Sitting and swapping

It’s depressing to think that the last day for sitting out on the allotment has probably passed. For me it was yesterday, when the chill of the morning had passed, and it was almost possible to imagine it was July and I was shelling peas again under the summer sun. Almost, but not quite possible: the numb extremities gave the game away, as did the fact that I was sitting on two of our local free newspapers to provide some insulation between my nethers and the cold chair.

Even so, it’s a great time of year to look back on what worked and what didn’t, to plan for the year ahead, and to start browsing the seed catalogues or organising swaps with your neighbouring allotment holders. In many areas of the country there are seed swaps – Seedy Sundays – in February, and I know my own event in Brighton produced some great crops for me last year. And this year, a friend of mine who’s emigrating has given me some fantastically rare and lovely seeds from her garden, so I’m packaging them up, some for me, and some to swap at my Seedy Sunday.

Events are held in Lewes and Brighton in Sussex, Llanfairpwll in Wales, Blackawton and Instow in Devon, and Southampton. Many allotment groups organise their own swaps, or the Women’s Institute have some excellent swaps going on. If there’s nothing happening in your area, why not try to set something up?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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