Saturday, 11 March 2017

Busy, busy

Today was the local annual seed swap and potato day and I went along as a helper on the seed swap table.
The event has been running for the last eight years and is a real success. People bring their gathered seeds to swap or come and buy for a donation of 50p per packet. The hall is full of enthusiastic growers, both experts and novices exchanging tips and enthusiasms. I had packeted up some of my most prolific seeds from last season, squash, beans, white foxgloves and so forth and had plenty to swap. 
I bought a few potato tubers called 'Swift' that I've not grown before, chosen because they are quick to crop and someone in our house is always eager to start eating the new season spuds the minute he sees a bit of green above the ground. (It must be in the genes!)
I returned home to the sight of a nicely thinned walnut tree.

The thinnings were chipped down into one small heap.
There is still plenty of wood left on the walnut tree but now it has a far more open structure.
And the small pear tree, just coming into bud, that sits in it's shade should feel the benefit.
The rhubarb season has started.
On Donna's suggestion I came back from my Waitrose shopping trip with a large bag of spent coffee grounds to add to my compost. Oh, I do love a freebie!
But couldn't resist buying this bag of pale-coloured ranunculus.

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  1. I planted my first ranunculus bulbs this spring. I do hope I got them out in time. That was a good haul of coffee grounds. I need to make another run. I actually thought it might keep the squirrels from digging, but boy did it smell good on the back porch bed.

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    1. Just back from my weekend shop - with another bag of grounds!

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  2. The seed swap table is such a good idea.
    Merle.................

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    1. It's a great idea, Merle, a nice place to meet with people with the same enthusiasms.

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  3. I wish we had a seed exchange in my area. It is always nice to see what other people have tried and the successes that they have had.

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    1. START ONE, Maybe! Ours began in a small way in a much smaller venue. It is really interesting to see what people bring.

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    1. Playing in the dirt - that's me. You should see my fingernails!

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  5. You have a veritable paradise.

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    1. Yes, that's how I feel about the space around me, Susan.

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