Grow local event at Cotehele this weekend
THE art of reaping what you sow will be on show at Cotehele at the weekend.
Budding gardeners will be able to pick up growing tips at an event organised by the National Trust and Tamar Grow Local.
The two-day 'Graft, Sow and Grow' show will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Chris Groves, Cotehele's orchard officer, said: "Whether you are new to cultivating your own food or an old hand, there will be plenty to excite and inspire you.
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"Come and swap some seeds, exchange stories or let us show you how to graft your very own apple tree."
There will be root stock and scions for sale – and if that means nothing to you there will be experts on hand to explain them.
Rob Meredith from Holsworthy Organics will give a talk on raised-bed organic gardening, and Sarah Chesters from RHS Rosemoor will talk about the cut flower garden.
There will also be presentations on the art of bee-keeping and backyard poultry-keeping.
Cotehele Mill will demonstrate bread-making with their own organic flour. Basket-makers will show off creative uses of willow such as making conical plant supports.
A wheelbarrow stunt group, the Arrow Barrows, will perform on the Sunday, and there will be other activities to keep children amused.
Stallholders include the Cornish Compost Company, Let Them Eat Cake, the Cornish Crisp Company and juice producers Greenbank Apple and Karensa Aval.
The event is free and will be in the farmyard next to Cotehele House, in St Dominick, near Saltash.
For more information, go to www.tamargrowlocal.org