Next year’s seeds

Well, the title of this blog post isn’t strictly speaking true: I bought some overwintering lettuce but……

Today, I took my parents to one of my favourite garden centres (Carr Gate in Wakefield) on the look-out for good-sized pots to replant the Acer and Fechuca that I acquired over the summer. It had never occurred to me that there might be a seed sale on.

I certainly was surprised therefore that the seeds were reduced to 50p per packet ( from approx £3 each). And the use-by date on them was still 2015!!!

In all, I came away with 9 different packets. Some of them were new favourites, such as parsley; others were new for me to grow, such as parsnips. Then of course there was the lettuce, which is already sown. Hopefully, this will flourish where the late sowing I did in August failed.


The above photo contains the vegetables. But I couldn’t resist the flowers below. My daughter has been very keen for me to get some pink flowers – in fact, she hasn’t quite forgiven me for digging up all the, in her mind, lovely bushes with flowers on them, which we acquired when we bought the house. So, now we do have at least some seeds 🙂


©Helen Butt, September 2013

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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