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    Default 2015 seed circle

    Link to http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...cle_76488.html

    I intend to organise another seed circle this year. However, if 2/3rd of people drop out, then there's not much sense in taking names. I know that the best laid plans gang aft agley, so no criticism implied on those who dropped out last year. I'm just noting that there's no sense in planning ahead on how much to save. We can just take it as it comes. Please come back here in November to report back that you've actually saved seeds and I will then do an inventory of how many we are. Even if by November you're still waiting for seeds to dry it should be clear by then whether the seeds are there to swap.

    For people who are new here: Last year we ended up with only 7 participants, but in the past up to 16 people have taken part, so if you're saving seeds to take part a rule of thumb would be to save enough for up to 32 packets of seeds divided over at least two species of edible plant.

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    2. Norfolkgrey
    3. Norfolk1
    4. Scarlet
    5. Elfeda
    6. planetologist
    Last edited by planetologist; 30-01-2016 at 10:14 PM. Reason: Adding link to 2014 circle
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    Planetologist,

    This is my first year with vine and garden, can I suggest you one thing. why dont we make seed circle participents with seed names than a grower?

    once we all compile the list of possible partcipating seeds, grapes can choose they seed the like to offer and the seed they would like to collect from the seed circle. this way it will be clear to know what is needed and how much...when you say 32 packs of seeds out rightly, it is bit difficult to see good list of seeds,that way discourages the participants.

    for example I can give my name now but I can not confirm which different seeds i would be able to share, as i will only know that in november.
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    Elfeda, I don't understand what you're suggesting, could you please say in more detail what you propose? In the words of zazen999, here's how seed circles in the past have worked:
    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
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    16 of us grow some seeds for sharing out.

    Then we share them out.
    Participants have always saved from at least 2 vegetables, so 2*16 makes up to 32 packets. But I'd like to make this as non-restrictive as possible, so if you'd like to save 4*8 packets of seeds or whatever that's fine with me. And if the list of participants is short again this year, then fewer seeds would do, but if you start the season planning for that and we end up with 17 participants as in 2010, then you wouldn't have enough to participate.
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    I'm in. Good idea to reconfirm in November!

    Not sure how many seeds you want per packet (dictates how many packs you can grow).

    My beans did really well last year so I shall be happy to distribute those, also I'll be growing sweetcorn (non-F1, is that open pollinated?!).

    I plan to save some sweet peas but not are how successful this will be.

    I am also going to try to save some true potato seeds see here: http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...eed_82931.html if anyone is interested then let me know in advance and I will try to save more (so long as blight doesn't catch me).

    I may have a few flower seeds beyond that but will confirm nearer the time.

    Cucurbit family seeds may also be available depending on successful growing!

    What does everyone else plan to save?!

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    I'm a tomato and chilli fan....so usually toms, chillies or beans from me. As for amounts it generally depends on the variety and how many seeds they produce. Rough guide from me is, at least 6 tom seeds, a dozen beans, chillies quite often only produce a few seeds so I think 3 or 4 is acceptable if the season is poor. Parsnips, carrots etc I use a heaped dessertspoon as they are prolific and you need quite a few to make them worthwhile to sow. Squash 4-6.
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    I will keep it a surprise until November-ish
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    I haven't even decided what to grow yet - let alone save
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    Me neither..but I've got all my tomato seeds spread over the table...oh, what to choose
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