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Plant Swaps

Want a creative way to exchange gifts among your gardening friends this holiday season? Why not try organizing a plant swap?

Plant swaps are the perfect way to pass along some of your favorites from the garden and receive cool new plants in return.

Invite your friends at least six to eight weeks in advance so they'll have time to start seeds, take cuttings, or divide plants.

Ask them to label their plants, preferably with the Latin name, and to add basic care instructions, like whether a plant prefers sun or shade or how much water it needs.

If your first swap goes well, you could decide to make your plant swap an annual event. Then you and your friends would have all year to generate new inventory for the next plant swap.

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