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Community Seed Swap to help local gardeners prepare for spring

February 21, 2019
Tabitha Johnston - Chronicle Staff , Shepherdstown Chronicle

SHEPHERDSTOWN - For many Shepherdstown residents, Claude Monet's quote, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece," rings true with them.

But whether or not someone is a seasoned gardener, he or she is sure to find some help in creating their masterpiece, during the Community Seed Swap at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seed swap is being led for the first time this year by ThirtySeasons LLC owners Mike Winters and Will Wooton.

"This is the time of year when you have a lot of people wanting to plant things," Wooton said in a phone interview on Friday. "It's a time for people to kick off the year, get some free stuff and get planting on the brain. It's also a chance to meet other people in the community.

"The seed swap is something in itself, but there's so much more than that about this to me. I want people who don't garden, just care for their house plants, to come - if it's plant related, come on over! I think the goal for us, is to provide the seeds, provide the tools, we hope this will help. And if they need help, we're here to help them," Wooton said, mentioning community members with extra seeds or other gardening implements are encouraged to come share or swap items at the event.

In fact, ThirtySeasons LLC, which is a landscaping and lawn care business, has a number of gardening items it plans to give away at the event, Wooton said.

"Over the years, when I've run into plant flower pots, I've held on them, because I know they might be useful to someone else. It's an opportunity, if you need a pot for your plants, come by, I'll be there," Wooton said, mentioning other items he and Winters have picked up over the years will also be available for local gardeners to pick up. "I have a couple bags of fertilizer that customers have given to me, which we don't use for our company but could be of use to other people."

Other items ThirtySeasons LLC has to give away at the seed swap, include garden ornaments, a couple of flower bulbs and seeds. However, these items are only some of the possible ones community members can bring to share at the event.

"If you went through your shed in the back and found half a bag of potting soil, bring it along," Wooton said. "I hope people will buy into the whole idea, to go into their potting sheds, and come and share what they don't need with each other - this way the stuff gets a chance at a second life."

And for those who are interested in trying gardening, Wooton said the event would be an opportunity for them to learn how to get started, since the ThirtySeasons LLC team will be present for the entire event.

"It's more of a kick-start for folks," Wooton said. "If they're thinking about growing a garden, maybe this will be the kicker that gets them off the couch."

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