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A group devoted to heirloom seeds to trade or barter. If the economy were to crash these would be as big of a commodity as food.
Latest Activity: Nov 13, 2017
Started by Stuart Polkinghorne. Last reply by Jane May 29, 2012.
I know this page is about barter and trade of heirloom seeds but as I'm in the Dominican Republic it can be very tricky and sometime very illegal to bring in seeds from OS with out proper documents…Continue
There really is no way of doing this except offer up some seeds and see who'll trade just make sure you stay within your continetal borders to keep the USDA out of it. If you don't want your address given use a PO box.
I believe even items from Hawaii have to go through or get approval from the USDA (someone correct me if I'm wrong), So I'd keep it within the borders.
Probably not alot of people will be trading but come spring time it should pick up...so trade away, and I'll get a few of the melon seeds from you. Looking for anything in particular?
I have blackberry, hibiscus, giant sunflower and peonies. These are multiple generations old.
I also opted for the trade thread versus the buy/sell task bar being here in Indiana if you sell seeds you have to give the germination percentage rate, which I'll still do anyways even though I'll be trading.
Hope that helps.
How does the whole trading thing work?
I harvested some seeds from our sweet melon. They were wonderful. If anyone wants to try them? I am also waiting for the curly lettuces to seed. Has anyone harvested tomato seeds yet?
Make sure that you label the seeds you save not only with the type but also the date (month and year) you harvested them so you can use the oldest first. Another important factor with harvesting your own seeds or seeds you buy is to keep them in the freezer when not using. This allows them to go dorment and last alot longer.
Susie - This is from 'The New Seed-Starters Handbook'-- hope it helps.
"When the yellow flowers have changed into downy white seed heads, pull or shake off loose seeds, winnow them, and dry them indoors for a week. For large quantities, cut the whole plant when enough seed heads have formed, and cure it in an airy place; then thresh out the seeds by shaking and rapping them on a hard surface. A single vigorous plant may bear as many as 30,000 seeds."
So tell me how does this work? I let some of our best lettuce plants go to see. Can you tell me how to harvest them?
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