Time to start those gardens

The Cache Creek Beautification Society is planning its third annual Seedy Saturday for Feb. 6.

If the seed catalogues are starting to arrive in your mailbox, mark your calendar for the third annual Seedy Saturday in Cache Creek – Feb. 6 in the Cache Creek Community Hall. Admission is free.

Last year’s Seedy Saturday was a great success and a lot of fun from the organizers’ point of view, and judging from the smiles and earnest discussions taking place around the room, over 100 visitors thought so, too.

Three years ago, members of the Cache Creek Beautification Society were sitting around the table discussing ways of building community and also what they could offer as a Spring time event. The Society already had the Cache Creek Market throughout the summer months and the Winter Lights Appreciation & Christmas Singalong just before Christmas. Those were in addition to their Communities in Bloom projects.

As soon as someone said “Seedy Saturday”, it was a done deal. They picked the first Saturday in February and carried on.

Seedy Saturdays or Sundays are primarily seed swap and anything garden-related events that are said to have started in 1990, the first one being held at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. In 2012 over 100 events were held in Canada.

As well as a free seed swap table, seed vendors from Kamloops and Lytton will be back again this year with their own collected seeds from hundreds of varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs and tomatoes.

There will also be vendors with yard and garden-related merchandise for sale, including plants.There will also be a concession offering hot food.

As well as bringing her seeds for sale, Mojave Kaplan from Planting Seeds Project in Lytton will be demonstrating her seed cleaning equipment again. Watching her large winnower in action was a highlight of last year’s event.

Master Gardeners Elaine Sedgman and Phyllis Mader from Kamloops gave a very popular talk on Garden Pollinators last year. This year they will be speaking about how to keep pests out of your garden without having to resort to chemicals. They are also available throughout the event to answer any questions. Both are extremely knowledgeable and come equipped with their own library of books to help find information.

The organizers are still working on bringing a few more speakers to fill up the afternoon.

The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm in the hall on Saturday, Feb. 6.

For more information, call 250-457-9587 or visit the Cache Creek Market page on Facebook.