June 6, 2007
On Sunday I went to the Garden Web plant exchange. It was great to see some familiar faces and a couple of new ones too. I had met many of them at a previous Garden Web exchange a couple of months ago where we exchanged seeds. This time it was plants.
A plant exchange is a great way to get rid of your “boring” extras and try out new, exciting plants. I brought all my extra vegetable plants: tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, peppers and lettuce. Here are my tomatoes sitting nicely in the backseat, going for a ride:
A flat of buttercrunch lettuce awaiting its new owner:
And some other of my plants looking for new homes:
It all got spread out on the lawn near the south end of the parking lot:
People looked through everyone else’s stuff and picked plants and books they were interested in. I came away with some lemon balm, daylilies, heirloom tomatoes, gardening books, a toad lily, some echinacea, rhubarb, a bunch of little seedlings, a brugmansia, sedum and an oleander. Everyone was very giving and generous. People were even trying to sneak plants into other people’s trunks! It was a fun day and I had a really nice time.
I didn’t manage to give away all of my plants so I had to take some home and try to pawn them off on my neighbours. All of them went except seven, which I put out by the side of the road. Here they are, all scraggly and sad by the side of the road:
No one picked them up. Looking back, I realized that it was probably a combination of things:
- it was game night for the Senators vs. Anaheim playoffs (go Sens go!),
- it was dark and rainy, and,
- my lawn needed mowing so the plants were camouflaged.
I’ve since been able to arrange a pick-up by a fellow Freecycler from the Kemptville Freecycle. Everything has now gone to a good home.