Seeding ideas…Gardeners aplenty in Lewes, East Sussex

Heritage seeds, thomas Etty, gardeners in Lewes, seedy saturdayWhat a real delight it was on Saturday to see Lewes Town Hall full of expert, amateur and  interested gardeners. Seedy Saturday was a great event organised by Common Cause Co-operative – so many things to see, seeds to swap and to buy – lots of gardening advice and ideas being exchanged. An illuminating talk from Peter Brinch focused on cultivating biodiversity and resilience in your vegetable plot by using open pollinated seeds as opposed to the F1 Hybrid varieties. It was really inspiring seeing someone so passionate and knowledgeable about his subject – using simple blackboard and chalk to demonstrate how seeds grow and work within their environment, there is something so incredible about the process of a seed growing with the magic combinations of earth, water, air and warmth –it reminded us of why we love gardens and gardening – even last week working outside in the deep clay with diggers in the pouring rain! Came across the wonderful Thomas Etty seed stall ‘Heritage seeds man and bulb merchant’, someone recommended we subscribe to the newsletter which we have promptly done and advise interested veg growers to do too. He now offers discounts for allotments and garden societies – so definitely worth a look at his website – so many wonderfully named unusual seeds to get excited over – have fun!

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