Most of the Eastern US is still covered with snow, but I can’t stop thinking about spring. It’s the middle of February, and that means one thing. It’s time to start planning my garden. I like to get started planting my peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash by the end of the month so now is the best time to get planning done and seeds ordered if I’m not using a variety from last year.
Normally I order seeds from one of my favorite places for heirloom seeds: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (make sure you request their free catalog – it is gorgeous). But this year is different. I was privileged to participate in a seed exchange organized by The Lovettsville Community Garden at the local library. I’ve participated in seed exchanges before but never one with this many people (usually only 5-10).
Tables were set up so we could lay out seeds in alphabetical order. Then we were able to go around and choose new seeds to add to our collection.
On top of that, Julia with Feed Loudoun Plant a Row set up a table of seeds to encourage seed exchangers to plant a row in their garden to donate to local food banks.
I got some new and different seeds to grow this year – including some I may not have chosen had I just been browsing a catalog. I got new seeds and (if my garden is successful) our local food pantry will get fresh veg to distribute to people who need it.
Do you want to know how to find your own seed exchange? Here are some places to check:
- Call your local cooperative extension office
- Google your local Master Gardeners group
- Check with local library listings (that’s how I found mine)
- Check your local newspaper’s events listings
- Reach out to local food banks or Plant a Row for the hungry organizations
- Organize your own
Come back on Thursday Feb. 18th and I will give you tips so you can start a seed exchange of your own.
You might be interested in how I organize my seeds, too… check it out here:
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