In order to increase the number of plants available for sale at their Plant Fayres, the Surrey group have set up a Propagation Team. The inaugural February meeting to cover division of perennials was scotched by the snow – treacherous roads and plants frozen into the ground – but the session on seed sowing was held this week at Painshill Park. Thanks to Kath Clark, one of the custodians of the John Bartram Heritage Collection, we had access to a heated poly tunnel and with the sun shining we spent an cosy morning learning about/being reminded of the techniques used for different types of seeds.
Anne demonstrating how to sow very fine seeds by mixing with sand.
David’s very smart seed box
Handy list of ‘use by dates’ for seeds – buy parsnip fresh every year
Planting out Robinson Heritage peas and ‘B&B’ beans
We all shared out packs of seeds to take home for sowing and David distributed some of his ‘pot-mountain’ to put them in. And the most important tip? Don’t forget to label the pots.
Next session will be late May/early June to cover softwood cuttings, so look out for details on the website.