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5 ways to get free seeds


Sure, it’s really cold outside and you might be thinking more about the challenge of chipping ice off the sidewalk before the next big snow, but that’s no reason not to think spring. Seeds from online sources can go fast once we get closer to the time it’s time to start seedlings, and if you’re just starting (or simply a frugal gardener), free seeds are a great way to go.

Colleen Vanderlinden has found five ways to get free seeds for this year’s crop. The anticipation of fresh veggies and beautiful flowers will provide a light at the end of the tunnel while chipping that ice.

1.GardenWeb’s Garden Forums

When I first started out, I received MANY of the perennial and veggie seeds for my garden from the seed exchange forums over on GardenWeb. These forums are still going strong, and I still see lots of great seeds being offered over there. The nice thing for a new gardener (who probably doesn’t have much seed to trade away) is that many gardeners will offer seeds for nothing more than a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). These listings are usually clearly marked “for SASE” so keep an eye out for them, and you’ll have plenty of seeds in no time.

2. Take Up Wintersowing — Get Free Seeds

I’ve written before about winter sowing — essentially, it’s sowing seeds outside in plastic containers (such as milk jugs – this is a great reuse project as well!) and letting nature take its course. Then you just plant the seedlings in your garden when the time is right. It’s a great way to start seeds for your garden, without having to set up lighting and other seed starting paraphernalia inside your house. If you’re interested in getting started with this method, you can visit WinterSown.org to learn more about it, and, if it sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can send a SASE, and they’ll send you a few packets of appropriate seeds to get you started.

Full story at Treehugger.

Always the right season for gardening.

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