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Country Lore: Online Seed Exchange

Improve the diversity of your garden and use this reader’s advice on how to harness the power of the internet to find folks willing to exchange seeds.

| April/May 2008

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    Save money starting a new garden by trading seeds with other gardeners using online seed exchange.
    Photo by Fotolia/Franny-Anne

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Starting a new garden can be expensive, even if you start from seeds. Online seed exchanges are a perfect solution. For less than $5 for postage and bubble wrap, I’ve received more seeds than I can plant in a season.

The best online seed exchange I’ve found is the iVillage GardenWeb Seed Exchange. It has many gardeners from the United States and Canada. Often exchangers offer seed for nothing more than postage, and give extra surprises in the packages they send.

If money is tight, but you have dreams of a lush, bloom-filled garden, give a seed exchange a try.

Colleen Vanderlinden
Harper Woods, Michigan






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