So today I took delivery of the results of one of the Seed Swap Circles that I am a contributor to. This is year 2 of this particular circle; which is run through a popular allotment forum.
72 bags of seed I received, the list is below.
A decent photo will follow, once I've found the lead! For now though, the image was taken on my blackberry....
Now, I've not knowingly met any of the people in this community; and I know I've swapped with them informally, and perhaps some of the seeds that were shared were grown from seeds that I originally swapped with them, or from last year's circle. But the bigger picture here is that we are saving and swapping from seeds from all over the place, from HSL, from Real Seeds, from friends, family and overseas; and we are helping to save a little piece of our history in these lovely seeds.
It's blooming marvelous, and I am hoping that the participant of my own circles will feel the same once their seeds are sent out in the New Year.
And a very timely delivery, with tomorrow being the solstice, I'm going to get the Babington Leeks and Egyptian Walking Onions into soil first thing tomorrow.
If you have never saved seeds, or if you do save and are not part of a circle, I heartily recommend it. Have a look at our Seed Saving in Schools document which may give you some ideas as to how to save your own seed and activities to get people interested in saving their own seeds....oh, and it also saves a fortune each year as 72 varieties from a seed catalogue would be about, well, probably about £140.
Here is the list:
Achocha Lady’s Slipper (cyclanthera pedata)
Babington Leek (allium ampeloprasum babingtonii)
Egyptian Walking onion Catawissa allium cepa proliferum
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Swedish One Dot
Mrs Connell’s Black
Quillquiña = Bolivian Coriander
Turkish Rocket (Bunias orientalis).
Flat Leaved Parsley
Nero di Toscana aka Black Kale
Pommee Brune d’Hiver
Peas and Mangetout
Golden Sweet mangetout
King Tut/Pran’s Pea
Suttons Purple Podded
Alberto’s Locoto, a Rocoto pepper
Chilli de Cayenne
Small Unnamed Chilli
Napier Pointy Red
Georgia Candy Rooster Squash
Waltham - butter nut squash
Dwarf Mr Snow
Green Bell Pepper
Yellow Out Red In
Tasmanian Chocolate Dwarf
True Potato Seed
Blue Belle TPS
Spring Cabbage Durham Early
Tzimbalo Solanum Caripense
Sweet Peas [mainly pink]
Here is the photo:
and I'm off now, to prepare some seed trays for tomorrow.
Happy Winter Solstice to you all for tomorrow, I'll have my head down sowing seeds and especially planting Garlic.