Ever feel like your garden needs a little extra variety but don’t know where to start? Here’s an idea: try a seed swap. Whether you’re a member of a community garden or you have a garden of your own, swapping seeds with other fellow gardeners can be a fun way to mix things up this spring.
If you’re lucky enough to know of a seed swap that’s already set up, it’s as simple as attending that event, sharing your seeds with others, and picking up a few new ones here and there. If not, try getting in touch with any other gardeners you know to see if they’d be interested in a swap.
Another option is to use some of the great online resources to access seeds. Sites like the National Gardening Association has a seed swap program available, where you can fill out an online “Swap Form” and then search for specific seeds you’re interested in. The website stores your information (offering or request), as well as your e-mail address. When someone wants to swap seeds, they enter their e-mail address, which is then forwarded to you. From there, you can arrange the swap.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is another online option for those looking to swap seeds. The site offers an online forum where users can post seed requests or offerings. While users must register and agree to the “Seed Swap rules” before posting, it’s fairly quick and free to use.
So what flower, vegetable, or fruit have you been yearning for? Or perhaps you want something new but don’t know what? Try a little seed swapping and you’re guaranteed to get a little extra variety in your garden this year.