The return of pleasant weather and sunshine motivates many of us to work outdoors, which is evident by the number of people swarming the garden centers on Saturdays like busy worker bees. Spring and autumn are ideal times to plant bushes, trees, bulbs, annuals, and to repot container plants. Is it time to divide and thin out the lilies or irises?
Do you admire your neighbor's flowers or have two green thumbs? Sharing from your garden and your gardening know-how is a great way to make friends, have fun, and beautify your community, with little money invested. Read how to organize and host a plant swap with neighbors and friends. Trading established local plants increases the likelihood of gardening success for everyone involved.
How to Organize and Host a Plant Exchange
Make a list of neighbors, friends and acquaintances that currently have flowers, herbs and or other plants in quantities to share and would be willing to participate. To keep the garden gathering simple, limit the trade to six to twelve participants. Send invitations to those interested, asking your guests to bring six to twelve starter plants or bulbs from their yard, flower or garden beds. The plants should be kept moist and contain sufficient roots to successfully transplant. Ask the participants to label each plant and note planting and care instructions, so each recipient will know whether to plant in direct sun or shade, etc. The recipients will also want to know when the flowers will bloom.
With each guest bringing starter plants or bulbs from her garden, everyone will receive a variety of healthy, tried and true plants acclimated to their climate, to take home and plant. Sharing from your garden and your gardening knowledge is a great way to make friends and beautify your community, with little money invested.
Don’t forget to serve a slice of pie and lemonade in a cozy spot in your garden or on the terrace before the ‘green thumbs’ depart to exchange gardening wisdom.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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