Heirloom Vegetable Seed Sale in Belvidere Feb. 15

Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Ill. — The Boone County Conservation District Cultural Heritage Gardens will host an Heirloom Vegetable Seed Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center, 603 Appleton Road, Belvidere, Ill.

Heirloom Vegetable Seeds from Seed Savers, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and the Boone County Conservation District Cultural Heritage Gardens will be offered for sale.  Heirloom flower and herb seeds will also be offered. Free seed catalogs will also be available.

Save on shipping costs by buying seeds at the sale. Explore more than 100 different seed varieties available and try some new “old” favorites. Offerings include beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, flowers, garden berries, greens, herbs, leeks, lettuce, melon, okra, onion, 20 varieties of peppers, pumpkins, radishes, turnip, salsify, Swiss chard, spinach, squash, sunflower, 26 varieties of tomatoes and zucchini.

New this year will be a seed swap. Bring open pollinated seeds that you have grown in your garden and swap with other local gardeners for their offerings. Seeds can be brought in jars or bags, and should be clearly marked with name, type and any other information. Envelopes will be provided for participants to put seeds in and have pens available for marking the envelopes. Each person can take up to 10 seeds per offering, unless marked with a specific quantity.

University of Illinois Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions. 

Contact The Boone County Conservation District at (815) 547-7935, e-mail pstock@bccdil.org or visit www.bccdil.org.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

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