Share the Bounty: Missoula Spring Seed Swap

By SILKE JAUCK

Save the date – and your seeds!

Second Missoula Plant & Seed Swap: May 11, 2012 at Orchard Homes Country Club

On January 20, we held our first seed swap at the Orchard Homes Country Life Club. We enjoyed a fun evening connecting with fellow Missoula gardeners and sharing seeds, advice and stories.

Before the evening was finished, everybody asked for another seed swap in spring, to include swapping seedlings and plants. When we start our own tomatoes, squash, pepper plants, etc., we often have more seedlings than needed for planting.

How does a seed and plant swap work?

Put seeds of plants you would like to exchange in small labeled bags and swap them at our upcoming community seed swap with the seeds of another gardener. If you have extra seedlings or plants, just have them potted separately in small labeled containers.

There is no money involved; our swap is a two-way trade.

Seedlings from the Missoula seed and plant swap.

The benefits are many:

  • You don’t need to buy seeds or plants
  • Gives you the opportunity to try out new varieties and talk with local experts
  • Preserves plant diversity
  • Learn what grows best in our Missoula climate
  • Great purpose for extra seeds and seedlings

I’m hoping that many people are interested and we have a big variety of seeds and plants. If possible, please provide a picture of the actual plant and have planting instructions printed out.

We will meet at 7:00 pm on May, 11th 2012 at the Orchard Homes Country Club, corner of Third and Reserve streets. At 6:30, we have our traditional community potluck which you are invited to join.

I’m very excited for another opportunity to connect with fellow Missoula-area gardeners.

Wishing you a happy spring and a green thumb!

– Silke

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Like this post? Check out Silke’s previous blog musings – How We Made it Missoula and Kill the Light.

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Silke Jauck is a German native and Missoulian by choice. She and her family have packed and unpacked their suitcases and moving boxes in four continents and have finally settled in Missoula and called it home. She lives with her husband, three daughters, and a dwarf rabbit in the Target Range neighborhood. Silke is the publisher of Friendship Book, a made in Montana keepsake and activity book for children ages 6-12. She also has a blog about life hacks at Silke Good Ideas.