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  • A couple of General circles

    11 20.75%
  • A tomato based circle

    17 32.08%
  • A cucurbit based circle

    12 22.64%
  • A pepper/chilli based circle

    16 30.19%
  • A pea and bean based circle

    13 24.53%
  • A beginners circle [easy annuals with detailed instructions, toms and peas and beans mainly]

    7 13.21%
  • A huge swap which covers everyone interested, newbies - oldbies - specialities - the full works

    23 43.40%
  • An exotic or 'non-catalogue' circle - not grown before

    19 35.85%
  • Herb and edible flowers

    5 9.43%
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    For 2 years now, we on the Vine have held seed circles and very interesting they have been too.

    The first year, we had 2 general circles, with about 16 people in each. Some dropped out but a fair amount of seed was swapped.

    The second we had 2 general circles, which were merged into one after a few people dropped out; plus a Tomato, a Chilli, a Pea and Bean and a Squash circle. So that was 1 in the end. Numbers were lower, but lots of seeds were saved and swapped again.

    So, the question is, do we add speciality circles again, go for a general approach as in the first year, Forget the general and just stick to specials...the choice is - well - ours! Or do we extend the number in the general to [say] 32 and all send in 32 packs...easy for some seeds but not so for others...

    Please, could all interested parties chip in with comments, and vote on the poll. If anyone has another suggestion then I'll add it to the poll as we go.

    Note: I am a member of a different circle on another forum; and I received 72 bags of seed - it was fantastic. There is something fabulous about receiving seed that you would never think to grow - and many of these are not run of the mill, so the huge circle would also be about the seasoned savers trying something a little different this year...for example, true potato seed etc

    *ETA - Sorry - I've redone the thread so please revote - the other one wouldn't let you have multiple votes
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    I'm keen to get involved but not sure how to vote. I'm comfortable with cucurbits and enjoy growing them because I love the flowers. This year I will be growing peas and mangetout which I haven't grown before...well not for a long time anyway so it will be a challenge, which I like and will give me extra incentive. Then I think I should vote for the beginer circle because everybody on the vine seems so competant and I feel I still have so much to learn.

    Last year I had plans to grow so many things but something happened at the end of February and all my plans went pear shaped so as long as nothing happens this spring I should be up and running (not literally, I have weak ankles)

    Please advise anyone
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    I can't guarantee being able to grow and save seed from a particular named plant as I can't ensure that there wouldn't be cross-pollination. So anything specific is out for me. The general swap that is taking place at present suits me down to the ground - and I like the random seed swap too as it threw up some varieties that I would not have thought of trying.
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    I echo VC's comments above however I am going to give seed saving a go this year and have deliberately opted for open pollinated varieties that I can save from. I am looking to create dedicated and smaller beds on the allotment. I will start with the easy seed saving first and work up to the others over the next two years. F1 is now Forgotten 1.
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    Same here as above. The thing that I find off putting (unless I have got it wrong, which could easily be the case) is that you have to submit many packets of seed at once and I often only have a few packets at any one time.
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    I would much rather participate in specialist circles, as (and please dont be offended) I dont really like the new virtual general seed parcel. I dont like the spread sheet and the titles of each section are confusing - esp with herbs being in more than one catagory for example etc.

    I would hate the circles being the same as this.

    Its also nice that different people run them, it must spread the load abit?

    I wondered about running more this year, more specialist ones?

    Just some thoughts
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    I voted for a Specials circle, as I don't think we need any General circles due to the Virtual Seed Parcel. Save a few seeds and swap for something you want, no need to try and save a lot of seeds (which can be difficult due to lack of space/ weather....) It does get Grapes into the habit of saving seeds. But is dependent on the hard work and goodwill of Zaz and Chris (sorry not trying to lumber you with more work).

    The Specials need not be something which is hard to save seed from, just something unusual. I've got D'Eyseinne (sp?) carrots from Real Seeds which I'm hoping I'll be able to save seed from next year (but to be honest I doubt it - I live in a really damp area). Well if I can't do the carrots I'll try Peruvian Ginseng (tastes not bad). If that fails how about Zahir Bread Poppy and the Nutmeg Flower, both are unusual but easy to get seed from. Both are beautiful flowers whose seeds are edible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northepaul View Post
    I dont like the spread sheet and the titles of each section are confusing - esp with herbs being in more than one catagory for example etc.

    I would hate the circles being the same as this.
    The herbs are going to have to be in different section as they are from difference families; and some do get put into the wrong section every now and then but are changed over when pointed out.

    The Circles are NOT the same as the Virtual Seed Parcel; we set this up to save people's postage money, plus people can join in as and when they want...and whole parcels won't go missing.

    The Circles are about saving from one or two types and sharing the results between the other members of the Circle.

    I know you can't please all the people all the time but I do wonder sometimes...
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