Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Seedy Saturday and Baby Chives

This past Saturday, some friends and I got together for a seed exchange. We each brought whatever extra seeds we had, which amounted to a lot since we are all just backyard gardeners. Each person put their seed packets in a bowl and I set out coin envelopes to serve as our new seed packets (along with pencils for labeling). We then passed around the bowls and took samples of the seeds that interested us. Everyone seemed to feel like they came out a winner. We could all have variety in our gardens without going broke!

Give it a try. It's a great way to expand your garden and try new varieties on a budget. Throw in a veggie tray and some tea, and you'll have a pleasant afternoon of seeds and conversation!

I've started a few seeds lately. It may seem a bit early to traditional gardeners in this area, but that's one advantage of being a container gardener! You can put your plants outside on nice, sunny days (not that we have any just yet!) and bring them inside whenever they need protection from the cold.

I'm particularly tickled by my pretty chives pushing their way out of their soil.

I also have tomato, strawberry, parsley, and basil seedlings that I'll share pictures of when they get a little larger.


Liz said...

The seed swap was super fun and I think the idea of swapping seedlings later is great!

That's such a cute pot. Do you know where we can get attractive pots for reasonable prices?

Elizabeth said...

It's hard to find nice pots at affordable prices. I got that (and a similar one) from Home Depot. I don't remember how much they were, but seem to remember that I considered them a reasonable splurge.

I always hesitate to recommend Wal-Mart, but I HAVE seen some really cute smaller pots for reasonable prices there.... and a lot of super cheap but ugly pots. :p

Beth said...

I have done a seed swap before- just with one person though. I could see how this would be a really fun get together!

I like the chives. They looks really soft and lovely.


James Reno said...

What a great idea. I have a small garden in back yard in the city. Mostly grow tomatoes and peppers and some cucumbers. Great way to get organic food!

James Reno

Urban Dirt Girl said...

Thats a great idea. And I love the photograph of your seedlings. Its so exciting when they come up!!