The Seed Swap is one of the main features of Seedy Saturday—this is where we trade and share the seeds of all those special plants that we’ve been growing for years, plants that may no longer be commercially available, and that you want to make sure continue to be grown and enjoyed.
It is most helpful if you take some time in advance to get your seeds ready for the exchange by cleaning off as much of the husks and chaff as possible, by pre-packaging the seeds, and by providing as much cultural information as possible: name, size, colour, soil and light requirements, and so on.
Save Your Seeds for Seedy Saturday
As summer transforms into autumn, the Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday Association would like to encourage you to save your vegetable and flower seeds for our upcoming Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday (QBSS) event on February 4th, 2023. Your saved seeds can either be traded at our Seed Swap or donated to us to package and sell at this venue.
If you’re saving seeds, you are well advised to please be patient; a common pitfall is not waiting until the seeds turn brown before harvesting them. A useful tip is to tie a brown paper bag around the seed heads on the plant until they reach maturity.
An excellent resource for seed-saving information is the Salt Spring Seeds website (www.saltspringseeds.com) – there one can find helpful advice and tips on saving seeds from many different varieties of plants. Other good websites are www.saveseeds.org, www.almanac.com and www.gardenersworld.com
If you have saved seeds from this year’s garden projects that you wish to donate to QBSS, please contact Kim by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for pick up. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the next Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday event.
See you at Seedy Saturday, February 4, 2023!