Seed swap

Hey, I have a garden that has been abandoned for 25-30 years and have been gathering some plants etc to grow to bring it back to life. Due to the price of plants...I decided that it was maybe a better idea to grow everything from seed. I have quite a collection now but have found that I have extra seeds that i cant use. I love the idea of everything in my garden being raised by myself and have found it very satisfying. Its snowing out side and I have been scanning through the Thompson & Morgan seed catologue to see what goodies I can find. Would anyone be interested in doing a seed swap through the forum??? Put up what you have and see if someone else has seeds you would like to swap with them? Maybe its a daft idea and I understand that it would be based on trust on both parties but, you would pay your own post (Lets face it, would only be a stamp)...and Im sure that we are all adult enough not to rip each other off as we are all friends in the garden loLimage


If its a daft idea then just say but I think it might work? 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,819

    You'd also have to be happy to give your address to total strangers - not always a wise thing to do - but that being said I've done it in the past and been the grateful recpient of some 'rare breed' tomato seeds image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Its a great idea but I think you'd be wiser to exchange with your local gardeners who  also will exchange with you and give advice on the best plants to grow in your area and of course a great way to make new friends.Its not a wise thing to give out your address ,most of us are genuine but there is always that one person.Have fun with your new adventure.image

  • Fair enough, never mind. Thanks guys.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    On the other hand.............

    Is it really a problem giving out an address-it would be done privately via messaging so not everyone would see it -and what is the worst that can happen?-or am I being naive here?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,819

    The worst that can happen is that someone who may seem from their posts on here to be a perfectly reasonable member of humanity may turn out to be something else - people have been stalked and worse.  I'm not aware of that sort of thing having happened via this Board, but ....

    However, as I said I have given my address to a person I do not know in order to receive tomato seeds, and as yet I'm not aware of anything untoward happening in my life .... but in my humble opinion it would be irresponsible not to point out the inherent dangers of revealing personal details to even the most regular/reasonable of posters. 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    I am so naiveimage

    That bit is true-if it got really nasty there are laws in this country-so it is a case of "buyer" aware.


  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Hi Sam

    I'd be happy to seed swap, I've done it several times before from different boards and with some success, even taking into consideration all the comments above and never had any problem before.

    I grew a lovely wildflower garden this year was really pleased with the result for little effort but the initial cost of the seeds was high plus I wanted seeds to encourage insects and they sold out very quickly this year.

    I have mounds of seeds and would be happy to swap, I took pics of them all before I harvested too but with some of the native wildflowers would have to research what they are before swapping image

  • Hello Sam

    Can I ask what of seeds do you have that could be swaped?

    Are they flower seeds?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    i'm happy to save seed next year for swaps but didn't collect a lot this year. Mostly just let things seed and I'll move the seedlings around when they appear.

    asilvert. I picked up a copy of Roger Phillips' 'Wild Flowers of Britain' from the charity shop today. It beats anything else I have for identification purposes. 

  • I have ordered a packet of 100+ Mixed Dahlia seeds from the National Dahlia Collection in Cornwall. They are very cheap and a good way to get started to restore a garden with beautiful blooms next summer. If you have too many then give some away to family and friends.

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    That seems to work asilvert. Things don't always do as i expect in the computing world. All the pics I've posted before have been mine, this came from google images, perhaps I'm not allowed to use them. 

    Sounds like a good party elf centre


    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    i'm happy to save seed next year for swaps but didn't collect a lot this year. Mostly just let things seed and I'll move the seedlings around when they appear.

    asilvert. I picked up a copy of Roger Phillips' 'Wild Flowers of Britain' from the charity shop today. It beats anything else I have for identification purposes. 

    Thank Nutcutlet, thats one for my christmas list image

  • Hello

    I would seed swap with people only thing is the other person having seeds that you want as well as you having seeds that they want.

    I have nasturtiums seeds (climbing) orange, red and possible yellow mixed, pony tail grass seeds and honesty seeds all collected from my garden.

    If anybody wants to swap?

    what seeds do you have to swap? 

    It would be nice to swap some seeds for other flower seeds

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Hi all

    I have tonnes of seeds including

    Aquilegia - not sure which varities but one deep purpple and light pinks (also a dwarf blue)

    Poppies - Gallore red paper, purple and oriental 

    Cornflower - heavenly blue

    Snapdragon - yellow and white



    Loosetrife - purple variety (I also have mounds of yellow which I'd be only too happy to re-home!)


    They're the ones I remember but I'm going to have some fun this afternoon now looking through my seed container to see what else I harvested image

    What a lovely day its been.. 



  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Oh and I also have raddish - scarlet globe, spring onion, rocket, cucumber and sweet pepper (although I failed miserably with those this year).

  • Hello asilvert

    I am interested in the Snapdragon - yellow and white.  Well they are all nice seeds but only fair to swap one for another one.

    Are you interested in any of my seeds posted above.


  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Hi Gardengirl

    Oh yes please, I'd love some honesty seeds the pods are lovely.

    I was also reading your tyre thread and have mounds of campanula both purple and white, not sure what strain exactly but if you can send rooted plants your more than welcome to some. 

  • Hello asilvert

    I think campanula are pretty, yes I would like some of those plants.

    I think you can send rooted plants in the post, I have sent some before in the post -just wrap up the roots in something like a carrier bag.

    I will message you my address and you message me your address so I can send you some honesty seeds to you.

    Many Thanks

  • Hello asilvert

    I have left you a message with my details

    I think honesy is a pretty plant- does look good when flowers (purple flowers) and when it is seed pods as well.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    Have you tried the honesty that has white flowers and variegated leaves? just as easy and really brightens up a shady patch.

  • No can't say I have tried that honesty not seen it before

    Just looked it up on google images what a pretty looking plant looks really different to normal honesty with the variegated leave, they had it in purple as well on one picture.

    Will have to try it

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