Let’s Swap Seeds

We’re starting to get antsy for spring. How about you? We’re starting to see buds on trees and blooms on azaleas and spring fever is setting in. We’re ready to get started on our gardens and flower beds. It’s also a great time to think about trying something new in the garden – maybe growing vegetables along with flowers or growing warm weather vegetables you’ve never tried before.

A few weeks ago we ran across this item on Twitter that could make trying something new very easy: seed swapping stations. You may have heard about people leaving books at coffee shops or other high-traffic areas for anyone to take and read. We all know the “take a penny, leave a penny” trays at gas stations. So here’s the same concept – but with seeds.

What a fun and inexpensive way to share seeds with friends, neighbors and strangers. Eating in Public has created a step-by-step guide to building a seed swap station (think: weekend project!).

Here’s a piece from NPR about a library in Colorado that’s handing out more than books. Patrons also get to select seed packets to take home and grow.

Would a seed swap station work here in Charleston? We think so! Have you seen one around town? Where would be a good place to have such a station?

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