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SEED COLLECTION AND STORAGE PRIOR TO SWAPPING

fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172

Seeds are coming ready now on some early flowering plants. For anyone interested in seed swapping later on in the year, here are some tips.

Collect on a dry day when the seeds are ripe.

Collect into a PAPER bag and not plastic, which will send seeds mouldy.

Store in a dark dry place.

Start saving junk mail envelopes to recycle as packaging.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/12/carol-klein-collecting-seed

http://www.howtosaveseeds.com/

 

 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    And don't forget to label the accurately at the timeimage

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172

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    Otherwise you get scabious come up as antirrhinums!!!!!

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Thanks for the reminder! image

  • snowathletesnowathlete Posts: 138

    I'm hoping for some seed swaps this year. I have leftover seed from last year which is probably still good and will be collecting more fresh this summer/autumn. For vegetables there are a bunch of good videos on YouTube that are worth looking for.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,611
    fidgetbones wrote (see)

    Also good advice here

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=675

     

    This is a very good link, thanks FB

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I have been hoping to set up a seed swap scheme in my immediate community. Do people think September would be a good month to swap or is it better to wait til say February? If anyone has any experience of this I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

     It depends who you're aiming at. For a hardy perennial and shrub grower like me September would be the time. But for a great many summer flowers February would be OK

  • thanks nutcutlet- are hardy perennial seeds preferably sown this Sept. inside and then plants placed in beds etc so that they are established plants ready for next years summer?

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