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    By popular demand here is the 2016 seed saving circle.

    Like previous years this is for self-saved seeds. No F2 from commercial F1 seeds. A preference for 2016 grown seeds, though for seeds that stay viable this is not a requirement.

    We're going to try and return to how things were done in previous years (2010-2014): Please register here now if you'd like to take part with the things you'll try and grow for seeds. The cut-off for joining will be 30 November 2016 or 16 participants with confirmed saved seeds. You can then pack the seeds in December and send them in in January (preferably early January).

    For those who haven't done this before:
    Please bear in mind that more often than not something fails to produce seed (too wet, too dry, pests, disease, ...) so to end up with at least two packets of seeds for all participants you'd normally need to grow 3 or 4 different species for seeds.
    It also helps to plan for some extra plants of biennials to leave for the 2017 circle, both because it helps maintain the variety of seeds in the circle, and because biennials are actually tend to be quite reliable seed producers, so once you've managed to grow them and remembered not to eat them during the winter, it's plain sailing from there on.
    If you get a thin box (<1 inch thick, <A4) during the year, hold on to it, because it's the most reliable way to send in and receive back seeds for only 2*Large Letter postage.
    Links to three websites with detailed seed saving advice: Seed Saving

    Participants:
    1. veggiechicken - Lovage , a tall kale, Daubenton perennial kale
    2. Norfolkgrey a a beetroot - Devoy, tomato - Moonglow, French climbing bean - Lazy Housewife
    3. planetologist a aparsnip - F4, leek - Musselburgh?, carrot - Autumn King
    4. Scarlet
    Elfeda
    AWL
    • sparrow100
    • vixylix
    • Thelma Sanders
    • jackarmy a a a acucamelon, sweet pepper
    AWOL:
    • Paulieb
    • Hayley a a a a a French climbing bean - Cosse Violette, tomato - Reisetomate Pocketbook Vine, pea - Golden Sweet mange-tout
    • Neilbaldwyn
    • Cadalot a a a a aparsnip, tomato- Tumbling tom; sandpipe
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    Link to the 2015 Seed Circle for information 2015 seed circle

    I'm in for 2016
    Look on the bright side

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    Me please

    Beetroot - Devoy, Tomato - Moonglow and FCB Lazy Housewife (tan seed)

    and ty
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    I normally like to grow seeds that are viable for a short time, because I need new seeds of those every year and I've managed not to buy any seeds in the last several years. However, I was ill most of last year and never managed to sow any carrots, so I'll have to see if there are enough self-sown carrots. So I'll save parsnips, leeks and possibly carrots.

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    I have some golden beets sprouting back(pulled them at the start of winter to eat), shall I plant them now for seed ..or should wait ?

    me too joining to 2016 seed circle
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    Me too please - not sure what yet though.
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    Elfeda, I would wait. Despite the El Nino it could still get too cold for beetroot between now and ~end of March. If the sprouting gets too bad and you need to plant them I'd make sure the top of the roots are 2 inches below the soil surface.

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    I'm in too but I'm not as organised as NG
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