GONE TO SEED!

A group of growing enthusiasts, concerned about the loss of biodiversity in the vegetable and herb plants available commercially, have got together to organise a few events based in Mid Deeside to encourage people to save their own seeds, and to cultivate local heritage varieties. The first event will take place on Saturday 18th June, in the MacRobert Hall, Tarland, starting at 2.30pm. There will be a discussion about why seed saving is so important and an introduction to some of the techniques used. All are welcome to attend and entry is free, the afternoon ends with a cuppa and home baking (hopefully with lots of seeds in!!). This will be followed up by a practical demonstration of seed collecting and storing in the autumn at Tarland Community Garden. The final event planned is a Potato Day and Seed Swap, scheduled for February 2017 – when there will be the opportunity to buy a range of heritage seed potatoes as well as swap seeds collected from local gardens. Stories surface from time to time of people still growing potatoes derived from tubers they found when they moved house 30 years ago, and of brothers exchanging tubers every year, to keep their favourite potatoes healthy. If anyone has such heirloom seeds in their family, they would be most welcome to come along on Saturday, and tell their tale. Anyone wanting more information, please contact Lizzy Shepherd: shepherdelizabeth0@googlemail.com