|A few years back I attended my first plant swap. It was a small one with a only a handful of people, but it was an INSTANT HIT for me. I was completely hooked. I now I wish I had started attending them earlier in life. I've missed so much!|
I do remember trying to prepare for my first plant swap and how nervous I was because I was clueless on what to do. Questions flooded my mind like, "What do I bring?" "How do I package things like seeds, plants cuttings etc.?" "What is the trading etiquette?" and on and on. It was a bit scary trying figure it all out. But, once I got the hang of it though it was easy-street all the way.
This week I'm in the process of preparing for my next official plant swap this coming weekend. Yippee! After a looking through my garden and seeing what I can divide, I determined that the artemisia, red castor bean and violets are what I will trade. I like going ahead and potting them up and tagging them for trading. It makes it easy AND the plants get a day or two to perk back up from the transplant.
Once you get there, depending on how the swap goes, set up up your station (if there is one) with your plants. Trading almost immediately starts and you just have to jump in and start gathering from station to station.
This is what I like to bring with me for gathering:
Remember, it goes really fast... like within minutes. Be courteous, feel free to ask questions and move fast.
Once home, be prepared for lots of planting!
Here is an example of what I've brought home in the past: Fun At The Plant Swap