Beth Johnson wrote:...how about we work out a mail seed exchange...?
William Schlegel wrote:What does an organized seed trade look like?
I.E. how to trade seed like a pro or what I've learned by trial and error.
Robin Katz wrote:I'm interested in sharing seed. We're in N. Idaho but most of our seed is from our time in Denver so I don't know how it will do up here. In another year I should be getting a handle on some of it. Right now I wouldn't want to share the seed I have mostly because it suffered a lot of damage during the move. Too hot too long in trucks. Next year or definitely the year after should be good.
Robin Katz wrote:William, we're in zone 6a and that's the same as Denver suburb we lived in. But (and this is a big but) it feels much moister and cooler here except for July and August. Also, much less sun. It was a total beotch to garden in the Denver area. Intense burning sun scorching leaves (I had orchids burned black in less than an hour the first time I set one out for a little sun), packed clay soil, lots of hail recently, dry winters (yes, you have to water in January or your trees may die). Now that I think about it, it's rather amazing that two places with the exact same USDA zones can be so different. I know that the zone designation is based on temperature, but that really only tells a small part of the story.
I am optimistic that the seed that survived all of that will do really well here. At least the ones that survived the move here. The intense heat loving plants such as chilis may have a harder time so I'm looking at surrounding then with stones to retain heat. Micro climates in the garden are my new thing to research and test out.
William Schlegel wrote:For instance it is hard for me currently to grow seed from biennials I can't overwinter in the ground like cabbage. Unless I figure out how to overwinter it I can't save my own cabbage seed with current facilities.
The other one is rather long in the teeth.... 4 pages and not many recent posts.
William Schlegel wrote:https://permies.com/t/120/11200/Seed-swap-letter
Maybe we should combine these two threads.
May Lotito wrote:I will start saving wildflower seeds growing in my yard here in zone 6b. Here is the list that I am going to collect:
Dandilion, white dutch clover, red clover, winter cress, violet, blue-eyed grass, mayapple, coneflower, tickseed, black-eyed Susan, penstemon digitalis, rue, butterflyweed, common milkweed, ironweed, plantain, ox-eyed daisy, blazing stars, goldenrod, self heal, wild pink, dead nettle and many more.
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