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Trading Seeds

February 24th, 2009

A few of you commented on my Cinderella Pumpkin post about being interested in some seeds. I mailed those off last week (so if you wanted some and didn’t get you packet let me know, they may have gotten lost in the mail).
It’s been very fun because I have received some seeds back as a trade for my pumpkin seeds. It’s very exciting to get free seeds in the mail, particularly for a kind of tomato you’ve never heard of. I’m very excited to try these tomatoes out this summer. So what kinds of seeds did I get back in trade for my pumpkin seeds?
So far I’ve received San Marzano, Dr Wyche’s Yellow, Black from Tula, and Brandywine Tomatoes from Chicago Mike.
I also received Stupice (Czechoslovakian heirloom, early & delicious), Wapsipinicon Peach, and Zapotec Pleated Tomatoes from Kelly over at Populuxe.

Have you traded seeds with other gardeners? Did you get something exciting?

11 Comments to “Trading Seeds”
  1. Mangochild on February 24, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I’ve not traded seeds – I’m too much of a newbie for that! Plus I don’t think I’ve gotten interesting ones… though the opo squash I hope to have this summer might be a good candidate as a small swap contribution? It sounds really fun, especially just getting to “meet” a completely different seed/plant as it grows…

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  2. Cynthia on February 24, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I’m most excited about the Pearson tomato seeds and Henderson Bush lima beans, I’ve never grown limas before and I am becoming a total tomato variety addict.

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  3. deborah on February 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hi Suzy—

    Do you have any more Cinderella pumpking seeds to trade? Mine were a couple of years old and didn’t germinate this year in tests. I hesitate to buy a new packet since I only have room for a couple of plants. If you have 4-6 to send me that would be plenty! If not, no worries.

    If there’s anything on my seed list that interests you, let me know. If I have extras, I’ll send them your way. I’ve only saved a few myself; but most on the list are from reputable op seed companies). If you like nasturtiums I have lots of seeds I saved from my two favorites (both mounding types)—copper sunset and milkmaid (creamy yellow-white).

    You can find my seed list here:

    By the way, don’t you love the variety of packet designs seed-traders use? Some of them are classy, some cute…all just adorable!

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  4. Dan on February 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I have done 6 seed trades this year and I must say it is rather exciting. I think my most interesting trade was for crimson flowered broad beans from England. I’m going to do a post just like this once my last trade arrives, great minds think alike.

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  5. Dan on February 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I just looked back on your pumpkin and it was a beaut! I wish had I space for a pumpkin like that. I have heard the french pumpkins are almost completely resistant to squash vine borer.

    Yesterday I turned a pie pumpkin from last falls garden into puree and I am making a caramel pumpkin pie recipe from gourmet in a day or two. I will post the recipe one I get it done.

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  6. Chicago Mike on February 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I have to say, anticipating the mail like a school kid waiting for his decoder ring is such a fresh and enjoyable event.

    That alone has made the trading worthwhile!

    It is very odd to see something I mailed away show up in that photo.

    With Best Regards,

    Chicago Mike

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  7. Sinfonian on February 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I can personally vouch for the stupice, brandywine, and san marzano. They’re great early, big and paste varieties respectively.

    I have traded seeds tons this year and a bit last. I’m trying 7 veggies that I got in trade this year and another handfull I got last year. What’s more is I will save seed from whatever’s easy so I can trade with others next year and still have some to plant. It’s really fun.

    I haven’t done any organized trading, just onesy twosies.

    Glad you’re enjoying it!

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  8. Susy on February 24, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for info Sinfonian. I’m super excited to try all my different heirloom tomatoes.

    I’m looking forward to doing more and more seed trading. I’m sure like Mangochild the more I get into gardening the more I’ll do it.

    Caramel Pumpkin Pie, Dan that sound fantastic. I’m a big fan of just about any kind of pumpkin pie.

    Deborah – I’ll send your seed off soon.

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  9. Joe on February 25, 2009 at 1:04 am

    What a cool idea…it must be so exciting to open up those envelopes. I have never traded seeds, but I do have some heirloom ‘Grandpa Ott’ morning glories if you’re interested, as well as some VERY TINY columbine seeds that I collected at an elevation of 11,800 feet in the Sierra Nevada.

    P.S. Are you a graphic designer? Your envelopes, with their Avant Garde typeface, look downright professional! Nice!

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  10. warren on February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I gotta tell you…I was very excited to get a letter in the mail…your set up was wonderful! Anyhow, we are learning how to keep seeds this year…I can’t wait to participate in the seed trade!

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  11. Krista on April 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I have alot of extra seed and would like to trade, how do you do it?
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