From 2-16 October is Seed Freedom Fortnight so we're focusing on inviting others to join us this month to learn new skills and share the importance of preserving our seed. We warmly extend the welcome to all locals and seed savers.
To encourage sharing with each other and widening out the practice of growing seeds in our community, this month we're encouraging you to share your surplus with the seed bank, your friends and neighbours.
A seed is a plant-in-waiting - a dozen different seeds is a garden-waiting-to-be-planted. We'll be packaging up a variety of seeds into envelopes and encouraging everyone to take one home to share as a gift for somebody to learn to grow from seed. What better gift is there than giving a food garden!
I have been busy gathering lots of herb seeds to process from my garden and will be bringing some cuttings to share.
|Sweet basil seed heads|
Flowering herbs play a valuable role in your garden - not only providing more free seed to plant but also as companion plants and attracting beneficial pollinators like honey bees and native bees.
|Sow herb seeds like dill in amongst your fruiting crops to attract pollinators and add beauty to your garden|
What to Bring on the Day
To help with seed processing, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please bring:
- any spare shallow trays or plates (this enables us to sort and blow off chaff)
- sieves & strainers (kitchen sieves of any size are useful to remove chaff from seeds)
|Metal or plastic strainers/sieves and shallow oven or kitchen trays are useful processing tools.|
- teaspoons (for measuring into bags)
- pastry brushes (for brushing away chaff from seed)
|Flat plastic plates and pastry brushes are also useful|
The more of these materials we have, the more people can get involved in seed processing.
Plant & Seed Swap/Share
- Any seeds, cuttings, plant material or excess produce from your garden you would like to share.
- A plant you know how to grow or cook - we'd love to hear your experiences. This helps build the group knowledge-bank.
|Feel free to bring plant material from your garden along|
We'll all go home with fresh seeds to plant and will be distributing free seeds from the Seed Bank.
Sweethearts Cafe offer us a large space to meet for free (saving us a hall hire fee) but as a business are in effect hiring out that area to us for a couple of hours. So as a courtesy please remember to at the very least order a tea/coffee or a meal, to support the cafe. Thank you!
See you soon.
By Anne Gibson