Trading Seeds

April 12, 2007

Yesterday I packaged up my very first seeds for trading. Since I’d never traded seeds before, I needed to ask a few questions like determining what was a fair trade and how to send them in the mail. There is some good pointers here.

I decided to send 10 Suyo Long seeds in exchange for some Flemish antique poppy and Cosmos seeds.

I got together all my supplies:

  • a sheet of seed packet patterns that I found here
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • pen
  • the smallest Ziploc bag I could find
  • a bubble mailer
  • a photocopy of the front of the catalogue and the page that the seed is listed
  • 10 Suyo Long seeds

I cut out one of the seed packet patterns, folded along the sides and taped it.

I wrote the year of the seeds, if it was an heirloom plant, the number of days to harvest and any additional notes. Eternal Seeds don’t have that much information on the envelope and their catalogue gives marginally a bit more. I put the seeds in the packet and taped it up so that no light would get in.

Then I put it in the Ziploc bag to keep it dry. It went into the envelope with the photocopied pages and I went off to the post office to mail it off. The cost of the stamp was $1.16 including tax.

I don’t think this is a very economical way of trading seeds as the bubble mailer is more expensive than a regular envelope and it also costs more to send it in the mail. I think next time I will use a regular A10 envelope with a piece of thin scrap bubble wrap that comes in boxes of electronic equipment.

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