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GIVEAWAY: Seedswap by Josie Jeffery

Gardening can be a great community building activity. Learning to save and swap your seeds with the other gardeners around you can build that community feeling even more.

For a chance to win a copy of Seedswap: The Gardener’s Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds by Josie Jeffery, leave us a comment letting us know what you have planted or would like to plant in your home or community garden!
We will choose a winner on Friday October 4th.

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Melissa Ward!
“This year for the first time we planted heirloom tomatoes — how amazing they were!! We are also starting a “bee garden” in the spring. Thank you for your generous giveaway.”

Seedswap is available exclusively from until January!

You can find samples from the book on Creating a Seed Bank and Seed Saving Techniques!


31 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY: Seedswap by Josie Jeffery

  1. I’m excited for this book- seed saving and swapping is something I really want to get into. I joined a community garden this year, and was amazed at the amount I could grow in a 6×9 space- radish, spinach, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, eggplants, tomatillos…the list goes on. Next year I am excited to try a few more heirloom varieties, and a wider variety of lettuces.

  2. Oh what a neat book! This year we planted so much on our little homestead (but not as much as I would have liked, baby steps and all..) we had an abundance of squash and tomatoes (my Dad is canning them for moi!) and a decent haul of berries galore, broccoli, sprouts, carrots and things like that..and my herbs (the sage is out of control!)

  3. I worked in our community garden all summer long and now we’re just picking the last of the produce until we get one last harvest (in a few weeks). Right now we’re getting tomatoes, lemon cucs, and squash 🙂
    Sarah M

  4. What a successful gardening season! This year, our yellow beans grew like champions…Their best year yet. We’re already getting calls from friends who want to swap some of their own pickles for our Curried bean pickles. Looking forward into 2014, I’m looking forward to planting (and successfully growing) garlic for the first time!

  5. Cool book!! I’ve started a no-till garden in my back yard and I also share some space with my mom in a community garden in Boulder, CO – we’re going no-till in that garden too. Right now I’m reading “Gaia’s Garden”, “Homegrown Herbs” and “Plant Driven Design”; This year we planted garlic, tomatoes,radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, kale, chard, lettuces (my favorite was “Freckles Romaine”), parsley, basil, dill, thyme, culinary sage, pumpkins (galore), butternut squash, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelon, sunflowers, marigolds, an assortment of wildflowers, a couple of Silver Buffaloberry Bushes and Russian Hawthorne (all on a hugelkultur we built this past weekend), a cherry tree, false indigo, cinquefoil, russian sage, our Hops plants and 2 apple trees are 3 years old. This year the hops grew to the roof (over 20′ high!) Right now I have a big mix of cover crop growing: buckwheat, daikon radish, red clover, and mustard greens. Hurray for gardening!!! I love seeds, and dirt, and worms, and horse manure, and leaves, and compost, and fresh food from my garden! ❤ Kim

  6. We just moved into a new house so next spring will be our first veggie garden in this house, and we have moved considerably south. So, I can wait to plant herilom variety tomatoes.

  7. Loads of things! Its our first year and not all came thru though, as we are trying to be as eco-friendly and organic as possible, so the slugs and all kind of pests from all around came to feast in our garden…. But, we have some pumpkinks, runner beans, tomatoes, chives, potatoes this year. Next year we will know better and will have loads more, I m sure!!

  8. In my tiny garden I grow herbs, come again lettuce, rocket, tomatoes and courgettes in pots. Next year I want to grow some runner beans….I love the idea of sharing seeds with my friends and neighbours.

  9. I like to grab a hand full of seeds from plants I see when when walking in my neighbourhood, put them in my pocket, scatter them in my garden, and then relive that walk the next season when the seeds germinate and bloom. Makes for some delightful surprises and vivid memory jolts.

  10. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity. We’ve planted potatoes, tomatoes, primulas, violets and basil. The children started some sunflowers, radish, carrots and peas in a litle green-house. Katie.

  11. I am so excited to read this book! I have had a small garden for a few years and want to learn how to save seeds. I think it will be fantastic to be part of a seed swap in my community. Who knows? Maybe seeds will be the currency in the near future…

  12. This book looks like a great resource! Perfect for starting my urban raised bed gardens!
    I’m planting a salad garden and lots of herbs .

  13. What a great idea! We just set up a very small garden plot this year but don’t yet have anything other than chives in it. We’ve also just been given a small greenhouse so we’re looking forward to trying some planting! I’d like some pansies, lavender, potatoes, garlic, radishes, etc. We already have a couple of raspberry plants and our strawberries are going strong after 6 years. Seeds are going up in price, it’d be great to learn to save them ourselves and swap with friends.

  14. Oooh, I love swapping seeds… I wrote a bit about our community seed swap here: Here’ in southwest Florida, our gardening season has just kicked off. At home, I’ve planted all kinds of leafy greens, root veggies, herbs, edible flowers, tomatoes & squash, and more. I also volunteer gardening time at my childrens’ montessori school, where each learning environment has a small edible garden.

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  15. This is a great chance, i was looking for a nature friendly guide book to give me some ideas about gardening. I have planted some tomatoes, pepper, auborgine, strawberry, cucumber and couquet. And im planning to plant some carrots, potatoes, onion and broccoli outside and some herbs inside my house. I hope i will win this. Thank you

  16. I have had health problems and haven’t been able to plant much this year. I have an hibiscus sabdariffa blooming right now, and some onions still growing. Lots of fruit trees but roof rats got our pears again. Time for winter crops in Phoenix, hopefully will be able to at least get some greens going!

  17. I’ve gardened since I was a little kid. After years in a condo, one of the joys of moving this summer is a LARGE yard with a garden and space for worms bins and hopefully my greenhouse too.

    Seeds? Love ’em. Clones too!

  18. I would really like to plant strawberries in my 280 square foot apartment. I have no idea how to save strawberry seeds, or if that’s even necessary. I just learned they are a tasty medicine plant! To accomplish this I will need to build a slanted wood inner lattice of shelves on my walls to allow space for growing! That would be so cool.

  19. I like to plant herbs — especially lavender, which I frequently cut and give away to folks who stop to admire my garden…

  20. This past year I planted very simply, banana peppers, bell peppers, yellow tomatoes, basil, sage, mustard greens, etc. I saved some of the seeds, and I’m looking forward to expanding this coming year!

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