Thursday, February 26, 2009

Online seed exchange: Get your seeds for free

I first read about this on Mother Earth News (not to be confused with Mother Nature Network). iVillage Garden Web has a seed exchange forum. Many people save the seeds from their plants. On the forum, some people are looking to give away seeds that they have. You simply need to send them a self addressed stamped envelope. Others are looking to exchange seeds.

Someday, I hope to talk about the problems with seeds in our country and beyond - how one big company, Monsanto is creating a monopoly on owning the seeds. I need to do more research on this, however. But it's important that we support those who are invested in saving seeds so we don't lose varieties of plants and we don't forget how to save our own seeds.

On that note, I think that this year, I will make a commitment to save one type of seeds at the end of the gardening season. I'm not sure which plant I'll choose, but I think it's something I need to learn to do. Apparently, there is a little more to it than just picking the seeds out and letting them air dry.

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