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Winter Gardening Fun
Ben J. Mann

“Exchanging Plants, Seeds and Flowers for Winter Gardening Fun”
Exciting New Winter Garden Fun!

GardenHere turns grey cold weather months into exciting home gardening fun.  While other gardening enthusiast are waiting for Spring plant and seed catalogs, GardenHere members are busy growing landscape and flower starts in their window sills to
trade with other home gardeners around the country.

“Winter can be a really fun time of year for
home gardeners,” said Al Stubblefield, designer and owner of the GardenHere Website.  “Many of our members in the North root plant cuttings in kitchen glasses to offer in exchange for postage or other plants they would like to acquire. Some members offer to trade flower seeds they harvested earlier in the year.

“Even though outside temperatures in my state
can easily hit freezing or below this time of year, I have Fuchsia starts and Geraniums in my sunroom window that will be ready for trade in a couple of weeks.  There is still a bucket of Daylily and Iris tubers in the garage that I didn’t have time to get in the ground this fall.  I’m sure some of our GardenHere members will want them when spring arrives.”

Most gardeners in the South never see snow or
experience temperatures even close to freezing.  Some garden fanatics in the North protect their prize plants in home greenhouses.  Most of these gardeners have too many of some plants and would like to either give a way some of their extra landscape plants and flowers or trade for plant varieties they do not already have.

The GardenHere Internet site makes it easy to
exchange plants, seeds and flowers. It takes about 60 seconds to register and membership is free.  After that, home gardeners can place messages in the forums offering their extra plants and flowers, or tell other members what they would like in exchange.  It’s all very simple and fun.

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“Last month I received 20 new varieties of
Daylilies and two cold hardy Hibiscus plants,” said GardenHere founder, Al Stubblefield.  “The only cost to me was postage, which was less than $6 dollars.  That’s hard to beat.”

Here’s what another garden member had to say, “As many of you know, I started up my own eBay business a few months ago. Well, turns out that a GardenHere member, Fern, had made some purchases from me on e-Bay recently. We figured this out when Fern recognized my name and address I sent her in regards to a trade we were setting up.

”She sent me tons and tons of glad bulbs and bulbils, plus some seeds in exchange for my sedum, ginger and seeds from my prize Zinnias I grew this summer.

“What a small world and what an awesome trade. Thanks again, Fern. I hope to trade again soon,” posted by GardenHere Member, Nicole.

GardenHere Member Copperlilac had this to say, “I just finished a trade with Maineroses. I sent her Peonies for Irises and she included a great baby Lupine and seeds as a bonus.

“Thanks for the great trade Maineroses.”

Finally, GardenHere Member Dee wrote, “I have some baby Gladiolus. I have so many different colors I couldn't tell you what colors they would be. By the way, do you know how to keep them from having too many offspring? I have to throw away hundreds each year because I have no one to give them to.

Gardeners interested in joining this friendly home gardening community are invited to register at GardenHere Forums. It only takes about 60 seconds to register and membership is free.

"Exchanging Plants and Flowers is the Neighborly Thing To Do"

About the Author

© 2004 - “GardenHere is one of America’s favorite home gardening communities on the Internet, says owner and web designer Al Stubblefield. “It is a popular place to make friends, do garden exchanges, trade home gardening tips, and get plant advice.”

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