After last year's awful weather, the Seedy Sisters will celebrate the rebirth of hope as the daylight lengthens towards Spring. On Saturday 16th February, this year's Seed Swap plans to bring a glow of warm anticipation to all those doughty gardeners preparing for this year's growing season, by sharing seeds from Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library, Tamar Organics, Tuckers of Ashburton and other local seed merchants, alongside those saved by local gardeners and growers. Organic and blight-resistant seed potatoes will be available, as will gargantuan quantities of fabulous food including organic veggie soup, luscious cakes, various teas and coffee.
Please bring any spare seeds that you may have and swap them for others. Most packets contain too many seeds for the average gardener and by sharing, you can grow many more varieties without spending a fortune. If you have no seeds to swap, you can always make a small donation instead. Any profits are shared between the Heritage Seed Library and local permaculture or horticulture projects.
Dedicated to encouraging all gardeners and growers to save seeds, firstly to preserve heritage vegetables, dropped from seed catalogues because they are unsuitable for growing on a commercial scale, and secondly to encourage the circulation of treasured seeds that have been grown locally, the Sisters will be launching an exciting new project - The Dart Valley Seed Bank. Every generation of seed grown and saved will be a little more adapted to its growing conditions, and, hopefully, will need a little less protection from them, and from the vagaries of our increasingly extreme weather. Locally saved seed is a valuable community asset, and the Sisters hope to have plenty of variety coming in . There are already at least two groups growing and saving vegetable seeds locally.
The usual 'Gardeners Question Time' will take place at 2 pm where experienced local gardeners will answer any queries on growing fruit and vegetables. There will be a fabulous raffle as usual, drawn at 2:45 pm, and for the first time, this year there will be pre-loved books on gardening, organic food and cooking, courtesy of Bookcycle, a registered charity based in Exeter that collects books and passes them on for donations. The money collected is used to transport books to Africa to start children's libraries.
Come and swap and stay for a chat with friendly fellow gardeners, compost makers, seed savers and all sorts of wise plant people at Birdwood House, by the Market Square, from 11 till 3 pm. The inflation-busting entry fee remains at £1.