I'm ready for the Spring Swap!

chrismd(7)February 26, 2010

Enough snow already - can we start talking about the spring swap?

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alfie_md6

Oh! How about that? There I was, just coming over here to ask that very same question!

So, how about the spring swap?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 3:16PM
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oscarthecat(z7MD)

Sorry everyone I'm going to be in Spokane Washington. I truly will miss your dear faces. Steve S.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 3:28PM
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avoirgold(z7 MD)

Count me in. We usually have it the first Saturday in May at GardenGramma's house in Burtonsville. Does that work for you Henrietta? I don't want to volunteer you for anything. Just excited. At least now, I can stop sitting on my hands to keep from posting this myself! :-)

Jen

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 5:24PM
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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

Gardengranma here. We can do it at my house/garden again - but timing needs to fit into my schedule. When was everyone planning to have it?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 1:33PM
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Larry K(7a)

We'll fit into your schedule. Can you give us the dates that will work for you?

Larry

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 12:21PM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

Traditionally we have been the first Saturday in May. Is that going to be too early this year?

KimKa

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 3:42PM
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collectordi(z7VA)

I have a commitment on Sat. May 8 and the Greenspring sale is May 15 but I could come most any other time.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 2:27AM
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janetm_md(Z7a)

Definitely looking forward to it and will clear my schedule to make sure I can attend.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 9:42AM
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avoirgold(z7 MD)

Gardengranma,

How does May 1 or May 8 work for you? Is one better than the other?

Jen

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 10:34AM
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leslies(z7 No VA)

Any day that works for gardengramma works for me!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 11:35AM
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sujiwan_gw

Well, I'm not *ready* since I haven't started anything yet but my mind and emotions sure want to see spring! Here it is March 6 and we still have snow drifts and lots of snow cover up in Carroll!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 8:07AM
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chrismd(7)

Ok - I'm more ready - some kind Freecycler gave me a big box of plastic plates, cups and silverware for our potluck.

Planning to sow seeds tomorrow.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 12:50PM
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shadysite(8)

I want to do this, but how does it work? Just pot some plants and bring them? Ask in advance? Just in case I'm looking for native shade plants for a very shaded slope...plants that gulp water will be even more appreciated, especially if they have a deep root structure. Also want berries of many kinds since I've tried blueberries three times without success despite acidic soil -- both partial shade and sun.

WHEN will it be? What are you looking for? hoping to find?

Lisa

    Bookmark   March 12, 2010 at 10:10PM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

MAG swaps are very informal and very giving, Once we select a location and date (which if you read this string you'll understand), the swap grand pooba posts a haves, wants, and food list on the exchange page. People who are interested in doing prearranged trades, post what they have and what they are looking for on those pages. People exchange direct emails to arrange a trade (see last year's have/wants lists on the exchange page from last year)

MAG swaps have not generally depended on one-to-one me-and-you swapping. We sort of figure that all the swaps even out in the end. So even if you don't have anything I want, I give you some of what I have that you want, somebody else does the same with me. If your garden is too young--well, later on you will have plants to give away.

People label prearranged swaps with the tradee's name. Non-arranged plants are pretty much offered as "for the taking." People put their stuff out by their cars (cars usually have a sign with the person's gardenweb name) and then everyone roams, collects plants, gossips and has a great time.

Then we eat, usually like kings and queens in a potluck.

New gardeners who don't have plants to swap just bring brownies or other great food and take home plants. Some years, there were some problems with plantless people arriving early, swooping down on every plant they can carry including many a prearranged trade plant (ignoring the "if it has a name on the label or bag, it is spoken for"). So we do expect newbies to be polite about wholesale grabbing

There is a basic after potluck lunch rule: Then if you touch a plant, you have to take it; if you ask a question about it, you have to take two. And if you leave your car unlocked, you may find someone has put Autumn Joy sedum plants in it.

Plants that you bring can be fresh dug and put in plastic bags, potted up in advance, wrapped in newspaper bare root--anyway that a gardener wants to bring them. We do ask that you include a label of some kind with the plant name. One that can be put out when it is planted is nice, even if it is just written on a plastic knife or spoon.

Bring just about anything garden related: seeds, seedlings, divisions, plants, trees, pots, buckets, magazines, tools. Just take home what ever doesn't find a home and make sure it isn't some one's stuff before you make off with it.
Have I missed any of the basic "house rules?"

Oh yes, Gardengramma is our traditonal host for the Spring swap in Burtonsville, MD and the swap is usually in May. The Fall swap, which is smaller, moves around.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 1:05PM
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shadysite(8)

Thanks, kimka, that explains a lot. Do people bring vegetable/herbs as well as flowers/shrubs?

Is liriope treated like Autumn Sedum?

Can extra seeds go too?

Thanks, Lisa

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 6:51PM
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annebert(6b/7a MD)

Well May 1 conflicts with the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival, which will fuel my new passion, so I hope Henrietta prefers the 8th. But I can come either day. We always toss around the idea of trying a Sunday, and May 9 is Mother's Day, so that's out.

Lisa, vegetables, herbs, old gardening magazines and books, used pots, unwanted hoses, tools, etc are all welcome.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 8:19PM
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leslies(z7 No VA)

Liriope is, indeed, like 'Autumn Joy'. Beware. ;-)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2010 at 4:55PM
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chrismd(7)

Shadysite - fabulous surprises show up at the Spring swap. Also common things that you will never have to waste money again buying from Home Depot. So you can use that money to buy more fabulous things. It's really a win-win if you can be open to the possibilities.

Here is a link that might be useful: What is a Swap Meet and How Does it Work?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 1:37PM
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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

I can do the 2nd Saturday or Sunday in May, but not the first one. How does everyone feel about that? You know how much I love when yo all come. Yes, it is a wonderful event, and the people make it. Even DH likes it, and he doesn't garden.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 9:02PM
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tvalenti(7a)

The second Saturday sounds great. Looking forward to the swap!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 9:48PM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

Second Saturday in May it is then. Hurray! What could be more wonderful: a week of warm sunny weather, sprouts in my wintersowing containers, and a reason to get out there and devide the monk's hood.

Can some one post the haves, wants and food lists on the exchange page?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 8:27AM
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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

Who is willing to post on the exchange and explain to Nebies how this works and organize food - no more than before? My job is to get the house and parking organized so you like it as all the years before, please. I don't mind doing the clean-up and contribute extras for whatever is missing. This year I will also have extra tomatoes plus whatever is on my trade list-I have six+ varieties of large tomatoes. We will have the grill ready, coffee for weary husbands/wives, the Washington Post in the living room, enough toilet paper, swing and play/tree housesfor the kids. What I love most is that we never overorganize and it always works out great, right? So we need basic instructions and directions, have and want lists on the exchange, who brings what food, etc. Who would like to organize/post that. Then everybody comes and has a fun time - one large party with stuff to exchange, or not.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 8:54AM
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avoirgold(z7 MD)

Yippee!!! We have a date! I'll be there.

I will take care of posting the haves, wants, and food lists in the exchanges area. Please be patient though, I may need a couple of days to get them up. I will put up the standard posts unless someone wished to add something.

Jen

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 9:32AM
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janetm_md(Z7a)

Whooo hooo. Most often the Spring swap and the Wilmington (DE) Garden day are on the same day and I have to choose. So glad they are different weekends this year so I can do both!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 12:58PM
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busyasabee(7MD)

Yeah, count me in for Saturday, May 8th, 2010!
Thank you Henrietta for hosting us again!
The nice weather has got me energized. Went to my local Costco and bought the huge bags of soil. I've started getting my plastic containers out to start my wintersowing, will hopefully have some seedlings to share by time of MagSwap.

Jette

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 10:33PM
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avoirgold(z7 MD)

Lists are posted on the Exchange part of the forum.

Jen

Here is a link that might be useful: Exchanges

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 10:18AM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

Sounds like fun to me! I will read over some of the things needed and volunteer. I have heard so much about this one and I don't want to miss it.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 9:43AM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

What annual plant grows quick enough that I can bring to the swap with me? Maybe I'll be able to pot up some of the ones that I've WS this winter.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 5:33PM
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ryanzone7(z7MD)

if I can make it fit my schedule, should I bring a truckload of stuff?
IALBTC

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 7:35AM
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alfie_md6

if I can make it fit my schedule, should I bring a truckload of stuff?

Yes, please.*

*Meaning: yes, of course, any other answer would be ridiculous, the idea! -- please. :-)

I will be there.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 9:57AM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

Professor, just let us know if the stuff is coming and many of us will bring containers and bags.

For our newbies, Professor Dirt makes the best compost you've ever seen. He is generous enough to bring a pick up truck full of it to our swaps when he can.

I'm already saving kitty buckets to fill.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 3:11PM
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chrismd(7)

Secret for hauling "stuff" is the big blue Ikea bags.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 4:04PM
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garden_tenderfoot(7 MD)

I am looking forward to the Spring Swap!
I am a new gardener, last year was my first year at the swap. I met some wonderful, generous folks and collected a few nice plants to start my garden.
I am still new at gardening and my garden is still learning to grow, so I don't have any plants to share, but maybe seeds.
So, I will be bringing food!

I am trying out winter sowing for the first time, too.

Kay

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 1:43AM
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gardengranma(6a/6b MD)

The second Saturday in May it is. May 8. Will be ready - someone can put up direction, they haven;t changed. It is rain or shine - no rain date.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 8:58PM
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