National Seed Swap Day
About National Seed Swap Day
When is National Seed Swap Day? This holiday is always observed on the last Saturday in January
The holidays are over, and things have certainly slowed down. The snow is piling up outside. Somewhere out there, your garden is under inches, if not feet of snow. Spring is so, so far away. What’s a gardener to get excited about!? If you plan on planting a garden this spring, the last Saturday of January is a huge holiday, It’s National Seed Swap Day!
People have been swapping and trading seeds, since man, or woman, first tilled the soil of this planet. Centuries ago, seeds and even flower bulbs have been used as a form of currency or to barter. Gardeners are always anxious to acquire varieties of seeds they’ve never grown before. We cherish uncommon and heirloom seeds, the varieties you can’t buy in stores.
On National Seed Swap Day, garden groups and organizations, hold a seed swap for their members. It allows them to trade rare, uncommon, unique, and heirloom seeds. Garden hobbyists enjoy the challenge of growing something they haven’t grown before. So, this is both a fun and valuable event.
On National Seed Swap Day, make plans to bring some seeds to swap to your local garden club. If you don’t belong to a group or club, join or start one. You’ll be glad you did!
Participate in National Seed Swap Day, and spring will not seem so far away.
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Ways to Participate in National Seed Swap Day
- Prepare your extra seeds in packets and put a label on them.
- Attend a seed swap held by a local garden group.
- Get together with gardening friends and trade seeds.
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History and Origin of National Seed Swap Day
Kathy Jentz, Editor and Publisher of the Washington Garden Magazine created the 1st annual Washington Garden Magazine Seed Exchange on January 26, 2006.
Note: Some sites have posted the wrong date for this special January day. According to the creator of this day, it is always on the last Saturday of the month.
There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation about this special day.
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