There will be plenty of beans and brassicas at the upcoming Seed Swap in Northwest Seattle. The King County Seed Lending Library also has seeds for salad greens and herbs and over 30 other vegetables.

But perhaps the most interesting edibles will be what’s not yet there. Gardeners seem to jump on the seeds brought in by their fellow seed-savers – so be sure to bring yours!

The KCSLL’s annual seed exchange for Northwest Seattle is coming Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Phinney Center. The Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange is also set for Feb. 2 in Duvall, and swaps are planned for Northeast Seattle on Feb. 9 and West Seattle on Feb. 24. Details.

Learn while sharing seeds

At the Northwest Seattle swap, Tilth Alliance, P-Patch, Sustainable Ballard, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and the PNA Tool Lending Library will all have folks and information there. Short workshops will talk about seed saving and seed starting.

are urged to bring seeds to share, but it is not required. The swaps are free
and open to all.

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
  • 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. Some
    swaps 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
  • Bring
    envelopes and a pen to store and label your new seeds.

About the KCSLL

King County Seed Lending Library ( operates four
branches around Seattle and one in the Snoqualmie Valley. Each take seed
donations and offer small quantities of seeds year round to local gardeners.