On Saturday, we were at a 'seed swap' organised by our friends at Beeston Transition initiative.
Beeston Transition are a group of local people trying to raise awareness about climate change and peak oil. (Terminology: the concept of 'peak oil' is based on the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline.) The movement aims to help the transition of the local community into one which that is less dependant on oil.
The seed swap event does exactly what is says on the tin. You take your spare and unwanted seeds, or even ones which you've lovingly saved for other people to enjoy, and you swap them for other people's seeds that you need or would like to try out.
Dig In brought home plenty of new varieties to try out back on the plot in Stapleford. Nicola selected some lovely flower seeds to add to the sensory beds and wildlife area, which the bees will enjoy. Ben got some good advice on composting from one of the gardening experts who was in attendance. Mary picked out some more unusual and exotic veg seeds to add interest to our plot (and cookery sessions) later in the year: multi-coloured beetroot, Cherokee beans, and calaloo, to name but a few.