Southern Seed Exchange


Southern Seed Exchange

A group for members of the Southern Seed Exchange, a seed saving group based in Christchurch, New Zealand dedicated to saving locally adapted open pollinated varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Location: Christchurch and environs
Members: 54
Latest Activity: Oct 2

Discussion Forum

seedlist pdf online

HI I edited the seedlist just keeping the names of the cultivars and growing notes and put some photos in as an appendix to the main seedlist, mainly for my own interest, I will update it shortly…Continue

Started by Kali Mar 20, 2013.

Tetragonia 3 Replies

I have been growing tetragonia for a few years now - lush green NZ spinach that resists drought and - unless I am too tidy - self seeds everywhere. This year I got a bag of pine needles from South…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Kali Jun 2, 2012.

Broad Beans 6 Replies

Hi. I have been saving seeds from my broad beans for five years now; red seeded, originally from Koanga Gardens. This year for the first time a number of the beans are normal green - there is no…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Richard Watson Dec 29, 2011.

Workshop: URBAN SELF-SUFFICIENCY- Eating and Living the Sustainable Way 1 Reply

This Workshop will be presented by Jules Dervaes. Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest—Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over…Continue

Tags: sufficiency, self, urban, workshop

Started by bec may. Last reply by Steven Kung Jul 21, 2010.

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Comment by Hanna on September 21, 2011 at 7:26pm

I'd be interested to hear how you go with the mashua. I'm in no hurry, my garden still needs LOTS more more important work done, but I'll see that I can get some from Koanga for next year.

By the way, we are still keen on some rabbits :-) (again I'm in the wrong group for this comment!)

Comment by Richard Watson on September 21, 2011 at 7:05am

i was given 15 half dead dried up aniu ( Mashua ) tubers from Koanga last spring to try and save,only one just made it up and went on to grow one small tuber which i then replanted into a pot to carry on growing during the winter in the tunnelhouse,its a big plant now so i'll plant it out again soon but still under a plastic frame till the frosts are over.I'm still learning how to grow this plant so its interesting that you Hanna mention if its a climber,it could be,this coming season i should know more.

Keep an eye out on the Koanga Website,if all goes well it should be available maybe at the end of this season.

Comment by Hanna on September 20, 2011 at 8:05pm
Hi Sealander, I thought this was a more appropriate group to continue the mashua discussion, rather than the poultry group :-) After I asked you about mashua I found that Koanga sells something called aniu. I guess that is the same thing?? They are sold out this year, but I think next year is soon enough. Failing that, could I get a few tubers from you? :-)) Do they have to be grown as climbers? I read that they are inter-cropped with potatoes in the Andes and what do you actually think of them as a vegetable?
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on September 19, 2011 at 11:44pm
I must be tired - grief, look at the time.  Cheers! 11.45pm
Comment by moggy on September 19, 2011 at 11:22pm
berminate Alexander? is that legal? lol
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on September 19, 2011 at 11:15pm Thank you !

I also found a bit on  It never ceases to amaze that there are still edibles I've not heard of.  I'm trying to berminate success so far.  Kali, having another go at Achocha this year - as a screen for the boundary fence as much as anything.

Comment by Kali on September 19, 2011 at 4:04pm
moggy here is the info that we have, I am assuming they are ordinary peonies rather than tree type
Comment by Kali on September 19, 2011 at 4:00pm
moggy put a link on for you Robyn, latin name aralia cordata, a perennial japanese veg which can grow in shade. you eat as young shoots in spring. I am just as mystified actually but time will tell....
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on September 19, 2011 at 2:00pm
Udo?  What is it?  Please!
Comment by Sealander on September 19, 2011 at 11:31am
I didn't realise the udo would need that long, Kali! I thought a Canterbury winter would suffice. Oh well, I'll leave that area undisturbed, might have them come up eventually :)

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