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Month: September 2017

Shetland Food and Drink Festival

Shetland Food and Drink Festival

We had a blast at the Food Fair this weekend! Susan’s herbs and produce were gorgeous and Liam’s edible flowers display was beautiful… and tasty! It was great to be able to take the shiny new SSL box (courtesy of hubby) there and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to all who stopped by and asked questions! There was an obvious interest in Shetland Black tatties, which is nice to see. Hope to be there again next year!

Oyster Plant Seeds

Oyster Plant Seeds

Seed saving isn’t only about garden veg and flowers. We can all have a hand into spreading our native plants, especially the struggling ones. I’m lucky to have healthy patches of Mertensia Maritima aka oyster plant around. I’ve finally been able to catch the moment they go to seed and I’ve spread some around and will be keeping a few to try myself. I’ve only taken a very small portion of available seeds for the plant’s sake.

Shetland Heritage

Shetland Heritage

Last May, I was lucky enough to be given some old Shetland tatties and a handful of grains of bere by Mary and Tommy Isbister from Burland Croft in Tondra. Mary and Tommy have done a sterling job of saving Shetland varieties of plants or animals and a lot of the Shetland heritage would have been lost if it wasn’t for their hard work. These tatties are almost extinct and quite diseased but I was thrilled to have a chance…

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