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« on: January 03, 2010 10:13:25 PM »

I've been pouring over seed catalogues and dreaming of Spring and planting my garden. I could use some Craftster-made swag to help get me in the mood!

We could swap aprons, garden markers, painted pots, spiffy gardening gloves, homemade earth-friendly insect repellent, labels for canning, even seeds!

There is no way I'd be able to organize, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I hope someone will grab the ball and run!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 10:19:03 PM »

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

Come on, spring!

I am soooooo ready for basil plants and fresh tomatoes!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 10:20:53 PM »

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

Come on, spring!

I am soooooo ready for basil plants and fresh tomatoes!!!

Yum! I have the best recipe for a no cook pasta sauce, but it's best with toms fresh from the garden and fresh picked basil. It's like heaven in your mouth...
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 10:46:05 PM »

My favorite summer recipe is Tomato Salad:

In a glass mixing bowl

Enough cherry tomatoes for however many servings you need, all cut in half

VERY liberally drizzle with extra virgin olive oil

Add fresh basil leaves, cut into thin slivers

Liberally sprinkle with fresh ground pepper

cover bowl, leave on counter for at least 3 hours to let the flavors merge, stir it all up 3 or 4 times during the marination period

Do NOT refrigerate during marination period.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010 11:37:30 PM »

Here are links to previous galleries!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296282.0
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2010 01:05:30 AM »

As far as I know there's no problem sending seeds within Europe, but I don't know for the USA/Canada...
But I'm in for this swap (but only if it's AFTER the frugal living swap), there are many nice crafts I'd like to make/receive. Especially name tags to put in the pots.
Haha, I never considered wearing an apron in the garden  Tongue I only use that for baking to prevent my cloths being covered in flower (but even a huge apron doesn't help with my style of baking   Grin)
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2010 05:41:09 AM »

I am so in! Smiley 

You could also make a veggie gathering basket/tote, seedling containers (either newspaper that can biodegrate in the soil or starting the seeds in plastic egg containers with a cover as a mini-green house), tools, recipes for the yummy goodies (I am GOING to can this year!), garden art ...
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2010 06:12:51 AM »

All I can say is, "Come on, spring!"  It's 14 degreesF outside right now with a wind chill of 8.  This sucks.  Tonight, we're supposed to be 12degrees with a wind chill around zero.  The only good that might come out of this harsh week is that there's a chance we'll get our first good snow of the season later this week.  That would be nice, especially if my son got some time off school.  (We are in a VERY rural area, and oftentimes what closes the schools is the gravel/dirt/farm roads the school buses have to travel.)  We wouldn't close just for a few inches of snow, but we would close if the county roads (no plows, etc. outside of city limits) became dangerously iced, esp. if the winds are high.  Here's hoping!  If I've got to have an insane heating bill, I at least want some fun for me and kiddo out of it! Smiley 

If I could live in a place I liked, I wouldn't begrudge the weather so much.  But, it's insult to injury to be trapped in a town I hate AND have high bills from nutso weather.  Summer is even worse.

I'm so looking forward to this swap, but I agree it needs to be after the frugality swap.  If anything, I'd like to see what gardening related stuff I might get from that swap before making my wish list for this one. 

I know that I'd sure like to end up with a partner who makes soap and has a good gardener's hand soap that soothes itching.  I have wicked nasty allergies.  Bonus points if she makes a soap that helps sooth poison ivy.  I try not to get into any, but it grows like crazy in this area. 

This is going to sound weird, but, hey, it's craftster so it's OK.  I don't wear pantyhose (evil things!).  I do have winter tights, but I really, really, really try to make those last from year to year as best I can.  If my partner does wear hose and has some run up ones, don't throw them away!  Cut strips of hosiery are good for tying stems to stakes.  I'd be happy in this swap to have pile of long cut hosiery ties.  Reduse/reuse/recycle!

If my partner threw in a bottle of cayenne pepper to help me out on the organic gardening front, I'd be a happy swapper!

I wonder if my partner might like some good sized hair bandanas hemmed out of cute fabric for covering/pulling back her hair while out in the garden?  I could do that and use the hemmed hair bandana fabric as the "wrapping paper" on her items furoshiki style.

Is anyone else here intrigued by the heirloom seed movement? 

And, really, I have 2 basic words for this swap:   Gathering Apron.
OK, 3 words:  Please.








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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010 06:27:23 AM »

I love heirloom veggies, though I haven't yet grown any.  I'll be getting some this year from Freedom Seeds.  I'm also on the Freedom  Gardens website for tips and tricks and such.

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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2010 07:28:01 AM »

Anyone know of some free seed catalogs?  I only got one last year and want to request some now so they come in time.

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