I do like a good seed swap.
It’s a simple idea: you take your spares along to your local village hall, or wherever the swap is taking place, and offload them to someone who can make better use of them than you can.
Then you browse around what everyone else has brought and take your pick. Everyone’s a winner.
Seed swaps started in Brighton, where the biggest, Seedy Sunday, still takes place: this year’s is on 5th February so if you’re in the area, do pop in.
But the idea has caught on, and now seed swaps are held all over the country. You’ll have to Google your local venue – there used to be a listings page on the Seedy Sunday website but it doesn’t seem to be active these days – but they’re not difficult to find.
Or, of course, you can just stay right here. Because I have been clearing out my seed boxes in a fit of efficiency and have set aside an exceptionally large pile of seeds which I know I’m not going to get around to sowing this year.
Last time I did this we had a few Royal Mail related issues with the SAE system, so I’ve changed the way things work a little. Most importantly, I’ve decided that instead of asking everyone to pay postage, I will instead ask you to donate the money to the Greenfingers charity, which in case you haven’t heard of it plants gardens for children and their families spending time in hospices all around the country.
So as long as I get the email with your address you should get your seeds in the post asap with no hitches!
Please follow the instructions carefully:
- Choose your seeds from the list below: maximum 10 packets per person please.
- Post in the comments section so I know who wants what and can update the list so everyone else knows what is left. This is first come first served, so read earlier comments to make sure your seeds haven’t been bagged already.
- Visit my JustGiving page and make a donation of at least £1.
- Email me your address with your full name (so I can match you with your JustGiving donation) and what you’ve ordered to sally(dot)nex(at)btinternet(dot)com so I can send you your seeds!
Here’s the list:
(seeds are no more than 2 years old; *=opened packet, but still with a good quantity of seeds in it; **=home-saved seeds so can’t guarantee germination, though all seeds have been kept in cool dry conditions)
Artichoke ‘Purple and Green’
x 2 packs
*Artichoke ‘Purple de Provence’
Aubergine ‘Black Beauty’ x 2 packs
Begonia ‘Bada Bing Pretty Mix’
Beetroot ‘Boldor’ (yellow)
**Borlotti bean ‘Firetongue’
Broccoli raab ’60 Days’
Cabbages – mixed pack of three, Sir, Attraction and Minicole
Cabbage ‘Golden Acre’
Campanula carpatica ‘Blue’
Cauliflower ‘All the Year Round’
Celery ‘Giant Red’
Courgette ‘Black Forest’
Cucumber ‘White Wonder
Green manure Caliente Mustard
*Hibiscus ‘Simply Love’
Kale Duo Mix – ‘Emerald Ice’ & ‘Midnight Sun’
Leaf salad ‘Spicy Oriental Mix’
Leek ‘Bulgaarse Reuzen – Lincoln’
*Leek – mixed varieties, on a seed tape
Mint (small packet)
Mustard (white) ‘Tilney’
Onion ‘Ailsa Craig’
Pea ‘Magnum Bonum’
Pea ‘Maro’ (marrowfat, for mushy peas)
Pepper (sweet) ‘Boneta’
Pepper (sweet) ‘Mini Bell Mixed’
Pepper (sweet) ‘Mixed’
Radish ‘Mooli Mino Early’
Runner bean ‘Prizewinner’
Sorrel ‘Red Veined’
*Spring onion ‘White Lisbon Winter Hardy’
Tagetes (French marigold) ‘Alumia Vanilla Cream’
Tomato ‘Montello’ (bush)
Tomato ‘Red Cherry’ x 2 packs
Tomato ‘Red Pear’
Tomato ‘Super Sweet 100’
Tomato ‘Sweet Aperitif’ x 2 packs
Viola ‘Bunny Ears’
Viola tricolor ‘Bowles Black’
I will update this page daily as this gets under way, and the swap will run for as long as it takes for all the seeds to go, or for everyone to get a bit bored – whichever comes the sooner! Enjoy 😀
Esme Martelle lee said:
Hi there Sally, what a great idea. I would love a pack of the viola bunny ears and the artichoke purple and green if still available.
They’re yours Esme! please could you send over your address and I’ll get them in the post asap 😀 thanks for your donation!
I love seed swaps too, because they always contain a few surprising finds. Our wonderful tomatillos were picked up at last year’s event. Is Ipomoea pennata easy to grow?
Tbh I can’t remember! I would imagine about the same as morning glory as it’s closely related – so a bit tricky to get started unless it’s kept nice and warm (all this family hate to get cold even at night) then once you’ve got them up and growing, not tricky at all and in fact quite rampant. It looks quite pretty though 😀
Cant wait to get planting! Please could we have some Artichoke (PdeP), Aubergine, Borlotti Beans, Red Giant Celery, Chick Pea, Cucamelon and Tomato Tigrella / Red Pear.
If we have requested too much please let us know 🙂
Hello Ben! Sorry for the delay – it’s been a bit hectic this end, hence the long silence. The seeds are yours! Please could you email with your address and I’ll get them in the post to you right away.
Hi Sally I’m replying on behalf of Ben (I’m his girlfriend, the second half of the Ben-iva) Diva. What is your email so we can forward you our address?
Hi Diva! The email address is sally(dot)nex(at)btinternet(dot)com. Your seeds are sitting in an envelope on my desk at the moment so I’ll pop them in the post as soon as you send me the address 😀
Jaci driscoll said:
Hi there, I am helping the students at Sussex university in Brighton to set up a brand new plot. We have a polytunel and will soon have raised beds too. We would.be great fun for anything that is relatively simple to grow and good to eat. I will donate to your requested website. Thanks for doing this
If anyone reading this has any spare seeds, fruit trees or bushes, tools or advice, please email my personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the students Facebook page at sussex roots.
Thanks again and happy growing everyone 🐝
Hi Jaci, what an amazing project you’re involved in, I’d love to help. I’m emailing you 😀
What a great idea!
Harri Leim said:
Are all the seeds that are’t in red with a line through still available?.Just checking before requesting in case the list has’nt been updated recently.
Thank you in advance .