The Seed Love Seed Swap is coming up at the end of this week: November 9, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Platform 302 in Hamilton. I’m so looking forward to meeting people I’ve only had online conversations with, chatting with old friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, and visiting with people who are becoming the people I see most often. My seeds are packaged and ready to go, I’ve started gathering other things I’ll need, and now I’m waiting for Saturday and making plans to promote this on social media. (Please share!!)
The easiest method for packaging seeds, in my opinion, is to buy the small plastic sealable bags from the dollar store. 80 bags for $1, and they do a good job of keeping the seeds dry (better than paper). Of course, you can make the fancy (or not fancy) origami envelopes, buy coin envelopes, and use other small containers. I prefer the small plastic baggies because they’re simple and cheap. I like that they’re re-sealable, because I have a large wooden box full of seeds and they tend to get jostled around when I’m looking for certain seeds. I already have bags that have a jumble of seeds in them because of opened paper envelopes leaking, and I’d like to prevent that wherever possible.
Once you’ve figured out your preferred packaging option, the next important thing about packaging seeds for the swap is labeling. It’s a good idea to put as much information about the type of seeds as you can, so whoever takes your seeds can search the internet or books for more details about whatever seeds you’re offering. It’s also a good idea to use permanent ink of some sort. You never know how long the seeds will sit in a stash.
I hope you can make it out to the swap this Saturday. Can you share this with friends and family? The more the merrier!