Poster for May 22, 2014 Swap

seed swap posterPlease, if you have the time, print out a copy and post it at your local library and community boards. We want to see as many new friends as possible. ~ Bethany (President)

Hope to see you there! ~ Raven (Social Media Coordinator)


Volunteer Teachers Needed For Salt Lake County Seed Swap Meetings

We’re fleshing out our class schedule for this year and are in need of teachers to help us out!  The classes are listed below and if you or anyone you’re familiar with has a passion for and some experience with these topics, please don’t hesitate to volunteer.
Classes should last about 45 minutes; the rest of the meeting will be dedicated to business and scheduled swaps.  You should plan for all levels of gardening experience amongst those you’re teaching.  If you are interested please send us a message on our Facebook page or as a comment to this post with your contact e-mail information.
*March – Covered Garden Class – how to grow in a greenhouse, hoop house, cold frame; how to grow year round  (You get the entire 1 ½ hours for this one).  Anything we should know regarding seed saving while employing these methods?
* April – Compost for the Home Gardener – explanation of the basics and ideas real people, with real backyards can use.  How does compost influence seed production?
* May – Water Wise Irrigation Options for the Home Gardener.  How does water influence seed production?
* June – Melons and Peppers – how do we get them to grow and thrive?!  How do we save the seeds?
*July – Backyard Poultry and the rules for Salt Lake County – what are some backyard options and what’s legal where we live?  How are chickens useful in the garden?
* September – Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners – how to get started and where to find equipment and bees here in the valley.  How do bees influence seed production?

Local – Salt Lake County, Utah Join a Community Garden

What do you do if you if you live in an apartment and want to grow some of your own fresh food?  Our friends at Wasatch Community Garden’s wrote on their Facebook page, “Community Garden Plots for 2013 are Available!!! If you have been interested in gardening at one of our community gardens, now is the time to apply. Plots are available at Cannon Greens, Sugar House Community Garden, Magna Community Garden, and our soon-to-be West Valley Community Garden.”

What Can Be Planted Indoors for Early Spring Garden – Zone 5

Here’s a list from, of all places, of what we can be planting indoors right now for our early spring garden – this is for us zone 5 people. For other zones, adjust up or down a few weeks. So, what spring seeds will you be bringing to the swap? Be sure to rsvp on our events page…

First Week of January

Leek can be started indoors, from seed, in the beginning of the month of January and transplanted outdoors to the vegetable garden 8 weeks later. Usually, this is done in March as soon as the ground can be worked. Leek is a warm and cold weather crop, so it can continue to be successively planted throughout the summer. Some varieties of leek take up to 120 days to mature, so to ensure it can be harvest in time, leek should be planted directly in the garden no later than July 15th.


Celery can be started indoors, from seed, in the middle of January. The celery will be ready to transplant out to the garden 6 weeks later. As with leek, this is usually done in early March, as soon as the ground can be worked.

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

“What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community.”