Seed swapping is a fun and frugal way to increase the diversity in your seed collection. Seed swapping is great if you are new to gardening and you are on a limited budget because you can buy a few packets of seeds and trade your way to a more diverse collection. Most seed packets come with more seeds than most small gardeners will realistically use before they start to decrease in germination.
I have had several wonderful experiences with seed swapping groups on Facebook. I have been able to swap seeds that I will not be using this year for seeds that interest me. I really like to use seed swapping when I want a small quantity of something to try out before I dedicate a large chunk of my garden space to something unknown.
Pictured above are some seeds that I got is some trades this year. I have traded for a lot of beans this year. I want to see how these various varieties grow in my garden before I plant a lot of them. Plus, the beans are really pretty! This year I have sent off seeds for cinnamon basil, green sausage tomato, baby corn bonus, and other seeds. Swapping smaller seeds costs me a stamp and a thank you card. Large seeds like corn, squash, beans, and peas cost me a padded envelope, a thank you card, and about $2.50 for postage. I usually swap multiple seeds with each person that I trade with to make trading more economical.
Here are some seed swapping groups that I am a part of on Facebook:
Edible Plants Preservation Society: This group doubles as a place where you can swap seeds and a seed bank where volunteers can grow out rare seeds for saving. This is my favorite seed swapping group on Facebook.
Seed Traders For Future Generations: This group sees a lot of daily activity as people post things they are growing in their gardens as well as trades.
Midwest Gardening and Seed Swap: I love this group because these are growers located in my region, so the odds are if they have a good experience with a seed, then I am likely going to have a good experience as well.
Seed Swap: This group is massive with people from all over the world (not just the US.) I have also seen people post bulbs for trade on this group as well.
Seed Swappers Paradise Group: This is another large seed swapping group.
The Trading Post: This group is strictly for trading seeds. Some groups will allow you to post gardening questions or show pictures of your garden for bragging rights, but this group is very narrowly focused. This group is great for people who want to spend a limited amount of time on Facebook.
Are you a part of any seed swapping groups on Facebook? If you are, then leave me a comment below! I would be more than happy to expand this list as I find new groups.