NEW: Incredible Edibles Cukes, Melons, & Summer Squash Swap

habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)February 10, 2013

It's time to swap cucurbits! That means cucumbers, melons of all kinds, and summer squash!

* You can join the swap until March 2. ALL seeds must reach me by March 9. I will mail out all the packages by March 18.

* Label each seed packet with the year, source (commercial or garden), and your GW name.
Because cucurbits cross so readily, send collected seed only if you took steps (bagging or isolation) to maintain seed purity. Please don't send seeds you collected from a purchased fruit or a hybrid, they likely will not grow true. Commercial seeds should have been purchased in 2012 or 2013. Collected seeds should be from your 2012 or 2011 garden. Your name on the packet ensures that you don't get back what you sent.

* Put at least 10 seeds in each packet.

* Limit of 3 packets per variety and 30 total packets.
If you send more than 3 packets of a variety or more than 30 total packets, they will be used as bonuses. Bonuses don't count toward what you get back.

The following common varieties will all be considered bonuses because they're widely available and not on anyone's wishlist: Marketmore 76 Cucumber, Hale's Best Cantaloupe, Crimson Sweet Watermelon (red), Sugar Baby Watermelon, Black Beauty Zucchini. You may get them back if no one wants them.

I will also send back any seed mixes and any packets without specific variety names. For backyard gardeners, these crops take up too much space to not know what we're planting.

* Send your seeds in a bubble envelope, which I will reuse. In the envelope, besides your seed packets, be sure to include 4 things:

1. A list of what you are sending, to ensure that you don't receive the same thing you sent. It will be helpful if your lists are organized by type (cuke, melon, squash).

2. A wishlist, or at least let me know what categories you are most interested in, so that I can send you things you will enjoy, even if I don't have items specifically from your wishlist. You may also indicate if you prefer OP/heirloom types, or hybrids. I can't guarantee what you will get back, since it is dependent on what others send in, but I will do my best.

3. A return address label.

4. Return postage: at least 5 stamps. The local post offices all consider bubble envelopes to be parcels, not envelopes.

* Canadian GW members are welcome to join, as long as their seeds reach me by March 9 and they send US$ to cover return postage (Canadian stamps won't work here).

* Send me an email to confirm joining. Include your mailing address, and the #1 cucumber, melon, or summer squash on your wishlist. I will be posting the #1 wishlist varieties on this thread. I will reply with my mailing address within 2 days.

This post was edited by habitat_gardener on Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 3:45

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socalgardengal

I'm in,sent email. Thank you for hosting :)

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 4:53PM
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borge99(9)

may I join?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:13PM
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itzybitzy_gw(7NC)

Count me In:o)

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:52PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Wonderful! At least 4 people on the first day!

Someone asked about winter squash. The Incredible Edibles Pumpkins, Winter Squash & Gourds swap is scheduled for October-November.

Don't forget to send me an email, and make sure your email address is unblocked so that I can reply.

This post was edited by habitat_gardener on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 0:31

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:23AM
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eircsmith

Hello "habitat_gardener". Thanks for the thread. Just Count me in.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:36AM
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ngraysmith(7 NC)

Hi! I am new to seed swapping and also am starting a new garden at a new house. So, I don't have much to share (a few leftover seeds from last year). Not sure whether I should join or not. Thanks!

Nicole

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:32PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Hoping for at least 10 participants...we're up to 6 so far.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 2:42AM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Here are the #1 wishlist cucurbits so far.

Zucchini Eight Ball
anything Italian
Melon: Escorial, Savor, or Charentais
Cukes: all kinds and sizes
Melon: 'Tigger', 'Rich Sweetness' or 'Apple Melon' or other single serve size

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 2:05AM
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socalgardengal

Sending mine in next week, just waiting on an order coming in :)

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 3:01PM
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skyblue52(5)

Hello I would like to join Susan

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 10:19AM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

one more addition to the most-wanted list:
Poona Kheera Cuke or any unusual Indian Cuke

We have 8 people signed up so far. Let me know if you haven't received my email.

socalgardengal
borge99
âªeircsmith
tormato
itzybitzy
scorpioangel
skyblue52
(plus one person from another site)

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 3:31PM
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itzybitzy_gw(7NC)

Habitat gardener:D I have sent you couple e-mails and had no answer? wonder what happend.They should be under ItzyBitzy :-)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:21PM
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itzybitzy_gw(7NC)

ngraysmith, you need to make you email available for other to see/contact you,I have some extras veggies seeds that I can share with you,contact me if intrested.Itzel

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:26PM
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pinkiris

I would love to join! if not too late =)
Thanks!!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:48PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Itzel, I sent you my address on Feb. 14, and sent it again just now. Check your spam folder, too!

pinkiris, yes, you can stll join! I sent you my address.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 1:52PM
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pinkiris

Just checked my email and nothing came through, even checked in spam. please resend, thank you =)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 3:31PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

hmm, it seems the emails through gweb aren't getting through. I sent again directly to your email address.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 4:34PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

I've started receiving packages! Two so far. And there's still time to join.

borge99
eircsmith
itzybitzy
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato
+1 from another site -- received

Do you have a favorite recipe for cukes, melons, or summer squash?

I had a terrific "spaghetti" at a community garden potluck that I didn't realize was all raw vegetables and herbs until I was told the noodles were spiralized summer squash! I had to try a second portion to be sure.

It doesn't really feel like summer to me unless I'm picking cucumbers in my garden and eating them on the spot.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 5:46PM
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mchill320(9)

I'm in. Sound awesome.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 4:21PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Great! We now have 10 people (including me). And there are still 4 days to join.

update...

borge99
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
mchill320
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:32PM
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borge99(9)

put mine in the mail today

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 5:12PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

One more day to join!

update...

borge99 -- mailed in
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
mchill320
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 12:07AM
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julia42(9a)

Hi Habitat_gardener,

I'll join too!

-Julia

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 7:31AM
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julia42(9a)

Hi Habitat_gardener,

I'll join too!

-Julia

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 7:35AM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Last day to join! Here's who's participating.

borge99 -- mailed in
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42
mchill320
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 11:09PM
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julia42(9a)

Dropped my envelope in the mail today!

-julia

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 4:40PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

they're trickling in...

borge99 -- received
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42 -- mailed in
mchill320
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 1:58AM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

I've received some packets of pumpkin seeds. Who wants them?

5 received, 5 to go...

borge99 -- received
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42 -- received
mchill320
pinkiris
scorpioangel
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato -- received
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 7:28PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

borge99 -- received
eircsmith
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42 -- received
mchill320
pinkiris -- mailed in
scorpioangel -- received
skyblue52
socalgardengal -- received
tormato -- received
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 11:06PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Two people haven't checked in here or replied to direct emails, so I assume they've forgotten or dropped out. So the final count of participants including me is 9.

A few people contributed some winter squash seeds. Please let me know if you're interested in receiving some of these. I can send or post a list in a day or so -- 20+ varieties.

borge99 -- received
eircsmith -- ???
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42 -- received
mchill320 -- ???
pinkiris -- received
scorpioangel -- received
skyblue52 -- mailed in
socalgardengal -- received
tormato -- received
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 3:22PM
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julia42(9a)

I'd be interested in hearing what varieties they are.

Thanks,
Julia

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 8:04AM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

I've received all the packages!

It turns out I have about 20 watermelon varieties (about a third hybrids), and only one person has requested any watermelon seeds. If anyone else would like watermelon seeds, let me know! Or if you want to add to your want list, please do.

borge99 -- received
eircsmith -- ???
itzybitzy -- dropped out
julia42 -- received
mchill320 -- ???
pinkiris -- received
scorpioangel -- received
skyblue52 -- received
socalgardengal -- received
tormato -- received
+1 from another site -- received

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 6:47PM
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socalgardengal

Ok twist my arm, I'll try a few watermelon. Do you have any that are small in size? And I'll try a few winter squash also. I have Turban and Buttercup already. Thank you :)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 7:09PM
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pinkiris

I would love some watermelon both hybrid and non please =)

thanks!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 8:57PM
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julia42(9a)

I wouldn't mind some seedless watermelon seeds, if you have any of those.

-Julia

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 8:24AM
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scorpioangel sunset 21(10)

I created a sunny spot in the front - send any watermelon seeds my way.
Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 2:31PM
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mchill320(9)

sorry college is overwhelming me and i haven't sent in my seeds. I am dropping out. Sorry.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 1:27PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

Update: Almost done! I'm planning to send out the envelopes on Thurs. or Sat. I spent some time splitting up some of the large seed packages, so expect a fat envelope!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 1:30PM
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julia42(9a)

Any updates?

-Julia

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 8:31PM
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habitat_gardener(z9 CA/Sunset15)

I mailed them all out today, Saturday! They should arrive sometime next week.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 12:24AM
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julia42(9a)

Thanks! Looking forward to it!

julia

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 8:13AM
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borge99(9)

yippee! cant wait

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 4:29PM
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borge99(9)

rec'd my seeds today. thank you so much to everyone involved

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:19PM
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socalgardengal

Thanks so very much! Today I received a wonderful variety of seeds to try out. Thank you for the beans Habitat! Appreciate everyones generosity! Happy Spring planting!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:14PM
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pinkiris

Thank you so much! What a wonderful surprise in my mailbox today =) Very happy!! Happy Easter Happy Spring

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:24PM
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julia42(9a)

I got my seed package yesterday - thanks so much! I can't wait to try them! I have some soaking on my counter right now.

Happy!
Thanks,
Julia

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 7:45AM
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