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    This morning while having my coffee I did a ton of reading at this site. It seems there might be a need to start a seed swap. As some seed may not be available in a particular area or the seed may not be available as a commerical product or the seed is just too expensive. I am not able to create large packages, but I would be able to share seed in the ounce size packages.

    I have the following in the area which would be fairly easy to package.

    Birdsfoot Trefoil...
    White Sweet Clover...
    Yellow Sweet Clover...
    Dandelion...
    Sweet Goldenrod...
    Fireweed...

    What do you think about this idea? If interested or not, let me know your thoughts.



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    Good idea!

    I'll start with saving aster, will trade for sweet goldenrod.



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    Big Grin

    Great!

    Bullseye Bill, I will start collecting seed later this summer as they come out of bloom. I have a ton of it around here.

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    Just be sure to research if the plant you want is native to your area or if it's already been introduced and hasn't been a problem.

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    Hey Mike! Would you like some NICE Russian Thissel?

    Bill

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    Big Grin

    I agree with Mike, however most of the plants that we are interested in are not native to this country. For that matter neither is the honey bee.

    I do have candian thistle, but I will not offer it to the share. The bees love it.

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    Thanks, but I have lot's of different thistles already. Russian, Canadian etc. Some of the thistles I have are native. The bees love them and the horses like to eat the flowers, but not the plants. Very funny to watch how carefully they eat the floweres. I would share them but am afraid I would be violating quite a few local and state laws. I end up trying to get rid of them anyway.

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    Thumbs down

    In our county you will be fined if you don't take measures to irradicate Russian thistle.

    The road grader guy turns in sightings to the noxious weed department and he will give you the option of doing it yourself or they will do it for you at a charge.

    Bill

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    It's the same here, although enforcement is inconsistent.

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    i'll have some anise hyssop seed this fall.

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    I would like some of that anise hyssop.

    Thanks -Bill

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    Bill: we have some Blue thistle here some call it globe thistle ,Is that the same as Russian thistle or do you know?The blue grow about 3 ft high has blue flowers about the size of a golf ball.they are just going out of bloom here.the bees sure do love it.>>>>>>Mark

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    i will have plenty of vitex seed this fall if any one would like to have some.

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    Big Grin

    BeeCatcher is that the same as Monk's pepper. If so, I can't grow it up here. We are to cold. It is Zone 5-10 plant and it seems the warmer the better.

    But, someone else might like to look into it. How well to the bee like it?

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    Mark.. do you have any pictures of this plant. I searched the net for russian thistle and came up with a plant that is similar to tumble weed. I then searched to blue globe thistle and got a plant that didn't look much like a thistle...but was good for dry flower arrangemnts, which my wife would just love. let me know.

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    T.A.Sorry I don't have any picture of it,But they do use it for dry flowers.it's a real pretty plant.The state plants it alone the Interstate hiway's here.It is just now quit blooming so I'm going to get alot of seed's.I'll be glad to pass them on.>>>>>Mark

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    Vitex is the same as Chaste tree. Or shrub. Has silvery green leaves with purple flowers. Very pretty. If I'm not mistaken it can grow to 5-6 feet--at least that's how tall mine were when I lived in Texas. Course everything is big in Tx. Here in Ky I've only seen them get 4-5 feet.
    Denise

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    I just gotta say it! LOL

    What fits 3.5 times inside the boards of Alaska?

    Well, that would be the state of Texas.

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    Actaully, I guess it's only 2.4 times bigger...

    • 2.4 times the size of Texas.
    • 4 times the size of California.
    • 8 times the size of Kansas.
    • 10 times the size of Georgia or Florida.
    • 11 times the size of Illinois.
    • 12 times the size of New York.
    • 499.7 times the size of Rhode Island

    I know this is off topic... so I will stop now.

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    Or, as the Alaskan said when the Texan said Alaska wouldn't be the largest state if you melted all the ice: "careful or we'll split Alaska in two and Texas will be the THIRD largest state."

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