The Shetland Seed Library has won an environmental award! 🍾 It’s great to get the SSL out there, and see more and more people taking an interest into seed saving! Thank you to all of you seed savers, especially to Susan, Liam and Al. 🌱💚🌿
The SSL is moving! It’s going to the Peerie Cafe from Wednesday 8th November, in the hope that more folks will know about it. Plus, you can have a nice coffee while sorting your seeds so what’s not to like? ☕ 🌱 Thank you James Martin and Marghie Thompson West for the opportunity.
So I have got pretty beans this year… but very few of them! I was envisioning jars of colourful beans in my kitchen and thought I’d try these but they need more heat to set properly (my greenhouse doesn’t heat as much as a polycrub). Had masses of flowers but very few beans. I quite like the pea beans: I think they look like orcas! What seeds are you guys saving this year?
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!
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.
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…
I had put peas in our airing cupboard months ago to dry… And had forgotten about them until today! A lovely surprise… Pea soup brewing 🙂
Here is an article you may find interesting and eye opening. It will introduce you to the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) which has a list of affiliated seed providers. You can pick from this list if you would like to encourage seed diversity and sovereignty. What? My Homegrown Cabbages are Patented?!
What better way of starting the year than participating in the first Shetland Postal Seed Swap..? This is a postal exchange inspired from the “What You Sow” Secret Seed Swap where participants make a pretty seed packet themselves, fill it with seeds and send it to a random recipient. To take part: – Register by 23rd January 2017 by sending your email, name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Work out which seeds you would like to send and gather info…
Tomatoes “Siberian” are not Siberian for nothing I guess..! There were a few tomatoes left end of October and I just let them be. Took them in and some are turning red! Courtesy of the mild weather I think…