"Winter Gardening Fun"

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GardenHere transforms cold winter months into exciting home gardening fun. Each week about 10,000 unique visitors drop by GardenHere to research plants, meet other home gardeners, and trade free plants and flowers.

GardenHere turns grey cold weather months into exciting home gardening fun. While other gardening enthusiast are waiting for their December and January plant catalogs, GardenHere members are busy growing landscape and flower starts in their window sills to trade with other home gardeners around the country.

“Winter can be a really fun time of year for home gardeners,” said Al Stubblefield, designer and owner of the GardenHere Website. “Many of our members in the North root plant cuttings in kitchen glasses to offer in exchange for postage or other plants they would like to acquire. Some members offer to trade flower seeds they harvested earlier in the year.

“Even though outside temperatures in my state can easily hit freezing or below this time of year, I have Fuchsia starts and Geraniums in my sunroom window that will be ready for trade in a couple of weeks. There is still a bucket of Daylily and Iris tubers in the garage that I didn’t have time to get in the ground this fall. I’m sure some of our GardenHere members will want them when spring arrives.”

Most gardeners in the South never see snow or experience temperatures even close to freezing. Some garden fanatics in the North protect their prize plants in home greenhouses. Most of these gardeners have too many of some plants and would like to either give a way some of their extra landscape plants and flowers or trade for plant varieties they do not already have.

The GardenHere Internet site makes it easy to exchange plants and flowers. It takes about 60 seconds to register and membership is free. After that, home gardeners can place messages in the forums offering their extra plants and seeds, or tell other members what they would like in exchange. It’s all very simple and fun.

“Last month I received 20 new varieties of Daylilies and two cold hardy Hibiscus plants,” said GardenHere founder, Al Stubblefield. “The only cost to me was postage, which was less than $6 dollars. That’s hard to beat.”

Here’s what another member had to say, “As many of you know, I started up my own eBay business a few months ago. Well, turns out that a GardenHere member, Fern, had made some purchases from me on eBay recently. We figured this out when Fern recognized my name and address I sent her in regards to a trade we were setting up.

“She sent me tons and tons of glad bulbs and bulbils, plus some seeds in exchange for my sedum, ginger and seeds from my prize Zinnias I grew this summer.

“What a small world and what an awesome trade. Thanks again, Fern. I hope to trade again soon,” posted by GardenHere Member, Nicole.

GardenHere Member Copperlilac had this to say, “I just finished a trade with Maineroses. I sent her Peonies for Irises and she included a great baby Lupine and seeds as a bonus. “Thanks for the great trade Maineroses.”

Finally, GardenHere Member Dee wrote, “I have some baby Gladiolus. I have so many different colors I couldn't tell you what colors they would be. By the way, do you know how to keep them from having too many offspring? I have to throw away hundreds each year because I have no one to give them to.

Gardeners interested in joining this friendly home gardening community are invited to register at http://www.GardenHere.com/forums . It only takes about 60 seconds to register and membership is free.

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