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    Ananke, French beans almost always self-fertilise, so you can grow more than one variety in your garden and expect to maintain pure varieties. Even if you get a cross, the look of the seed is given by the mother, so you'll only be able to identify crosses by the seeds it produces. To make things more interesting, varieties that are, say, white with brown dots will sometimes make a few seeds that are brown with white dots, but these are not crosses: if you grow the latter seeds they will again produce seeds that are mostly white with brown dots.

    Broad beans and runner beans are outbreeders. To maintain pure varieties you will need to grow only one variety within a radius of ~500 m. If you isolate them you'd need to fertilise by hand. I've grown mixed varieties of broad beans for several years, and they're all good. I think the main thing with runner beans is that some will be much more stringy, so rather than worry about purity, it would make more sense to do a stringiness/taste test on individual plants and save seeds from those plants that taste good, though again I assume the taste is given by the mother. This is nature; go with the flow; you can influence matters in your favour but it's best not to even think of taking absolute control.
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    Anyone interested to save salad, leafyveg and brassica seeds!

    I would like to start a seed circle for this if there is reasonable interest to contribute.

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    I will be back in April / May armed with a list of what I am growing (currently compiling a spreadsheet) awaiting instruction on which to save and how to do it!
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    Useful stuff at http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ing_10517.html.
    Link in 1st post also
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    Yeah! I'm "Game! And have seed from an open pollinated Sprout!

    Cheers "Snadge"
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    Ha! Well done! Brilliant isn't it seed saving? I love faffing about with my little envelopes and a pencil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfeda View Post
    Anyone interested to save salad, leafyveg and brassica seeds!

    I would like to start a seed circle for this if there is reasonable interest to contribute.
    There are many diverse species of brassica that can all easily cross pollinate with each other. Anyone involved would need to know what they're doing
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    There's a big difference between saving seeds for your own use and passing them on to others as a named variety. For example, I let my kales cross with each other and self seed but I wouldn't swap the seeds with anyone else because they are unpredictable.
    Seeds saved from supermarket produce should also NOT be swapped as they may have come from F1 plants or have been cross pollinated. Any that come into the VSP are dumped.
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