Looking for a new taste from your edible garden? From greens to roots to legumes, the Great Seattle Seed Swap has a vegetable variety for everyone. In fact, seeking old or unusual varieties that you might not find in the seed racks is one reason people come to the King County Seed Lending Library seed swap.
The seed swap includes seed sharing and education. This year, a short class will be held on seed-saving basics.
How to participate:
- Share only seeds of edible plants that your fellow gardeners would grow from seed, such as annual vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
- If donating packaged seed, it should be organic or open-pollinated, plant types that will produce seed true to the stated variety. Heirlooms are by definition open-pollinated.
- If donating home-saved seed, please winnow and clean it off the stems or stalks as much as possible and bring only the seed.
- If you can’t clean it in advance, plan to spend some time cleaning it the swap. We will have screens and buckets available.
- All shared seed should be fresh, within three years of purchase or saving.
- Label all seed donations with seed type, variety if known, and year it was grown/saved.
- Bring envelopes and a pen to store and label your new seeds.
Attendees are urged to bring seeds to share, but it is not required. The swap is free and open to all.
The King County Seed Lending Library operates a network of locations taking seed donations and offering small quantities of seeds year-round to local gardeners.