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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2017, 17:43:27 »
I'm in, but my offering might be slightly less than planned.  I'll post photos later

I've two tomatoes:  Silvery Fir Tree - Abundant, succulent, early beefsteak was inundated from early July.  Yellow brandywine (Sudduth strain) - I know it's quite common, but it was my favourite tomato this year.

(Also saved Sasha's Altai, but not impressed as it wasn't early at all - very intense, again prolific, salad type, but I didn't need all that by then.  I can put it in if anyone's interested, but I can't recommend on account of being late for an 'early').

Lettuce:  Australian Yellow - loose leaf.  Did outstandingly through the heatwave and quite a beauty.

A novelty:  Beet berry.  Maybe not great for eating, but a bit of visual, edible fun.  I need to check out the insect status though - last time I looked there a number of small flies, but maybe I can shake them off.  Not actually stripped the seeds off stems yet.

I did have two beans to put in, but need to check they aren't infected with the bean weevil.  Is there any early way to tell?  I had one pod that ripened early and I put it upstairs where it's warmer and it hatched with them, but all of the others look fine. ??






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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2017, 18:08:22 »
Hi Earlypea, this sounds a lovely selection for the circle.  With beans, the easiest way is to put them into a jar with tight fitting lid - kilner jar etc and stick them into the freezer for two days.  Nothing will crawl out subsequently after that.  You need to make sure the bean seeds are really dry before packing them into the airtight jars.  This way germination will not be affected by the spell in the cold.

Well what is an early tomato in some places is late elsewhere.  Often dtm numbers, days to  maturity, are copied from US websites and just don't apply to UK.  The earliest tomatoes are 55-60 dtm, but in UK that often means 90 days to maturity.  They count the start of dtm as the planting out date.  A second reason why dtm varies so much is that some tomatoes do quite well in cooler weather and progress nicely, whereas others really appreciate a hotter summer and sulk throughout if they don't get that. 

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #62 on: December 05, 2017, 19:21:52 »
My contribution is
Xenia field a lovely pencil thin dwarf french bean which is very prolific., HSL.
Gigandes butter type bean originally from Chris X
Painted lady pretty runner bean.
Also depending on numbers I have some Jack Edwards climbing french and Giant Stringless dwarf beans but it might be one or the other.
I thought I had some tomatoes too but  :dontknow: where they are !



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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #63 on: December 10, 2017, 09:10:36 »
So many great offers this year  :icon_cheers:  As I did get another season in this garden, I can, if I may, participate too this year.

I have a Climbing French bean to offer, seeds were also from Chris Cross, called Mennonite Stripe.  This is a huge and very fat podded bean, one of the largest around.  I prefer them as green beans, but CC uses them for shelling.  And after many years of trying, I finally got a melon to work in the greenhouse, Petit Gris de Rennes, and I have taken seeds.   Depending on numbers of participants, I could also add a small tuber of one of the potato varieties that Jayb has bred - a cross between Kifli and Ratte #1.  If Jayb does not object (she has not named this new variety), the name 'Rafli' springs to mind.  This potato has been very resistant to blight into late October, but it does benefit from a long growing season for a big crop of small to medium sized salad potatoes.  (Yummy Christmas potato salad).  I also grew a plum tomato variety, still from the magic, huge seed swap parcel of Jayb's and Jeannine's which has not yet been shared here.  A bright sunshine orange paste tomato with few seeds,  not plum shaped as such but almost round, called Roughwood Golden Plum.  This has been bred by William Woys Weaver and is a cross between Yellow Brandywine and San Marzano.   https://store.tomatofest.com/Roughwood_Golden_Plum_p/tf-0431.htm   

Have to see what else I can find.  I certainly have enough seeds for Shark's Fin Melon aka Fig Leaf Pumpkin and also a mild chili Trepadeira Werner.  Both are seed circle repeats but will gladly add, if there is interest.    :wave:
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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #64 on: December 10, 2017, 12:26:45 »
Hi everybody,i havenot posted much this year but i have been on the side often to keep updated what was going on.I have several beanvarieties for seed saving circle,some nice peppers and tomatoes,so i only have to hear that it is on.



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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #65 on: December 11, 2017, 13:51:46 »
Cracked open a Flat White Boer squash today. Disappointingly it only had seventeen viable seeds, the rest were empty. Not enough to share!

Itíll take us ages to eat a 5kg squash so I donít really want to cut the other one (6.5kg) just yet. Itíll probably have a similar number of good seeds as the first one, right?

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2018, 23:45:06 »
. Itíll probably have a similar number of good seeds as the first one, right?

Not necessarily.  The number of seeds can be very variable. 

I share your frustration.  Happens to me time and again.  So often there are very few in handpollinated squash.  Often it is just a bit too cool for the pollen to be really fertile.  Bee pollinated squash flowers get many more visits during the day than a once only hand pollinated one.  And if that was at borderline temperatures, low seed count results.   :BangHead:

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2017
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2018, 23:45:06 »

 

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