Seed collecting - storage solution
Make a seed packet in 10 seconds
The other day I grappled with slippery silicone baking paper to make seed packets, and used one sticky label to seal and label each one. It took quite a while, consumed a lot of labels and was fiddly.
Today I was looking at the wonderful LOOP project website – LOOP is a Llanidloes project to foster community and its resilience. They promote culture, seed swapping and bread, among other things. Here is the link to the page on how to make a really simple seed packet with no sticky stuff involved, and you write directly on the packet. I tried it and the seeds did not fall out. It looks nice and neat and can easily be made from scrap computer paper, blank on one side, trimmed to make it a square. See:http://www.theloopproject.co.uk/2010/07/seed-packet/
Soil improver not a risk for aminopyralid contamination
Amid the concerns over aminopyralid in some manure, it is comforting to know that Cwm Harry soil improver does not carry this risk. Annie Horner, administrator at Cwm Harry Land Trust reports that Cwm Harry has a certificate for PAS 100. She says “The testing is very stringent and includes germination of tomato plants – which, I believe, is a test for the presence of Amino Pyralid. The tomatoes in the gardens at the back of our plant have been fine. We don’t have any animal waste in our plant – only food and green waste”.
Natural weaving workshops
WORKSHOPS in MID WALES during Powy's Arts Month October 2011
Basket making - Beginners/refreshers: two days, make your own basket using traditional techniques.
Transition Llambed Events for autumn
11 September - Solar Sunday
11:00am - The Eco Centre of Wales will be running an event for those interested in renewables and in Solar PV specifically. There will be briefings, tours of the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen and specialists attending to answer all your questions. The cafe will also be open and the event is FREE. For more information contact Cara Wilson Marketing and Events Officer. In the office: Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays. 01239 821902 - Eco Centre Wales Pembrokeshire. Canolfan Eco Cymru Sir Benfro. SA42 0TS - www.ecocentre.org.uk - 01239 820235. For directions to Rhosygilwen please click here.
These are all free to take part, there are no age limits and you don't even need to live in the community. Light refreshments are provided at each event.
Wed 14th Sept, 3.45pm-5.15pm - Ciliau Aeron, Wild Food Forage, Meeting at the Ciliau Aeron Village Hall
Sat 17th Sept, 1.00pm-3.00pm - Llanilar, Pond Dipping, Meeting at Millennium Pond, Llanilar
Mon 19th Sept, 7.00pm-8.30pm, Wildlife Friendly Gardening Talk, Meeting at Cilcennin Village Hall
Thurs 22nd Sept, 7.00pm-9.00pm, Nocturnal Wildlife Discovery, Meeting at Llanafan Village Hall
Wed 5th Oct, 5.30pm-7.00pm, River Walk, Llangeitho (meeting place to be confirmed)
16 Sep 2011 - Foraging Food for Free 10am-4.30pm Cost: £35*/£40 Facilitator: Chloe Griffiths
A ramble around Denmark Farm led by wild food expert Chloe Griffiths. Providing an opportunity to identify and discuss edible and useful plants growing on site. There will then be time to prepare some wild foods together (e.g. salads, pudding, drink). The day will include learning about the various uses of different plants for medicine, in play, in myth and legend. How to include models of wild food in your garden, especially taking elements from the stacking model of forest gardening, will also be covered. Bring: good footwear and waterproofs.
***Special Package for Foraging Course only: 1 night Camping at Denmark Farm Eco Campsite (either 15th or 16th Sept) - just £5 per person when attending this course.
Or why not bring your friends & family to spend a night in our yurt – only £60 per night (sleeps up to 4 people – bring bedding)***
Hunt the mushroom
Daniel Butler, Rhayader area fungi guru, has now finalised dates for the foray season ahead. He writes “details are on the website: www.fungiforays.co.uk, but in addition to the two-day break on 5 – 7 October, I have one day breaks targeted at adults (although children and dogs are still welcome) on 24 September and 1, 2, 15 October (£50 per person, £25 for children – includes three course buffet meal, drinks and knife or mushroom guide). Alternatively, there are three breaks specifically aimed at families, 25 September and 24 and 25 October (half term). These include a three course buffet meal (with child-friendly options), limited additional childcare and a laminated collecting sheet for the children. They cost £40 for adults, £15 for children, with discounts for family groups of four or more”.
More info and bookings:
01597 811168 / 0779 429 4221