HAVE: Ft Worth Spring Swap April 25 2009

sylviatexas1January 21, 2009

The spring swap will be a little later in the month this year since Ruben & Brenda have a grandchild graduating smack in the middle of the month-

Congrats to Ruben & Brenda!

The swap will start at 10 AM, more or less, & will last until we all drop to the ground & are scraped up & poured into our cars by park-goers who feel sorry for our exhausted selves.

This usually happens around 2 PM.

Lunch is grilled hotdogs & soft drinks & water, served up by Ruben & Brenda in exchange for a plant or other item worked out between them & each diner.

Last autumn, some participants brought extras, homemade potato salad & such, & it was *wonderful*, so feel free to bring a special dish if you wish.

You can trade anything for anything as long as it's mutually agreed between the traders...

but people sometimes don't realize the value of offerings, or they don't have much to trade & they *really* want whatever you've posted;

you don't have to accept an offer that won't make you happy.

If I, for instance, offered you a handful of my famous 4 o'clocks for your Radio Flyer wagon, you could certainly decline & let me know that you are looking for a more substantial trade!

However, if you're new

-to the area, to the swap, or to gardening in general-

or if your entire garden croaked when you were skiing in Switzerland all winter, & you don't have much to trade, come on ahead;

you will *not* go home emptyhanded.

Just don't ask for the rarest & most valuable items, or for every item, that a trader lists.

Let people know exactly what you're offering;

if you're bringing canna rhizomes, let us know if they were dug the morning of the swap or if they were dug last fall & stored in sawdust for the winter.

If you're bringing a rose that you grew from a cutting, say whether it's an established 2-year-old plant or a rooted cutting that you just started this spring.

Dress comfortably & bring a notebook & a pen, a Sharpie & some plastic knives or forks to label plants, maybe some water, maybe a folding chair, card table, blanket or sheet, boxes & tape...

I know I'm forgetting stuff, so feel free to add to this!

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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

Hey Sylvia,
I have lots of black pots what will you give me for them?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 11:13AM
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sylviatexas1

Hi, Phyllis, I'd be happy to bring you a Cocker Spaniel that I saw on freecycle in exchange for those pots!

(Phyllis & I hit the motherlode of black plastic nursery pots the other day;
we filled up my car & her truck & went back for seconds!)

My plants are always the easy-to-grow kinds that thrive in this area no matter what the gardener, or the weather, does!

I'll have 4 o'clocks, irises, & spear-, pepper-, & probably lemon-mints, & maybe some chocolate mint, cuttings of English ivy (some will have roots, & it's a shade plant), & a couple of Pavonia/Brazilian rock rose.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 1:48PM
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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

Hey Sylvia,
Do we need to post our list of goodies on this site or do we need to use the Ftworthgardenswap.com site?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 4:46PM
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sylviatexas1

don't know-has anyone heard from mommyfox/Julie about it?

(Last time, we started on the other site, & so many people had trouble using it that we came back to this one.)

I don't think it hurts to list both places, just in case of newcomers or even befuddled oldtimers!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2009 at 12:42PM
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element321(8)

The site is still up, and there were some posts on there earlier this week. Please post your list there. There is plenty of time to figure the system out. If you have any questions on how to use the system, email me and I can walk you through how to use the system.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 10:25AM
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mommyfox(7)

Hi! I've still got the site up, and am about to mess with it a bit. If you guys can tell me what needs to change to make it accessible to everyone I'll do what I can!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 10:56AM
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reeselayne(8 North Texas)

just posted on the other site. Now when I get off work today I am gonna go home and start me some seeds.... lol Should have tons ready by april! Do people trade things like tomatoes and peppers or is it more flowers/shrubs etc

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 11:53AM
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mommyfox(7)

reeselayne, sure, we trade veggies! Anything that grows, or anything that contributes to growing (pots, chicken poo, you name it) is welcome!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 4:40PM
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reeselayne(8 North Texas)

you want chicken poo????? you can have all you want! we have about 40 chickens!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 11:06AM
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mommyfox(7)

CHICKEEEEEEEEENS, I LOVE CHICKENS! What I really want are my OWN chickens, so I can have all the chicken poo I could ever need! I've tried explaining that logic to my husband and he just shakes his head in dazed amazement. He's warming up to the idea of chickens, though. Out of sheer curiosity, what kind do you have? I covet Ameraucanas.

So before this becomes a chicken discussion - is anyone interested in meeting up in February sometime to swap seeds and discuss the big swap? Specifically, what needs to be done to the website to make it usable for everyone?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 11:27AM
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joie33(8A)

I would like to get together in February. I have been dividing my Red Cannas recently and I don't think the rhizomes will last til April. Then again, I recently discovered that I have two of them growing UNDER MY HOUSE in the dark. My mom said you can't kill a Canna. I guess she was right!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 3:06PM
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ambersas

You Can't kill canna! I dug up some last year about this time. Gave some to my daughter who was redoing her garden in Round Rock. with this and that, they didn't get in the ground til late summer. . . and then started blooming. Before that, they were kept in a box in the garage!!

We just dug up some more this year. . . . anyone want some yellow canna?

Dorothy

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 10:43PM
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seamommy(7bTX)

Sorry, but I have a neighbor who killed all her red cannas last summer. Don't know how she did it, maybe sprayed the nearby fenceline with roundup, but the cannas died from the top down. And they were dead as a hammer before fall. Broke my heart to see them go like that when they made such a pretty fence. So just for the record, you can kill a canna.

Not sure what I'll have in April. Society garlic for sure, since I sewed about a zillion seeds two weeks ago and every last one of them is coming up. I still have seeds from last summer, but I won't have very many to swap because I'm trying to sprout them first.

I started 12 trays two weeks ago with 72 of those little peat pellets in each one. I have a lot of stuff coming up right now, flowers, veggies, & vines. I was kind of surprised how much stuff came up within 2 days. And a packet of bush beans yielded only 20% germination and the rest rotted. I've started bush beans in peat before and they all sprouted. I'm wondering if the beans were old or the peat was old.

Anyway I still have a grunch of seeds, but have been sending a lot to people down along the coast who lost all their stuff in the recent hurricanes. I have a big packet for someone in Galveston and another pkg for someone in Beaumont. I know it's gotta be depressing to lose all your plants.

Some of you may remember when I was deployed over in Qatar in 2006? There were ***NO*** green, blooming, growing things there. It was the most depressing place on earth (but I haven't been to Iraq) that I have ever seen. There was a weed growing underneath an A/C unit where water dripped on the ground. It was kinda like an anemic dandylion, tiny little leaves, istsy-bitsy flower, but I stopped to look at it every day because it was the only thing there that wasn't sand-colored.

I will be bringing some more orange daylilies again, with a special bundle for Brenda (and an extra little surprise too) since she didn't get the ones I brought for her last fall. I won't have many extra daylilies though.

My mom wants me to dig up a bunch of cannas from her yard, they are yellow, so I will try to have some of those.

I'm also interested in getting together in February for a pre-meeting, and I need some plastic pots. DH took all the ones I had saved last fall and put them in the recycling bins at his office. And now I have 80 tomato seedlings in peat pots and they need bigger pots. Quart size would be good or gallon size would be ideal.

Cheryl

    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 11:46AM
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sylviatexas1

Sign me up for the February meeting-
I'm 'bout starved for some gardening visitation!

Pots?
Cheryl, did you say "pots"?

I can bring you approximately one ton, give or take.
& I'll bring my seed box for you to check through.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2009 at 6:37PM
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element321(8)

Hey guys. I can meet up sometime in Feb. I would prefer it to be on a weekend and at least a week in advance so I get the time off.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2009 at 11:18PM
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reeselayne(8 North Texas)

can't make it in feb, but was wondering if anyone would really be interested in the chicken poo... if so, how much would you want?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 9:16PM
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element321(8)

I would love to get some. I usually use horse and donkey, but chicken will work. I can take as much as you want to give. Normally I bring several 18 gallon tots, when I collect the manure.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 11:11PM
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seamommy(7bTX)

Uh, how big is an 18 gallon tot? And how do you get the little guys to hold chicken poo anyway? Blaaaa-ha-ha-ha!!!

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

Sylvia, tell me where I can meet you to pick up some of those pots, I will need them soon. Please call me, I'll send you an e-mail with my numbers. Cheryl

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 9:50AM
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mommyfox(7)

As best I can tell, an 18-gallon tot is about the size of a 2-year-old. Given the chance, those little stinkers will hold all KINDS of things! Followed shortly by handing it to me. And then "AAAAA GROSS IT'S ALL MUSHY!"

*ahem* Anyway - reeselayne, I would get some smallish kitchen trash bags and bring them bagged up that way, so easy trading. I'm for real, I actually would be interested in chicken poo for my compost pile. In an ideal world I will have chickens of my own this year, but as you might have noticed, this is frequently not an ideal world!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 3:02PM
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seamommy(7bTX)

So, Mommyfox, where do you want to meet? It's February and I'm ready...Do you know when yet...how about now? I'm open and I have use or lose leave on the books, so I can meet whenever you want to. How bout now? Cheryl

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 3:51PM
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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

I'll take some chicken poooooo!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 3:53PM
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mommyfox(7)

Oh snaps, it seems that by suggesting it first I made myself the organizer! I should've seen that coming! I'm going to make a new thread for this ...

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 9:25AM
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sylviatexas1

tots & pots & poo...
Y'all just ain't right!

Here are some of my wants & haves, just to get my brain started. I'll put them on the other site, too.

Wants:

abelia
bleeding heart
borage
buddleia any color
clematis
coneflower
fennel
ferns
live oak
loquat
magnolia
mahonia
red yucca
sedums
succulents

Haves:

Some of these can be dug up, & some have been started from seeds or cuttings, so their availability depends on their taking root & growing.
blue mistflower
garlic chives
garlis I think
hyacinth bean vine
lamb's ears
mexican mint marigold
oleander
oregano
phlox (groundcover variety)
purple ruffled basil
shrimp plant
silver & gold mum
soapwort
trailing verbena, fuschia flowers

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 2:29PM
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barefoot_in_texas(Texas Z8)

I'm so ready I'm about to bust a gut. Can't wait to see everyone.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 5:42PM
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mommyfox(7)

Hey Sylvia! I have a pale blue clematis; trade for lamb's ear, phlox or verbena? What color is your verbena?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 8:36AM
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sylviatexas1

Trailing verbena is a new one, a gorgeous *fuschia*, that I got from a neighbor!

I'll bring you all 3 for that luscious-sounding clematis!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 12:00PM
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theresay1960(z7TX)

exactly where in Fort Worth is the plant swap to be held?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 11:17PM
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phyllisb2008(8 DFW)

Trinity Park.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 9:32AM
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sylviatexas1

theresay, Trinity Park is just barely north of I-30 on University, on the east side of the street.

It's almost exactly across the street from the Rose Garden of the FW Botanic Gardens.

so whatcha got???
& whatcha want???

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 11:28AM
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barefoot_in_texas(Texas Z8)

Um folks, we may have a little problem with the date/ venue. I called FW Parks this morning to reserve the pavilion and was told that the park will be closed to the public starting April 13 (the day after Easter) for May Fest set up and won't be available until approximately May 16 due to actual May Fest and then break down. Comments or suggestions? Sylvia?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2009 at 11:18AM
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sylviatexas1

Well, I'm a dingbat.

I *know* they always close off the park to prep for Mayfest;
I just forgot to check.

How would April 11 work?

it's early enough that it probably wouldn't be overly hot, but late enough that the plants will have time to grow healthy.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2009 at 6:03PM
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mommyfox(7)

April 11 is fine for me; that's my birthday! Brenda, how's that graduation looking?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2009 at 6:12PM
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alley

If that won't work for Brenda, how about a different place? There is some green space on the other side of the highway on the way to the zoo. Don't know how usable it is as there is a mini train track. I don't really know that area very well. personally, I think the 11th is good for me. Last year, my stuff wasn't very big then, but maybe it'll be different this year.

Sylvia, I'm growing some 4 O'clocks and soapwort from seed. I'm guessing they do ok here. I might be interested in a trade (I have no idea what I have yet, so I can't post a have's list yet).

Alison

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 8:52AM
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barefoot_in_texas(Texas Z8)

I'll check availability for the 11th. That works for us. The pre-graduation thingy is the 18th and the park is not available that day anyway. So I'll let y'all know about the 11th.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 4:42PM
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barefoot_in_texas(Texas Z8)

OK, we can't get the Gazebo on the 11th, but we can get Pavilion #2 which is just a tad North of the Gazebo. As I recall it is rectangular in shape with lots of picnic tables underneath. Not sure about parking. But in the past there seems to have always been people using it for like family reunions, etc. Let me know.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 5:41PM
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seamommy(7bTX)

I'm all for that. Do we have to reserve it or just get there early and post a squatter to hold it? If so, I'll volunteer to get there early and repel invasions from all quarters. Cheryl

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 10:07AM
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barefoot_in_texas(Texas Z8)

I'll need to reserve it to make sure that we have the site - otherwise someone else may reserve it and we'll be stuck. I need to do that in the next couple of days, so I need confirmation that the date is firm. Sylvia?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 3:58PM
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sylviatexas1

cool with me!

The 11th is probably better, since plants will be younger/smaller & transplant will be easier on them...
& they'll have a longer growing season in their new homes.

I've got a couple of hyacinth bean vines emerging! Yay!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 11:50AM
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weenerdogg(Zone 7b)

Have:

So far I can only commit to

mints (apple for sure maybe others)
rosemary

I am wanting

Blackberry canes (thornless)
Passion vine cuttings preferably rooted, not having real good luck with these
Aspidistra would love variegated

Will be updating this soon as I have and want more ;)

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 11:39AM
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alley

weenerdog, I have some passion vines wintersown and a couple look like sprouts. How about some rosemary? I'm heading over to the fort worth swap page. It is easier.

Alison

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 8:40AM
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sylviatexas1

I just got a few more fushia trailing verbena from my neighbor, hope they take root;
they were blooming in January!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 3:15PM
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chickenmom(7b/8a, DFW, TX)

Is April 11th the definite date? I can't make the 25th and was so disappointed....the fall gathering was wonderful and I'd love to get to do the spring swap.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 10:58PM
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sylviatexas1

yep!

Brenda has arranged for the structure that is *not* the gazebo but that is north of the gazebo, for luncheon.

so, miss chickenmom...whatcha got started so far???

I went out this morning & transplanted (from the mulch walkway!) 3 more spearmint plants-

hope a lot of traders like mint in their tea!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 11:17AM
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blessedfrog(7 DFW)

I will definately be there.

I have planted at least two hundred seeds and hopefully they will thrive

:)

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:21PM
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clairtx(z8 TX)

I would like to attend the plant swap on April 11, but don't know where it is. I have mexican petunia and purple and white iris rizomes. You can email me at clairtx2001@yahoo.com

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:51PM
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sylviatexas1

Welcome, clairtx!

The swap starts around 10 AM at Trinity Park in FW.

From I-30 just at the western edge of downtown, go north on University & take the very first right into the park.

Follow the trail around as it winds through the park, & we'll be in a pavillion just north of the big pavillion.

Don't go to the big pavillion;
it's reserved for someone's family reunion!

(You can tell they're not us by the lack of plants in their group!)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 2:09PM
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element321(8)

Clairtx
please go to Fort Worth Garden Swap (ftworthgardenswap.com) and sign up there so can post your haves and wants, request trades with other users that have their listed posted there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fort Worth Garden Swap

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 4:56PM
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sylviatexas1

clairtx, you can also post your haves & wants on the thread on this forum;
it's usually near the top of the page.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 4:17PM
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water0125

Hi Ya'll--
I came out toward the end of the swap to check it all out. Thanks so much to everyone who was so generous. I can't wait to make it to the next swap with some things to trade!
--Natalie.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 3:57PM
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mikeb1206(7)

Natalie
Are you the one with the shady back yard in Ridgemar area? If so shoot me a email, I have some more things you can grow.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 6:27PM
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