Seed exchange/swap world wide

  • Seed exchange/swap world wide

    Posted by JerseyGiantChick on March 1, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Just received a seed package from USA, we have been blessed from a freesteading member.

    We will seed, plant, grow, harvest and use with the children on our new project. Special heirloom seeds difficult or even unable to get here in Germany/Europe. These are especially for the children, let us find out what great things they can make from these seeds.

    So exchange/swap seeds world wide can be done, and is a great solution if seeds are unviable in your country. Are there seeds in Europe or Uk and so on hard to get, let us solve this together by starting a world wide freesteading community for helping out with seeds.

    AlphaDelta replied 1 year, 3 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Emil

    Member
    March 2, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Sounds like a good idea.

  • Squashmania

    Member
    March 8, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    I have a boatload of seeds, so if you have some dreams, just let me know, and I can send your way. That would be so exciting!!

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      March 8, 2023 at 4:13 pm

      Hold on to your seeds, protect and keep them save. Think it is so important to share and grow to save seeds.

      We became such beautiful seeds, first unavailable to order in Europe from our wishlist. Our wishlist is long, but because of the gifted seeds we can grow or seedbank for real.

      I hope we can help each other out this way, together we can so much good. So please let me know if you freesteaders wishes some.

      Have found some good website, to make a wishlist. Figure out what is still to order in Europe, for the last years a lot a seeds are sold out and are unavailable because of lost crops and not able to order. That will not get any better as we know, so think the future for all of us is exchange seeds.

  • Jasper04

    Member
    March 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Would definitely be interested in exchanging some seeds

  • AiNt-RiTe-Acres

    Member
    March 9, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Alternative ways to get seeds….

    Buy produce from the Amish or Mennonite and save the seeds. Generally speaking you’ll get heirloom seed varieties cheaper and a higher quantity than from the store shelf packets.

    Buy produce from organic food stores. It usually comes at a higher price and may not be cheaper than packets but still an optional seed resource.

    Buy produce from your local grocery store and try the seeds. We wanted elephant garlic but I could only find bulb seeds online for $15.⁰⁰ to $17.⁰⁰ for a ½ lb. That’s rather steep for our budget but I’d watched a video of a guy that buys garlic from the store produce department and plants it. Wifey found some elephant garlic bulbs in the Walmart produce department for under $5.⁰⁰ a bulb. She bought 2 which weighed in at over ¾ of a pound. So put your thinking caps on and think outside the box.

    • AiNt-RiTe-Acres

      Member
      March 9, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      To add to that I saw a video on YouTube where a guy bought dried beans at the grocery store and after sorting them he planted a few. The results were a successful harvest. Another guy I watched grows fodder for his rabbits and chickens. Rather than buying seeds in bulk online or from tractor supply he shops at a bird feeder store. He buys 5lb bags of birdseed and uses it to grow fodder as needed. He also gets 5lb bags of sunflower seeds. He uses some for fodder and some he plants in the garden so he has the seed heads to feed his critters in the winter.

      With fruit & trees you might be able to find a friend who is pruning there’s. You can take the clipped branches and try putting them in a rooting compound.

      The draw backs are that you may not necessarily no the name of the variety you end up with. If your goal is simply to grow food for yourself or your family though … does it really matter?

      If you can’t find seeds or afford seeds, trees or bushes then search Google and YouTube for alternative ways to get seeds or propagate the plants you desire. Use phrases like “alternative ways”….”alternative methods to get”…. “ways to get seeds or trees” etc.

      Good luck, good gardening and God bless!

  • Hippiemimi

    Member
    March 22, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    This may not be about seeds in particular but good info on how to grow from the grocery store. I grow my own ginger. I select the freshest ones and soak them in water for one week. This removes the root retardant. I replace the water every day. You will start to see the tiny buds of whitish green appear on each tip. Those are the ones that will propagate. Break off the fingers and lay on the soil pressing down to surround it with soil but not completely cover. Keep moist you will soon see the stems growing. Be patient it takes a while. I usually use a ginger pot or large planter. Make sure to keep indoors. 😁 I have also grown lemon trees from seeds and potatoes from the grocery store. Soak overnight and place in a warm location. Once you see sprouts ….plant. Lettuce using the bottom you usually cut off and throw out, green onions as well and celery. Watercress will do the same.

  • AlphaDelta

    Member
    March 22, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve had cabbage, celery etc. resprout from the core thrown into the compost pile. Then the chickens find them….

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