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Seed Swap Swindon 2018

17th February 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seed swap

When

It’ll be held on the 17th Feb from 2-4pm at the Central Community Centre in the Railway Village. Last year was the first one for us and if 2018’s seed swap goes as well as in 2017, then it’ll be a busy event.

What’s it about?

Same as last year, seed swapping will be free with the idea that people try new seeds they’ve not grown before, or having a go again with old favourites.

It’s a community event – come along for a chat over a cup of tea and slice of cake. If you have them, bring along your excess seeds for swapping with others as a cost-effective way of replenishing your spring seed stocks and to do your bit to protect biodiversity!

No seeds of your own? No worries – come along anyway, make a small donation (we recommend 50p) and take away some seeds to try growing at home.

What sort of seeds?

Vegetables, herbs, flowers…

Although it’s called a seed swap, we’d also welcome bulbs, corms, roots, tubers and so on. Last year our friend Brian brought along dahlia tubers that created a real buzz. We’re looking forward to hearing how people got on with those.

We have lots of others to swap too (flowers and veg) and hopefully folks will be bringing varieties that we’ve not seen yet.

Plus we’ve seeds collected from the giant (10 foot tall) sunflowers that did so well in 2016 and 2017 at the CCC. (Still got loads left over – those seed heads were huge). Have a go at growing your own whopper sunflowers in 2018.

Who else will be there?

Invitations are going out to stall holders so please watch this space.

What’s the best way to package my seeds if I bring them to a seed swap?

Before you put them in an envelope (or fold a piece of paper to safely store them), write on the envelope these 5 things (if you know them):

  1. What is it? eg Broad Bean
  2. Variety or cultivar if you know it eg ‘Bunyards Exhibition’
  3. If you know the botanical name, that’s handy too – eg for a Hollyhock – Alcea rosea
  4. Quantity – a rough guess will do, you don’t want to be counting out poppy seeds one by one!
  5. Harvest date (month and year) – when you picked them

Teeny seeds like those from poppies can escape out of the smallest hole, so you might need to cellotape the envelope shut.

Here’s a great video on making a seed envelope from a sheet of waste paper:

Help make Seed Swap Swindon a success

If you’d like to promote the event within your organisation or club, you have permission to download and use our flyer below:

Seed Swap Swindon Flyer
Seed Swap Swindon 2018 Flyer

How do I save seed for the next time?

That’s a massive subject – there’s even a book on it. You can read all about it in the Real Seed Catalogue’s info on seed saving. (By the way, the Real Seed Catalogue people supply excellent organic seeds).

Why the donations box?

Any funds we raise will help pay for the seed swap event. If there’s any left over then that will go towards costs for other Incredible Edible Swindon projects including seeds, tools etc.

That’s it. If you think of anything to ask, let us know. Otherwise see you soon.

Details

Date:
17th February 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Venue

Central Community Centre
Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square
Swindon, Wiltshire SN15BP United Kingdom
Website:
http://mechanics-trust.org.uk/centralcommunitycentre/