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Plantidote of the Day 2012-09-16

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red flower

Sunday Links

Just trying something new here -- a few links to garden and plant related things. If you like this, send us a thumbs up. Or, even better, send any links you run across for next week (twig4now[at]

There are just three this week. The first is a story on a new plant-swapping website.
The whole swapping/barter/exchange movement is such a great idea, it needs to be propagated, so to speak. I belong to a group here in LA called SLOLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles), which is a seed exchange. Anyone else doing something along these lines?

Next, we have a short video on plants that grow best in the shade. Sorry about the audio being a bit muffled, but even without all the words, you'll get the idea.

Finally, here's an interesting piece on building a greenhouse/tent combo you can also live in. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it looks like it would work as a temporary solution.

About the flower -- no clue what it is, just another pretty face!


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Submitted by Kathryn on

twig this is great, I am thinking dahlia maybe for your flower, but the plantcatching thing is the best. (of course, I am not looking to tent up in a greenhouse, so there's that.)

Nothing in my area yet for the plantcatching but I would love to divide out the hostas and give them away, seriously. I hate having to get rid of anything that lives, if you know what I mean and this is such a great idea.

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Submitted by twig on

site to redistribute your hostas. They have tons of regional lists. I've used them a few times for household goods that had to go, but the list I'm on always seems to have plants available. If you don't want strangers coming to your house, you can arrange to meet them somewhere public.

Yes, I, too, am a member of the can't stand to throw away anything that's living club. A neighbor put a half-dead lavender out on the curb and the only reason it's not in the backyard right now is due to an intervention by the insignificant other, reminding me that there's no room for another plant. Maybe I can grab it when he's not looking!

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I love the plant catching idea. I used to read LA Times gardening/home columns on a regular basis, but now that they limit what you can read for free, I rarely go there.
I don't need to catch plants, I need to release them! I really need some Plant Parenthood. I checked out my area, no plant catching. Maybe I should start the ball rolling.

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Submitted by twig on

That's too funny! If you do start the ball rolling, maybe you could update us on how it's working out. It seems like a fun way to get to know other plant addicts.

Submitted by lambert on

Twig, I'd be VERY interested in a description of that Seed Exchange -- for the site upgrade, which I will be rolling out soon, I swear!!!!

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Submitted by twig on

I haven't been to a meeting yet, because I didn't garden much this year and don't have any seeds to trade, but the next get-together is in about 3 weeks. Anything you'd like to know I can find out then or email before. They have really grown since starting out as a tiny email list, so there's a lot of interest here.

Question: Any way to involve ShopLeft -- maybe with a "trading post for plants" type of thing?

Submitted by lambert on

... on the one site. I don't have the capacity to build traffic on two. So there could be a seed exchange, or any sort of exchange, here.

Submitted by lambert on

... on the one site. I don't have the capacity to build traffic on two. So there could be a seed exchange, or any sort of exchange, here.