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Hi! This is just for fun. I started this over in the winter sowing forum and thought you all might get creative with it.
Hello. My name is Jan and I am a seed addict.
Looking around I figure this HAS to be the best thing in the world to be addicted to
1. They are small
2. They are inexpensive (or free if you collect your own or trade)
3. They are useful
4. They add to the beauty of the world
5. They can be played with
6. They are just plain delightful
My name is Cathy and I am a seed addict! Thought I was cured a few years back, but it was just dormant. The Psychotic Seed Affliction, as my DS calls it, is back with a vengeance!
There is something so soothing about packaging seeds and seeing them all in their little envelopes, tucked in safely, just waiting to be be planted into fresh potting soil...
Podster, I love the paper plates, looks so festive! I use coffee filters too, they seem to absorb the excess moisture from fresh seed quickly.
(Paul - standing) Hello my name is Paul, and I'm addicted.
(Group) Hello Paul
(Paul) - I started collecting seeds this year, and everywhere I look, I'm looking for seeds.
My wife is wondering if I need help.
I'll have to tell her that I've got a great support group.
(Paul sits down)
Yes, it is a great one, that's for sure! Glad to see you are enjoying it.
Managed to harvest seeds from my Jamaican dogwood tree Sunday morning, used the stepladder to reach them, and thankfully didn't break any bones! What we won't do for seeds...
I've harvested seed pods from various outdoor restaurants, trying to look nonchalant as I slip a seedpod onto my person somewhere. Dangit, not having a ziploc handy at every given moment!
I have done that, got home and threw clothes in laundry forgeting to empty pockets!
I have also harvested a few seed pods from garden centers only to go back and purchase the plant too.
Which, BTW, is how I get lots of seeds. Annuals that wind down on the blooming as they are not pruned back. Instead they are devoting energy to producing seed. So, they hit the "markdown" shelf and I snag them cheap. After pinching back the seeds to save and watering well, they usually also go back to blooming. This was one. Salvia coccinea...
Jan, is that all you've got to show us - where are you hiding the rest of the seeds? Don't make us do an intervention!
I have a few packs that I've lost in my "everything" room (pantry/laundry/computer/eBay/gardening/homeschool). I just got them last month so that means I have to clean up some of the clutter to find them!
Sue, it's a case of 'hide in plain site' around here. they were everywhere. but I have mailed a lot of them away in anticipation of them sending back cousins by the score ;0) and then there are the ones that are packed away neatly just waiting for some to ask for them.
pod, lol on 'fine china'. I have tipped a couple. when those tiny seeds disappear into the carpet I feel like holding a tiny funeral :( at least it was nothing TOO precious
sv, I looked at those hibiscus pics. oh, to have a whole hedge of those beauties! alas, I live in the cold, cold, north!
Primrosesue will you tell me where mine are?? I did so much trading that I hope I have room for all. I have all but one of my trades and I can't find it to save my soul!!!. I have all mine in regular small mailing envelopes and put them in two baby wipe boxes. They hold a lot of seeds and you can get in there and go through them like a recipe index. Iam a hostaholic and now am also a seedaholic. Do I need help??? BEV
I'm quickly transitioning from a 'social' seed packet buyer into an 'addicted' seed scrounger.
Kind of fun, actually.
I made Austrian sauerkraut the other night and a light bulb went off in my head as I reached into the spice cabinet--so of course I set aside some of the fennel and caraway seeds to try in my new Park's Biodome seed starter (that I just purchased on the Park's Seeds 35% off sale!) LOL
Also had to get the vacuum out to clean up all the Milkweed seeds flying around in the car and on my black sweater, too...it was 'pinched' on my trip through the park last week.
Podster--I like that hibiscus a lot. Does it make nice tea, too?
Turn people on to seeds and they won't leave you alone.They tell a friend and they tell a friend.Soon people call you night and day.You got more traffic in and out of your driveway then a McDonald's drive thru.They refer to you as their connection.When you tell them your out,they want some of your private stash.Yes this country is over populated with seed junkies always looking to score.Edge
Podster-- loved looking at your 'roselle' page in your journal. It was a beautifully written article and made me taste the hibiscus jelly--especially when they mentioned pouring it on gingerbread pancakes! Mmmmm!
Tea sounds good too, but now that I know about the jelly I may have to try a couple seeds. It said that it was grown in the midwest as an annual...? For the leaves, I suppose...
Tabasco ~ the only problem you might have with them is they don't bloom till late season! Mine started with blooms in mid Sept. Not sure what triggers the bloom, perhaps shorter days. If that is the case, they may bloom sooner for you. You are welcome to seeds to try and then you can report your success! I read they would rebloom if deadheaded but I really wanted all the "seeds" I could snag. Charter member of the seed addict club here... 8 )
I'm planning to TRY to write an article about my very first seed-starting experiments, as a child, raiding my grandmother's spice shelf. I know I planted dill (for pickles) and probably poppy seeds but I can't remember what else. Funny thing is, I cannot imagine her making her own pickles or poppy seed bread or any of those yummy exotic things.
Other things I have collected in the past: tropical fish, clothes and shoes, husbands, broken computers. Seeds are much more cost- and space-efficient.
I have helped my veteranarian deadhead his columbine. I also helped McDonalds, right at the drivethru deadhead some of their plants. I helped my local Dairy Queen deadhead their daylilies.
Im so civic minded! :)
Here is my problem - I have sooo many seeds (yes I must be an addict) but then I feel guilty because I know the seeds have limited viability - so how am I to germinate all those seeds and plant them all (and still collect even more seeds?)
(hands behind back) Oh well! I might just admit that I am a seed addict! I should have known this when I can't use any spices that are not grind up!
When guests help clean up after dinner and head for the 2nd fridge to store leftovers...I'd be screaming.."No! That's for seeds only!!"
I carry some ziplock bags in my purse, just in case...
Theresa, you're a Shining Star for the seeds!
You know what's neat? It's a contagious disease. I was out with DH one day and he spotted a pretty plant at a restaurant. HE said to look for some seeds AND wanted to know if I had a baggie with me. Ain't it grand?
Had lunch at Chili's today and asked for a box to take home the remainder of my salad. The nice waitress brought a styro box, inside was a plastic bag and a 2 oz. container with a snap on lid, more than likely for extra salad dressing. DH asked what the little container was for and I told him it was an E.S.R. "What?" he asked. I said, "It's an Emergency Seed Receptacle." He's learned so well, he immediately knew what I meant!
There weren't any seed pods in the parking lot to test it out though...
Oh I love this thread. I resemble all the remarks. I have tipped over 7 plates of seed stacked on top of each other temporarily while we use that big table to eat on it. I have seed I collected I washed or couldn't remember where I got them or what they are. I love to go through my box and slide my hands over the seed pkgs. I moon over the pretty pictures. Am I an addict, naw just an appreciator of this art. Yeah Got any seeds you don't want? I have a small amount of room left in one of my boxes. LOL
I admit, I REALLY like the pretty pictures, but they have to have real seeds inside. No fake cutsey seed-package-esque tray or hotplate will do -- maybe why that's why I haven't gotten into collecting my own seeds YET! xx, Carrie
I'm a seed addict. Two years ago when I stopped at my bank's ATM machine, I noticed a purple coneflower seed head leaning towards me. I did my banking and pinched the seed head off of the coneflower. I winter sowed it and this year I was rewarded with flowers. I really didn't rob the bank. lol.
We was at the Hospital today, and DH grabbed me as we was walking past some flowers and plants in the hallway! I laughed and said but I had already smacked my hand! Then I looked again and said, well, I have most of them already! LOL
Oh, I understand the feeling. my big problem is very generous DG members send me HUGE packets of seeds - when I need maybe 20 tops. So then I take the 20 I need, and then I feel a desperate need to find homes for the seeds - 'cause I know they have a limited shelf life lol
Suzy, Stop lying to yourself. I can smell the seeds on you. You've had so many seeds that your sweating seed stench through your pores. You all know what we would find if we came to your house right now. It's time to come forward...and hand the seeds over I NEED SOME TOO. (On hands and knees) PLEASE share what you have, Suzy, PLEASE!!
you know, Suzy. I believe you. if you were a true addict and got your hands on all those swap seeds, you'd NEVER be able to let them go LOL we'd find you sitting like Ebenezer Scrooge trying to stack the little packs to the ceiling and chuckling to yourself while the piles fell on your head.
Speaking of which, gram, YOUR can is so full I cannot add one more pack without bumping you up to the next size can. As I recall, you didn't actually want any seeds, you were just going to donate and take "one or two". ROTF!
1. Dining room tables, counterspace, desks, bureau tops, book shelves (well face it, pretty well all furniture) were made to dry, sort and package seed. That's why they were designed with flat tops.
2. Some fool keeps mis-naming the seed storage bins in my fridges "Veggie Bins". silly person.
3. All seed is born viable and should be given a chance to prove it.
3. "If you seed it, it will come" (eventually if you fool around with it enough).
Suzy, I think it's really indelicate of you to talk about the size of my can LOL I actually mailed off 3 other envies of 'donation' seeds today. I'm not getting anything back for those...so there! Besides, I think you're sneaking stuff in there when I'm not looking ;0)
dahlianut...love your list, especially the misnamed fridge drawers!
My name is Lorraine and I am a seed-oholic, however I do not want help!!!!I'm sure others would like to see me get help, but too bad, their little interventions won't work.
When I first started "snatchin' I didn't take anything with me to hold them. So I helped Wal-Mart one day with some plants that were going to seed, just had to stick them in my purse, naturally they were all over the place and had no idea what they were
It will be different this year. Thank you for enabling and helping me learn to do this addiction better
OK, I'm officially jealous of all your seeds. I'm so excited with my little bitty box, but now that I know everyone else has much more than me, I'l a little let down.
Who is my sponsor. Please help me, the only thing that will help is that all the people who have too many seeds donate to poor little me. It would get me over my stumbling and get me on the way to recovery. JOKE!!! haha
LorraineR, trust me. This coming summer, collect seeds from your plants that set viable seeds (check Plant Files). Package them up and watch for seed swaps. I will be running one starting in September (watch for announcement in July ). This swap will be for "fantasy" plants (in honour of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins birthday Sept 22 - well every swap has to have a theme, right?)
Okay, so for the September swap, save seeds from plants with names like " Giant" or "dwarf" or "magic" or "goblin" or "mystic" or "merlin" or "Queen" or "knight" or "king" or "fairy" or "elf" etc. You get the idea!
Anyway, once you start on the swaps you will be overwhelmed with seeds. I joined DG last Jan 6 - and now I have over 260 types of seeds in my mini-bar fridge! I also bought seeds in July when they go on sale - some I bought specifically to parlay into more seeds with the swaps.
Seandor, what a cool idea. Leave it you to come up with this. I have to start thinking now so I'll be ready...can't miss that one.
svpfool, imagine that coming with a camera accessory. the designer must be a seed collector, too ;0)
Lorraine, I'm in exactly the same position as Seandor. I just started collecting seeds last fall and I've traded the few plants I had that were good seed producers up to over 250 different kinds of seeds already. You can get almost anything you can imagine here. Yesterday I was thinking that it would be nice to plant some bluebonnets because my mom was a Texas native. I looked in the trades, found somebody with seeds, looked at their wants, matched up with something I have, the trader had great feedback, d-mailed, she answered already, agreed to the trade and I'll bet I'll have those bluebonnets before the end of the week.
Oh, I'll be a seed saving fool from now on. There is no plant within 100 miles safe from me I will watch for that Robin, I should have lots of seed, now that I know where they are on some of the plants
Seandor, I'm reading The Silmarillion, the story is supposed to take place when the "middle earth" was first formed. Long time before Bilbo and Fodor. It's good, but you really have to concentrate to keep up.
Course it doesn't have any seeds, but oh well
I collect seeds anywhere I can. At the end of the growing season I go to Lowes or anywhere that sells plants and raid their dead plants. The clerks usually just say sure take them or if they aren't busy go ahead and just take the seeds you want from the plants.
'Seed Safety' is now officially our new watchword. thank you to dahlianut. everything we do is with an eye to rescuing seed in danger of perishing needlessly. we who know how to save seed can put it in nice safe containers until we are able to provide it with a new home in nice fresh germination mix or adopt it out to another lover of seeds who is pre-screened and we know will provide it with a good home as well.
I actually think we need to do a march in Washington , everyone else does!! We could have banners that say "We are for seed
safety" and Seed Savers Unite. We could also picket houses where they don't save their seeds.
Now we just have to find out who they are.
Do you think the FBI has a list they could give to us
Our peppers got planted late, so we got our first few off the plants tonight. I greedily snapped the seeds up from the jalepeno, banana pepper, and sweet mini my DH chopped for this evening's green pico de gallo. Luckily all my fingers are intact =)
Thanks to Tuink I was able to try many different types of flowers that I didn't know were available. Not all did that well in my heat and humidity but plenty did. Thank all of you who shared seeds with me this last year. Cindy
Alright. My denial is over. I have Balsa tree seeds. That's right, Balsa tree. For Balsa wood. I live in NEW JERSEY . I can probably name a few more that I don't know why I have. Like maybe Sausage tree. LOL. Hello, My name is Andrea and I AM definately an addict. My gosh.
I have a make-up bag that doesn't hold any make-up any more. It hold some clippers, tiny zip-locks, a marker, a baggie with a moist papertowel and my pocket leatherman. That stays in my purse now :-). I was just going through my seed box that is overflowing with too much stuff, and I found packets of seeds that I bought on one of those overlyzealous nights on the internet when I first started. I don't know what I was thinking. I think they gave me sausage seeds by mistake somewhere. I've got to find a better system for my seeds too. I like the baby wipe tubs with envelope idea. I have a plethera of those. Maybe I could label them A-D and so on so that are more manageable. My dining room has become my potting shed, greenhouse, seed seperating area, etc... Now there's a carpet with enough soil under it to grow a nursury! All I'd have to do is water. Andrea
mygypsyrose you are soooo organized. I keep finding folded tissues in my purse with seeds in them and a smear of eyeliner (which was the written name at one point I'm sure). I'm making me a kit like yours. Thanks.
Oh, you wouldn't say that if you saw the rest of my purse ;-). I put them in there so they don't get lost anymore and nobody stares at me wondering what the heck I'm doing for 5 minutes while I fumble through all the junk in there trying to find something!
I am seed addicted since I was a little girl. When other kids came home with ladybugs or frogs, I came home with seeds. I look for seeds everywhere I go. There is no way I could drive for miles in my car without interruption, when there are plants on the road side. I have to stop as soon as I see a plant of interest. Sometimes I get lost in the woods going deeper and deeper to find seeds. When I visit other people, the first thing I inspect is if they have seed pods on their plants. Seeds, seeds, seeds, they are my life.
I gave up a good paid government job with retirement and great benefits to make my dream come true and open my own online seed store. Am I crazy or what?
I don't think so. I have never looked back and didn't regret it a single minute. My days are now planting seeds, harvesting seeds, cleaning seeds, packing seeds,shopping seeds and selling seeds.
My house is full of coffee cans and ice cream buckets (God thanks my neighbor is a big ice cream eater) in which I store my seeds. There are 3 refridgerators in my garage where I store the delicate seeds and even my kitchen food refridgerator is partially used for seeds.
Oh, and when I go grocery shopping, I only buy fruits with seeds that I can plant again.
Hey! Kids. Do you know what time it is? No it is not HOWDY DOODY time. It is seed picking time again. I am getting some off my orange cosmos already. Here we go again says my DH. O well I am an addict what more can I say!! BEV
Yes, dragonfly, it is time again :0) and the funny thing is, I haven't finished planting the things I grew from the seeds from last year LOL. some of them have bloomed and gone to seed right in their seedling containers, so at least I'll have a second chance at them.
Carolpen, welcome to the group of addicts who do not want to be saved.
Bev, what a pretty garden! I don't have a have/want list either. I would spend all my time doing little trades and getting nothing else done. I get into the big swaps and right now I don't think I'll need another seed for life. But, of course, that will change by tomorrow when I see something I absolutely NEED. I actually ordered my veggie seeds for spring yesterday.
Did you guys see the Summerhill co-op? You can still join in. It said CLOSED, but it's not. The thread is just too long so they started a new thread. It's for the seeds addict. We are at 35% discount!!!
Hello, rustyswoman. Glad we've given you some tips to help you maintain your addition. There is just something about seeds, isn't there. I was out in the garden yesterday, stuffing them into baggies. It gives me a real feeling of satisfaction...like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter.
Lili, I'm not gonna buy any, not gonna buy any, not gonna, not...well maybe I'll just take a look. thanks for the links.
Grampapa that is great analogy! I think there should be a limit on how many seed catalogs they send out because I just start making lists and go through again and make a larger list.
Heaven forbid someone tells me about a great website...bad deal. I accidently found whatcom seeds and I have a very LARGE order coming. Rats, I did it again.
Sometimes I want to HIDE the seeds because I feel guilty that I bought MORE.
I don't mind if they don't grow, I just like to grow them. The challenge, the thrill of seeing the little shoots pop up. My fingers are twitching now just thinking about it.
Thanks (I think?? lol) to LiliMerci, I have purchased some seeds thru the co-op. Now I promised DH not to buy any seeds this fall, but these were a really great deal and I need some for an article I'm writing ( really...I do...really)
I will have to look and see but I owe you some seeds but I didn't send it yet because I was waiting to see if my butterfly ginger would produce seeds. I don't even remember the seeds, but I'll have to look back at my trade tracker and see. I know I have an envelope set aside for you.
Yes, alphabetically. I don't sort by type but by it's scientific names (the ones in Latin). Families of which I have several species get their very own tab. Makes things way easier! The colours are more or les at random...
I'd like to know how long seeds remain viable. i have so many left over from this summer. I planned to use them next season, esp veggie seeds. Do I just throw some into potting mix and see if they germinate? Hey, I've gotten many criminal techniques for collecting seeds. I'll be ready to commence operation in the coming season. My purse is already stuffed with plastic bags.
I'm on the wrong computer but I have some good links for seed viability that I will post next week. Sorry I have snow now so have to focus on the annual spreading of the poop and compost and MOST IMPORTANT finish voting in the DG photo contest. I hope you've all voted???? Most veggie seeds are good for 2-3 years and some longer. Many annual and perennial seeds are good for much longer. I will mark this thread and get back to you I promise if no one else chimes in.
Sometimes I use the paper towel test. I count out 10 seeds. Lay them on half of a paper towel. Fold the other half of the towel over them. Make them wet and I wet them daily. In a few days they will swell and start growing a root.
This summer I bought 12 banana pepper plants at our local farmers market. They grew and I harvested many peppers. I left a few to change color from yellow to orange and finally red. I harvested some of the red ripe peppers to save the seed. After researching banana peppers, I found out that some banana peppers are sterile. I did the wet paper towel test and all 10 seeds started to germinate.
Most seeds are viable for 3-5 years if stored in a cool dry place. Some for much longer, like poppy seeds who are viable for more than a hundred years. And some lots shorter, like the seeds of the umbellifers.
They found some seeds in the grave of King Tut and managed to get some of those to germinate. They were 3,500 years old!
Good Morn all, If you could see this years seed you would believe that I would never sort this mess out. I take paper bags out with me everyday and dead head into them putting name on the outside. Doing it this way naturally I have multiple bags of the same seed. If they need to dry I remove them and place on a paper plate. I have this huge cardboard box with all these paper bags in it. I am going to have to start soon cleaning them. I just have so much going on right now that this is the best way for me.
Hi, I am a newbie so I am just starting on the seed trip. Sure has given me an awaking jolt as to how fast they become addictive. I haven't even got to plant any this year so I start next year. BOO HOO . Boy I know reading this thread I have found out how to snipe seed LOL And I haven't laugh so hard in a long time. You guys are halirious. Loved reading it. I have got a priority mail box about 10in x10in that I have got all my seed in, all in little plastic bags, and some of Lorraines' pretty pkgs.
I rapidly became one of y'all ADDICTED admittedly
OK fellow addicts. There is a new vendor here at DG. I stumbled across them accidently, but was blown away by their seeds. They specialize in poppies and they have an amazing, amazing, selection. Right now they have a classified ad. Check them out - at the very least to drool! :)
No, I'm not affiliated with them in any way. Just sharing the love!
I'm so glad I started this thread. It lies dormant for a little while, just like a seed, and then pops up again with the funniest things LOL Somebody else already clued me in to the poppy seeds. I haven't bought any... YET! Spring is a ways off. I wasn't feeling well this fall and I have all these bags of seed heads from my garden with no labels. Should be fun sorting those out after the holidays. You know...you always think you will know what they are when you get in house, then you lay them down and forget about them.
Jan -- sorry to hear you were not feeling well. I was wondering where you were for the Piggy Swap -- but not that you need more seeds...
and i also know what ya mean about thinking you will recall which seed it is...
most of them i'm getting to know... obvious ones like Gaillardia ... but then when you have Agastache and Salvia... they all look alike.
When i'd go out to harvest... i'd decide which plants i was gonna do a head of time and either have the baggies written on or a slip of paper with the plants name... then i'd pop it in the baggie or jar that i had with me. This year i had a larger variety of plants, compared to the year before.
I think I only have 1 or 2 bags that have NoID on it. One is BES, but i'm not sure on the cultivar... so i'm keeping them and will sow them as unknown BES.
Terese, I started out putting paper slips in baggies before I went outside. I thought I was so smart. After a few times I was lucky to stuff some baggies in my pocket before I went out to walk around. I promised myself (and DH) no more BIG swaps this year. I still haven't organized my hundreds of packets from last year LOL. Not that I wouldn't like to be a 'piggy'. I just have to take a break. It was so much fun, I really do miss it. Even though I know I can't possibly use all the seeds...it's like a hobby in itself.
Yes. It is a hobby and collecting seeds is hard work!
I bought one of those plastic filing folder and broke down the alphabet, like A-C, D-G... and I filed my seeds by them. If there are certain kind that I have alot of different cultivar, like poppies, I put all the little baggies in a sandwich bag before filing.