Seedy Penpals


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Seedy Penpals is a great way to share seeds with like-minded people. We all like to send and receive surprise treats: with Seedy Penpals you get to grow them too (and eat some).

Seedy Penpals is also a great way to

  • Meet and make new friends who share your interest in gardening
  • Find new blogs you may like
  • Share your experience of different plants and how to grow & care for them
  • Increase your knowledge about how to grow & care for plants
  • Save & share your favourite varieties
  • Protect plant biodiversity
  • Conserve and promote heritage varieties of plants
  • Make sure your surplus seeds are not wasted

Who can join?

Anyone who would like to join is welcome. You can be:

  • a complete beginner, or
  • someone who knows they have green fingers
  • young, or
  • more ‘mature’

We’d like to see:

  • bloggers or non-bloggers
  • Tweeters or non-Tweeters
  • UK & other EU residents only (due to seed export restrictions)

All you need to do is to read this about How it Works, fill in the form that’s there and sign up. Please read How it Works carefully, so you can be sure that you can participate in this way.

So what happens?

  • You read the Agreement and sign up
  • You encourage your friends to join too
  • In late January and late July of each year we match you up with a Seedy Penpal & email you
  • Penpal A will send to Penpal B, Penpal B will send to Penpal C (so it’s not a swap)
  • You get in touch with your Seedy Penpal to find out their postal address and any preferences they may have
  • In February and August you select and send to your Seedy Penpal some thoughtfully chosen seeds and any tips and instructions for sowing and care
  • You open your Seedy Packet and rejoice at your good fortune, sow what you like. Tweet your joy if you do that thing!
  • If you can, blog about your Seedy Packet and how your seeds are doing in the coming weeks and months. You put your link on the Seedy Blog so we can all see it. Add the Seedy Penpals Badges to your site.
  • Let us have some feedback about what went well and less well and give us suggestions for improvement
  • Look forward to the next Seedy Packet and encourage your friends to join.

So now, sign up

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  19 Responses to “Seedy Penpals”

  1. […] ok before the door is closed again.  The oca that was sent to me by Emma through the Seedy Penpals swap has been potted up and is growing well.  Oca is an oxalis, related to the creeping woodsorrel […]

  2. […] I recently did the 1st Seedy Penpal Swap and the guy, Carl Legge, who organises it all kindly sent me some new goodies to try.  He sent […]

  3. […] about Seedy Penpals invented by Permaculture Pin-Up of the Century Carl Legge? Here’s how to get involved.) I wasn’t going to buy any seeds this year, and purely grow Seedy Penpal seeds (Emma’s […]

  4. […] next Seedy  Penpal exchange will be in August, It has been a fantastic way to meet and share with like-minded […]

  5. […] giddy about the new growing season now and this is the first Seed Swap I will be doing with my Seedy Pen Pal…just click the link if you are interested in signing up for the next round.  I have sent a copy of […]

  6. […] love Seedy Penpals. It’s an excellent friendly seed swapping scheme thought up and ran by the excellent and […]

  7. […] into a lobsided plait but it’s a start. And most significantastically of all, I have joined Seedy Penpals! This is not actually as mucky as it sounds. Unless by muck you mean the nurturing loam. Or horse […]

  8. […] to tell you about the seedy penpal scheme.  If you are interested in joining you can sign up at The Seedy Penpals Page If you want to know more about my garden come for a visit at Lorraines Veg Patch And if you want […]

  9. Cool idea Carl! A good ole seed swap/penpals hybrid done 21st century style! Looking forward to it! Kind regards, Penny

  10. [...] A big thanks goes out to Jane Perrone for sending us a copy of her excellent book “The Allotment Keeper’s Handbook – A down-to-earth guide to growing your own food”. She also writes a great blog called Horticultural which is running a couple of competitions at the moment (There’s a chance to get a anti-slug T shirt and some free gardening books until midnight on February 18th 2013) and there’s also a link to a great idea called “Seedy Penpals”. [...]

  11. Sounds like a brilliant idea! I will add a link on my blog “Weeds up to me knees” this weekend!

  12. [...] to read because she tries to appeal to people (like me) who are trying to have a go. She is also a SeedyPenpal. So, what did I get? Well [...]

  13. [...] swap that embraces technology but ultimately relies on snail mail. The organiser behind it all is Carl Legge (Twitter @CarlLegge) who can be found on his permaculture holding or in the kitchen, located [...]

  14. [...] very short while back I joined in with the Seedy Pen Pal scheme organised by Carl Legge over at his blog. This appealed to me immediately as I love connecting with other like-minded people, and the [...]

  15. [...] Foody Penpals, and the other is known as Seedy PenPals. their names are self explanatory and if you [...]

  16. [...] am joining in with this simple and  life affirming Seedy Penpals Scheme – I have always sent a few seeds here and there and love the simplicity of this. I just [...]

  17. [...] who share some of my interests. One goes by the name of Foody Penpals, and the other is known as Seedy PenPals. Their names are self explanatory and if you would like to join in or find out how it works, just [...]

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