NEW: I.E. Heritage Heirloom Swap

elliesfunMarch 24, 2012

This is the last "Incredible Edible" swap until November. I am sure many of you have already been planting your gardens. Here in Eastern Washington the ground is still trying to thaw out so we are still waiting to plant our vegetable gardens.

All heirloom seeds are open pollinated which allows the gardener to collect seeds from this year's crop for planting next year. Most heirlooms are not used in the commercial market due to their short shelf life and shipping stability. These varieties are excellent for the home gardener and the field-to-table such as Farmer markets. If you are not sure if your seeds are heirlooms please look them up on the internet before sending. If the seed package says F1 they are hybrids.

DETAILS OF THIS SWAP:

1. You may send as many packets as you would like, but try to limit to no more than 3 packets of the same variety.

2. Please send your seeds in a BUBBLER MAILER. I will reuse the envelope to return your seeds to you.

3. Make a LIST of the seed varieties that you are including. Makes sorting easier. I will try to send back all new and different varieties of seed depending on what is sent in. Gardner's like variety, so try to include as many as you are able. Seeds should not be older than 2011. They can be commercial or from your garden. Onions, parsnip seeds do not germinate if they are older than a year.

4. The deadline for signing up for this swap is April 25th and seeds need to be mailed by April 30th. I will try to have the seeds sorted and on their way back to you by the middle of May.

5. In your bubble mailer include:

� Your seeds for the exchange

� A label with your return address

� Enough postage to get your package back to you

� A list of the seeds you have included

� A WISH list

� Extra money for delivery conformation is you prefer

Please sign up on this tread. After signing up remember to send an email message to me asking for my address. In the email please include your full name, mailing address and GardenWeb name.

OK! Are you ready to join the swap? Who wants to be first? You know you wanna! We all love to eat so let's start going through our boxes to see what we will send.

Ellie

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booberry85(5)

I wanna be fist! I'm in!

Becky

After have a spurt of weather in the 80's last week, we are looking at frosts this week. ~sigh~ So later on today, I'll be bringing in all the seedlings I have outside.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 9:38AM
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booberry85(5)

Is there a maximum number of seed packets we can send? 50? 75? 100?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 9:42AM
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elliesfun

Welcome Becky!

I guess I forgot to put there is no limit. Thanks for letting me know. Have a great Sunday!

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:20AM
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Christine00

I would like to sign up for this sswap

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 11:26AM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

This swap looks like a lot of fun, but I want to check a few things.

People have many ways to define "heirloom". Are you saying that any open pollinated variety can be included, even if it was stabilized/introduced just a few years ago?

Do you have any guidelines on minimum number of seeds per pack, and age of the seeds?

Are people invited to send extras if they have a lot more than 3 packs of some varieties and they just want to do a clean-out?

Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 12:38PM
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apoppyfield(8)

I want to join. I don't have a lot of edibles, so I'm looking forward to this one.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 2:02PM
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SubruralGirl(7)

Sounds fun! Please sign me up! sending you an email.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 5:33PM
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itzybitzy_gw(7NC)

I would love to participate and since is my first group trade I do have the same questions as SPACETOGROW.Sign me up!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 6:02PM
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elliesfun

Wow! I guess I should have come into the house during the day to check emails. This is the first day without rain or snow in over a week and starting tomorrow for the next 7 days it will be rain. I just had to get my beds cleaned out before the plants were a foot tall and by then its too hard to clean out the old stems.

To answer some questions: Age of your seeds that you are sending should be no older than 2009. Although parsnips, onions, okra are usually only good for one year. After that they don't germinate as well. If you are not sure if your seeds are viable do a test. If you are not sure if they are heirloons...google to find out. Although there are a lot of sites out there, most say an heirloom is at least 50 years old.

The amount of seed to send I would say for large seeds such as beans, melons, corn etc about 20-25. Smaller seeds such as radishes, carrots about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Send the amount that you would like to receive back. I did limit the packs to 3 of the same variety. If everyone sent in 3 packs of the same variety you would get 3 back. Hopefully this won't happen.

Welcome to the swap:
booberry85
christine00
apoppyfield
subruralGirl
itzybitzy

If you have any more questions please ask. I will send each of you an email also. Hope everyone's weather was as nice as ours today.

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 9:19PM
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elliesfun

Good morning everyone,

I see it's raining out just like the weatherman said...so glad I worked outside all day even though by last night I could hardly walk.

The list is growing:

booberry85
christine00
apoppyseed
subruralgirl
itzybitzy
farmergirl
spacetogrow

Hope everyone has a nice day! Since it's raining I think I shall clean house.

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:43AM
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julia42(9a)

Hi! I'd like to play too!

Should packets be labelled with the year and whether they were commercial or hand collected? I personally like to know this info when I get trade seeds, especially with seeds like cucumbers and squash, where cross-pollization may be an issue for hand-collected seeds...

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 11:47AM
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lorabell NC(8)

Also my first exchange....please sign me up. Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 3:22PM
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elliesfun

Welcome julia42 and lorabell. I am so glad that there are gardeners that do use heirlooms simply because you can save the seed from your gardens and use for next year. It sure cuts down on the money that is spent each year buying seeds.
We have the following that have signed up for this swap and there is still plenty of time to sign up if you are still just thinking about it.

booberry85
christine00
apoppyseed
subruralgirl
itzybitzy
farmergirl
spacetogrow
julia42
lorabell

Have a wonderful evening! Rained all day here.

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 11:03PM
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elliesfun

Just checking in to see what everyone is doing. Hope that some of you have nice weather...suppose to rain for the next several days again. One radio station said that this summer is going to be hot and dry so I guess I shouldn't complain about the weather. Would be nice though to be able and roto till the garden and then add more compost before roto tilling before I plant.

I also have been going through my seeds for the exchange. It's amazing just how many are heirlooms. Not even realizing it, but most of the seeds I plant are heirlooms. I usually plant the same types of seeds that my Mom did 60 years ago. Very seldom do I buy anything new.

Any new lookers out there that haven't made up there minds about joing? Still lots of time to decide. I see the fog has lifted finally. And for now its not raining so maybe I can get outside and do something.

Does anyone have a problem with ants this year? These are sugar ants but they are not in the kitchen as a person would expect. I got a feeling between the dogs and me we are bringing them inside. I picked up my jeans this morning to put in the hamper and under it was covered with these ants.

When it stops raining long enough I am going to spray around the house foundation also. Well guess I had better get this day started. Have a good one!

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 9:34AM
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dem_pa

Please sign me up.

Don

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 7:55AM
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elliesfun

Good morning everyone! It is raining here...as usual.

This was brought to my attention by another person signing up. Yes herbs are included but no flowers. There are plenty of other swaps for flowers even though some of you may use flowers in your salads etc. And also be sure to put the year and whether commercial or hand collected seeds on your packets. Thanks!

Welcome Dem_pa to the seed swap. Glad to have you join us.

It's getting closer to Friday..yea!

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 10:21AM
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elliesfun

So glad its the weekend! How about you? So far it's not raining. It has rained everyday this week and I need to get outside and start something . It's pretty cloudy out though. The weekends have been pretty busy just going to different gardening workshops. Its surprising "when you think you know everything" at what you learn. Every Saturday in April is also another workshop on some aspects of raising vegetables.

I received apopyfield's seeds a couple of days ago. My son put the mail in the garage so I didn't see it.

We have the following who has signed up so far:
booberry85
christine00
apoppyseed / rec'd
subruralgirl
itzybitzy
farmergirl
spacetogrow
julia42
lorabell
dem_pa

There is still plenty of time for other gardeners to sign up. Anyone sitting back and just thinking about it. You have until April 25th to sign up. Come on...you know you want to sign up...just do it.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Ellie

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 10:33AM
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elliesfun

As we start April, I am sure many already have their gardens planted. I for one, still deciding on what to plant. It will probably be another 4-6 weeks before we can plant here...rain and snow today. It has been reported to be the wetest spring on record.

To keep "thinking gardening" I have been attending several seminiars. This saturday is the Spokane Community Garden kick-off. Not only will there be talks on community garden, etc but also a seed exchange. Then in the afternoon I am attending a potato and tomato workshop. I have never grown potatos successfuly. They always are mushy. Yuck! Maybe I can learn what I am doing wrong.

Sign-ups are still 21 days away. You will have time to sign up and send in your seeds. Have a wonderful day wherever you are located.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 10:16AM
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elliesfun

Getting closer to the end of the week and its Easter weekend too! What plans do you have?
My kids and grandaughter are coming over for dinner. Need to figure out what to make to go with the ham.

Rec'd seeds for Julia42 today. Thank you for sending so quickly. Have a great evening everyone!

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:22PM
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clay_lady(5)

I love heirloom tomatoes. I'd love to join. clay_lady

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 4:02PM
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elliesfun

A beautiful day...we haven't seen sun in a long time. Welcome Clay_lady to the swap. Glad you are joining us.

Saturday I am going to attend the community garden kick-off season. There will be speakers and also a seed exchange. I have had my seeds ready for 2 weeks. Can you tell I am excited? In the afternoon I will then attend another gardening event on planting potatoes & tomatoes. Should be a fun day!

Have a great weekend.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 11:44PM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

My package of seeds is in the mail.

It looks like frost in my area for the next night or two. Hey, that will make for seasonal conditions for just about the first time all winter. What a strange winter.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 9:04PM
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dem_pa

I mailed my seeds this afternoon.

Don

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 9:55PM
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Jedonne(6/7)

I think I'd like to try this. haven't done RR before.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 10:18AM
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elliesfun

Hi everyone,
Welcome Jedonne and I will send you an email.
Did everyone have a nice Easter? Big klutz here, I was getting the ham ready for the oven and I cut 2 of my knuckles pretty deep. Probably should have gone into ER and had stitches. Going to be some scares I am afraid.

We have the following who has signed up so far:
booberry85
christine00
apoppyseed / rec'd
subruralgirl
itzybitzy
farmergirl
spacetogrow
julia42 / rec;d
lorabell
dem_pa
clay_lady
jodonne

There is still a couple of weeks to join if anyone hasn't decided whether or not to sign up.

Today the temperature was 75 and sunny but tomorrow its suppose to rain again for a few days again. Of all the rain we have had, the ground is getting on the dry side. The sprinkler guy is coming tomorrow to turn on the system.

Have a good evening everyone.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 11:36PM
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elliesfun

I received spacetogrow's seeds today. Shall put them with the others. Thank you for sending.

Since it is too cold to plant the vegetable garden I have been working in the flower beds. I dug out all the perennials from one of the beds (over 150) to dig out the grass and amend the soil. Hopefully by this weekend I can get all the plants back into the ground.

Have a good evening.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 11:52PM
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elliesfun

Hi everyone,
The weekend came and went. Funny how that happens. I received Dem-pa's envy on Friday. Thank you for mailing.

I worked outside all weekend replanting those perennials that I dug out last week, but only got about half-way done. Can't believe with all the rain we have had how dry the ground is. I had the sprinkler system turned on last week although I haven't ran it yet except in the orchard.

We have about 10 days before this swap closes so if anyone else would like to join, please let me know. And also the seed packages are due on the 30th for those who haven't sent their's yet.

Have a great week everyone.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 11:21PM
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booberry85(5)

Bubble mailer is on the way! Here's the DC# 0312 0090 0000 6166 4482.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 9:03PM
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booberry85(5)

Ellie,

I should have read further into the posts after I signed up. I didn't realize flowers were NOT included. You'll get a package with a zip baggie full of veggies and a zip baggie full of flowers. Just send the zip baggie of flower seeds back to me and include the zip baggie of veggie seeds for the swap.

Sorry!

Becky

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 11:10AM
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elliesfun

Happy Friday!
If you are still contemplating on signing up for the heirloon seed swap, you have 5 days in which to do so.

Received booberry85 yesterday. Thank you for sending. Seeds are do April 30th.

We have the following who has signed up so far:
booberry85 / rec'd
christine00
apoppyseed / rec'd
subruralgirl
farmergirl
spacetogrow / rec'd
julia42 / rec'd
lorabell
dem_pa / rec'd
clay_lady
jodonne

Another rainy day here. I need at least a week with no rain to get the weeding/dead heading done. I just may have to endure the rain...guess I won't melt.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 12:52PM
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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

Okay,...I'm in! :)

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 4:04PM
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elliesfun

Welcome to the swap cryptid. Sending you an email.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 11:46PM
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Christine00

Pleasse drop me from this swap. So sorry

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 8:13AM
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elliesfun

Today is the last day for sign-ups so if you have been contemplating on whether to sign up...do so today. Seeds are due the end of the month.

Getting another rainy spell here. Been thinking about putting black plastic down in order for soil to start to warm up so that I can plant at least spinach, lettuce, onions, etc. Has anyone done that and does it work?

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 8:58AM
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elliesfun

Received clay_lady's seeds today.

booberry85 / rec'd
apoppyseed / rec'd
subruralgirl
farmergirl / rec'd
spacetogrow / rec'd
julia42 / rec'd
lorabell
dem_pa / rec'd
clay_lady / rec'd
jodonne
cryptid

Don't forget these are due at the end of the month so that I can get them back to you. Thanks everyone.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 10:43PM
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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

"Getting another rainy spell here. Been thinking about putting black plastic down in order for soil to start to warm up so that I can plant at least spinach, lettuce, onions, etc. Has anyone done that and does it work?

Ellie"

Y'know, that actually sounds like a pretty good idea! I know it works when you spread it beneath tomato plants, to absorb and reflect heat.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 7:17PM
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elliesfun

Darrin I think I just may do the plastic thing. It has rained so much last night & today, I think we are going to have to build the ark.Course we need the sun to warm the black plastic too.

Received Jedonne's seeds today. If the rest come by the weekend I can start to sort. Thanks everyone!

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:00PM
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elliesfun

Receved Loraell's and Cryptid's seeds today. Waiting on one more then I can start to sort.

booberry85 / rec'd
apoppyseed / rec'd
subruralgirl
farmergirl / rec'd
spacetogrow / rec'd
julia42 / rec'd
lorabell / rec'd
dem_pa / rec'd
clay_lady / rec'd
jodonne / rec'd
cryptid / rec'd

Been a little windy and rainy here this week. I hope it starts to clear up so that I can get out in the yard.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Ellie

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:10PM
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elliesfun

Hi everyone!

rec'd subruralgirl's seeds yesterday. Since rain has been predicted for all week I am going to start sorting today and try to have all back out in the mail by Friday or before. I opened the packages last night to get ready for today and I am hoping that you are going to like tomatoes. Never saw so many different kinds before. Wow!

Have a wonderful day!

Ellie

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:41AM
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elliesfun

The seeds are back in the mail today. Thank you all for participating.

Lynn...sending you an email.

Ellie

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 11:02PM
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elliesfun

Gosh..I almost forgot. The delivery confirmation Receipt #'s.
Booberry85 0311 3260 0002 1776 8964
apoppyfield 0311 3260 0002 1776 4065
Dem_pa 0311 3260 0002 1776 8971

Have a wonderful evening!

Ellie

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 11:32PM
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booberry85(5)

Hurray! You made fast work of that!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 8:10AM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

Fast, indeed. Hope you catch a break from the rain so you can get more time in the garden. I appreciate your willingness to take the lead on this!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:46PM
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elliesfun

With almost a week of rain, it helps to keep on track of getting it done. I'm not one for gardening in the rain anymore.

Clay_lady yours went out yesterday - confirmation #
0310 3200 0000 2541 7848

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!

Ellie

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 7:14AM
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dem_pa

I received my seeds today at noon. Thanks to all who shared their seeds and thanks to a great hostess. I don't mind all the tomato seeds. They are good for at least 5 years.

Don

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 4:34PM
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julia42(9a)

I got my seeds today too! Thanks! I'm honestly surprised at some of the items on my wish list you were able to fulfil - very cool! Everybody must have sent in a great variety. Plus, there were several tomato seeds that I sort of wanted but didn't include on my list that you happened to send! Thanks for a great swap!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 6:11PM
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apoppyfield(8)

Just picked up my seeds in the mail and am blown away by the selection. Thanks so much for the fun, organized, and productive swap and for everyone who sent in seeds. Great job, Ellie.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 8:23PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Just opened my package and am also blown away by the seeds I recieved back. Just what I asked for! Thanks a bunch and sorry about sending only tomato seeds... Got carried away and ordered about 50 different heirloom varieties this year so had lots of extras. I'll do better next time!ha

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 7:58AM
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julia42(9a)

Also, I have to mention - I love your labels, Claylady! I think I may have to make up some similar ones for myself. Those are neat!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 1:19PM
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booberry85(5)

Thank you so much Ellie! I'm sure my requests must have driven you nuts. Thank you for all the hard work. The seed selection is terrific!

Becky

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 6:54PM
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spacetogrow(4 MN)

The package I got is great fun as well. Thanks to Ellie and all who contributed.

I certainly don't mind tomato seeds. On the other hand, I know pea and bean and other large seeds can cost more to mail. I appreciate those who took that on.

Have a great season.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 1:03PM
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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

RE: NEW: I.E. Heritage Heirloom Swap

My amazingly overstuffed package of seeds arrived day-before-yesterday! Holy, blessed St. Fiacre (patron saint of growing food and medicinal plants)! I never expected so large a return, even from so many wonderfully sharing individuals! Thank you, Ellie, uber muchly, for this totally kewl, fun RR! I would've posted sooner, but,...well,...we've been rather caught-up with various familial issues lately (albeit nothing particularly major, thankfully, yet demanding never the less). GardenWeb really is an exemplary, outstanding community of incredibly generous, fun loving individuals! - Thanks, everyone, for all the tomatoes, peppers, corn and lettuce, etc.! You all totally rock! :)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 11:58PM
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cryptid(Southern OR 7)

Oops! I forgot to mention the really nice "Thank You" card Ellie included with all the seeds she sent! So, Ellie, appreciative thanks for your very thoughtful card, also! :)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 3:10PM
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clay_lady(5)

WOW!!!! what a great package of seeds. The grandsons were so happy with their package-- they are planting their gardens this week-end. I got mine done yesterday, and I can't wait to find out what everything turns out to be. I love to take heirlom vegetables to work and have them try all the new (old ) stuff. I'm always bringing in the purple,green,white, fuzzy peach, black tomatoes, just for fun. Thanks for feeding my passion. Best Swap in quite a while.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 6:26AM
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