Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Gardener's Corner - Seedy Saturday

My gardening column 'The Gardener's Corner' is now published on my blog and the articles can be found under the post category Garden Musings.
Seedy Saturday (or Sunday) is an event held by communities to share seeds with other gardeners and often there are heirloom varieties to obtain.  In March I attended one of these events in Simcoe county in the small hamlet of Utopia.  A group of women known as the Happy Hens hosted with hopes of raising money for their local gristmill.
Featured seed varieties and a contest to guess how many sunflower seeds.
Donated seeds from various gardeners to swap.
 The Simcoe County Master Gardeners had a booth to answer questions and demonstrated how to start seeds.
The Master Gardeners were giving away seedlings of basil and lettuce that they'd started.
In our county heritage trees like the butternut can be found and this awareness group was handing out a pamphlet called 'Trees for Life' written by Lorraine Johnson, a well know Canadian gardening author.
Gardeners at an early age are encouraged to plant a row for your own table, and grow another for the food bank.
Here's a young fellow demonstrating a craft for youngsters to make a seed covered lard ball to hang out for birds.  
Local preserves, jams and pickles were for sale and an all day breakfast for a reasonable price.
For their first attempt, this Seedy Saturday was a success and will be even bigger next year.


  1. I love the name. My husband would be sure to attend as he's the gardner at our house. It's almost time to plant the garden. We always wait til income tax day as we can have a frost that late.

  2. We will be starting our vegie garden soon as this summer was just too hot most of our plants just died of heat exhaustion.

  3. That is a nice way to raise money. Lots of work all the members put in to that.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. Seedy Saturdays are always a great place to get things I you can't find as plants. It is raining now and I hope it stays, no snow allowed.

  5. That is a wonderful idea Judith. What a great way to learn more about gardening and to get some of those heirloom seeds, and to share plantings and seeds. Every year (I'm not sure the month) the Botanical Society in Fredericton has a plant sale but I've never gone to it.

  6. hello
    une très bonne idée que je
    partage avec beaucoup d' amis
    bonne journée
    à très bientôt

  7. Looks like fun! I started some seeds indoors about a week ago and am checking frequently for germination...none yet. Amongst the seeds planted are heirloom tomato seeds from my now gone mother-in-law. Hugs to you, Beth

  8. Sounds a little seedy to me! What fun! What a fun name, too. It really looks like a great group to belong to if one wants lots of information and some good new plants. (I planted morning glory seeds over a week ago and I don't think that I'll be seeing anything green come up. I should take the lesson on how to plant seeds.)

  9. What a wonderful time, Judith! I love the name and wish I lived closer so I could attend.

  10. Now that sounds like fun - and a clever name for it too!

  11. I have started a few seedlings inside and can't wait to start my gardening. Love the bird feeders for the children to make! We are getting a thunder storm right now but I have seen lots of robins so far.
    Happy Spring!

  12. Such a great town with community spirit, they are to be commended! Wish I lived nearby to attend. I wish them all the best in their efforts with the Mill and conservation land. Patty/BC

  13. Judith what a great event...so much to do and something for everyone.

  14. Seedy Saturday--I love it! I'll be passing this one along to my garden club president!

  15. This looks like a terrific event, Judith! So glad it was a success. Must be fun to have all those heirloom seeds available.


  16. That looks like a lovely event to attend. There don't seem to be those sorts of days around here. Storm heading into the area today, a good day to sort through seeds and dream of nicer weather.


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