Plant swaps, like garage sales have caught on all across the country. They vary in size from small groups of friends and neighbors to the community-wide event annually hosted by the Fayette County Master Gardeners.
Several years ago the value was seen in swapping plants. Like the seasons, planting areas are in a constant cycle of change. Insuring your planting areas look good throughout the growing and blooming seasons can be quite costly. To help stretch your gardening dollar, grab your spade and begin to dig what you are willing to exchange for something new.
Begin the process by choosing which plants you will bring. Approximately one week prior to the swap date, dig the plants and pot them. Be sure to use a container you can part with (plastic cups work fine). Water as you normally would up to the time of transport. Taking these steps allow the plant to recoup from transplanting and look best for its big debut. Once potted, mark the plant with its name and indicate whether it enjoys sun, partial sun, or shade.
May 20 bring the plants to the Fayette County Farmers’ Market at the corner of East and Main streets in Washington C.H. between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Traditionally bushes, annuals, perennials, trees, and herbs have all been swapped.