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Valentine’s Potato Day & Seed Swap

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Frome will  have all of these and seed potatoes too!

The Growing Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap will be held this year on Sunday 14th February, from 10.00am – 3.00pm at the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome; entry £2 donation.

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Caroline Wajsblum, for Incredible Edible Frome, supported by Frome Town Council and Sustainable Frome, explains what will be offer. She said, “This incredible event is the best way to get your gardening year off to a good start!

“The perfect place to find your Valentines gifts and a great day out for the whole family!

“This year Pennard Plants will have a total of 87 varieties of potatoes available, including blight resistant, early, new and main crop.

“As well as potatoes they have six varieties of shallots, eight varieties of onion sets, four varieties of rhubarb, over 600 varieties of seeds, unusual tubers in Oca, Ulluco, Mashua and Chinese Artichokes plus loads more. If you don’t like veg they even have 11 varieties of Dahlias.

“There will also be heritage varieties, there will be organically and locally grown plants and seeds, many unusual and fun varieties, small quantity seed packets (ideal for the frugal gardener), spring bulbs, bee-friendly plants, to fill the garden with colour and beauty, and a wonderful range of meadow flowers suitable for any garden.

“Of course there is the Community-run Seed Swap so get your spare seeds and brown envelopes out! …And don’t forget all of the fantastic talks and workshops.

“There will be children’s activities throughout the day and also ‘Gardener’s Question Time’ with Somerset’s own fabulous garden designer Kath Crouch BBC GARDENER OF THE DECADE!! (2008)

“Ask Kath any burning questions about garden design…

“Kath designs beautiful tiny gardens to large private gardens and also does commercial work for local town councils and businesses. She was BBC Gardener of the Year 1999 and has also won Gold at Taunton Flower show!

“Also on offer will be ‘Growing for Booze with the Two Thirsty Gardeners’: Local authors Nick Moyle and Rich Hood’s new book, ‘Brew it Yourself’, features alcoholic drinks recipes using home grown and foraged ingredients. Discover how their cider making hobby grew into making wines, beers, liqueurs and more through their popular website, and learn how some of their favourite home grown ingredients can be turned into delicious booze.

“Find out how to ‘How to grow beautiful roses for your loved ones’ with Monika Ashman from the local Wild Thyme Nursery.

“Join Mary Cross our local willow weaving teacher from Organic Matters, for a Valentines taster session. A Bargain at £10 for two hours. Families welcome, booking advised. Contact

“Yummy food will also be available at the Café@The Grain.

“Volunteers welcome to help make the day run smoothly contact to come and join the fun.”