What is Get Seedy! Saturday?
Get Seedy! Saturday is an annual seed swap and green fair for Seed Savers, keen growers and anyone aiming for a more sustainable lifestyle. It is an opportunity to share seeds, pick up some new and interesting varieties, exchange tips and experiences and find out more about local community groups and initiatives.
By growing, saving and swapping, gardeners like us can connect with likeminded local people, help to keep some wonderful traditional varieties alive, experiment and create locally adapted varieties and above all, have fun!
What is a ‘seed swap’?
The premise is simple:
- Grow some plants!
- Save some of the seed from those plants at the end of the season.
- Keep some of the seed for yourself for the next year and packet up any excess, labelling your seed packets with as much detail as possible, including: plant name, the year the seeds were harvested and any description that you'd like to add (e.g. height, flower colour, planting instructions etc.).
- Bring these extra packets of seed to the next Seedy Saturday and hand them over at the seed swap table.
- Browse the packets that other growers have brought, find some new and different varieties, or perhaps an old one you thought you’d never see again, take them home to grow and begin all over again.
If you don't have seeds to swap, don’t worry. You are still more than welcome to browse the seed swap table and make a donation for any seed you would like to try growing. (We advise a donation of around 50p per packet.)
Where does it happen?
Get Seedy! Saturday is currently held at Timsbury Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury, nr. Bath, BA2 0JQ, on the second Saturday in March (next event: Saturday 11 March 2017) from 10am to 2pm and costs £1 on the door (under 16s enter free).
Who runs it and why?
Get Seedy! Saturday is a community seed swap run entirely by volunteers from surrounding villages, plus a few additional 'seedy' friends.
Its intention is to bring local gardeners, traders and community organisations together to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and swap and purchase seeds and plants in a friendly social setting.
Any money made through door fees, trade fees and donations pay for our running costs, mainly the hire of the hall and publicity for the event.
If you’ve enjoyed your visit, please tell your friends, join our mailing list and come along to the next event with seeds to swap and stories to tell.