The first Seed Swap and Potato Day was held in February 2017 in the MacRobert Hall, Tarland. It was a fun event and we had over 200 people attending who bought many of the different varieties of seed potatoes on sale. Lots of people also brought along saved flower and vegetable seed and all the packets were taken away for free by keen gardeners.
Seed Swap and Potato Day: Saturday 24th February 2018, 10-1pm
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
£2/entry/children FREE: Refreshments are being provided by the Cromar Senior Citizens:
John Marshall, the potato expert, will be giving two talks:
- Introductory talk – The Potato Story (10.30 – 11.00am)
- Workshop/talk – Growing Tips and Diseases (12.00 – 12.45)
We are also delighted that Beatrice and Antonia will be demonstrating some delicious potato recipes. They will be in the main hall, from 10am -1pm, so just drop by and see what they are cooking and have a taste! Antonia will be making Croatian Knedle from her Great Aunty Mira’s recipe. There will also be warm and cold potato salads and Beatrice will be demonstrating how to make two different potato styled omelettes – Spanish fritatta and wild mushrooms from local woods!
Have you Saved Seed This Year???
Please pick up some FREE seed envelopes at the following venues (ENVELOPES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THESE VENUES):
- Tarland Toy Shop and Post Office
- Spider on a Bicycle, Aboyne
- No.1 Scott Skinner Square, Banchory
- Deeside Deli & Garden Shop, Ballater
- Alford Community Campus
- The Larder, Huntly
- Aberdeen Central Library
- Cruickshank Gardens
Put the seed that you have saved into the envelopes and bring along to the seed swap.
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