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Seed Saving Circle 2017
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:11:16 »
I know some people are interested in taking part in another Seed Circle and although I've not been very active recently, either growing or on the forum, I think I can manage it and I'd love to join in again  :wave:

Anyone else interested in joining in this year?

Taking part and ideas for saving so far;
Pumpkinlover
Markfield rover, beans. 
Penedesenca
Sparrow
Hector
Silverleaf
Plot 18
Elfeda
Seacarrot
Jayb
Ruud
Sunloving
Martinburo
Earlypea, early tomato, a French bean and lettuce


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 7th 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 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).

It's always fun to have new to the group varieties and not 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/seed-circle/

And the previous threads for the Circles;
Seed Circle 2016 https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,79990.0.html
Seed Circle 2015 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,78706.0.html
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: June 13, 2017, 12:36:09 by Jayb »
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Seed Saving Circle 2017
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:11:16 »

pumpkinlover

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 07:30:52 »
Of course we are!
Just in case though, would it be an idea to have a back up plan in place?  A bit like taking an umbrella on a walk then it doesn't rain? :glasses9:




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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 07:36:55 »
I did pick up some interesting beans , one claimed to be the best ever ! Shall we be the judge of that?

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 07:38:03 »
Of course we are!
Just in case though, would it be an idea to have a back up plan in place?  A bit like taking an umbrella on a walk then it doesn't rain? :glasses9:



Yes it would, I'm hoping that if needed there would be at least one other person who would be ok to step in and keep things going  :wave:
Are you offering?  :toothy10:
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 07:46:33 »
 I would like to see if Galina offers first, as she has taken over seamlessly before.
My organisationally abilities are not the best but if needed.



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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 08:34:36 »
I would love to join in again. No idea what I will have to offer though yet.  :happy7:

I am fine to be backup if there is a shortage of offers, but I would imagine people would prefer the backup to have been here longer.

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2017, 08:38:50 »
I'm definitely in! Love this seed circle.

I think a safety net is a good idea, just in case, and I'm happy to help in any way.

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 08:41:18 »
Id love to :)
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 10:02:14 »
I would like to see if Galina offers first, as she has taken over seamlessly before.
My organisationally abilities are not the best but if needed.

I don't know where I will be living by Christmas, so won't join in this year unless things stabilise.  I can't promise to help.  :wave:

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 10:18:06 »
I'm in too! And I'm also happy to be backup. :)

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 10:59:35 »
Please can I join in  :blob7:

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 13:09:14 »
I would like to see if Galina offers first, as she has taken over seamlessly before.
My organisationally abilities are not the best but if needed.

I should have said I'd already been in touch with Galina, who unfortunately isn't able to join in. But I very much hope that she will be able to join in later in the year  :wave: 
You have been such a big part of the Circles Galina, it's hard to think of one without you.
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2017, 13:20:08 »
Brilliant, welcome back to previous players and new folk, their seems more than enough savers to get a Circle going. Thanks for the offers of support too, I guess it's why it's a seed circle  :sunny:
I'll start a new thread shortly.
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2017, 13:48:02 »
I should have said I'd already been in touch with Galina, who unfortunately isn't able to join in. But I very much hope that she will be able to join in later in the year  :wave: 
You have been such a big part of the Circles Galina, it's hard to think of one without you.

I agree, it would be a shame if Galina isn't able to join us.

But if not she can be there in spirit, she sent me some peas to grow out for sharing so they are from her really. :p

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2017, 17:10:41 »
Can I join please

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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2017, 19:23:01 »
Of course you can, great to have you join in again  :wave:
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2017, 16:10:03 »
I've not posted enough....

Harrumph.
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2017, 16:37:23 »
I've not posted enough....

Harrumph.

For what?
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2017, 18:13:16 »
I've not posted enough....

Harrumph.

For what?

To be eligible.... I'm sure I read in swapping guidelines 50 posts are needed...? No?
What have I been reading.?!?
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Re: Seed Circle 2017?
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2017, 18:31:15 »
Seacarrot,

welcome to Allotments4All  group.  number of posts isn't criteria to take part into seed saving circle.