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Yesterday at 15:15:42 by DrJohnH | Views: 91 | Comments: 11


So I put my seed potatoes to chit in a frost free place two weeks ago (a pretty constant 10 degrees C with good light). 

One of the larger Sarpo Miras had a dent in the side when I emptied the net out, but was still firm and looked OK (apart from the dent), so i put it in the egg trays with the rest of the seed potatoes to chit- now it has gone soft in the dented patch and is developing a bad smell- should I cut out the bad part or just throw the spud away?


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Yesterday at 10:09:57 by caroline7758
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Looking ahead to when we move, hopefully, within the next few months, to the Berwick upon Tweed area.Just wondering if there are any A4A peeps around there?
Yesterday at 08:50:23 by penedesenca | Views: 66 | Comments: 4

First things first, I am happy to pass over the circle to any old hands, otherwise you are stuck with me again.  :tongue3: I know there is a few of us seedaholics that are all ready thinking about the 2018 circle, so here it is folks. Jump in and shout if you wish to join.

For those who havenít joined in before some information to help you decide if you would like to join ;
The Seed Circle would/will be in its 8th year   and is open to all A4A members, itís great to have new people join too    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 sharing some growing information and the all-important saved 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, (potato seeds wonít come exactly true).

I think most of us have found out, some vegetables are easier than others to grow from 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

For anyone interested in the previous years Seed Parcels and what we finally shared they can be found at

And the previous threads for the Circles;
Seed Circle 2017,81010.0.html
Seed Circle 2016,79990.0.html
Seed Circle 2015,78706.0.html
Seed Circle 2014,77280.0.html
Seed Circle 2013,74928.0.html
Seed Circle 2012,70816.0.html
Seed Circle 2011,64431.0.html
Seed Circle 2010,58860.0.html

Could a kind Mod please pin this?  :wave:


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