Related to the recent post on acquiring seeds on a budget, a friend (Sara, who happens to be a co-director of the extremely hip Oklahoma City craft bazaar, DeluxeOK) and I got together yesterday to talk about her new garden and swap seeds. We were both impressed by how perfect seed swapping is for backyard gardening. We both had way too many seeds for what we actually wanted to grow, and trading those excess seeds allowed us both to plan for a wider variety of plants. I'm most excited about the soybeans I got from her stash!!! (And, amusingly enough, I was able to use up my snail-mail envelopes, which I never ever use anymore, as seed packets.)
Seriously, get together with some gardening friends and swap seeds!