Plant & Seed Swap, seed planting & gardening workshops & BEE17 honey
As part of the Walthamstow Village Festival, our next Plant, Seed and Produce Swap is on Saturday 2 September from 10.30 am till 6 pm. Please start saving your seeds and potting up any spare plants or cuttings. We’ll also be swapping excess allotment and garden produce, gardening books and magazines and plant pots.
We hope you have been enjoying the glorious meadow that we sowed at the Seed Swap in April. Our workshop from 10.30 till 12 will be to hand cut the meadow, shake out the seeds and tie into stooks to dry.
BEE17 will be selling delicious, raw local summer honey at £5 a jar, and other honey and beeswax products. All profits go to buy bee-friendly plants for the Village.
At our spring Plant & Seed Swap we resowed the meadow next to the Ancient House
Our first meadow was sown in 2012 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee and the Year of the Meadow but grasses had invaded as often happens to urban meadows. This winter Waltham Forest stripped the turf and removed the top layer of soil to reduce fertility. We raked it to a fine tilthe, allowed weed seeds to germinate and twice weeded it.
We divided the area into 102 metre squares with marker spray and weighed 5g of mixed seeds plus silver sand into 102 cups. Residents each sowed a square on 1 April.
We used a Euroflor Rainbow Annual mix together with a perennial native meadow mix, both kindly donated. We are hand-weeding rogue plants in tip-toed bare feet.
Our next Plant & Seed Swap will be held in April 2017, date and venue to be confirmed.
Our last Plant & Seed Swap on Sunday 4 September at Vestry House Museum was a huge success with people bringing their excess seeds, plants and seedlings, terracotta pots, gardening books and magazines and swapping them for something different. Horticultural experts were on hand to identify plants and give advice and we were joined by other organisations selling plants and food. BEE17 sold Village honey and honey products.