Now more than ever our natural habitat is vitally important to our well-being as it contributes to our environment, protection of local wildlife and climate change. Many native species are in danger of being destroyed by disease, environmental factors and by new varieties. So, gathering, and growing seeds take on new importance.
The Tree Council has been organising Seed Gathering Season since 1998. This is to inspire us all to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and plant them to grow the trees of the future. The seed gathering season runs from the first day of Autumn until October 23rd and it’s easy to get involved.
Go for a walk
Have a look at the trees local to you and see what is falling from the branches. Nuts such as acorns and cob, sycamore seeds, hawthorn berries, catkins, elderberries, holly berries, silver birch catkins and lime seeds to name a few, can all be planted and will grow.
Only collect seeds that have fallen to the ground and ensure to leave enough for local wildlife. Don’t be tempted to eat what you gather unless you are 100% sure that it’s safe to do so.
It’s a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of our local wildlife and biodiversity. By encouraging them to plant seeds and watch them grown into trees or shrubs, not only will they gain a real sense of achievement, but they may also become the planet protectors of the future.
Once you have gathered your seeds you need to make them grow. Simply place them in a small pot or yoghurt pot with a hole pierced in the bottom for drainage. Cover with compost and keep watered. When it begins to germinate it may need moving into a bigger pot and at some stage will need moving outdoors. Do this in the Spring when the weather is a bit warmer.
Seeds for the kitchen
It doesn’t have to be just about the trees you can harvest seeds for planting next year for fruits and vegetables that you can then cook. Keep some potatoes to turn to seed, tomato seeds can also be regrown, broccoli that goes to seed can be replanted and bean seeds can be used to regrow beans.
Choose a dry day to collect your seeds and then enjoy watching the next generation of trees grow.
At Britt’s Superfoods, we are big supporters of nature and only harvest the best that nature has to offer. To do this we use traditional organic deep root farming methods to ensure the protection of nature and the environment, and crop rotation techniques and fallowing, which feeds the land so the land can feed our crops. All of our crops are totally organic* and completely free of herbicides and pesticides.
*Excluding red grapes and raspberries which are responsibly sourced