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Seed Sharing Circle 2015 and growing progress
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:51:19 »
If anyone would like to join this yearís proposed Seed Circle, sign up on the thread  :blob7:

The Seed Circle would be in it's 6th year  :drunken_smilie: and is open to all A4A members, itís great to have new people join too  :wave:  The group is all about setting aside a little growing space and time to raise some crops for seeds, keeping the group informed of how the season is going and at the end of the season share these seeds with the group.

Each person decides what 2 or more crops they will grow and save seed from, saving enough seed for every other member to grow a crop the following year. The group could be 10 Ė 20 + people, although it seems to even out at around 15. Veggies will generally need to be heritage or open pollinated so that they will come true from seed, (potatoes wonít come exactly true).

It's always fun to have new to the group varieties and not those that are the real basic ones which are easy to pick up for 50p in the shops. If anyone is stuck for ideas or starter seeds ask on the thread or pm me, Iím happy to help someone get started if they need seeds. To give you an idea, hereís a list of seeds varieties already shared within the groups http://seedsaverscircle.org/seed-circle/a-z-of-varieties-shared-in-the-seed-circles/


I think most of us have found out some vegetables are easier than others to grow for seed and everything can change with the weather. But generally peas, French beans, tomatoes, perhaps potatoes and some herbs are the easiest. Chillies, Sweet peppers, squash, courgette and lettuce will need isolating from other varieties to keep seed pure.  Parsnips, onions, leeks, beetroot, carrots, celeriac and many Brassicas only go to seed the second year and need isolation from other varieties and so are more time consuming and a little trickier.

Real Seeds gave the idea for the circles. Their site gives some great seed saving tips as well as being a great seed catalogue http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedsavinginfo.html

For anyone interested in the previous years Seed Parcels and what we finally shared they can be found at http://seedsaverscircle.org/

And the previous threads for the Circles;
Seed Circle 2014 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,77280.0.html
Seed Circle 2013 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,74928.0.html
Seed Circle 2012 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,70816.0.html
Seed Circle 2011 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,64431.0.html
Extra Group 2011 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,68391.0.html
Seed Circle 2010 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,58860.0.html
« Last Edit: March 21, 2016, 09:12:51 by Jayb »
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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2015, 09:27:36 »
 :wave: MEEEE.....Meeeee.....meeee..... :toothy10: Put my name on the list pleaaaaaase , madam, if you would, thank you, most kindly.... :drunken_smilie: :happy7:

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2015, 11:49:08 »
I am going to the seed swap on the 7th quite a few HSL usually turn up so...... If I can find some "worthies" I would love to join in please, you are doing sterling work Jayb ,thank-you.

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 15:45:39 »
I want to join in!

I haven't planned out what I'm growing yet, but definitely want to share! Hopefully I can put in a lot more this year!

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2015, 18:17:24 »
Me please, me please, me please!!!  :blob7:

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 19:20:52 »
Yes, definitely. Hopefully I'll have a better year this time!

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 22:10:08 »
You can count me in

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2015, 07:54:15 »
Yes please, but no idea as yet what I might grow to seed.

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2015, 08:03:31 »
I would like to be in again please!



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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2015, 15:21:24 »
I have just received seed from the National dahlia collection, so if it's exceptable  I'll add these, they are mixed so real pot luck including the chance of a new variety!

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 16:25:28 »
Yes, sounds great to me. Being both edible and producing beautiful flowers, bonus all around  :sunny:
Gives me a chance to plan ahead and have some space set aside for them.
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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 16:27:26 »
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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2015, 10:29:20 »
Me too please1

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2015, 16:22:31 »
I'd love to.  Was in the first one in 2010 and having been watching enviously this year - feel quite out of the bean-loop.

Trouble is I might not be around much during the growing season, but I reckon I could fairly easily save

Red Swan dwarf french beans

and

Sokol breadseed poppy
http://www.realseeds.co.uk/flowers.html

I've not spotted either of those on the previous years' lists.

and then we'll see what else as I go along.  I've got big plans and lots of seeds, but maybe not the time......

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2015, 16:34:13 »
I'd love to.  Was in the first one in 2010 and having been watching enviously this year - feel quite out of the bean-loop.

Trouble is I might not be around much during the growing season, but I reckon I could fairly easily save

Red Swan dwarf french beans

and

Sokol breadseed poppy
http://www.realseeds.co.uk/flowers.html

Those 2 sounds good and it would be nice to have you joining again :icon_thumleft: Go on....you know you want it...SEEEED, SEEEEDS and more SEEEEEDS... :tongue3:



I've not spotted either of those on the previous years' lists.

and then we'll see what else as I go along.  I've got big plans and lots of seeds, but maybe not the time......

earlypea

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2015, 16:59:05 »
Welcome back both  :sunny:

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2015, 17:07:18 »
I'd love to.  Was in the first one in 2010 and having been watching enviously this year - feel quite out of the bean-loop.

Trouble is I might not be around much during the growing season, but I reckon I could fairly easily save

Red Swan dwarf french beans

and

Sokol breadseed poppy
http://www.realseeds.co.uk/flowers.html

I've not spotted either of those on the previous years' lists.

and then we'll see what else as I go along.  I've got big plans and lots of seeds, but maybe not the time......

earlypea


Both would be ideal for the group and I just love Red Swan and was thinking of putting it in this year, so I'm really pleased you are going to be adding it. Perhaps I can be back up for in case needed? I should think both will do well with minimal care once established if you are going to be busy summer time, good choices.

I think I may be going to have a bit of a bean and pea year, so hopefully some new additions from me  :wave:
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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2015, 17:55:55 »
I may well be a repeat of squashes & peppers (different ones!) and I have an order with Baker Creek that is sitting in my saved folder which is fairly bean-y.

I didn't realise how addictive this seed saving would be and I have eaten the majority of my root crops...d'oh! Might see if there are enough salsify or beetroot left...

I love the idea of the breadseed poppy.

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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2015, 19:58:08 »
Lol, a total shiny bean lover here, although I really don't need them, I've got a couple of packs of beans in my basket too!
Squash and peppers will be just great  :toothy10:
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Re: Seed Sharing Circle 2015
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2015, 21:30:09 »
Yes, please.

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