graibeard's swap list
Member since: Dec 08 | Last seen: May 13 | Years gardening: 28 | Organic gardener
This list is not the most up to date. If you see that I’m growing something that interests you but is not listed here, don’t be afraid to ask, chances are that I just haven’t got around to it. If you don’t ask you will never know. My stash list is viewable – no guarantees on what’s there though.
I predominately work on the Pay it forward philosophy, which means that you don’t have to have a swap ready and waiting. A swap doesn’t have to balance with my tally, especially if I know you. Just pass it on sometime – spread the greenery.
I’m generally after only a few seeds (a half dozen) that allow me to try the variety and have some up my sleeve in case of accidents. I work on the same outgoing quantities unless I have an overflowing abundance or we’ve traded before.
Post & Packaging
Work is still paying me so the cost of postage isn’t a big deal, I’m more interested in the swap.
With packaging, the postal sorting rollers are really good at squashing a round seed – flat. One layer of small bubble wrap seems to work well to prevent this happening, if you don’t have that then try whatever you think will keep the hard rollers at bay but keep in mind what they are up against.
If you are a seasoned veteran then I’ll stop teaching you how to suck eggs!
If I have any excess live plants (seedlings or starts) they can be had after I’ve transplanted mine, if you can pick up. All I would like are the forestry tube pots back at some stage.
Import Export restrictions
I’d love to participate with overseas (and even interstate) gardeners but import restrictions prohibit live plant material (cuttings, bulbs) and seeds can suffer the same fate too. I can import some seed providing the sender jumps through a few hoops with labelling, attention to cleanliness and packaging etc. These requirements are listed on the AQUIS website after a few specifics are entered. If you’re happy to play on the one way street then I’ll do the leg work this end and will let you know what needs doing at your end. It is not too onerous, just nit-picky and bureaucratic, but considering the problems that contaminated material can cause I’m happy to play by the rules – and won’t go outside them.
FWIW, I’ll hugely appreciate your effort.
Typically it involves…
- clear labelling – genus, species (ie: clearly labelled with the full botanical name — genus and species. )
- clean seed only (ie: Seed must be free of live insects, soil, disease symptoms, prohibited seeds, other plant material (e.g. leaf, stem material, fruit pulp, pod material, etc.), animal material (e.g. animal faeces, feathers, etc.) and any other extraneous contamination of quarantine concern.
- plastic zip lock bags for ease of inspection. (ie: Each shipment must be packed in clean, new packaging, )
- No mixing of seed (ie: Packets of seed containing mixed genera or species are not permitted entry due to the difficulties of inspecting them for contaminants. )
- Remember, the person inspecting the seeds is human. If it’s made easy for them to do their job, chances are very good that they’ll give them the nod of approval.
Looking forward to hearing from you…