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Get an early start to spring on Saturday

Seedy Saturday? What is it and why would you want to go?

Seedy Saturday is for everyone, said Phoebe Dunbar.

“It’s for people who know a little about gardening and those who don’t know anything at all,” said Dunbar.

So if you are sitting around flipping through seed catalogues and dreaming of summer in the garden, here’s your opportunity to get a head start on the season.

“Put down the seed catalogue and come out and talk to people growing things,” she said.

The day-long event being held at the Sooke Community Hall, on Feb. 23 is meant to inspire and encourage people of all ages to plant a garden.

About 30 vendors will be on hand to sell seeds, plant starts, other related items and a whole lot of advice for novice gardeners. The seeds being sold are from local and regional sources and are grown and adapted to Sooke’s particular climate.

“What’s important is that they are not GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds,” said Dunbar.

Not into a big garden? Then there are vendors who will give tips on container and patio gardening if you might want to just grow a few herbs and tomatoes on the deck. They will let you know what kind of containers are best and what grows best in them.

“Don’t be intimidated by not knowing so much,” said Dunbar. “Bob and I learned from what’s in the seed catalogue and what’s on the back of the seed package. Come and learn by the things we did wrong.”

Seedy Saturday takes place at the Sooke Community Hall (on Sheilds Road) on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is by donation.

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