Saturday, November 26, 2011

What is a Seedy Saturday?



Have you ever been to a Seedy Saturday? Seedy Saturday marks the beginning of a late winter and an early spring optimism found in all gardeners. We are so excited about the upcoming garden season as it brings a promise of seeds planted, summer harvests and food for our families for months on end.
I attended the Seedy Saturday at VanDusen Botanical Gardens last year and it was so much fun. I came home with seeds and new blueberry bushes for my garden. It was like a kickoff to the new gardening season. Imagine a room packed with gardeners, farmers, and residents passionate about gardening, food security and the environment. Just the thought has me anxious for the next Seedy Saturday. It cant come soon enough as I sit here on a dark wet winter day.



The Ladner Community Garden Society decided it was time for our community to hold a Seedy Saturday event. Its an event where you can come to swap open pollinated seeds, especially the heirloom types. I love starting plants from seeds so I have lots of seed to bring to the swap table and hope I will bring home something new to try in my garden. I know what you are thinking, why grow from seed? Did you know how many different plants you can grow? I don't want just the ordinary plants most garden centers offer. I want heirloom types of tomatoes, the ones with flavour that my grandmother grew. I want to grow flowers that are different from the norm.



It is said that seeds are the heart of food security in every community. Without seed we cannot grow our own food. Now its not just seeds at a Seedy Saturday. There will be plants, garden accessories and hardscaping supplies. If you need soil for your containers, we will have it. If you need mason bee supplies, we will have it. There will be something for everyone,its a family event.
I am excited to announce our speakers who have just come on board. We will be having Brian Campbell from Blessed Bee Farm speaking on Seeds and Bees. We will also have Don Bruchet speaking on an Introduction to Seeds. I have a couple more speakers lined up that I am very excited about but a few more details to iron out.
Seedy Saturday will be on January 28,2012 at Ladner Baptist Church, 5624 Ladner trunk Road from 10am-2pm. For more information on this event please contact deltagardener@dccnet.com
Happy Gardening,
Kristin

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