Our previous thread was getting long and taking a long time for dial-up subscribers to load so this is a continuation of the Free Seed for New Bee DG Subscribers.
To quote Rick Corey, keeper of the New Bee Seed Stash:
"This thread is for "New Bee" seed requests, information and questions.
"New Bee" only means that you joined DG in the last year or so and are a paying subscriber. (Not necessarily "new to gardening".)
Anyone is welcome to trade for seeds or generously contribute seeds.
For the cost of postage, and a list of wishes, we'll send you at least 15 packets of seeds in a bubble mailer.
That's all there is to it, thanks to all those who share seeds with us.
To get your seeds, send whichever you prefer:
1. $3.00 by PayPal, and a private Dmail to me (RickCorey_WA) to get my PayPal ID and send me your address and Want list. (This is the cheapest option, and easiest for me.)
2. A First Class envelope with 5 or 6 First Class stamps, your printed address, and a Want list. (I'll supply the bubble mailer.) I'm in the Address Exchange (http://davesgarden.com/address_exchange/) as RickCorey_WA, so you know where to send it.
3. A bubble envelope containing 4 or 5 first-class stamps, your printed address and a Want list.
(Even the empty mailer will cost you $1.71 to send, so this is the MOST expensive option.)
Be sure to send:
- - - your DG screen name & real name & return address,
- - - a list of "Wants" and
- - - postage OR a big bag of your saved or leftover seeds
Don't post your address here in the public forum, send it by Dmail
or put it in the DG Address Exchange: http://davesgarden.com/address_exchange/
(You have to add your address to be able to see everyone else's.)
You can list specific or general Wants:
lilies, iris, hibiscus, hollyhock, morning glory, marigold, zinnia, alyssum, lobelia
or other particular plants.
It helps a little if you say what hardiness Zone you're in. If you really like a particular thing, adding a specific name to the common name makes it more likely that I'll find the right seeds.
I should warn you that I have been "behind" since I started and may not get your seeds to you for multiple weeks. Don't hesitate to remind me if you're in a hurry. Feel free to NOT send postage until you hear that I have shipped your mailer!
Everyone, new and old: if you would enjoy donating seeds for new members, that would be great! We can also trade (Dmail or post a list of your Wants).
We need four stamps worth of postage ($1.71) to return a bubble mailer. The extra stamp goes into the "pot" for postage due. If you don't send a bubble mailer, we ask for an extra stamp to pay for the new mailer.
Please make sure to use enough stamps when you send to me.
An empty bubble mailer is now $1.71 (four stamps). That's why I urge a 44-cent First Class envelope and let me supply the bubble mailer.
If you are kindly sending seeds to share, it takes a fifth stamp if you go over 3 ounces, and I would be dleighted to reimburse your postage.
Please let me know if I may add your screen name to labels for seeds that you donate.
Now that I have an "organization", and have reconciled myself to giving away blindly the things I'm not familiar with, the only real obstacle is the rest of my life. It keeps interfering with New Bee chores!
Hey A. I know you do wildflowers in you gardens. Are they just natives to NC, or do you use natives from other states??? I'm amazed at all the wildflowers that are in bloom around here. And my allergies are telling me things are BLOOMING! UGH!
I just read this thread. I just organized some of my seeds and shipped some to 5 different friends. It took me over 3 hours. I think Rick deserves more credit. It is a very big job. And life goes on. JMO. Sharon
i so agree. i am retired and i cant keep my seeds organized, the newbie stash is a huge job. throw in a full time job, a life, car trouble, and whatever else there is, i dont see how he does it.
Just got my own shipped out over the weekend and I can say that Sharon did a magnificent job with her seed shipments. Thank you SO much girlie. I am very excited to try the California poppy again. :)
Bigtrot - I'm just a devil's advocate here - Mr. Corey has the seed stash and perhaps your envelope. If you send me an envie with SASE I'll be happy to surprise you with an assortment of cast-offs that I don't know how or will never have time or space to plant! :D
Patti - I try to stick with east coast natives. I use the USDA or NPIN databases to see plant distribution/range when choosing. I am also careful not to plant anything that may be invasive - many states have lists of plants classified as invasive.
Of course there are some things that you just have to have that prolly aren't native and may originate in Europe or South America - I garden for wildlife so any plant that excites my pollinators is something I'll try to find space to grow.
My very best resource on native wildflowers is a publication from the University of Florida Extension called "Weeds of Turfgrass" :)
Life goes on - as you all have observed. It's amazing to have this free resource on DG which I myself stumbled upon several months after I subscribed. Robyn sent me a lot of those "don't know what to do with" seeds and I am still trying to germinate several, including an ancient coral bean bush (!?) Jatropha . . ... which seed was enormous and also looked very old and beat up. Alas, alack, it has not sprouted yet, but I will not give up hope until the earth takes back its own. :P
"Canna" rings a bell and I will check the "lily" bag ... right now I think this is my "owe Crit list:"
lavender breadseed poppies Papaver somniferum
Double Hollyhock "Peaches & Dreams"
"French Hollyhocks" "Malva sylvestris " and/or "Mallow", http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/238/
ANY poppy seeds
French Marigold and Giant Marigold if you have them.
I would like a few of the Det. tomatoes. New Yorker and Ace 55?
Sub Artic Plenty and Manitoba .
Also in the INDET. class Jaune Flamme Omar's Lebanese.
My current NB project is picking out all the tomato and pepper seeds curently promised to various people, so i can put my Tomato & pepper jars back int he fridge.
BTW, I just bought a bunch of "humidity indicating cards" from Drierite, so if anyone wnats to monitor their humidity inside a jar or tub, these have 10%-20%-30%-40% etc spots.
Many people are reminding me politely that 'tis the season they need seeds, or must buy them. And my SO is visiting again this weekend. And the steam-mushroom cloud stopped coming out of my engine afetr the SECOND fix, but now the brakes are making a funny sound. I stopped working on the new beds, but I sure wish I had some free weekends to start some seeds indoors and cover some RBs to dry out and warm up. Sorry to say i don't get much done after work other than dinner and vegetating.
I've even recieved gift mailers from some people and haven't thanked them yet - that's really bad.
Betsy, I do know that I owe you some seeds, and my replies to your repeated emails are still the case.
Sharon, I have to agree with you. What we don't grow this year will just be a new adventure next year. I figure some of what I grow this year will not make my favorites list next year and will need new contestants. In the mean time, I'm still trading and encourage others to enjoy trading too. Robyn
Corey, please stop feeling quilty. I know for me that patience is the number one thing I have learned from this new love of mine. This job that you have taken one is mamoth. If you were just dropping a bunch of seeds in a package it would be one thing, but you try so hard to meet the wants of each of us, that's special.
>> If you were just dropping a bunch of seeds in a package it would be one thing, but you try so hard to meet the wants of each of us, that's special.
>> You are not a store where they order what they want. That was your first mistake.
You're both right!
I'll keep trying, but I do SO much want to get SOME seeds into the ground, and life just so #@$^$# busy!
A neighbor offered to let me put a new bed into a shady area that I think is her yard, she thinks is my yard.
And I still have penstemon and monarda under plastic wiating for soil!
And Safeway Primroses (or maybe HD).
Hi Rick, I am a newby that requested seeds from you. I included a list of things in the envy just as your thread instructed me to do. I knew well in advance that you were behind you clearly stated that.
I am in no hurry for the seeds since most have a reasonably good shelf life if handled properly. So what if I can't plant them this year. It means I get to be surprised next year!
I don't know about you, but I like good surprises! As for the list that was included as instructed, disregaurd it completely,in fact, throw it away. Maby if you don't see it , you won't feel pressured to try to fill it! Anything sent my way would be greatly appreciated no matter when it arives.
There are many great people here that may be able to do seeds for postage if I get desperate for some thing I just can't live with out.
Liz, this is the note I made, and have not found your paper loist yet.
Every time my SO comes to visit, all the NB boxes get moved around to clear out the living room.
Usually in a big rush shortly before she arrives.:-(
All forms of edibles , vegies, herbs ,flowers and fruits,
also love drought tolerant trees and shrubs that can also stand up to big winds and high heat.
We have lots of space and trying new things is allways fun
Thank you so much for your kind offers to share seeds. I am behind this year due to all of the wind we have been getting. Spending way to much time cleaning up and starting over. Lost most of my winter sown jugs to the wind allready so I will check you lists in a day or two.
Oh, that is too bad you lost your ws'ing! I don't have a list of seeds ... way too many to list. lol Just let me know what you want (you can dmail me if you wish, or put it on here in post) and I will look through my stash and see what I have. Some are from other seed swaps and some are my own. Just let me know!
>> All forms of edibles , vegies, herbs ,flowers and fruits,
>> also love drought tolerant trees and shrubs that can also stand up to big winds and high heat.
>> We have lots of space and trying new things is allways fun
well, if they need a volunteer i would be happy to do it, i am retired and have lots of time. i also love to share seeds and have lots to contribute, mostly things i overbuy in the winter. people on DG have helped me a lot when i was first starting out and would like to return the favor.
Hi all... just wondered where we stood on the newbie seeds? I have a bunch that I have gathered from my garden, plus a lot of duplicates I have found when looking through my seed packets. I have them all in the small mailla mailers by letter. Makes finding things a lot easier.
I'm still dithering about trying to finish sorting things to send back to Robin. And 8-10 bags I have half-stuffed for sending to people who've been waiting months.
I really should just mail all the boxes, and followinhg up with things Robin would have to put away.
Probably the best thing would be to send seeds to Robin. AFTER I clear out all the things that are in stacks in my living room and bedroom, THEN I'll offe4r again to Robin to just split up and label small pkts.
I wouldnj't suggest sending anything to me until I get The Stash back to Robin.
Hey Rick if it makes ya feel guilty ?uh hum Me? I would keep em all ! But then I guess being a good Gentleman of character is why you were volunteer chosen "as choice" to begin with.
Thank you for being there for so many, even if it did not go as well as it might of.
I just don't think there is any reason to feel guilty,most of us realize we would be in difficult place if we were the ones keeping and sorting, and stacking and arranging etc see it even sounds like it could go on for ever.
You see also I had a secondary motive of watching this thread as I was about to d-mail ya to see if you had any penstemon seeds, only now I get to ask Robin who I have never talked with before.
You see , I should feel guilty, Maybe you should charge us all a dollar for talking to you ,then you could have something to feel guilty about!!!!
Besides, by now we have most likely made you work for a degree in seed law,but ,,,That's takes us some place else all together!!!
Have fun with the Boxes!!lol ain't I mean!!!?
>> d-mail ya to see if you had any penstemon seeds,
As I recall, The Stash had very few or no Penstemons. I can find that in seconds, once I unstack the boxes. "Perrenial Box", "P" bag. But my guess is "not much or nada".
On the other hand:
- I have a bunch of Penstemon vareties, rather few seeds each.
- - They've been sitting in a cool DRY jar for 1, 2 or in a few cases 3 years.
- - I think they have been losing viability since Year one and a half.
- - the ones I tried to winter sow took 18-24 months to get big enough to see easily, and then I killed them by forgetting to water
If you do a little hydrogen peroxide soak before (?or after?) stratifying, or if you're good at Winter Sowing, I would send you some as long as you've donated to Robin's Stash. Maybe Galliardas? We have plenty of Blue Oat Grass. Lupins? I would like some Lupines. They are supposed to be easy!
The easiest way to send my list with descriptions would be via regular email, a Word doc with tables.
I have thrown all my seed back in the ground ,I have a couple of tutt frutti plants(that are doing real well) just started some woodfield hybrid that are tiny they might or might not, A couple of Gallery and I usually have lots of lupine perennis the wild blue lupine.
I have not donated to robins stash ,a no, no, but tell me where the I,D. is and will send some to as and when they are in season.
I have not been saving seeds this year(hey!! wasn't that your job!!)LOL
If you look through my trade list. anything I have I will send to you when it goes to seed. except the cutleaf coneflower the seeds give me a bad time sorting them and I have all the roots anyone could possibly want.
AS TO GAILLARDIA :GRANDIFLORA. BURGUNDY, and Gallo Red Like with hybrids not all seed true.Your welcome to anything there and I will make a note file from my mail.and send them to you when I have them
You all really were keeping Blue Oat Grass seed all the time were you?
I never did send you any zinnia either and all i had remanig from three ice cream buckets full of seed was a large planter space where they grew ,not hardly any at all grew this year, This was not a good summer for annuals or vegetables.
Only to say you see i did remember though, and in good or better year to you.
No problem, it sounds like you WILL donate seeds to Robin once I get it together, and there's a good year for seeds, and that's good enough for me. Maybe one of these years, some Lupin seeds? If they are annuals, cross-pollinated is OK. I'll keep the ones I like and cut the ones I like less, and wind up with a mix adapted to my own tastes.
I forgot that any fancy Galliarda would be F1 and hence random color and random shape blooms. The stash probably has enough close-to-original perennial seeds, and I have some Galliarda seeds I can add to it if I check that baggy and it is low.
I forgot to check the NB stash for Penstemon last night!
I ofrget WHO sent the Blue Oat grass, but I recently realized how invasiv e some things can be in some climates. I have some Snapdragons that started out as "Oh look at those nice Snaps, they were SO easy too establish". Now I have them everywhere, burying other beds and even otyher Snaps with colors I liked better.
I'm new to all this and would love to have any seed. I have an excellent green been seed that I've been growing for years - a friend gave me ( she had in her family forever). I would share, but I havent learned how to dmail! I also have zinnias, enchinea and a couple of other things, gourd seed, etc. I'm in zone 9a north Florida. I've only lived here a year, so gardening here is new to me. I have neighbor who would share sago seeds. I also have African violets one is lavender that I could share a leaf off of (I was given this about 15 years ago and it was old and huge when I got it! Very easy to root and is still one of my favorites. I have dark pink, light pink and dark purple, white, too. I also have baby cactus, cuttings of philodendron, wandering plant, variegated and solid larger kind. Root of iron lily, elephant ear, fern/ couple of different ones, spider plants variegated and not, spider lilies, Easter lilies, amaryllis, jade plant.
ok- i have some questions-
about how many requests to you get a week for seeds from newbies?
is anyone doing this now or is the newbee project in limbo?
how much time per day does this take?
I am offering my time, my seeds to share and any other help i can give. I hate to see this fall by the wayside. Let me know if I can help. I have more seeds than i would ever use, send lots for postage anyway and am retired an have tons of time.
Oh!! Kc!! So good to meet you!! I used to run the newbee program back in the day...lol I dont think we have met. But it is good to meet you. I am hijacking someone elses thread here I think so please feel free to dmail me we can talk about it. Robin