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Today at 10:38:39 by penedesenca
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Yes folks here is the 2019 seed saving circle thread, 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 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 (although we do inc. tubers, bulbs and cuttings just make sure they are well wrapped so they don't dampen any seeds), saving enough seed for every other member to grow a crop the following year. The group could be up to 20 people.. Veggies will generally need to be heritage or open pollinated so that they will come true from seed, (potato seeds wonít come exactly true) if you include grown out hybrids please state this clearly.

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 from 2017 onwards they can be found at
For anyone interested in the previous years Seed Parcels and what we finally shared from 2016 and oprevious they can be found at

And some previous threads for the Circles;
Seed Circle 2018,81651.0.html
Seed Circle 2017,81010.0.html
Seed Circle 2016,79990.0.html

Could a kind Mod please pin this?  :wave:
Yesterday at 16:04:15 by brownthumb2 | Views: 70 | Comments: 6

 First time growing onions from seeds ( Alisa Craig ) but they've grown to about3 inches in height but the tips are dying off  ? Other then that they look good can any one advise me please
January 17, 2019, 10:00:42 by nodig | Views: 206 | Comments: 9

The Schard looks a bit like a carrot albeit a big carrot - being 310m tall.  Now I wondered how heavy a 310m carrot would weigh and my calculations come to just over 1 million tonnes, which is about 50% more than the total uk carrot production.  Now we can ask which is more expensive, carrots or the schard?  Well the schard cost £435 million and a million tonnes of carrots has a market price of £500 million.  So carrots are more expensive than the Schard.
January 15, 2019, 13:11:14 by davholla | Views: 354 | Comments: 18

Sorry for so many questions

1) I have a family tree (M26) (Jupiter, Jester and Fiesta) also a Balerina (Bolero - wonderful taste)  and 2 M27 Ashmead's Kernel and Pixie.
Are these are spur or tip bearers?  Would most people prune these?  If so when summer and winter?  I don't want them to grow bigger (apart from one of the M27's).
2) Is it possible to store apples inside this year I left 2 bags in the shed and a rat got them!!!
3) Any tips for picking apples from the highest branches - the tree is not strong enough to lean a ladder against it
4) Has anyone tried the super columnar from Chris Bowers?  Are they any good?  Do they really need that much space as they say?

5) A bit broke of the M27 and I put it a pot to see if it will root any thoughts on this idea?


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