Sunday, February 19, 2012

Seed Exchange Party Was A Success!

Today the seed exchange party was a great success, in my opinion. The first people started arriving at about 9:45, and we arranged our seeds on the tables set up in the middle of the room. We had a great time talking about the seeds- what they were, how to grow them, pest problems, and all sorts of gardening experiences. One of the seeds that got a lot of attention were the Tutankhamen's Peas. It is said that they were recovered from the tombs of Pharohs in Egypt, and successfully germinated after 3-4000 years. I think it more likely that a canny Egyptian sold some unusual peas to an overeager British botanist in the 1920s. At any rate, they were a big hit- the flowers and pods are purple, the picture they brought was quite striking. And they said the peas were quite tasty cooked in rice.
Including myself, nine adults showed up, and four children. A good friend helped with making signs and translations, and played with the children, another person brought some delicious snacks, and everyone went home with plenty of varieties of seeds. I think it was a great success, and I'm planning another exchange for late July, for fall planting seeds.

The youngest member, (a third grader's) selection of beautifully packaged seeds

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