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Forest Park Community Garden 7th Annual Seed Swap
Sat, March 11, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Join Forest Park Community Garden for its 7th annual seed swap! The seed swap is open and welcoming to anyone regardless of if you're involved with FPCG or not or if you have any gardening experience or not. Come on down and see us! Admission is free as long as you RSVP in advance. Either bring your own seeds to swap or, if you don't have your own seeds, you can "by into" the swap for 50 cents a packet. If you bring your own seeds we ask that you pre-package your seeds ahed of time, using the instructions below.
Garden Seminar by Mike Nowak!
We are so pleased to announce that garden writer and radio host, Mike Nowak, will be joining us again this year. Mike will present his seminar "Everything You Know About Gardening is Wrong: Myths, Misinformation and Well-meant, But Inaccurate Advice From Mom, the Intertubes and Beyound."
What is a seed swap anyway? Its an event where gardeneers gather to swap garden seeds they have (old seed packets they don't want anymore, excess seeds they need to get rid of, seeds they collected from their own plants and want to share with others, etc) for other people's seeds. Forest Park Community Garden maintains a collection of seeds that will all be up for grabs at the swap. Other swaqppers will be bringing their own seeds to add to the swap as well. Our swap works on a 1-to-1 system... for each packet of seeds you bring to swap, you're entitled to take one packet of new-to-you seeds home with you.
Saturday, March 11th, 2016 2-4 PM (Yes, this year the swap is on Saturday, not Sunday)
We will have a gardening presentation from 2-3PM then the swap itself starts at 3PM. No swapping is permitted peiror to 3PM.
St. John Lutheran Church
305 Circle Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
We'll be in the gymnasium on the second floor.
Free to those who RSVP by March 12th!
$2 at the door without an RSVP ticket
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RUN THE EVENT! Stuff like running the registration table, setting up and taking down chairs... Please email email@example.com to volunteer!
Preparing Your Seed Packs and How to Swap Seeds:
You can either bring in your own seeds or buy into the swap if you don’t have any seeds to trade. We will be swapping on a 1-to-1 basis, meaning if you bring 5 packs of seeds to swap, you can only take 5 packs of seeds when you leave. If you don’t have seeds to trade, you can buy trading tickets from us. These tickets will be available at the door for 50 cents each. Each ticket is good for one packet of seeds from the swap tables.
You can bring as many or as few packets of seeds to trade as you like. By RSVPing by March 12th you'll receive two free packets of seeds when you arrive. You can either keep these to use in your garden OR use them to swap for other seeds.
Seeds can be either ones you collected yourself or seeds you purchased this year or during the past 3 growing seasons (2014 — 2015). If you have even older seeds that you want to get rid of, bring them along and we'll put them in a "free to a good home" bucket. But old seeds don't count as swap-able since their germination rates are unpredictable.
Seed packets containing hundreds of seeds each are not necessary. Few of us city-gardeners can actually use a whole packet of seeds. Therefore, feel free to divide your seeds into smaller quantities. In general, the bigger the plant will get, the fewer seeds each gardener will need. Therefore, in the case of large plants like melons, tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc., each seed envelope you bring to swap must contain a minimum of 6 seeds. In the case of small plants like lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, onions, radishes, turnips, chard, etc., 20 seeds is the minimum for each pack.
Please prepare your packs before arrival because the swap will move quickly and you don’t want to lose an opportunity to participate. (But we will have envelopes and other supplies on hand if you need them).
Labeling your seed packs: You can use paper or plastic envelops to package your seeds for swapping. Since the seeds you bring may not be in their original packaging, you’ll want to label your seed packs with information about the seed. Each of your seed packets should contain as much of the following information as possible:
· 1) Your name
· 2) Common name of the plant and variety. ie: Green Zebra Tomato, Rutgers Tomato, Cherry Belle Radish, etc.
· 3) Number of seeds in the envelope.
· 4) Whether the seed is an annual, biennial or, perennial.
· 5) Origin of the seed including date. Did you collect it yourself? Did you buy it from Burpee in 2012?
· 6) Hybrid vs Heirloom