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    Default Excess Virtual Seed Parcel Seeds - ideas needed

    Wowsers....


    I think these were the sentiments of the Grapes I met with last week when looking at the 1400+ bags of seeds donated and swapped by the kind Grapes on here.

    Which is great.

    So, how are we going to get these utilised and grown?

    We've got quite a few varieties now where we have loads of seeds [to name a few, Rocket - Gardener's Delight - Various Squashes - California Wonder Peppers - and I could go on and on] - where we have ample numbers of packets donated. Plus we have parsnips which will go out of date if not grown this season.

    So we had a chat and discussed what to do to get these used.

    Schools were one, we could donate a selection through the Vine.

    Selling them on, with the money to go to a charity of the Grapes choosing [yes, we could have a poll].

    Newbies - were another. Or do a few of my occasional 'Win a selection of seeds if you guess this' type thing.

    A base pack for seed swaps across the country?

    The trouble is, that people are too generous! So they donate 20 packs and only pick 10 that they want - so it's built up quite quickly.....and that's not including the fantastic generosity of the people who originally set them up [there are seeds in there that Two-Sheds first put in the very first parcel - I remember as I received it that very first time]

    Any ideas?


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    I'd say give the seeds to schools and community gardens. No matter what, there is always going to be a glut of certain type of seeds. Nothing wrong with the seeds they're just common - fess up, how many packets of Basil seeds do you have? The "common" seeds are a good intro for getting peeps interested in growing your own.

    Wee bit iffy on free seeds to newbies, will it attract more seed beggars to the Vine. There was enough of a problem for the Mods a while back with sb's. No offence meant to any newbie on the Vine.
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    I think schools are a brilliant idea, it would be great to help encourage schoolchildren to grow their own. Not sure how we would pick the schools but I'm sure that there are loads of ways.

    I think that if we somehow give them back to Grapes, they will end up back in another seed swap later on
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    I'm with Frosty on this one - there must be loads of schools and gardens which are crying out for seeds .
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    There seem to be a number of people on the Vine who grow with schools and community groups. Can we ask them if they would use the surplus seeds on their projects - and give them a pick from the list first?
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    I'll probably just pack them in packs of say 40 to cover a large range of veg types - and then perhaps offer them on here to schools or groups when they are packed....with some authorisation from the Head/Lead Teacher/Group Leader of course...


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    Quote Originally Posted by FROSTYFRECKLE View Post
    Nothing wrong with the seeds they're just common - fess up, how many packets of Basil seeds do you have?:
    22. Mostly common and garden Basil, with some speciality types....
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    You could set up your own Market Garden Nursery now Zaz!!!!... and pack in the day job


    I like the idea of VC's

    ...also a few competitions - esp if peeps can choose what seeds they'd like
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