swaps such a great success! We look forward to seeing photos and hearing stories of your gardening successes throughout the year.
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Seed Swap Information
What Is A Seed Swap?
This is an opportunity for you to exchange your extra plant seeds for other varieties of plant seeds.
What If You Don’t Have Seeds To Share?
If you don’t have any seeds to share, come anyway! It is not necessary to bring seeds in order to take some away.
What Should You Expect?
The types of seeds you find will depend on what other people bring to share. Expect a variety of vegetables to be available, and with luck, there will be herbs and flowers as well. Community Cultivators will provide envelopes so you can take only as many seeds as you need (plan on 2-3 seeds for every plant you want in your garden). There will also be a chance to win raffle prizes!
What Does It Cost?
The event is free, though Community Cultivators is asking for a donation of $5-10 to help support the community garden.
How Can You Get Involved?
Bring your seeds if you have any! Please make sure they are labeled with as much information as you can provide (date the seed was saved/packaged, the type of plant, variety, days to germination, days to maturity, planting depth, and any other information that may be important such as sun, soil, and water requirements, height, bloom color, etc.). Then, take seeds away with you to grow through the year. And finally, save seeds for next year’s seed swap!
How Do You Save Seeds?
Saving seeds can range from easy to difficult depending on the type of plant. There is a great deal of literature available on this subject. Here are some links to free online resources:
- International Seed Saving Institute (www.seedsave.org) A great resource that provides detailed information on saving seeds from 27 common vegetables. Broken up by the ease of saving seed, notes are given on the plants, flowers, pollination methods, harvesting and processing methods, and a glossary of terms to assist those who are truly beginners.
- Seed Saving Guide Handbook (Organic Seed Alliance) This publication is a free downloadable PDF from Organic Seed Alliance that covers the basics of seed growing. Everything from choosing appropriate varieties of edible plants for seed saving to harvesting, processing, and storing seed. Provides growing, harvesting, and processing tips for common crops.
- Seed Saving Handbook (www.howtosaveseeds.com) This site contains a wealth of information on over 50 types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Broken up by plant type, the author provides information on pollination, when and how to harvest the seed, for how long the seed should be viable, and any concerns that need to be addressed for successful propagation.
- How to Save Seeds (www.saltspringseeds.com) Another great site with a wealth of information. Broken up by annuals, biennials, and perennials as well as by pollination type. Detailed information is provided on how and when to harvest seed, as well as notes on harvest methods, storage, seed selection and purity.
If you’re looking for more information, check your local library or book store (Powell’s has a great selection of garden related material), and there’s always Amazon. Here are a few titles to get you started:
- The Garden Seed Saving Guide: Seed Saving for Everyone (Jill Henderson)
- Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners (Suzanne Ashworth)
- The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits (Andrea Heistinger)