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penedesenca

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Seed Saving Circle 2018
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:50:23 »
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 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 2017 https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81010.0.html
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
Seed Circle 2010 http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,58860.0.html

Could a kind Mod please pin this?  :wave:
I don't have a seed addiction. I just have a lot of good intentions.

Seed Circle 2018 - https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81651.0.html
New Seed Savers Site - https://seedsaverscircle.home.blog/
Old Seed Savers Site - http://seedsaverscircle.org/

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Seed Saving Circle 2018
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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2018, 10:01:48 »
I'm in  :wave: 
I haven't the faintest idea what I'll be saving though ..........

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2018, 13:31:58 »
I'm in. It'll be my 5th year, which I am assuming is worth celebrating with cake.

Likewise no idea but hoping the growing gods will be kind this season.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2018, 13:33:56 by sparrow »

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2018, 13:50:20 »
mmmm     cake  :coffee2:

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2018, 19:15:17 »
Oh well I might as well!!
Thanks for offering to do this.
Will pin if I can remember how



penedesenca

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2018, 05:58:48 »
Oo er, this will be interesting. I can't modify my first post anymore. Nevermind. Thank you Pumpkinlover for pinning the thread.


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I don't have a seed addiction. I just have a lot of good intentions.

Seed Circle 2018 - https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81651.0.html
New Seed Savers Site - https://seedsaverscircle.home.blog/
Old Seed Savers Site - http://seedsaverscircle.org/

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2018, 07:39:55 »
I don't know if that's because the post is now pinned.
So I will unpin it for today, see if you can do what you want to do then let me know.



penedesenca

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2018, 09:41:59 »
I don't know if that's because the post is now pinned.
So I will unpin it for today, see if you can do what you want to do then let me know.

No it doesn't seem to be because of pinning.

Edit: It is a forum thing I think and once I log out it no longer lets me change posts.

Edit again: It definitely seems to be connected with logging out :( Thank you for trying though.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2018, 09:44:31 by penedesenca »
I don't have a seed addiction. I just have a lot of good intentions.

Seed Circle 2018 - https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81651.0.html
New Seed Savers Site - https://seedsaverscircle.home.blog/
Old Seed Savers Site - http://seedsaverscircle.org/

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2018, 19:07:54 »
Umm, I think I just might, if that's okay?

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 10:43:27 »
Sounds good to me!

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2018, 11:29:30 »
Off to spend a little quality time with the Real Seed catalogue !

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2018, 15:17:33 »
Yes, please.

penedesenca

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2018, 16:48:19 »
1. Penedesenca
2. Plot 18
3. Sparrow
4. Pumpkinlover
5. Markfield Rover
6. Silverleaf
7. Martinburo
I don't have a seed addiction. I just have a lot of good intentions.

Seed Circle 2018 - https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81651.0.html
New Seed Savers Site - https://seedsaverscircle.home.blog/
Old Seed Savers Site - http://seedsaverscircle.org/

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2018, 11:23:22 »
Yes I'm in. It's still a struggle to get things sorted, but I'll have something to put in.

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2018, 14:12:11 »
count me in for the seedcircle.

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2018, 15:09:52 »
Looking a lot like a circle .. Thanks penedesenca .

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2018, 10:25:58 »
Just checking how peeps are doing and if anyone else wants to join. Hope you are all doing better than me. It is very much  :BangHead: this year but I will pull something off  :happy7:

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I don't have a seed addiction. I just have a lot of good intentions.

Seed Circle 2018 - https://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php/topic,81651.0.html
New Seed Savers Site - https://seedsaverscircle.home.blog/
Old Seed Savers Site - http://seedsaverscircle.org/

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2018, 10:51:09 »
I am afraid that I will have to give it a miss this year. :crybaby2: :crybaby2: :crybaby2:



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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2018, 08:41:17 »
You could put me down as 'provisional' seeing as you're thin on the ground at the moment.

I have two kinds of interesting seeds, but by the time you get to it I may be too busy.

I've got Polish Amaranth - I have found this a very viable spinach alternative, the stems are particularly flavoursome, almost asparagussy. 

And Japanese Wineberry seeds - I would have to call this an edible decorative, rather than 'a cropper'.  It's beautiful, yet hellish fiddly to crop, but I enjoy browsing on this and a selection of wild strawberries for moments of extreme piquancy on my plot.

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Re: Seed Saving Circle 2018
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2018, 11:55:48 »
'Provisional' might be overstating it for me, but I will try if I can.  I should have enough seeds of lettuce Relic, which is so dark red, you could call it black.  I am afraid it is a commercial variety, but one that piqued my interest and I must admit I have never seen this colour on any lettuce.  Tomato Harbinger has done well, as it always does.  It is just round, red and ping pong ball sized, early and reliable. 

https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/lettuce-relic-looseleaf/gwr4957TM
https://www.kingsseeds.com/Products/Vegetables/Tomato/Tomato-Harbinger

Nothing very exciting this year, I'm afraid.  :wave: