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Master Gardeners host seed swap Jan. 25

Master Gardener Natalie Kollmann demonstrated how home gardeners can test for seed viability with germination rates during the 2019 seed swap.
Master Gardener Natalie Kollmann demonstrated how home gardeners can test for seed viability with germination rates during the 2019 seed swap.

You’ve shared recipes and life hacks. Why not seeds? Better yet, get some for free even if you don’t have any to trade.

The Kendall County Master Gardeners will host its third annual free community seed swap event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25, in Yorkville.

“It is a great way to diversify your garden or try a new variety,” said Sarah Fellerer, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program coordinator in Kendall County. “On the day of the event, everyone is invited to stop in and pick up free seeds or, if they like, to swap seeds with others in the community.”

The Master Gardeners have many seeds on hand, including a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Native plant seeds will be available.

All seeds collected before the event will be labeled and come with care instructions.

“Gardeners are encouraged to bring seeds to share if they have them. Please make sure they are fresh and labeled and that they are not from F1 hybrids, so they grow true to type,” Fellerer said. “We have scores of varieties of seeds to share with everyone, so be sure to stop by.”

For information on seed types, saving seeds and the event, visit go.illinois.edu/KendallMGSeedSwap.

During the exchange, Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions as part of the volunteers’ Help Desk program, and they will demonstrate germination tests and a seed-starting system.

The event will be at the U of I Extension office in Kendall County, 7775B Route 47, Yorkville, about one mile south of Route 71. For information, call the office at 630-553-5823 or visit go.illinois.edu/KendallMGSeedSwap.

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