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Herb & Edible Flower Swap

EricaBraun
7 years ago
last modified: 7 years ago

Happy first day of spring, everyone!

Spring is a time of new growth and new
beginnings. To welcome in the spring I am hosting an herb and edible
flower swap.

RULES:

Qualifying plants include:

  1. Culinary herbs – they flavor our
    food and make bland dishes taste great.
  2. Medicinal herbs – Nature's
    pharmacy. These are the herbs that help everything from asthma to
    warts. (When selecting medicinal herbs, please be mindful of
    toxicity and not send anything that might harm your gardening
    buddies. For example, foxglove his highly medicinal, but also highly
    toxic. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn't use it, don't send it
    in).
  3. Edible flowers – Flowers are
    beautiful, and surprisingly many are also edible. For this portion
    only send species and cultivars that you know are edible. Remember,
    not all flowers are created equal.

Send in however many packs you'd like,
maximum of 100. Whatever you send in will be the amount that I return
to you. Only three packs of the same type of seeds are allowed. If
you send in more than 3, the extras will be considered bonus and will
not count towards the number of packets sent in.

Minimum of 15 seeds per pack. No seeds older than 2014. Anything
older than 2014 will be considered bonus and will not count towards
the number of packets sent in. Please be sure that all packs are
marked with a date
.

Use a bubble mailer, as this is what I will use to return your new
seeds. Include a return label with your address on it, as well as the
postage it cost you to send, plus one additional stamp. This will
help account for potential differences in weight/bulk, bonus seeds,
etc. If you send cash, I will supply you with a tracking number.

Email me a list of what you have sent me. This makes my job of
match-making a million times easier. Please be sure your GW/Houzz
“want” list is up to date, as I will be checking there to make
matches.

When I have all of the seeds, I will divide them up to send back
to you. Any additional seeds welcome.

Deadline to get the seeds to me is April 20th. I will get your new
seeds out no later than May 1st.

Please respond here if you are interested. Remember the more
unusual or rare, the better!

Send seeds to:

Erica Braun

1894 Lindo St

Benicia, CA 94510

Comments (193)

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Uh oh! I forgot to do prize winners yesterday! Thanks for the reminder. I will get them posted here shortly. I just walked in the door from work.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    We have winners!!!!

    First up is the "Oh Baby You Got What I Need" award. This went to the person who sent in the most things that I could match to "want" lists. In this case there was a tie! Leila and dm_kelly both had 15 direct matches to people's "want" lists.

    Please choose 8 packs of seeds from my trade list. You will also receive some extras!

    Next up is our "Glutton for Punishment" award. I contemplated calling it the "Valued Customer" award, but I think this winner has enough of a sense of humor to be okay with "glutton for punishment." This went to cryptid because out of the 4 round robin swaps that I've hosted, he has participated in all 4! Thanks for coming back for more, Darrin!

    Please choose 5 packs of seeds from my trade list. You will also receive some extras!

    And last but not least, the "You Make My Life Easier" award. This goes to those people that emailed me a list of the seeds they sent in.

    *dawn1972

    *Wild Haired Mavens

    *coolbythecoast

    *akiraana
    Pleasechoose 3 packs of seeds from my trade list.

    For all winners:
    Please note that seed requests are on a first come, first served basis, so please include a couple alternative choices just in case someone gets to something you want before you.

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  • akiraana
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Congrats to all the winners! :) and woah your trade list is a mile long and so organized, so many great seeds. Do you have a huge garden or just collect seeds? haha.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    akiraana -- A little of both. :P


  • Wild Haired Mavens
    7 years ago

    Erica, Your such a genorous person; im sure it all comes back to you. Thanks

  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    Ahhh so lucky. My family is currently staying with relatives and its a huge property 70 acres but the garden area is pretty small. Plus the soil around here is basically rocks... If I owned this place....all the plants I would grow :D

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Oh hell, my garden is nothing like that. Lol. I too wish that I had acreage to work with. Even though it is fairly small, it produced a good amount of seed last year.

  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    Yea mine isn't eaither, it is actually the relatives garden but they "gave"it to me this year becusse they felt they put to much money and time into it and didnt get anything. The deer and blossom end rot took the tomatoes so all they got were peppers as that is all they planted. The garden last year was split 3 ways so now I get all the responsibility haha. I'm going to try and plant some self sufficient plants outside the garden and see how they do.

  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    erica -youve got a good style, thanks for hosting this swap and making it fun =) i am sending you a message with my requests =)

    @everyone, i have seen mother nature do that with the yarrow in her garden. yarrow loves our climate here and its native, and really common. well i am in the deep woods, so theres not much lawn here....only the little areas where theres been people for a while have lawns....but in some spots its solid yarrow on the ground. theres even some interesting/different varieties growing feral, not introduced...i dont know what they are tho i try to identify them when i can. they have slightly fatter leaves, a little different shape, but still all frilly and soft. =) i collected some seeds...but i dont know what they are....


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Just want to update everyone...

    Packages are ready to go out (Connie, I retrieved your pack from the PO today). As soon as I hear back from all the winners and get the prizes packed up, I will be mailing them off. The last possible day to request your seeds from me is the 1st, since I promised that packs will be mailed out no later than that day.

    I have received everyone's request.

  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    What seed request? I sent you a message regarding the bonus packs. Do we need to send requests for the swap?

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    akiraana -- Yeah, I was talking about the bonus packs. I'm glad you said something. I somehow missed your message. I have all your first choices packed up for you now, though.

    dawn1972 -- I found a message from you, as well. Apparently Houzz didn't alert me to everyone's message. I have all your first choices, as well.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    dm_kelly -- I got your email. I have the seeds you requested. For the rest, I'll take a look at your trade list and see what I can do to match some of the stuff you're looking for.


  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    Okay glad you found it :)

  • cryptid
    7 years ago

    Erica,...LOL! I am totally honored! Sent you my preferences a few minutes ago. _ Holy carp, I should be checking back here way more often. But, y'know, family stuff just sorta happens sometimes.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    I'm super impressed that everyone got their requests to me so quickly. I was able to put the last finishing touches on packs. I'm on my way to the PO now. If you sent cash, here is your tracking number:
    dm_kelly 9400109699939879170347
    dawn1972 9400109699939879194053
    akiraana 9400109699937534442587

    Leila -- Your pack will go out on Mon. in a priority bubbly. I don't want to risk shipping yours this close to the weekend.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Edible Flower of the Day:
    Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

    The
    young leaves, stems and flowers are sometimes used as a flavouring in
    salads and other dishes where pungency is required.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Edible Flower of the Day:
    Trailing Abutilon (
    Abutilon megapotamicum)
    Flowers
    - cooked. Used as a vegetable. A pleasant sweet flavour, we find
    them delicious to eat raw. The flowers are produced from mid spring
    until the autumn - they produce nectar all the time they are open so,
    assuming the plant is grown indoors and is not visited by pollinating
    insects, the sweetness increases the longer the flower is open.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Just a heads-up... There were many packs of the very common herbs (parsley, cilantro, lemon balm, etc), so pretty much everyone will be getting a pack or two of those back, rather you sent them or not. I did the best with what I had to work with. Hope you all end up with some things that make you smile!


  • cottonwood468
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Aha, that's what I was wondering before. What not to send at the end. Mary E.

  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    Well all I have of those "common" herbs is lemon balm so I'll be good lol. I kust got a packet of some lemon balm and a few other herbs yesterday from someone on this site, so nice.

  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    hey coolio =) that was fast =)


    anywho i like common herbs, though i am already growing most of them, but i dont mind having extras....


    and about this...do you need me to send some extra postage?

    or even...rather a small trade? a cutting, or something like that? i have some interesting berries and perennials for cuttings....


    quote ----> Leila -- Your pack will go out on Mon. in a priority bubbly. I don't want to risk shipping yours this close to the weekend.

  • Wild Haired Mavens
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    That great! we are getting some common herbs, I am going to make a parsley and lemon balm salad with mine. Cilantro will continue to star in my tomato smoothie.

    fyi: I was down to my last 8 cilantro seeds, and I really need to extend the amount of parsley I grow. The young tender leaves make the best salad.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Leila -- Nah, you don't need to send postage or anything. I might take you up on your offer of cuttings next time we do a trade, but for now we're good. After I get your pack sent tomorrow, I'll post your tracking number.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Edible Flower of the Day:
    Wild Hyacinth (
    Dichelostemma pulchellum)
    Corm
    - raw or cooked. A sweet flavour, it may seem
    rather flat at first, but the taste quickly grows on one. A slow
    baking develops the sweetness of the corm. The corm can be dried and
    ground into a powder then used as a thickener in soups or mixed with
    cereal flours to make bread etc. The corm is usually harvested in
    the spring. Flowers - raw. A nice decoration in the salad
    bowl.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Leila -- Your pack is on its way. It's expected to arrive on the 29th. Tracking number: 9405 5036 9930 0044 7668 17


  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    ^^^i wish i could like that post twice =) ^^^

    double like =)


  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    Tracking says I should get my package tomorow yay :)

  • cottonwood468
    7 years ago

    Erica, thanks for letting me play along. I think I will be referring back to it, the photos and info and recipes. Mary E.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Mary -- Thanks for stopping in to chat with us, and thanks for the generous donation of commercial seeds. They got split between Leila, dm_kelly, and crypid -- our last 3 main prize winners. And I did end up snagging one pack for myself.


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Edible Flower of the Day:
    Citron Daylily (
    Hemerocallis citrina)
    Leaves
    and young shoots - cooked. They must be consumed when very young
    or else they become fibrous. Flowers and flower buds - raw or
    cooked. The flowers can be dried and used as a thickener in
    soups etc. The slender trumpets vary from 12 - 17cm long. There can
    be from 7 to 65 buds on a flowering stem. The flower buds contain
    about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein.
    Root - raw or cooked. The flavour is somewhat radish-like but not
    so sharp.

    dig-into-some-delicious-daylilies

  • Wild Haired Mavens
    7 years ago

    I eat the flowers after the day is over and they are geting gummy; they taste like sweetest similar to honeysuckle, the texture combines the fresh crisp part and the gummy center. Great garden snack.

  • cryptid
    7 years ago

    Bump!

  • dm_kelly
    7 years ago

    Erica, your envelope made it here today and was filled with all sorts of wonderful goodies! Thank you!! I have some reading to do now with the new herbs and maybe some replanning for my herb gardens! Thank you!!!

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Edible Flower of the Day:
    Narrowleaf Cattail (Typha angustifolia)

    Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Oil; Pollen; Root; Seed; Stem.
    Roots
    - raw or cooked. They can be boiled and eaten like
    potatoes or macerated and then boiled to yield a sweet syrup. The
    roots can also be dried, ground into a powder and then used as a
    thickener in soups etc or added to cereal flours. Rich in protein,
    this powder is used to make biscuits etc. Young shoots in spring -
    raw or cooked. An asparagus substitute. Base of
    mature stem - raw or cooked. It is best to remove the outer part of
    the stem. Young flowering stem - raw, cooked or made into a
    soup. It tastes like sweet corn. Seed - cooked. The
    seed is very small and fiddly to harvest, but it has a pleasant nutty
    taste when roasted. An edible oil is obtained from the seed. Due
    to the small size of the seed this is probably not a very worthwhile
    crop. Pollen - raw or cooked. A protein rich additive to flour used in
    making bread, porridge etc. It can also be eaten with the
    young flowers, which makes it considerably easier to utilize. The
    pollen can be harvested by placing the flowering stem over a wide but
    shallow container and then gently tapping the stem and brushing the
    pollen off with a fine brush. This will help to pollinate the plant
    and thereby ensure that both pollen and seeds can be harvested.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Dawn -- Great to hear that your package arrived safely!


  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    I got my package today! I sent in 8 packages and got back

    sage- coolbythecoast

    lavender- dm_kelly

    borage- dm_kelly

    lemon balm- coolbythecoast

    spearmint- Leila

    oregano- Cryptid

    dill- dawn1972

    and parsly from dm_kelly

    This was my first seed swap event and I really enjoyed it :) Thanks Erica for hosting and for everyone who participated.

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    20% off from Park Seed, now through 4/30. Use code: ALLISGOOD


  • Wild Haired Mavens
    7 years ago

    My seed were amazing just what I needed at the right time. Thanks

  • akiraana
    7 years ago

    I'm trying to find out if I can get away with planting the ground cherry I got. I REALLY want to try it :D

  • Wild Haired Mavens
    7 years ago

    Yes Akiraana, its just in time.

    The seed come up faster in warm weather. Try planting some in the ground and start some in pots. Use a heat mat, and let it get some rain water. Two months from now we'll be sharing pie recipes

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    I'm glad that packs are arriving!


  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    wowie!!! got my package. so awesome erica =) you really styled me out...great selection. thanks a million !

    most of the pack went into the must plant now pile =)


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Leila -- Super! Glad it got there safely!


  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    yeah, got it =)

    and very happy with the seeds. i am so ready to plant some more seeds, got some freshy beds all made up and squared away...ready to go. so now i know what i am doing tommorow .

    and thanks everyone else who participated, you all rock =)


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Hopefully most of you have received your packs. I just want to thank everyone for participating. If you had fun, don't forget to leave a comment on the Rate & Review forum. Thanks again, everyone!
    EricaBraun's Rate & Review Thread


  • leila hamaya
    7 years ago

    posted up a review for you ...sorry i am rather scatterbrained in general about rate and reviews. i intend to do them...but often forget or dont make the time to....but ..your reminder got me to actually do it!


  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Leila -- Thanks for the kind words. :)

  • cryptid
    7 years ago

    Hip-hip-HOORAY! My totally fab package arrived today!! Seeds-n-seeds and a thoroughly wonderful *prize* packet!! Erica, as always, you totally rock!! :) Actually,...all of you do! My sincerest thanks to all who participated! - Fun-fun-fun! :)

  • EricaBraun
    Original Author
    7 years ago

    Darrin -- So happy that it arrived safely!


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