Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


I collected a recorded post item up from the sorting office at lunchtime, & found to my delight that it was the Seed Swap jiffy which I put my name down for some months ago.

The idea is that you receive a big & miscellaneous jiffy bag of seed packets, take what you would like to grow, put in your own spare seeds & then send it on to the next person on the list. This is an idea that has taken off through the GYO grapevine when a member put together a pack of various seeds & sent them to a fellow member, who then sent it on to someone else, & it went on from there.

This was so successful, that there are now a number of jiffy bags of seeds criss-crossing the country, with one of the more organised ladies taking charge of the logistics of keeping it all rolling, & it all works remarkable well. It’s a great system – there as so many seeds in most seed packets you could never grow them all. Who would want 700 spring cabbages, for example – there’s plenty for half a dozen gardeners in each packet.

There were some real gems in the package – I’ve fished out quite a few flower seeds, & one or two novelties which I wouldn’t go to the trouble of buying a whole packet of, but which might be interesting. Of course, the packets which most caught my eye were the home saved seeds –

‘Brazilian Organic Squash – saved from supermarket. Prolific growth – an experiment that worked well’
‘Sunflower – 5’-6’ branching. Brilliant’
‘Exploding Cucumber. Starts weedy then really takes off – completely covered my shed’

How can you resist those?

My contribution was hollyhocks & honesty seeds, saved by brother-in-law David from their fabulous bijou cottage garden; some herb seeds which I am never going to sow when I only ever need one plant at any one time & that comes from the garden centre; & half a dozen packs of assorted French beans & pea seed saved from last year – & the jiffy is all sealed up & ready to delight the next gardener on the list…

1 comment:

  1. what a good idea...We've nothing like that here



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