Seed Swaps

5th Annual Canadian Autumn Seed Exchange

Hello gang!

Its is that time of year again. I can’t believe that it is the 5th year!

To all of the new swappers and a reminder to all of the generous usual swappers;

This swap is for any kind of seed; veggie, flower, herb… Usually over 50 Canadians participate, so there is a nice variety of seeds. I try to send the packages back quickly after the final date, so that all of the gardeners get an early Christmas present!

The guidelines will be in the next post, but here are a few of the most important rules:

Send in what you would like to receive. The better quality seeds that you send in, the better the swap gets.

You can send in a maximum of 2 packages of each variety and up to 40 total packages.

Send in fresh seed. if your seed is too old it will not germinate.

Send in NAMED varieties only. Example: Tomato ‘Indigo Rose’ or Cucumber ‘Straight Eight’ or Cosmos ‘Rose Bon Bon’ NOT Marigold ‘Orange’ or Tomato ‘red cherry’

Send $2.95 in return postage, even if your postage was less to send the package to me.

Send your package on or before November 6th.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. No question is too silly or basic.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the usual participants for making this swap so good. To the generous bonus senders, the large seed quantity senders, the well organized senders, the funky package senders, the wishlist fillers, all of you make this swap a fun time of the year for me!

The guidelines will be in the next post!

Posted over 2 years ago

Here are the guidelines;


(Partially paraphrased from Heather MacDonald’s annual pepper/tomato swap guidelines – with her permission)…

ADDRESS to be sent when you send an email confirming participation!

This is my business address & the postman brings the mail straight to me! Seeds are due in on November 16th, so please put your seeds in the mail on or before November 6th to ensure that they reach me on time. Of course, you are welcome to send your envelope earlier.

1. You can send in up to 40 seed packs. If you are sending in extra seeds as a bonus please mark them clearly as a bonus. If you send in 40 packages, you will get 40 packages back. If you send in 5 packages you will get 5 back. Bonuses will be divided between everyone, so you will end up with more than you send in. Occasionally I split seed packs in order to fill difficult wish lists.

You can send in up to 2 packs of the same variety. If you send in more than 2 packs of the same variety I will contact you. I can either use the seeds as bonus or send them back to you in your return envelope.

2. This swap is for NAMED VARIETIES of any open pollinated seed only. Please mark the seed package with the type of seed (annual or perennial flower, herb, vegetable, etc.) & the cultivar name. If you know – mark whether they are heirloom or OP, or hybrid. If seeds are from a commercial source, please note that as well. Basically put as much info as you can on the packet. If there is anything that are unsure of, just ask! Do not include mixes or mystery seeds or unnamed (eg: Purple Cosmos or Orange Cherry Tomato or Marigold) unless they are clearly marked as bonus seed. It isn`t fair to send mystery seed to people who followed instructions & sent in named varieties. Unknown varieties will be sent back to you, unless marked as bonuses.

If you are sending in hybrid seed, only F1 seed from a commercial source is acceptable. Please mark the source on the package. Do not send in seeds you have collected from a hybrid plant. They will not grow true to the original parent plant. If you are unsure if the seed you have collected is from a hybrid, please research online before mailing in your seeds or send me a message and I will try to find out.

Seed doesn`t need to be collected from bagged or separated varieties – accidental crosses occasionally happen. When you grow out the seeds that you receive please try not to be upset if an occasional plant isn`t true. Sometimes crosses are better than the original … That being said, please don`t send in seed that you know is crossed & will not grow true.

3. Please include a list of the seeds that you are sending in. Also include a wish list or preferences and if there are any seeds you do not want to receive. If you are only interested in heirloom or OP, please tell me. I will try my best to accommodate your wish list, but there are no guarantees. The returned seeds will be completely dependent on what is sent in. The easiest wishlists to fill include some specifics, but also some general wishes. Don’t be shy. It is easier, if your wishlist has 1000 things on it! (: If you wish to email your wishlist earlier, please feel free. Having your list early makes it easier for me to fill more of your wishes. If you have something on your wishlist & get it from another source, or find something that you wish to add to your list at any time before I send back your envelope, just let me know.

4. Please mail your seeds inside of a bubble envelope with your return address label inside. It is important that you send a regular bubble envelope & not the heavy cardboard insulated type to keep within the weight restriction. Please send $2.95 return postage. If your package uses less postage I will send you back the difference. Please do not assume that your postage will be the same as your package that you send in. There may be lots of bonus seeds or heavy seeds that will make a difference. I will reuse your original bubble envelope to send your surprise seeds back to you. If you go to Canada Post to mail your envelope & they try to charge you more, be sure to tell them that is Lettermail, non-standard and oversize.

The weight category is:

$2.95. 100-200 grams”;

This has been the correct weight category for almost every package that I have sent out in previous years.

5. Please include both your real name (for mailing) and your screen name & your email – so I know who has sent in their seeds!


Inside your bubble wrap envelope you should have;

1. Whatever seed you are contributing to the swap

2. A list of whatever seed you have put in your envelope

3. Stamps totaling $2.95 (you will need another $2.95 in stamps to send your seeds to me)

4. An address label with your address on it.

5. A wish list or list of preferences or do not want list (:

6. Include your name & Screen name along with an email address.

Remember, you can send in your wish list as soon as it is ready, making it easier to fill. You can also change your wish list after you have sent it. Just let me know of any additions or changes.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know. Happy trading !!!

Post in this thread if you wish to participate or send me an email!

Posted over 2 years ago

I was sad to miss out last year, so I am looking forward to this years swap!

Posted over 2 years ago

I have been getting a few questions about seed amounts.

I usually go by what another Canadian gardener, Sorellina, posted a few years ago:

Tiny Seeds (basil, hyssop, poppies): 1/8 tsp
Small Flower Seeds (calendula, bachelor button): 1/4 tsp
Small Vegetable Seeds (tomato, pepper, eggplant): 10 seeds
Large Flower Seeds (4 O’Clock, Nasturtium, Thunbergia): 5-10 seeds
Large Vegetable Seeds (Beans, Corn): 25 seeds

I think that this list works well, although many swaps that I have been in I have gotten 10-15 bean or corn seeds. It seems to depend a lot on the size (some are very heavy). I think that it also makes a difference if a plant is rare, most people are happy to have even a tiny amount to try. If they like it they can always save seeds for the following year. Once in a while, I split a package to fill particularly difficult wish lists, so each person gets a smaller amount of the seed that they really want instead of a larger amount of seed that they won’t grow. Some people send in huge packages of seed. I usually split those up and share them around the group.

In the end – it’s up to you. If you give an amount that you would be happy to receive, you are all good.

Posted over 2 years ago

Good morning!

Just a quick note to let you know that you can join in anytime up to the last day to send in your envelope. If ou have never done a group swap, it is a nice way to get a bunch of great seeds all at once! (:


Posted over 2 years ago

Got my package off today!

Posted over 2 years ago

Hi-I.m from outside canada
Could I still get in on the next seed swap-assuming I send adequate postage?
Have quite a selection of unusual seed that otherwise wouldn’t get shared

Posted almost 2 years ago

Hi bbudd,

Sorry, the swap is just for Canadians. There are a lot of worldwide and North American swaps – check out gardenweb(houzz) and tomatoville… plus many other sites.

If you are interested in personal swaps, I would be happy to work something out.

Happy swapping,

Posted almost 2 years ago


Folia Helper


Are we doing this again this fall?

Posted about 1 year ago

Most likely, yes. I will it in the fall. I you want to message me your email, I can send a reminder as well.



Posted about 1 year ago

I could use a reminder

Posted about 1 year ago

Got it! You are on the list (:

Posted about 1 year ago

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