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7 Amazing National Seed Swap Day Trading Tips

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National Seed Swap Day takes place on the last Saturday of January every year. It’s a fantastic time to plan a seed swap, especially in colder climates like ours. We don’t get to enjoy planting for at least another month or two!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 30 for National Seed Swap Day 2021. Spring gardening is now in sight and it’s time to celebrate!

National Seed Swap Day 2021 - Dried Zinnias and flower heads for seed saving and trading

How to Celebrate National Seed Swap Day 2021

As an avid gardener and seed collector, I can only think of one way to celebrate National Seed Swap Day – trading seeds, of course! But where do you find all the seed swaps?

1. Join Facebook Seed Swap Groups!

My favorite (well, only) seed swaps so far have been on Facebook. I’ve found so many kind gardeners who are very happy to share their seeds across the United States.

These are my favorite Seed Swap Groups on Facebook:

You can also find groups on Facebook for heirloom seed swap or other categories of seed swapping, selling, and more.

Watermelon seeds and flower seeds received in a Seed Swap from a group on Facebook

2. Follow #SeedSwap Tags on Instagram.

I’m working hard to get Bunny’s Garden happily integrated in the Instagarden. Today I happily discovered one of the wonderful folks I follow on there hosts a “SeedWishWednesday” each week!

Be sure to follow @brambleberry_farmstead for access to the weekly Seed Wish Wednesday thread.

Don’t miss the fun at Bunny’s Garden on Instagram as well! Join us for Mystery Seeds Monday! You can post an offer for seeds you want to share with two clues about what they are – a seed riddle makes it extra fun. Claim some mystery seeds by commenting on an open offer. (You can follow our adventures and tips at @bunnysgardenblog.)

But actually, since you’re here, and I appreciate that so much, you can use this direct link to get a head start! Check out my new series – Mystery Seeds Monday Seed Swap!

3. Check out the Reddit Seed Swap.

How exciting to find out about this great Seed Swap Reddit Style! Researching how to celebrate National Seed Swap Day in the United States led me to discover this amazing find.

Simply log into Reddit (or create an account) and head on over to r/seedswap. Take note that not everyone is from the same country, so you should ask before you arrange any swaps.

I just checked now and saw people willing to trade seeds, cuttings, and rooted plants! I am so excited that I just joined this group as well. It’s going to be an amazing gardening season in 2021!

If you are looking to trade plants as well, you can find other subreddits to meet other gardeners. Try r/TakeaPlantLeaveaPlant where you can trade cuttings and rooted houseplants and more!

Seeds from my clearance haul at Agway! The girls gave me these for Christmas - the lady helped pick them out over the phone to surprise me!

4. Browse through your NextDoor Neighbors and Community Pages.

Feelings of community and good will abound in online hubs like NextDoor.com. I’ve seen people finding pets, sharing good will, selling and donating unwanted items, and generally… being good neighbors!

Neighbors can be one of the best audiences for sharing plants and seeds! What fun to be able to walk next door, or down the street, to make the beauty of your garden contagious.

You can also check out your Local Patch Community. You might find local gardening groups already in bloom!

5. Follow along with Gardening Blogs and YouTube.

It’s no secret gardeners are very generous and love sharing! If you’re going to find fun seed swaps on any blog, it’s bound to be a gardening blog.

Follow your favorite gardening blogs on their social media. Sign up for their e-newsletters and follow their blog for the latest content.

Some YouTube channels even put out seed swaps and seed giveaways. You can subscribe so you’re notified before each one goes off!

Once you’re connected, you’ll be sure to catch any Seed Swap events they put out into the world!

Strawflower seeds packet next to photo of pink and orange blooms.

6. Start Your Own Seed Swap Group!

Does your area have a local gardening group? How about a plant and seed swap group? If not, you’re perfectly suited to start one!

You’ve come here, after all, looking for great ways to swap seeds and celebrate National Seed Swap Day – what better way than creating your own group?!

If you DO create a seed swap group and it’s open to the entire US, feel free to post it in a comment below since that’s what this post is all about!

We’d love to follow your adventures and help you grow!

7. Swap Seeds within Your Family.

If your kids garden, or your grandchildren – or even your parents or grandparents – it can be a wonderful experience to share those special seeds!

Swapping seeds within the family adds a precious layer of heartwarming sentiment. If only I had some of my grandfather’s tomato seeds!

Or cuttings from my other grandfather’s roses!

It would be such a nice tribute to continue generations in the garden.

By the way, if you are looking for seed swaps, you might also be interested in my other post, Need Seeds! Cheap Garden Seeds.

And if you’re ready to participate in a big seed swap, be sure to check out the guide on How to Mail a Package without Going to the Post Office.

Are you growing anything special from your family? Please tell us in the comments below – I love great gardening stories!

Remember, with the right group, ANY day can be an awesome Seed Swap Day!

Also, if you know other gardeners who would enjoy celebrating National Seed Swap Day – or swapping seeds anytime – please share the love!

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4 Comments

  1. Hmmm, this could be something I could do with my Girl Scout troop. Maybe I’ll have them swap seeds of their favorite veggies or something. Thanks.

  2. Very cool! I never would have thought about seed swapping groups on FB! Our living condition will be changing before long and we’ll finally be able to garden again. I’ll remember this post for sure!

    1. Thanks Joe! I am so glad the seed swap tips were helpful! Best wishes with your move and definitely check back anytime!

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