NEW: Incredible Edibles Divide & Conquer Swap
January 2012 Incredible Edible Divide & Conquer (Commercial) Seed Swap
Ever wonder why those commercial seed companies put 50 seeds in a packet of Cherry Tomatoes or Habanero Peppers? Who are they kidding, no one really needs 50 Habanero plants. But, we all know we want to try all of those new varieties!! With the economy the way it is these days, we all need a little bit of help.
This seed Swap serves the purpose of "sharing" an order with a fellow swapper, so that you can try 2 varieties for the price of one! I understand some of the Incredible Edible members tried this swap in the past with poor results. I aim to keep things simple, and here is what is different in this swap:
1. No money will ever trade hands like in the past.
2. Seed Companies will not be matched up, only varieties. This will allow for
a more robust swap list.
3. Seeds will be mailed to the host (me), instead of to individual members.
This will save you a ton of hassle, and money from all that postage!
Here is how it works: You and I both want to try Baker Creeks new "Lightning Habanero" & "Old Yellow Candy Stripe Tomato". Neither one of us has a need for the entire pack, so I will buy the Lightning Habanero, and you will buy the tomato seeds. When we get our orders, we will split it, mail half to the host, and keep the other half for ourselves. Viola! 2 for the price of 1.
Take your time going through your catalog picking out the things you want to try for this year, but don't require an entire pack of. Make your list and post it to the "Divide & Conquer Window Shopping" thread.
~Only post items you are willing to share half of! This will be best for those items you are trying for the first time, rare varieties, or just plain interesting!
~NO SEED ORDERS FROM HEIRLOOM ACRE SEEDS!! I KNOW SOME OF US HAVE HAD OK RESULTS WITH THEM (AND I KNOW THEY ARE CHEAP), BUT THEY ARE VERY UNPREDICTABLE. SO, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SWAP....NO ORDERS FROM THEM!!
DEADLINE: Jan 8
Now is the time to go through everyone else's list to see what they are ordering. You just might find a hidden treasure that you would love, but wouldn't have otherwise found yourself! This is the time to really beef up your list so that there are more varieties that can be matched up, i.e. more varieties that you will get to try. If you have already made a seed purchase for the 2012 season, feel free to include those varieties which you would like to share. Please make sure they are fresh for the 2012 planting season, and that you still have half of the pack available to share! After you have finalized your purchase list, you will need to email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Jan 15
After I receive everyone's lists I will match them up, and then send you back a list of seeds for you to purchase for sharing.
YOUR LIST MAY NOT CONTAIN EVERYTHING YOU INITIALLY SUBMITTED, BUT RATHER EVERYTHING WHICH YOU ARE GOING TO PURCHASE TO SHARE, AND ALL OF THE SEEDS YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE FROM OTHER MEMBERS
If those 2 lists don't have everything you want, then you will need to purchase those just for yourself. At this point you need to:
Purchase your seeds, split your seed packets, & mail me the seeds.
With your package, you will need to include enough postage to get your seeds back to you. FOREVER STAMPS ONLY PLEASE (this saves me a trip to the P.O.)!! 4-5 stamps will be enough for just about anything, and postage which isn't needed will definitely be returned to you.
DEADLINE: Jan 31
I will go through all of the seeds and have your packages back out to you as soon as humanely possible! Once you receive your packages, you MUST come back to the Rate & Review Forum and leave feedback for the members from whom you received seeds (and your host lol). If everything goes smoothly, you will have your seeds in early February, just in time to get those transplants started!
REQUIREMENTS (restated from the details above):
~NO HEIRLOOM ACRES SEED ORDERS.
~NO SEEDS FROM 2011 THAT YOU DIDN'T GET AROUND TO USING.
~4-5 FOREVER STAMPS ONLY.
~BUBBLE ENVELOPES ONLY.
~MUST LEAVE FEEDBACK IN THE RATE & REVIEW FORUM.
~HAVE FUN!! color>
To sign up, please post your name, and very briefly what you are most likely to share. If you have any questions, feel free to post those as well!