I had an idea a while back that needed a little more refining before I posted on it: A Seed Swap! At first I thought I would just offer a couple types of seed to trade among anyone who follows this blog but then I thought a little bigger. I thought "What if a bunch of garden bloggers hosted their own seed swap posts?" This might be a great way for garden bloggers and readers to get to know each other better and save money on seeds at the same time. There are all kinds of seed and plant swap sites out there and this wouldn't really compete with any of them but it might be fun for us bloggers and our readers.
Here's how it would work:
- Garden bloggers would post the kinds of seed they have along with any pictures of it that might help everyone gain an appreciation for that plant. The garden blogger would need to mention how much seed they have and how many offers they could make. I would estimate that 15-20 seeds would be sufficient for each offer. More would be fine, it's ultimately up to you what you offer.
- Then readers and fellow bloggers would mention in the comments of the post which plants they were interested in trading for and offer a link to their Seed Swap Blog Post or if they don't blog just write in the comments what varieties of seed they have to exchange.
- If both parties are agreeable on seeds to swap then make the trade! If not try to find another participant and make other arrangements. By all means if you want to just give your seeds to seed swappers then go for it! There is a cooperative spirit among gardeners that we should all continue to foster.
- It would be up to you how you communicate with each other to swap addresses for sending the seeds. Email, Twitter Direct Messages, and Blotanical messages are just a few suggestions. Just be careful before posting your email as you may expose yourself to unwanted spam. Please don't expose yourself online!
Before I start this I would like at least 5 participants who are willing to join in the seed swap. If you would like to participate in my proposal just post here saying you'll hop in for the Garden Blogger Seed Swap 2009. Also if you have any suggestions or concerns feel free to offer them!
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