was poking around your site the other day and came upon an earlier post
about your Poorman Gooseberry (and I noticed that you have a gooseberry
start to share with Sarah - along with the other perennials we in the
virtual world watched you divide on your blog and then Sarah plant on
her blog.) [Where's mine?]"
--- Charity, who
provided this photo of her currants, raspberries, and blackberries
I'm already trading scionwood with a couple of readers and
new gooseberries for
this year have found new homes, but I thought it might be fun to help
our readers swap perennials this winter. To play along, just
follow these simple rules:
- Leave a comment with the perennials you've got extras of this
year and want to trade. I'd like to gear this toward edibles and
permaculture classics (like comfrey), but feel free to offer other
plants and scionwood. Include your wish list too, along with your
email address. (You can email
me to remove your comment once you're swapped out if don't want to
get inundated with requests.)
- Peruse other people's comments until you see someone who has what
you want and needs what you have. Drop them an email and make the
swap! You'll each have to pay postage, but it should even out.
- To make sure the information stays up-to-date, the swap will end
To get the ball rolling,
here's what I've got extras of this year:
comfrey (cultivar unknown)
onions (bottom bulbs at this time of year)
ever-bearing red raspberies (extremely productive, especially in
- Thornless blackberries (unknown cultivar; it's very vigorous,
with huge berries, but dies back one winter in three in our zone 6
climate, so I only recommend it for the south)
And what I'm looking for:
- Scionwood from pears resistant to fireblight (especially Seckel,
Tyson, Harrow Delight, Honeysweet, Hoskins, and Luscious)
- Sal (Gene strain), Marselles vs Black, and Blue Celeste figs
- All kinds of weird permaculture plants. If you want
something I have, feel free to offer something in trade.
If the swap goes over
well, I'll try to save back some other interesting perennials next
year, like gooseberries, echinacea, chives, and figs. Maybe a
plant swap can be an annual event?
Be sure to order by Monday if
you want to gift a chicken waterer this holiday season.
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