Frugal living tip #8. February 23, 2009Posted by ourfriendben in gardening, homesteading, wit and wisdom.
Tags: barter, frugal gardening, frugal living, seed swaps
Silence Dogood here. It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to start the week with another Frugal Living Tip from Poor Richard’s Almanac. Today’s tip comes to you courtesy of Becca over at BrightHaven Times (http://brighthaven.wordpress.com/).
Becca e-mailed to let us know that she was participating in a seed swap this year, which both saved her money and allowed her to try lots of new things in her garden. Our friend Ben and I think a seed swap is a fantastic idea! Not only does it save money—you don’t have to buy a whole packet of every single seed you want to try, which can add up to serious money faster than you can say “Boxcar Willie Heirloom Tomatoes”—but it means you can pass along extra seeds while they’re still at peak viability. (The percentage of seeds that germinate drops, sometimes very dramatically, with each year that you store a pack of seeds. That’s why seed companies put “Packed for 2009″ or whatever the year is on their seed packs, so you know you’re getting fresh seed with the highest percentage of germination.)
That’s the sensible, frugal part: Free seeds!!! The fun part is, as Becca pointed out, that you might have a chance to try something (or many things) you wouldn’t ordinarily grow. I headed over to Becca’s gardening blog, Little Green Bees (http://www.littlegreenbees.com), to check out the list of seeds she was receiving and sending, and noted that broomcorn, a plant I always thought would be a lot of fun to grow, was on the list. (See Becca’s February 12 post, “Seed Swap/Round Robin,” to check it out for yourself.)
Great idea, Becca, and thanks for sharing it with us! If you’re a gardener with seeds to spare, this is definitely a win/win for everybody.
‘Til next time,