Shaking their future vegetable garden out of glass jars laid out under headings like “Brassicas” and “Roots,” gardeners palmed new varieties and puzzled over plants they hadn’t yet tried. Handfuls of treasures were shared in the first Seed Swap of 2019 held by the King County Seed Lending Library on Saturday, Feb. 2. More than 100 people attended.
Many brought seeds and traded knowledge. Non-profit groups , including Tilth Alliance, P-Patch and the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, shared information at tables and in workshops.
KUOW’s reporter Ruby de Luna stopped by and recorded some interviews with coordinator Bill Thorness and some attendees for a very nice piece that aired on the public radio station on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Read and listen to it here.
There will be plenty of beans and brassicas at the upcoming Seed Swap in Northwest Seattle. The King County Seed Lending Library also has seeds for salad greens and herbs and over 30 other vegetables.
But perhaps the most interesting edibles will be what’s not yet there. Gardeners seem to jump on the seeds brought in by their fellow seed-savers – so be sure to bring yours!
The KCSLL’s annual seed exchange for Northwest Seattle is coming Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Phinney Center. The Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange is also set for Feb. 2 in Duvall, and swaps are planned for Northeast Seattle on Feb. 9 and West Seattle on Feb. 24. Details.
are urged to bring seeds to share, but it is not required. The swaps are free
and open to all.
How to participate:
only seeds of edible plants that your fellow gardeners would grow from seed,
such as annual vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
donating packaged seed, it should be organic or open-pollinated, plant types
that will produce seed true to the stated variety. Heirlooms are by definition
donating home-saved seed, please winnow and clean it off the stems or stalks as
much as possible and bring only the seed.
you can’t clean it in advance, plan to spend some time cleaning it the swap. Some
swaps will have screens and buckets available.
shared seed should be fresh, within three years of purchase or saving.
all seed donations with seed type, variety if known, and year it was
envelopes and a pen to store and label your new seeds.
About the KCSLL
King County Seed Lending Library (www.kingcoseed.org) operates four
branches around Seattle and one in the Snoqualmie Valley. Each take seed
donations and offer small quantities of seeds year round to local gardeners.
An estimated 150 gardeners attended the Great Seattle Seed Swap yesterday, scooping small handfuls of seeds into packets, sitting in on short workshops, and visiting with non-profits and Krista Rome from guest seed company Resilient Seeds. It felt good to rub elbows with other gardeners intent on planning their 2017 vegetable garden, even though it’s too early to plant.
Here are some images from the event.
If you couldn’t attend this one, see our Events listing for more area seed swaps.