Whether you are a gardener in need of seeds or a novice looking for answers, the Seed Swap at Sunset Library on Wednesday, Aug. 29 is the place to come! Now in its seventh year, the Seed Swap is great for master and novice gardeners who want to share seeds and seed starts, meet local gardeners, and exchange gardening tips. The Seed Swap is from 6-7:30 p.m., at 4930 W. Ray Road. It is free and open to the public, and you don’t have to bring your own seeds to participate.
According to the Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County has “two growing seasons: one in the spring, the other in the fall. Since few annual plants are suited to thrive in both seasonal temperatures, it’s important to choose plants that mature quickly to ensure a full growth and harvest within one season.” Since 2011, the Sunset Seed Swap has been held twice a year; once in late winter to early spring for the spring harvest, and once in late summer to early fall for the fall harvest.
Participating gardeners often share seeds from their most successful yields and excess seeds they don’t plan to use. By using seeds from previous bountiful yields, future harvests can turn out to be overwhelmingly successful. Many of the seeds that are “swapped” are also specific to plants that are appropriate to grow in this region and climate.
Beginning in September, the seeds suitable for planting are: beans, beets, broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and, spinach. Seeds that may be available for the Fall Seed Swap are anything lettuce-related (lettuce, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, chard), onions, garlic, green onion, leeks, carrots, peas, and all varieties of herbs. There are also often sunflowers and other wildflowers, and loofah seeds - which turn into the big loofahs you use in the shower.
At the Seed Swap, tables will be available to display information and resource materials for master gardeners plus representatives from Natural Grocers and Garden Pool (and many more!) who will be available to answers questions about gardening and sustainable living in Arizona. For more information about the event, call 480-782-2800 or visit.