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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: 71,776

    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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • 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: 9,802

    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: 71,776

    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. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    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?

    Hampshire Gardener
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    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.

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