Seed Swap/Share 2018

07/04/2018 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Foxlowe Arts Centre - Bar
Market Place
ST13 6AD.
Alison McCrea

Seed packets

Share seeds and seedlings

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

The Foxlowe gardeners organise a couple of seed swaps each spring (March & April).  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.

If you don’t have any of your own seeds to swap, feel free to take some packets in exchange for a donation.  We always have plenty.

Seedlings are also welcome. The Foxlowe gardeners aim to bring some – details to follow.


Heritage seeds grown and saved by the Foxlowe gardeners and supporters

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 usually be sold on the commercial market.  Those offered include:


Pea – Purple Podded

Great for finding pods and for their interest value.  A tall pea that’s 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.


French bean – Carter’s Polish

Tall plant (around 2.4m in height) with dark green leaves, purple flowers and stringless, mottled purple pods, which turn dark green when cooked. Also makes a very tasty dried bean.  Does well in this climate.



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