IT’S time to clean out the seed trays and start sowing your vegetables.
And the best place to get some inspiration, advice and heritage seeds is Seedy Saturday on February 4 at Lewes Town Hall.
Budding cooks can also enter the first ever Lewes Muffin Master 2012 competition. All you have to do is bake and bring in two muffins, sweet or savoury, using a seasonal vegetable in the ingredients, to the event by 1pm.
“We are looking forward to trying out the new venue which has plenty of space and will avoid the problems of uncertain weather,” said David Gray, Lewes District Councillor and member of the organising committee.
If you want to find out about dealing with common fruit tree diseases just bring in photos or sections of problem branches and Peter May will give some advice on how to treat it.
Bernard McDonagh will be promoting the new Sussex Community Seed Bank to create seeds suited to the changing local climate and soil and will show people seed drying techniques. There will also be willow weaving workshops with Room Outside and talks on Biochar, a unique soil improver you can create on a small scale while brewing a cuppa.
Local self-help disability group Oyster Project will be providing hot food alongside Hamsey School and Transition Town Lewes Food Group. This year Goldcliff Nurseries is kindly sponsoring the event.
Common Cause is also inviting people to join members planting some Sussex varieties of apple trees at Ringmer Community Orchard tomorrow (Saturday) at 1pm, followed by wassailing to ensure a good harvest from 2-3pm. All are welcome to attend.
For more information contact Katharine Finnigan on 01273 470900; www.commoncause.org.uk
Competition entry forms are available at the Lewes Town Hall or from www.commoncause.org.uk. The event is free for children and 50p for adults.
Seedy Saturday will be at Lewes Town Hall from 10am to 3pm on February 4.