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    Default Seed saving for beginners! Qs & As

    Make 2017 the year you save seeds and share them with your friends here.
    There are several experienced seed savers on the Vine who would be happy to share their knowledge.

    The 2017 Seed Circles welcomes new members, and is open to you all to join - even if you've never saved a seed before!

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    Don't be shy, ask your "How do I?" questions here and let's see how many seeds we can save between us.
    Perhaps, at the end of the year, we could list all the seeds we've saved

    Useful links at http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ing_10517.html
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    Excellent thread

    I didn't save a single seed last year
    This year I want to save some bean seeds, which I've never done before. I have read recently that beans cross.

    How do the experience members save their bean seeds, do they need isolated?
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    Depends on which beans! I believe Broad and Runner beans need isolation but French beans are easier.
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    Thanks VC

    I've thinned the list down to Borlotti, Blue Lake, Canadian Wonder, Cherokee Trail of Tears and either Czar or Greek Gigantes.

    Further thinning may be required
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    Ananke, try and grow them away from each other if you can. They don't tend to cross, but they can if some busy insects are floating about. If that's not an option then check the dried seeds carefully - differences in size and colouration can indicate that those are a cross. Picking pods from the middle of the stand of a particular bean can help in getting the seeds that are more likely to be true.

    I don't have the luxury of enough space to grow things very far apart, so this is often the compromise I will use. Though if it's something that crosses easily, I will sometimes beg Mum for some garden space.
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    Thanks Sparrow
    I'll probably just focus on growing lots of beans for drying as I don't have the luxury of space either. I'll save seed from other veg though

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    So, if they cross does that mean they won't work? I've noticed my sweet peas have gone stripey in the front garden. Haven't planted stripy ones so something happened to them. They look fab though and smell great so I'm not complaining
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    No, they will work, they will happily produce beans. They just won't be the 100% variety that you grew initially. They might be better suited to your soil, they might have similar characteristics. It's not necessarily a bad thing. After a few generations you'll have your own stable landrace if my memory's right. (stands by to be corrected!)
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