Seed Sharing - Moon Township

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Seeds are really a bargain, if we share them. The event organizer has spent $350 for seeds that we will share amongst the participants -- about 60 persons, 20 persons at each of three events.  Add in the cost of labels and envelopes -- and the shared cost is still just $10 per person, with 100's of seeds per participant and 30 kinds of seeds. These events are easy to do, as long as you are willing to help us split the seeds up!

New this year, heirlooms: Because people often ask if we offer heirloom seeds, I purchased some seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  Many of the seeds ordered from Fedco are organic, open-pollinated, and date from the 1800's. 

More seeds: This year I bought more seeds per person, hoping that, if you like the seeds, you'll have some for next year as well. 

Seed longevity: You have time -- even years --  to get those seeds in the ground!  Tomatoes, melons and cucumbers last 5 to 10 years.  Beets, broccoli, chard and radishes last 3 to 5 years.  You will have at least 2 to 3 years for many vegetables.  Be careful to get onions, leeks and parsnips in the first year.  For a complete list of seed longevities, see:

Your stories wanted! Please plan to speak about your gardening adventures.  I am looking for people to talk about growing cauliflower, corn, parsley, and melons.  Or to share how to thwart animal pests, explaining GMO's vs. open-pollinated vs. hybrids, good recipes, the best veggies for our health, about veggies that can grow in fall and winter, etc. 

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  • Elisa B.

    Hi there! Is it o.k. to attend for about a half hour, from 10 AM to 10:30 AM? We are planning seed swaps at Schwartz Living Market, 1317 East Carson Street on March 15, 22 and 29, 2014. The organizer plans to be swapping all day. I recommended setting a time frame like you have done. We are open for ideas as you seem to be an amazing seed swapper! Elisa Beck :)

    March 2, 2014

    • Justin T.

      Yes and no. That is, if you want to collect the seeds. It would be particularly unfair for you to drop in without helping with the work of dividing up the seeds -- though we are collecting for other "ghost sharers" that day. I would love for you to come to this one just to see (rather than just to collect) or to come to one of the others to see and collect seeds, if that would work for you. But I would rather be against your coming for half and hour and leaving: the seed sharing does take a good 1.5 hours, so you might not be there when all the seeds are divided up. Besides, one of the best things about seed sharing is talking about problems and solutions in the garden -- and I would hate for you to miss out on that. Let me know what would work for you.

      March 5, 2014

    • Sara M

      Is the March 15th event part of this? I was going to attend this one but Schwartz less of a commute. Thanks!

      March 7, 2014

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