Background: I’ve been meaning to trade stuff for years, but it’s really hard ! You have to have stuff already, or lots of time to make it or obtain it. Then if you finally have stuff you’d like to trade, you have to take a bunch of pictures and stick them on the internet.


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Salsify Seed [NEW]

– Care to trade ? Make a deal with me at the bottom of this page in the comments section. To send pictures of stuff, send me a mail at { upon request }.

Last updated: June 1, 2013.


1. Dear Press, this platform is contently grass-roots, and does not require or request your assistance in promotion and or advertisement, so please stop with the inquires.


That being said, if you would like to trade, you can make a deal with me at the bottom of this page in the comments section.

2. “Coming soon” means that I’m sizing something up, and am waiting for the right time to Trad’er.

3. As most of you know, I live outside the money economy as much as possible and am therefore too poor (in monies) to mail stuff cross country all the time. I’ve usually got a little pocket change around the 23rd of every month, so I mail stuff then. Thanks for your understanding.



Ginkgo Seedlings [NEW]
Chestnut [Coming Soon]
Hall’s Hardy Almond [Coming Soon]
Apricot [Coming Soon]
Persimmon [Coming Soon]
Pomegranate [Coming Soon]
Olive [Coming Soon]
Loquat [Coming Soon]
Bay Laurel


Rosemary [Coming Soon]
Lemongrass [Coming Soon]
Lavender [Coming Soon]
Lemon Balm [Coming Soon]


Salsify seed [NEW]
Bay Nuts
Sesame seed
Sweet Basil seed
Mini-black corn seed
Chinese Red Noodle Bean seed
Raimugi Rye seed
Purple Bombastic garlic seed
Bitter-gourd seed
Ichiban-boshi Barley seed
Enbaku Oat seed
Rokujyou Wheat seed
Leek seed
Black Aztec maize seed
Snap pea seed
Red cayenne pepper seed
Pink Bean seed
Rucola/Rocket seed
Orange Pumpkin seed


Book – A Different Kind of Luxury
Nursery Catalogs
Mason Bee Blocks
Pickled Olive
Bay Leaf
Firewood ash
Indian corn cornmeal
Lanced tooth hand-saw
Cinnamon toothpicks
Aigamo Duck eggs


Salsify seed(trade by the seed)

Salsify seed in hand

Salsify seed in hand

Fig(trade by the tree)

Fig Cuttings

Ginkgo Seedlings(trade by the seedling)

Bay Nuts(trade by the fistful)

Bay Nuts

Hall’s Hardy Almond(trade by the tree) (12 available)

Hall's Hardy Almond

Sesame seed(trade by the fistful)

Sesame seed

Sweet Basil seed(trade by the seed)

Sweet Basil seed

Cinnamon toothpicks(trade by the toothpick – custom orders OK (i.e. fat, skinny, long, short.)

Toothpicks & shavings

Mini-black corn seed(trade by the fistful)

Four ears to a stalk

Cob in hand

Aigamo Duck eggs(trade by the egg)

Egg nest

Chinese Red Noodle Bean seed(trade by the halfa- fistful)



Raimugi Rye seed(trade by the fistful)

Seed crate


Book – A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance By Andy Couturier (2010)


Purple Bombastic garlic seed (trade by the clove)

Just harvested


Bitter-gourd seed (trade by the fistful)

Gourd's wisdom

Nursery Catalogs – Two cats from KAIRYOEN , both the equivalent to, or better than, porn mags. (2oo8 & 2oo9 issues)

Porn (NSFW)


Mason Bee Blocks (trade by the block). Here’s a good explanation on what they’re for. { VID }

Handmade blocks

Ichiban-boshi Barley seed (originally KC’s)(trade by the fistful)

Seed crate


Enbaku Oat seed (trade by the fistful)

Drying apparatus


Rokujyou Wheat seed (trade by the fistful)

Whole wheat

Little flailer

Hay, leaned-to.

Pickled Olive (trade by the halfa-fistful) Two types, the Lucca and the Cipressino, taste OK. One type, the Mission, tastes a bit salty. Take yer pick.

Oct. 11, 2009 batch

Leek seed(trade by the halfa-fistful)

Leek seed

Black Aztec maize seed (read more here) (trade by the fistful)

Black Aztec seed

Black Aztec on left

Snap pea seed (trade by the fistful)

Snap pods (seed)

Red cayenne pepper seed (peppers, too) (trade by the halfa-fistful)

Peppers, strung


Bay Leaf(fresh or dried) (trade by the fistful)

Dried Bay Leaf

Firewood ash (a mix of elm, cherry, cedar, cypress, larch, hassaku, locust, beechwood, laurel, oak) (trade by the bucket full)

Firewood Ash

Pink Bean seed (originally KC’s) (trade by the fistful)

Pink Bean seed

Peak Bean seed

Lanced tooth hand-saw (brand new)


Hand-saw teeth

Rucola/Rocket seed (12 generations, same garten) (trade by the halfa-fistful)

Rucola seed

Gorgeous Rucola (Feb. 10)

Indian corn cornmeal(home grown, dried, de-kerneled, and milled) (trade by the fistful)


Indian corn variety

Orange Pumpkin seed (mid-large & small)(trade by the fistful)

Orange-Pumpkin seed


Bay Laurel (seedlings – various sizes)

Bay Laurel Seedling

・Woodchips (sakura) (trade by the bagful) (insert picture)

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  1. learnandgrow said, on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Hey, K,

    Pity the smoked garlic has gone. Though glad in a way;)

    How bouts we trade some of yer pumpkin seeds for some shochu, konbu and chilli infused takuan?

    Proposed lbag abel:

    If it don’t kill yer, it’ll make yer stronger…



    • kenelwood said, on February 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Ou T,

      Hear hear ! Me first trader, and a friend ‘o mine to boot. :-) How’s the weather down South, the winds a whip ?

      As to the smoked garlic, I’ll be doing those “Made-to-order” just as soon as the birds be a chirpin’, and the spring sun upon me back. Let me know “when” you want to make the ‘shochu trade’, and I’ll get you “two fistfuls” of pumpkin seed, plus some other mystery stuff in the mail. Sound good ?


      • learnandgrow said, on February 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm

        Hey K,

        Would spit on mi ‘and and shake on it, but;
        a) It’s too cold, and
        b) I’d never hear the end of it, messin’ up the keyboard n’all.

        So, simply: “Done”.



      • kenelwood said, on February 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

        Hey T,

        fuhgeddaboutit ! Click here. “Done”.



      • learnandgrow said, on March 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

        Hey Ken, the takuan’s done and it tastes gooooood (絵ヴぇん伊fI do say so misself).
        I’ll get it off some time this week.


      • kenelwood said, on March 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        Ou T, shaweet !

      • learnandgrow said, on March 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

        The Eagle Has Landed.


        Especially chuffed with the White Clover, was top of the shopping list. The trees’ll thank you, too.

        Hopefully the takuan is there. If not, you’ll be able to smell its approach.



      • kenelwood said, on March 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

        Hey T,

        Glad you (and the trees) will be enjoying the seeds. :-)

        Hopefully the takuan is there. If not, you’ll be able to smell its approach.

        Holly mother of re—-ek from the mailbox ! He he. That was a sweet trade. Enjoying the homemade Takuan , scavenged wakame and homegrown red cayenne peppers right now. Yum.



  2. Myhobbyis said, on February 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Ken,
    Interested in the Booth paperback. If you can, bring it to the Moot with ya’ and maybe we can do a deal on something.
    All the best, J.

    • kenelwood said, on February 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Hey J,

      Done ! See you when we get there, and to good trading. Cheers.


  3. TomT said, on February 20, 2010 at 5:39 am


    PM me on GP (or where-ever?) and I’ll get a book to ya.


  4. rza said, on March 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    hey ken

    awesome idea this trade thingy here. i’d like to do set up something similar myself one day. or maybe a place where all of us can post and trade freely….

    so i’d love some of your corn and pumpkin seeds (fyi, customs confiscates those and melon seeds from the USA) and some of them bay leaves for the wife. i’ve got some yard-long beans that gave a huge harvest last year, some shizen no black beans great for mex food, amaranth that’ll get bigger than 2 meters, and some fukuoka-san upland (no water needed) rice.

    let’s get this trade on!!


    • kenelwood said, on March 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Bret, hisashiburi. Glad you like this “trade thingy” :-) and hope you get yours up and going one day, too, cause it sounds like you’ve got some goodies.


      Indian corn and orange pumpkin seeds, check. Fresh & dried bay leaves for the wife, check. I’ll throw in a hand saw if you’ll trade me for a bit of all that goodness you speak of: black beans seed, amaranth seed, upland rice seed. Whadya say ?


  5. rza said, on March 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    it’s a deal!!! my little ‘ol seeds for a handsaw?! MAJOR score. this here website is my new favorite!


    • kenelwood said, on March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Brett, deal. Please send me yer postal address to either my g-pot mail box or to kenelwood, and then hotmail, and the ( thing.


    • kenelwood said, on March 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

      rza, seeds have arrived. I repeat, “the seeds have arrived.” A BIG thank you.


      • rza said, on March 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

        ken, hope you enjoy ’em. the saw you sent is kicking ass! and the wife was thoroughly stoked with the bay leaves.

        i’d like to make a toast: to the future of tradin’!!


  6. gomu said, on April 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    You know, this Trad’er thing could get a life of its own if you dedicated a whole website to it… I have server space and the interweb know-how to trade if you’re interested.

    • kenelwood said, on May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

      gomu, sorry for the late reply.


      I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t set this here Trad’er up fer myself, to trade with friends who’ve got stuff I need. That’s all it is. Thanks for the offer, though.


  7. Yabanjin said, on May 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Hey Ken!
    Any chance you have any Indian Corn seeds or Black Aztec seeds left? I am actually pretty close to being on schedule for planting this year and have some room in the garden.

    I am offering for trade some fresh Venison Ham that I just got back from the processor, or deer soft salami (Called Chinkaba on my blog).

    Please let me know if this is a trade you are interested in!

    • kenelwood said, on May 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

      Hi Rick, hisashiburi, and thanks for stopping by. If purchased, a fistful of the Black Aztec seed costs around 9oo yen (around 3 packets worth of seed). But the Indian Corn is priceless, I believe, as it’s my own composite. :-)


      How about a fistful of B.A. seed and a fistful of Indian Corn seed (composite: yellow, red, black, white) for a bit of both deer salami and venison ham ? If sending both in the same package is troublesome, I’ll understand. Either or is cool too. :-)


  8. Yabanjin said, on May 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

    The seeds have arrived!

  9. learnandgrow said, on November 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hey Ken,

    I see you’ve got a hammock up there on yer wishlist.

    Just so happens I’ve a spare one, boxed, as new, in Rustbucket Towers (The Shed)

    No man should be without a hammock ;) Care to trade?


    • kenelwood said, on November 19, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Shaweet. (Tips can)


      As discussed on the pot (wait…what ?), a trade of this nature requires a handful of trees being dug-up, and sent yer way. How about: 1 Bay laurel (2 years old), 1 Chestnut {国見} (2 years old), and 1 Butterfly bush(1 year old, Purple) ? Oh, and as a supposed-to-be-surprise given away: 1 scavenged/scored mulberry (2 years old, red) !?


  10. learnandgrow said, on November 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Ken,

    Me like suprises! Sounds like a very sweet deal from this side of the fence. Tell me, how soon do you need the hammock? If you can wait till early next year, I’ll be able to stuff some (2011 vintage) takuan in along with the hammock, to even things out.

    If you want the hammock sooner, that’s also cool; I can weigh the next trade more heavily in your favour. The next window for getting to the PO would be next Thursday.



    • kenelwood said, on November 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm


      Good things come to those who wait” as my father once said. Me thinks that hammock w/vintage takuan sounds swell.

      Please send me yer new postal address to either my g-pot mail box or to kenelwood, and then hotmail, and the ( thing…

      And watch yer postbox for the cheery tree deliverer,


  11. learnandgrow said, on November 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    OK Ken, address sent via Gpot

    Gaman, dontcha just love/hate it?

    Having said that, yping this from the genkan, where I shall remain until the saplings arrive ;)

    Very happy with this trade. You need a little “pending” addition to your Wish List…


    • kenelwood said, on November 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

      Tom, got it.

      (knock on wood)They’ll arrive Wednesday.


  12. learnandgrow said, on December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Ken,

    Both eagles have landed and are about to be nestled down. Thanks once again. The hammock should be making its way to you late Japuary…

    (ps GP inbox full)



    • kenelwood said, on December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Tom, good ! You’re very welcome. And thanks in advance fer the hammock.


      (ps GP inbox lightened)

  13. john e said, on December 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Hey Ken,

    How about trading some books for seeds? I’m interested in all your grains. Are they Fall or Spring types? I’ve got some titles you may be interested in:

    The Long Emergency- Kunstler
    Into the Wild- Krakauer
    Walden- Thoreau
    One Man’s Wilderness, an Alaskan Odyssey- Proenneke

    and more, whaddya say?

    If that doesn’t work got lot’s o’ hombrew, or maybe a book and a bottle combo?


    • kenelwood said, on December 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      John, hisashiburi, and thanks for stopping by. I’ve read about all those books you’ve got, but never actually read any of them, so this is an exciting trade for me. FYI, I planted everything (oat, rye, barley & wheat) in the fall and harvested in Spring, but on the original seed packets they listed two harvest seasons: Spring and Fall.


      How about { enter amount } of each grain for Thoreau’s “Walden” and some of yer homebrew ? I trade by the fistful -> 1 fistful is good for roughly 1 tsubo (2 tatami mats) of land.

      Please advise.


  14. johne said, on December 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Whaddya say to 2 fistfuls each- rye,barley, wheat, oat and 1fistful maize for-

    Walden plus 4pints of Belgian Triple ale (8-9%ABV)?

    • kenelwood said, on December 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Hi again John,


      Done. Give me a few days to hand-thresh the grain, and select the plumpest, healthiest looking seed. I’ll have ’em in the mail on the 23rd of this month.


      • john e said, on December 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

        Excellent, no rush, pm me your snailmail address again please at GP

  15. john e said, on January 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Bombs away: Keep out of sunlight, let sediment settle, chill till clear, enjoy!

    • john e said, on January 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

      OH SHITE, I forgot to put the book in hahahahaa, next please…

      • kenelwood said, on January 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        John, Happy new year.

        Doh ! And I forgot the maize and oat seed !! Sent some Purple bombastic garlic + 6 fistfulls of rye seed, instead of 3, though. Hmm…


  16. john e said, on January 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Ken,

    got your package today, many thanks, looking forward to planting season,

    I just got an email about the Muscovy ducks again. Seems like her trip is getting nearer and she still wants to part with her flock. They are 2 drakes and 2 hens now, she lost some. Are you interested in 1 drake and 1 hen? I will take all regardless and want to keep at least 1 and 1. What is your flock status now?

    I’ll send out the book soon and am wondering if you still have the maize seed?

    Hope the beer makes it safe and sound,

    Let me know,


    • kenelwood said, on January 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

      Hi John, great.

      Whoa, yeah, I’m still really interested in the Muscovy ducks ! Down to two hens here so…A hen and a drake would fit in nicely.

      I’ve still got some maize seed and I’ll have it your way just as soon as I can.


    • kenelwood said, on January 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

      John, the brew came ! Thank you.


  17. learnandgrow said, on February 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Hey K, just to let you know that with the first of 2011 vintage of The Best Takuan In Japan (TM) now sweating away, the final piece of your parcel is not too far off. You should be setting up the hammock before the end of the month. Time to start eyeing trees to hang it on (from memory, just over 3 meters to play with, including strings)



    • kenelwood said, on February 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Ou T, great ! Really no rush though… (still snow on the ground here – brrrrrrrr.)


  18. learnandgrow said, on February 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Hey K, name your poison: White? Purple? Or Halfu and Halfu…



    • kenelwood said, on February 27, 2011 at 5:45 am

      I’d be a fool not to knock my self out with half & half, so…

      Halfu and Halfu please.



  19. learnandgrow said, on August 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Hey, K. Got something for yer. Shh!

    By the way, the budlia traded from your garten buds well. It’s trying to make itself an orchard centerpiece (fine in my book). Nice colour for a coupla months now.

    I note with interest “pineapple guava tree” snuck in on the right-hand side of the page. Do tell more…

    As always, the best to you and expanding family. Congrats!


    • kenelwood said, on August 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Hey T, a big Okaeri to you and yer crew. Oh, you’ve smuggled some stuff into the country, have you ?

      Whoa – !! Did I type “pineapple” ? I’ve already got two “pineapple” guava trees, or Feijoa , growing side by side. What I meant to type there — fixing it now — is “strawberry guava tree”… STRAWBERRY .


      Thanks for the congrats,


  20. john e said, on March 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    OK, when do you think you’ll want the eggs? And how many? I’m interested in a mason bee house or two. Tell me how many eggs in return. Thanks, john e

    • kenelwood said, on March 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Hi John e,

      I’ll take four-five eggs if possible (three is good too), for two biggish bee blocks. I found Cress’s clutch (about 8 eggs so far) in the garten, under a lean-to. She’s actually a good sitter, so I’ll get your eggs in her clutch, under her wing.

      I can have the blocks to you as soon as the day after tomorrow. How ’bout them eggs ?


  21. john e said, on March 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Hi Ken,

    I should be able to send out 5 eggs by the weekend. The girls are laying one every other day right now. So hold off on shipping until I do. You’ve got a good aigamo sitter, that’s great and rare from what I hear. Mine could care less.



    • kenelwood said, on March 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      OK, sounds good. Hmm, maybe the girl here sits ’cause she’s alone?



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