seed swap (one thread only)

jtightNovember 12, 2013

Multiple threads on seed swapping etc�

Did we ever come to a conclusion if there is going to be a "winter" version seed swap or are we just going to swap amongst ourselves? Based on the multiple threads a/ comments w/in other threads the desire seems to be present. Just asking for clarity a/ direction.

If we want a group version, let's try a/ hash out some details. Would really appreciate the input of the experts on this.

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naturemitch(3/4 WI)

Thanks for asking jtight. I was wondering the same myself. I have been holding tight for a large seed swap, but am beginning to think I will just post on the exchange page. I have about 10-12 varieties to share, and would be interested in participating.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 9:40PM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

highalttransplant has hosted the pepper swap on the Round Robin Exchange sometime between January and March for the last few years.

I don't know what her plans are for this winter. I have participated in her swap for the last two years and enjoyed the considerable results.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 10:05PM
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jtight

Space - can/would you reach out to highalt a/ see if anything ongoing a/or planned?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 10:08PM
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scorpion_john(6)

I think Heather's is early December and Bonnie's was mid January last year. I would assume they are planning on doing it again. I hope so anyway, everyone enjoys it. John

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 10:26PM
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HillSeeker(3B)

I was looking to arrange one but just don't have the ability this year. I am interested in a large seed swap or swapping with individuals. I will be posting my list tonight.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 10:29PM
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sandysgardens

I sent Heather an email about 1 1/2 weeks ago and haven't heard from her. I'll send another today. I will also reach out to Bonnie to see what her plans are.

I've participated in both their swaps for a number of years and both are great.

Sandy

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 7:10AM
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jtight

Tk you Sandy

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 8:03AM
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thundertoe(8)

I'm pretty new to growing and new to this forum as well, and I don't have any seeds to trade, but I would love to participate.

Are noobs allowed to join in?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 9:09AM
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woohooman

As long as I've been coming to GW, like Scorpion john said, there's been a couple of major swaps involving Heather and Bonnie. One is a xmas swap and the other is later in winter(which, IMO, should be a bit sooner since most people should start peppers indoors in January or so to maximize the growing season).

I think there's even been a tomato and pepper swap also.

Yes. Noobs are welcome.

Kevin

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 10:43AM
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woohooman

Edit: double post

This post was edited by woohooman on Wed, Nov 13, 13 at 11:36

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 11:35AM
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scorpion_john(6)

Heather's is the one that includes tomatoes

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 11:54AM
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jtight

Well hopefully there will be something posted on these swaps soon. I am wanting to get the yellow fatalii for 2014

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 6:06PM
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scorpion_john(6)

Jtight, i have lots of fatali seed. And many more kinds. Email me. John

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 1:41AM
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jtight

scorp - email sent

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 8:32AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

> " I am wanting to get the yellow fatalii for 2014"

You can let Bonnie Plants start it for you. The "World's Hottest Habanero" that they sell in box stores is actually the fatalii. Damn fine plant too.

Dennis

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 5:33PM
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jtight

Anyone have any Chocolate Scorpion they would be interested in letting go of?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 5:57AM
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HillSeeker(3B)

Is a 7 Pot Douglah similar to a chocolate scorpion or totally different? I am interested in chocolate scorpion seeds too. Jtight I have a few things you may be interested in...

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 3:29AM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

I got a response to my PM to highalttransplant/Bonnie. She said she is much busier this year and doesn't yet know if she will be able to find the time to host the pepper swap.

She said that, even if she can make the time, it won't be until after January 1.

If anyone is itching to host a good-sized pepper swap, you might connect with her as a person with a great deal of experience and skill, to give you good counsel.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 8:59PM
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scorpion_john(6)

Well that sucks, i just bagged up 250 packs of seed to donate to the swaps as i was putting this years seed away. John

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 1:45AM
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LexxLuthor(5 Syracuse)

Scorpion_john it looks like you have enough seeds for a small army!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 11:05AM
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LexxLuthor(5 Syracuse)

I would be intrested in joining the Holiday swap it seems very interesting.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 11:09AM
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maple_grove_gw

Sounds like what we need is for one brave soul to step forward and volunteer to host a swap. Anyone interested?

This post was edited by maple_grove on Mon, Nov 18, 13 at 12:57

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 12:30PM
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jtight

I'll volunteer to orchestrate the seed swap w/ the understanding that I am new at this so it may not be super smooth; however, will do our best to be successful.

It would have to be something that we can administrate in ~ 4 wk (total) timeframe. Two (2) weeks to get seeds a/ info in, one (1) week for me to sort it all out, and one (1) week to get mailed back out. Timing wise:
11/20-12/4 to get them to me
12/4-12/11 for me to sort this out
12/11-12/8 to get mailed out

I am going to create a separate thread for you to Yes/No if you want to have this. In said thread, I only want a Yes/No response.

We can have a separate "pow-wow" with those that have participated in this previously to make sure we have accounted for key elements. I would like to have this in next 2 days.

Thoughts?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 1:01PM
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gardendrivenlife(6)

scorpionjohn,
Break them open in case of emergency hot fix. LOL

Gary

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 5:10PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

> "Is a 7 Pot Douglah similar to a chocolate scorpion or totally different?"

My Douglahs look nothing like my Scorpions so I presume there would be a difference. Yet given how few "colored" varieties seem to be stable, I'd say it's a crapshoot.

Dennis

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 6:10PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

jtight, that's quite an aggressive schedule. You will need more time to accept contributions. I wouldn't set Christmas as a "deliver by" date. Hope for it, but don't get expectations up.

Recommend that you find Heather's (and Bonnie's) threads from last year's swaps to get their published "rules" and intros. The rules give a really good idea about how the swap works from the POV of the customer. The unknown bit then would be how the swap works internally, collating customer wish lists with what is contributed. You could muddle through that bit, yet so long as the external bit were well defined everyone would comment on how slick and well done the whole thing was.

If you decide to do it, then Good Luck and may the pepper gods smile down on you.

Dennis

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 6:21PM
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jtight

Not sure who Bonnie a/or Heather are to look them up. If anyone has a link to the last swap thread (i.e., details, rules, etc.) pls send to me so we can review a/ distribute to those wanting to participate.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 7:01PM
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jtight

Not sure who Bonnie a/or Heather are to look them up. If anyone has a link to the last swap thread (i.e., details, rules, etc.) pls send to me so we can review a/ distribute to those wanting to participate.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 7:02PM
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scorpion_john(6)

I don't understand the obbsesion with a swap this year. But everyone seemed to wanna trade really early this year too. I don't want to discourage anyone. But i look at the swaps as a way to share, not aquire next years seed because it all depends on what people send in. I have gotten some great stuff from the swaps. But i join expecting nothing. If you know what you want i would recommend going to member pages and search for it on peoples trade lists. There is alot more involved in a swap than you realize.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 7:21PM
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scorpion_john(6)

If you decide to do it i will join in. But you need to talk to people and get advice in planning it out. I would be very specific with the directions for mailing seed in so people know what needs to be done. I have recieved trades this year that were not in bubble wrap and half were smashed by the sorting machines and trades that had postage due on them. You can't just stick a couple stamps on an envelope and drop them in the mail. I take everything to the post office. In the states, i beleive its 92 cents if they decide it fits through their little gauge ok. Most of them don't even try and charge you for a parcel. $2.07 If its going to Canada, the last one i mailed was $5.95. Like i said, there is gonna be alot of things you might not think of. And you will need to be specific for the people that don't know. Like Dennis said your schedule is to rushed. You need totake a few days and talk to people and get things planned out don't try and rush it and end up making things harder for yourself. If you have any questions, email me, i don't know how much help i will be. But i was in both swaps know how they worked. Good Luck. John

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 3:13AM
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jtight

2013 Seed Swap Info located under thread called, "Holiday Seed Swap 2013."

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 9:50PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Hey if you stuff the envelope with enough packets they act like bubble wrap.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 7:04PM
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scorpion_john(6)

Dennis, not debating your idea, you are probally right. But i would have never posted that i get some crazy stuff in the mail. I always take mine in to the post office and let them do the postage so its not returned or recieved with postage due on it. I have gotten a number of trades that i had to go pick up with postage due on them. No big deal, just a waste of peoples time. And i always use the bubble envelopes to be safe. I have gotten seeds in a couple layers of papper towels. That seemed to work fine if its only a pack or 2. Of course its only an extra 20 cents to add non-machinable. But that don't mean it doesn't get overlooked sometimes. I have gotten stuff clearly marked non-machine or hand sort with seed dust cause they were processed with the machines anyway. To me its not worth taking a chance and incoviencing people, i use the same thing for 1-50 packs and if it starts to get too full i go to the small flat rate box. The boxes are nice anyway, i don't know why we don't trade pods instead of seeds. I have offered but no-one has ever taken me up on it. I was suprised, for a couple bucks extra you could try it then save your own seed from it

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:39AM
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jtight

Pod swap sounds intriguing. Perhaps we can discuss in separate thread.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 1:01PM
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