Gardening Matters

Whitchurch Seedsavers 11 Jan 2011
 
In the last Bulletin, I floating the idea of forming a local seed savers group – I have already heard from several people who are interested but would love to hear from a few more before deciding how to get started. I would welcome your thoughts and suggestions for making this work. Don’t worry if you have never saved seed before – there is lots of practical advice available and this can be shared amongst the group when needed.

On Sunday 13th Feb (1-4pm) at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre),
35 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS, they are holding a Seed Swap (contact Sharon 0118 958 6692). I plan to go along to this gathering to pick up some ideas (and perhaps some seeds) because swapping seeds is the key to building up a ‘living library’ of locally-grown varieties. If you have some spare seeds or are interested in swapping with others, do support this event.

Do get in touch with your ideas or to register your interest - I hope to hear from you soon,

Sally Woolhouse 0118 9844365 or email sally.woolhouse@homecall.co.uk


Whitchurch Seedsavers – who, why, when? 10 Nov 2010

I am floating the idea of forming a local seed savers group and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining in. The idea is that by saving seeds from homegrown vegetables and sharing them by seed-swapping, we would build up a ‘living library’ of varieties that have been tried and tested over several generations to grow well under local conditions. It could also preserve rare or heirloom varieties and hence maintain genetic diversity. Of course, by swapping seeds with others in the group, you would be saving money too!

More and more community seedsaving groups are forming all around the world and there are many strong arguments in support of this global movement. I’m sure some of you already share seeds with your friends and neighbours but you might consider taking this one step further and join this group. It doesn’t need to be a very formal organisation but I think we need to formulate a ‘modus operandi’ before next spring. This might influence what you decide to grow in 2011 e.g. not F1 hybrids.

If you are interested in this idea, I would welcome your thoughts and suggestions for making this work. Don’t worry if you have never saved seed before – there is lots of practical advice available and this can be shared amongst the group when needed.

I hope to hear from you soon,
Sally Woolhouse 0118 9844365 or email sally.woolhouse@homecall.co.uk
 

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