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Hi, I live in zone 7a (or zone 6 - it’s only 15 minutes between zips :) and have recently (2003) taken an interest in seed saving. I have been trading plants and seeds with Mom and my brother in zone 8a and would love to ’branch’ out!
Small quantities (3-4 pkts)of flat seeds, such as tomatoes & peppers, will usually be mailed in standard envelopes.
Bulky seeds in bubble mailers - most likely with chaff & other inert bits to include rice (don’t ask ;) I try to compensate in Qty which is as agreed upon if not stated. I don’t cull the "ugly" seeds but add extras just in case they aren’t viable (canna).
I am patient with trades and try to be timely - I will definitely email you upon receipt of trade and would like to know that yours has arrived intact & complete.
Update 2005: I did not think that I would have a garden this year (between work, school, groundhogs, & a just having a crazy schedule) but my former neighbor (who now lives a few blocks away) has tilled my garden spot and we have now planted it. I was overwhelmed...he knew that I had not had time to start my own plants and would not let me pay him for those he bought. I will still be short on time but find it very therapeutic. Some neighborhood children are also taking an interest and may become my ’trustees’. I’m so very fortunate and very pleased to have a ’community’ garden. It’s all about sharing, sometimes it just comes about in different ways...
Okay, it’s July 2006 and life can really change in just over a year! I completed school and am nervously waiting to take my exam to become licensed as a massage therapist. Sold my house (Yippee/OH NO!!) moved in with Mr. Wonderful (ditto) who has insisted we bring my greenhouse yay! :). He’s made a lovely place for me to garden and I’m learning to make more veggies with less space ;) I’m able to tend to flowers again and hope to make seeds available...in short, I’m in love and disgustingly so. Thanks for letting me gush a little ;)
Still in zone 7 - still in lovely TN - will update my trades page soon!
This should probably be under the journal heading but as I don’t look at those I think I’ll just ’jot’ my thoughts here - besides which, if you’ve read this far, you’re either bored or a bit of a voyeur. It’s okay, I’m looking over the fence to see what’s growing on the other side too :)
As for trades, I’m open to all offers but if I happen to decline please know that it’s simply because I’m already growing it or have not had luck with it. I also don’t want to hoard seeds that I’m sure someone else is dying to try.
I’m pretty timely but understand that things happen. Some days I just do have the time to return an SASE/SASBE other times I can check your want list to see if there’s anything else I might be able to share. I try to confirm receipt of all packages and love knowing yours arrived okay but if I don’t hear from you, I’ll assume they did. Please don’t hesitate to check back with me, several trades have been nearly lost due to email issues or simple oversights.
I’m not an accountant. Apparently I even have an aversion to counting the big seeds. I use the ’pinch method’ & once I determine approximately how many pinches equal the number of expected seeds I go from there. I promise not to short you ;)
There are no weeds, I have yarrow that I will probably never post. It comes with a lot of chaff but smells pleasant (to me) and does well in harsh conditions with little care. My strangest request was for pokeberry/pokesalad/salet...it has always been a ’weed’ to me but a fellow out in California said it reminded him of growing up in Kentucky. I know just what he means, so of course I sent them.
I have aromatic plants listed as a ’want’ - this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to smell ’good’ (which is highly subjective) but I do love fragrant plants. Of course if any of you have had the pleasure of seeing purple passion in bloom you may wonder why I’m requesting it as it will certainly have you checking your shoes! Drying sage smells like someone locked a mad and very intact tom cat in the kitchen but it goes away after a day or so....Skunk smells like burned coffee or rubber and so it’s not all that unpleasant to me. Dead skunk on the other hand...
Plants are wonderful in their will to live and their ability to thrive in spite of me not because of me.
I’m cooking a pot of basil tomato soup from plants that I started from seed. Tiny little seeds. I gave them a bit of room and now they’re feeding me. It’s still such a wonder to me....
Share your garden with me. Not just the seeds/plants but pictures and stories. I love walking through the yard and remembering that this plant was one of Mom’s favorites, or that my brother rooted that rose, and that the hydrangea was an unrooted cutting from Washington, while the bee balm by the bird bath came from a generous trader in Virgina, and that plant over there was the one we dug up on the side of the road or in that empty lot. Sure I have several that were simply on death row at Lowe’s or 1/2 price at Wal-mart and one day they may be the seeds you received from Tennessee. But I love the ones that have been passed along, moved from house to house, grown by several generations, or obtained under unusual circumstances.
I live in: US
My zone is: the twilight...
First registered on September 14,2003.