If you have some extra seeds lying around this spring, you’re probably not alone, says local chef and gardener Stephanie Smith.
“A lot of time (gardeners) over compensate with how much they need to grow,” she said.
Smith is one of the organizers of the first-ever Sarnia Seed Swap, at which local gardeners can swap unused vegetable and herb seeds with other gardeners.
Donations of seeds from various Ontario seed companies will also be available.
“People can bring seeds that they’re not going to grow or not interested in eating and exchange them for seeds that they will use,” said Smith.
“This is the first year it’s been offered … I’ve noticed people having community seed swaps in their areas, and it seems to go really well.”
Local experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on sustainability, native plants and organic growing.
Smith said all gardeners are welcome, whether they have a green thumb or an interest that’s just beginning to bloom.
And even if you don’t have seeds to swap, she said, come for the free advice on starting your own garden.
“Starting basic is better, I always say, especially if you’re a first timer. If you want to expand over time, then next year or the year after, that’s when you take it on,” she said.
You have to take the time to do it. It’s a labour of love.”
IF YOU GO:
What: Sarnia Seed Swap
When: April 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Sarnia Cabinets Community Kitchen, 100 Christina St. North
The event is free to attend. Bring unused gardening seed to trade, or come for advice.