Seed Swap

22/03/2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Free entry
Alison McCrea

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Calling all Vegetable Gardeners.

Take the opportunity to extend the range of vegetables you grow by bringing surplus seeds to our Seed Swap and getting others in exchange.

The Foxlowe gardeners organise a series of seed swaps each spring (Feb-April) supported by Transition Leek.  The aim is to help to cut gardening costs and avoid seed wastage, while increasing the range of crops that gardeners can grow.  It is also a great opportunity for gardeners to get together and talk about their favourite (or otherwise) plants.  Half packets and saved seeds are welcome.

There will be direct swaps between 11.00 am and 1.30 pm but after that individual packets can be taken without the need for a swap.  Surplus stock will be saved at the end of each event for the following one but, after the third event is over, all remaining stock will be given away on Moorlands Freecycle.

Free seeds being offered in addition to swaps at this Sunday’s Seed Swap.

Donated by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Lots of packets of wildflower meadow seed
Two ‘Grow Wild: Flowers to the People’ packs from Kew.


Heritage seeds grown and saved by the Foxlowe gardeners.
These are seeds that are ideal for home growing rather than commercial use because they don’t all mature at the same time.  They cannot be sold on the commercial market.  Those offered include:
Broad Beans – Somerset
A good, reliable and tasty bean.
Pea – Purple Podded
Great for finding pods and for their interest value.  Fun for children to pick and pod.
Pea – Sutton Harbinger
Early harvesting pea, excellent flavour.  Long established and popular for garden use.
Pea – Latvian Christmas Grey
Marrowfat pea for storing. A key item in a traditional Latvian Christmas dish served with bacon and onions.
Pea – Carlin
Tall plant with small bi-coloured flowers and peas that are much smaller than modern varieties.  Used in Tudor times as a staple storing pea and for making pease pudding.

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