Tampa Spring swap--lets start planning

crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)February 3, 2011

I'm up for hosting again, you up to coming? How about we set a date now and that will give us a few months to pot things, start cuttings and clean out what we don't want anymore.

I was looking at the calendar and see that the big Tropiflora sale is the first weekend in April and the USF sale is the second weekend in April. I'm assuming most of us will hit one of these and have to dig up old plants to make way for the new ones...so how about our swap the third Saturday in April ....Saturday April 16th?


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Lori, you are a glutton for punishment !! You are a Saint to volunteer for this again, and I hand it to you.... and yes, I will be there unless something drastic happens, I had such a wonderful time last year I wouldn't miss it..... Thanks, sally

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 4:27PM
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Wow - another one! I'm in!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 4:42PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Me too, gotta start some seedlings....


    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 7:38PM
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Irma_StPete(z9 FL)

Missed the last one... and this date works for me. Yippee!. Thank you

    Bookmark   February 4, 2011 at 1:17PM
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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

Um.... ok guidelines, please? I do mostly veggies so I need a little help with what the swap usually has, or needs? hehe, and a reminder as it gets closer 'cause I wouldn't want to miss it!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 2:54PM
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I lined up a bunch of little pots and paper-cups yesterday, and went out in the garden and made cuttings of a bunch of stuff, Devil's Backbone, Jade plant, Hens and Chickens, Tampa Verbain, Coleus, Christmas Cactus, and more... hopefully they will survive my clumsy attempts and I'll have a good selection to bring... am really looking forward to this year's Swap! thanx, sally

    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 4:21PM
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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

Here's the "guidelines" on how this works from last year. First year we had about 12 people, last year around 30, who knows how big it will be this year!

Calling it a "swap/trade" has given new people the wrong idea, it doesn't really work that way. We do not trade or swap a plant for a plant. If you have nothing to swap, you can still come. If you only have three things to get rid of, it is conceivable you could go home with a dozen things.

(This part not set up yet, I will do this as it gets closer to the date).
First step...go to the exchange thread and post what you have and are bringing. You can bring anything garden related-plants, cuttings, seeds, books, magazines, pots, tools, etc. You'll also post what type of food/drink you can bring.

Read all the other posts in that thread and see what others have to offer. If you see something that you really want, set up that trade now, privately. Then that item will be earmarked for you and you can pick it up at the swap.

Pack up all your unwanted items even if you posted them on the exchange thread and no one asked for them. There will be non-Gardenweb people here who might want them and beginners who need everything who did not want to appear greedy by asking for all your stuff in the thread.

Between 9-10 am show up and unload your stuff. Find a spot in the back or front yard and put all your items down in that spot. Make sure all the plants have labels on them, even if it's nothing more than a marker on a leaf or a piece of tape on a cup.

After you've unloaded and found your spot, wander around and look at what everyone else has brought. Eat. Drink. Socialize.

When everyone has arrived, we will then, one person at a time, go over our pile of giveaways and stuff. You will tell everyone what you brought, how to cultivate it, etc. If you want whatever is being talked about, raise your hand and it's yours. If more hands go up then there are items, rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors determines who gets it. This is why you might get more than you came with. Plus there are always items that no one wants, and new gardeners can clean up at the end.

After it's all done there will be more eating, drinking and socializing.

Feel free to invite non-Gardenwebbers you might know who would be interested, just post on the exchange thread what they are bringing if you can.


    Bookmark   February 12, 2011 at 10:43AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Lori, so everyone will know, is it definitely Saturday April 16th?


    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 9:45AM
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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

I guess so, no one seemed to have any issues with that date that mentioned it. So I'm going with it.

and I still have your pots and cages, Tom.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 9:49AM
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crueltyfre(Tampa 9a heat 10 sunset 26)

I started the have/want list in the exchanges side.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tampa Swap Have/Want list.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 11:26AM
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