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Seed sharing circle 2011
« on: December 24, 2010, 07:38:00 »
Anyone fancy joining a new circle for 2011? New and old members welcome. It is originally based on http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedcircle.htm

This is how the 2010 Circle got on http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,58860.0.html
https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1NE_FA8mzqaFtVFsQ46lRLTPCYJAjkiHD3u9R34pQKDE

Basics; Each person in the group chooses and grows 2 (more if you wish) Heritage or open pollinated vegetables for seed (preferably seeds interesting and new to the circle).  Grow and harvest enough seeds for all the members of the group. Once they are really dry divide the seeds into individual portions, send to a central point which is then shared between everyone. You will need to provide a suitable return envelope and postage.

To take part you will also need to be an active and participating member of A4A during this period. Going on this year’s Circle, I think sending seeds  in by 30th November will work, allows enough time for most varieties of seeds to be harvested, dried and posted, so parcels can be made up for the beginning of December and sent in time for Christmas.

For simple information of what to grow and how, have a look here.
http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedsavinginfo.html
Some are easier than others.

SamLouise is going to sticky the thread when she has a moment.

If anyone has any ideas or questions, post away.

An ongoing 2011 Seed Saving Document is here https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1JAfM3N2eHtuR4QnwknmZl7r6TComh2OLoL8Odb2o2m8
Anyone wanting to add ideas, tips etc please go right ahead, the more input the better (you will need to send me an email address to add you on to edit the document, or send me the information if you prefere) it is easy to use and I guess the idea is to have a useful and lasting document. Any photos of what you are growing will be super to see, a great resource for future growers to reference, any growing notes would be fantastic.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2011, 01:28:15 by Admin aka Dan »
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Seed sharing circle 2011
« on: December 24, 2010, 07:38:00 »

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 07:42:20 »
Please count me in
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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 10:07:05 »
You are welcome  ;D
Any ideas what you fancy growing?
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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2010, 10:12:43 »
Ohh...could I join too...? ;D
What is most popularly offered?...how about is there something that there is not enough?

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2010, 11:08:51 »
Definitely. I'll try to have more seeds available this year as well.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2010, 11:13:14 »
Before I can even starting to think what to grow..what kind of quantities we are talking about..for how many people?
I like growing anything and everything.. ::)

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2010, 12:17:30 »
I'd like to join in too...
Have lots of HSL tomatoes and Peas and Climbing French Beans but am willing to do something more complicated (like squash that need isloating...)  :)

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2010, 13:50:31 »
I'd love to join in but don't want to take a place of someone who hasn't participated before....so I'll wait to see if it fills first.

If there is a space later on I'd happily take it.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2010, 16:43:15 »
Yes please if that is okay but as aj has mentioned, may be give others a chance first.
I will be going to a couple of HSL swaps early next year , so may be able to bring something exotic along.
 

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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2010, 18:06:21 »
I'd like to do brassicas, as I get a fair bit of isolation on my plot due to the hedges. I can only do one a year though, and I won't have any seeds till next year. I may try lettuce, as that's much faster, and you only need to separate varieties by a few yards. I can plant one variety one month, another the next, and do it that way.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2010, 18:29:39 »
Just a thought as we donít have the facility to edit posts after a short period. Iíve started a document that can be updated

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1JAfM3N2eHtuR4QnwknmZl7r6TComh2OLoL8Odb2o2m8 .

Anyone wanting to add ideas, tips etc please go right ahead, the more input the better (Iíll need an email address to add you on to edit the document) it is easy to use and I guess the idea is to have a useful and lasting document. Any photos of what you are growing will be super to see, a great resource for future growers to reference and any growing notes would be fantastic.

Seed Circle site http://seedsaverscircle.org/
My Blog, Mostly Tomato Mania http://mostlytomatomania.blogspot.co.uk/

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2010, 19:18:37 »
Those lettuce videos are useful, thanks. I'll probably try doing Drunken Woman and Fat Lazy Blonde this year, and if it's a success, maybe somethng else next. Do you still have my Email?

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2010, 19:34:01 »
Ohh...could I join too...? ;D
What is most popularly offered?...how about is there something that there is not enough?

Of course you can. I've no idea what this circle may bring, please feel free to add whatever you fancy/ think others will like. I've added a list of seeds we shared this year to the link in previous post which will give you some idea.

Before I can even starting to think what to grow..what kind of quantities we are talking about..for how many people?
I like growing anything and everything.. ::)

A bit early to say how many people but I hope around 15-20. You will need enough seed per person for them 'to grow, giving a few to try and a few to save for the following season or pass on. 

As a suggestion something like beans 10+, lettuce or small seeds a good pinch etc. If you want to send more thatís fine.  But who knows it may be a poor season , in which case just share what you have.'


Robert, Saddad, I've added your names  ;D


Thanks aj, your welcome to wait but I'm happy for you to join now. If the circle were to become too large I'm sure we could sort something  ;D I've added you on for now hope it suits  :)

Fine by me markfield, I've added you in  :)  Mmmm HSL swap days sound super, exotic sounds good.

All sounds good to me Robert, only thing seeds would need to ready to include for 2011. Good to be planning for 2012 though  :) They sound great. Haven't got your email.
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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2010, 20:21:43 »
I would like in please, I left it too late for last year so am hoping there will be room for me  as long as the distance is not a problem..pleaselet me know.

XX Jeannine
When God blesses you with a multitude of seeds double  the blessing by sharing your  seeds with other folks.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2010, 20:33:16 »
Would love to be included again for next year please. Not sure what I'll be offering yet - want to see what I get from HSL, have requested some of the "new for 2011" varieties so will see what arrives. Have realised I can't do brassicas - the advice says you should have seed from 20 plants, I don't usually grow that many to begin with!! Think sweet peas are  great idea, I always grow some, go for highly scented varieties so would be hopeful to be able to save some of those.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2010, 22:03:06 »
Yes ofcourse i will join again,but i have to find out what to grow for the circle next year.

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2010, 12:03:06 »
Would love to join again , please.  Thank you JayB.

Another lettuce - 'Grandpa Admires' perhaps.  I have harvested and stored carrots for seed saving, just hope they haven't perished in the unheated greenhouse planted in buckets - yesterday's low was -10.7C.  We will see.  And whatever I grow out because my seeds need renewing.  Sometimes there is only enough to carry on with a variety or not even that, other times there is a big seed harvest that could supply a whole village.

This is the time of year where all good intentions are still intact!  But we know from experience that what we intend isn't always what we can deliver and that is fine too.  Last year I handpollinated 'Hungarian Zucchini'.  Two huge green marrows are sitting on the windowsill right now.  I did not harvest the seeds for this year's Circle, but there will be some for 2011 - hopefully!  However I often have good c pepo squashes here which turn out seedless, because it was too cold for the pollen when I handpollinated.  Even though it tricked the plant into thinking that a fruit has been pollinated.  Will keep you informed.

  
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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2010, 12:46:32 »
Hi Emma, please add me too. I do not know yet what  will be offering, but i think it will be at least one bean and a tomato, I will also try and do a leaf veg this year but i will confirm all once i have sorted out my planting plan  ;D

merry xmas everyone

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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2010, 19:18:29 »
All welcome, its filling up nicely  :)
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Re: Seed sharing circle 2011
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2010, 15:45:05 »
For while ago I acquired some Swedish one dot beans and/or Swedish brown from Nordgen seed bank..would anybody be interested some of those for our circle?..and then there is those I got from HSL last week..hmm..
Does many of you grow Australian yellow leaf lettuce?
How about Bumble bee beans?...Sulphur Beans?...Do we have enough peas?..squashes.. ::) ;D
This year I'm going to build brassica cage and start producing seeds from those...but that won't yield untill 2012 ::)
Ohh...I've been so greedy this year with seed hunting..sooo much to grow and save ;D ;D..but I love it...choosing special few is difficult..It will help once I hear what other may offer first ;) ;D