4 Seed Exchange Ideas
I’ll never forget the first seeds I ever planted that turned into real live vegetables that my family ate. It’s some kind of wonderful magic. And really it’s much easier than you think. I promise!
For the last 12,000 years people have traditionally saved seeds to maintain gardens and farms. It’s really just been in the 20th century that people have bought seed packets. These farmers and gardeners from centuries past have utilized faith, knowledge, and community to keep traditions alive. To keep nurturing their family, to keep working with the tides and the moon and the soil and the bees to make so much more than vegetables and flowers. It’s to preserve a legacy of self-reliance, beauty, hope, and perseverance. It’s to witness miracles and inspire us to see the apple within the seed.
My friend Tara at She’s Rooted Home has blessed us all by creating an online seed exchange where we can share knowledge, tools, seeds, and whatever we want to help each other live our best gardening lives. She’s matching people based on their hardiness zones so that we can best help each other, and I couldn’t be more excited. She’s only opening doors for this until the end of next week, so hop on the bandwagon stat. Oh and you don’t need to save your own seeds – packets will do just fine!!
I’ve put together some ideas for what I could be sending my partners below. The options are endless!
Here are some seed exchange ideas to help you plan:
1. Seeds of course!
This year I am really looking forward to growing these mini butternut squashes from Row7 Seeds. This company in itself is so rad, and I’m excited to share about them with anyone who will listen. They also sell out often, so they can be hard to come by!
These are the actual coolest candles on the planet. They are in gorgeous little pots and the packaging is a seed packet of wildflowers! Can you even believe such a thing?! I’m in love.
All gardeners need a basket for gathering their goodies, and this little vintage inspired wire number does the trick! Perfect for a small batch of herbs and perhaps a handful of beans and flowers.
4. A very personal graft
Something I’m hoping to do is get a very special graft from a specific Ojai Pixie Tangerine tree. I grew up running through the groves of a farm in Ojai, and some of my best memories as a kid were there making fresh orange juice and hiding in boxes of puppies while my cowboy parents made lunch and talked about rodeoing. I would love to be able to get a few of these to share and spread the love.
I hope these ideas inspire you to get out there and participate in a seed exchange, virtual or otherwise! To sign up for the She’s Rooted Home Seed Exchange, click here, and join us!
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