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Seeds, shrubs and spuds at Seedy Saturday 2013…

Visitors browsing seeds at the seed swap table

Getting Seedy!
Photo: Phil Gray

The fourth Seedy Saturday held at Farmborough Memorial Hall on Saturday 9 March 2013 was another outstanding success, with the annual seed swap, potato day and green fair playing host to many enthusiastic gardeners and growers, and creating a lively atmosphere dedicated to seeds, plants, potatoes, local produce and community initiatives.

The popularity of the seed swap has been growing year on year, and with visitors from Bristol, Bath, surrounding villages, and as far away as Oxford and Hertfordshire, Seedy Saturday 2013 had more people than ever exchanging packets of their own home-saved seeds.

Homegrown plants and produce for sale

Homegrown and homemade…
Photo: Phil Gray

There were plenty of local products from Jutta’s Pet Designs and Timmy’s Chillies, as well as home-grown produce to buy too, while Beans and HerbsThomas Etty Esq. and Pennard Plants added to the buzz with their heritage, organic and locally grown seed; over 50 varieties of seed potato; a staggering range of spring bulbs and flowers, herbs, shrubs and fruit trees; plus plenty of expert advice, including three free talks on growing potatoes, growing oriental vegetables and growing in small spaces.

The Knights of King Ina dancing at Seedy Saturday 2013

Aerial display team!
Photo: Dave Steel

Visitors were also treated to entertainment by local Morris sides Somerset MorrisPriston Jubilee Morris and The Knights of King Ina.

Four years ago, most people had no idea of what a seed swap is all about, but now they’ve got it, they can’t wait to come back. Visitors particularly like the friendly and inclusive atmosphere, the wide selection of different seed varieties, the opportunity to buy potatoes individually, and a place to meet likeminded people. Some of them even come back for the Morris dancing too…

Community groups at Seedy Saturday 2013

The birds and the bees…
Photo: Phil Gray

They also enjoy finding out about local groups, including Mendip Gardening Club, Bath Beekeepers, Avon Wildlife Trust and Saltford Environment Group, who provide information on local campaigns and initiatives, as well as suggestions relating to how we can reduce our impact on the world.

A lady getting some advice at the seed swap table

Friendly help and advice…
Photo: Phil Gray

This is what Seedy Saturday is all about, it’s for people to get together, pick up advice, exchange tips, offer help, and share home-saved seeds.

Seedy Saturday will be back on 8 March 2014, but as it’s growing it may be moving to a larger local venue so it can be even bigger, with more stalls to browse, plus more talks, workshops and activities. Watch this space or keep up-to-date with what’s going on by joining the Get Seedy! mailing list (you’ll also get access to three free factsheets on seeds, veg. and potatoes).

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