You likely have shared recipes with friends. Why not try exchanging plant seeds?
The Kendall County Master Gardeners will host a free community Seed Swap event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27, in Yorkville.
“It is a great way to diversify your garden,” said Sarah Fellerer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program coordinator in Kendall County. “On the day of the event, everyone is invited to swap seeds or to stop in and pick up free seeds.”
The Master Gardeners already have many seeds on hand, including a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Native plant seeds will be available as well.
All pre-event seeds collected will be labeled and come with care instructions.
“Gardeners are encouraged to bring seeds to share if they have them. Please make sure they are fresh, labeled and not from F1 hybrids, so they grow true to type,” said Fellerer. “We have hundreds of varieties of seeds to share with everyone, so be sure to stop by.”
For more information on seed types, saving seeds and the event, visit go.illinois.edu/kenMGseedswap2018.
During the exchange event, Master Gardeners will be available for questions as part of the volunteers’ Help Desk program, and they will demonstrate germination tests and a seed-starting system.
The event will be at the U of I Extension office in Kendall County, on Route 47, about one mile south of Route 71. The address is 7775B Ill. Route 47, Yorkville.
For questions, call the office at 630-553-5823 or visit go.illinois.edu/kenMGseedswap2018.