Gone to Seed

The Seed Swap and Potato Day held on 25th February 2017 in the MacRobert Hall, Tarland was a great success. We had 200 people attending who bought lots of the 25 different varieties of seed potatoes on sale. Lots of poeple also brought saved flower and vegetable seed and all the packets were taken away for free by keen gardeners. We hope lots of you will save seed and bring it along to the 2018 Seed Swap and Potato Day.

If you would like to find out more about the project or get updates on workshops and activities please email: Gonetoseed@outlook.com

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Gone to Seed is a joint project between Tarland Community Garden (part of Tarland Development Group) Cromar and District Horticultural Society and Aboyne Garden Club. The aim of the project is to encourage local gardeners from Tarland and more widely in Aberdeenshire to conserve, grow and swap heritage varieties of vegetables and flowers. The first phase of the project was to raise awareness of the benefits of saving seed and the practicalities of doing this, so two talks and a workshop were held between June and October 2016 to provide information and skills to enable people to start saving seed. All of these events were free to encourage people to attend. The next phase of the project is a Seed Swap and Potato Day on 25th February 2017.



Seed Swap and Potato Day: 25th February 2017, 10-2pm

MacRobert Hall, Tarland – The Square, Tarland, AB34 4YL

What is the Seed Swap? come and exchange locally grown, traditional variety vegetable and flower seeds – the FREE seeds are available for you to take away whether you have managed to save any or not

What is the Potato Day? 25 different varieties of unusual heritage and/or organic potatoes for sale at a low cost

£2/entry/children FREE Refreshments, talks on how to save seed and grow potatoes successfully and seed/potato planting workshops for children, Slow Food Aberdeen City & Shire will have a stall and will also be doing a cooking demo showing us how to cook some of the more unusual potatoes, folk music.

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Have you Saved Seed This Year???

Please pick up some FREE seed envelopes at the following venues (ENVELOPES WILL BE IN THESE VENUES FROM 29TH JANUARY):

Tarland Toy Shop and Post Office           Strachans, Aboyne

The Bistro, Alford     The Larder, Huntly  Woodend Barn, Banchory

No.1 Scott Skinner Square, Banchory     Braemar Service Station

Deeside Deli & Garden Shop, Ballater


Foxlane Garden Centre, Westhill             Duthie Park Gardens, Aberdeen

Kirktown Garden Centre, Stonehaven     Kirkdale Nursery, Daviot

Inverurie Garden Centre

Put the seed that you have saved into the envelopes and bring along to the seed swap. You can drop the seed envelopes off before the seed swap (call Lizzy on 07501037919 to arrange delivery) or bring the along on the day.

Please write on the seed envelopes – the more info the better, to let other gardeners know why you want to share this seed (date saved, type of vegetable or flower and variety, useful growing tips or characteristics (eg. colour, size, hardiness).

How many seeds should I put in??? It’s up to you but don’t overfill, fewer is probably better as more people will have a chance to take a packet and try out your seed. See rough guide below:

  • Pepper/ aubergine/tomatoes/courgette/pumpkin/squash – 10
  • Cucumber – 15
  • Beans/Peas – 30
  • Brassicas – 40
  • Spinach/beetroot – 50
  • Carrots/lettuce/radish – one teaspoon
  • Parsnips/onions/leeks – couple of teaspoons

Please make sure that you have not saved seed from F1 varieties and that the seeds are dry.  For information about how to save and store seed please see: www.gardenorganic.org.uk/seed-saving-guidelines

To find out more about this project or be informed of future events please email gonetoseed@outlook.com or find us on facebook www.facebook.com/gonetoseedtarland/


Project Funded by Foundation Scotland

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