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Here‘s an interesting little piece from the Independent about the move away from ornamental gardening and towards more food gardening in the UK. It’s all great news, but here’s the slightly alarming bit:
The UK’s leading seed sellers, Tuckers, Marshalls and packetseeds.com, are struggling to cope with the number of orders coming in. The Horticultural Trades Association put UK sales of the seeds of edible plants at £40.3m in 2007; new figures expected shortly are likely to show significant growth.
I expect we’ll be seeing more of this in the next few years, until supply can meet demand again. But will the supply be just more genetically-modified seed produced with chemical agriculture methods? It will unless we all start saving seeds in our own communities.
Here is the online hub for seed-saving action in the Powell River (BC) region. I hope your community has a Seedy Saturday; if not, start one! And this is the time to start rounding up your serious local growers and get them to save more seeds. And save seeds yourself in your own garden.