Southern Seed Exchange

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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.

Website: http://www.southernseed.org.nz
Location: Christchurch and environs
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2017

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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 Richard Watson on March 9, 2010 at 7:28am
Hello everyone,Ive only just noticed this group,hope to meet some of you when you come out to my place on the 21nd march at Medbury.
Comment by Kali on December 3, 2009 at 11:00pm


here are some two year old fruits of chilacayote, they keep really well!
everyone asks me if they are watermelons, but they are very different. you can eat them very young just like zucchinis, they have a nice sweet flavour at that stage. mature they separate into threads when cooked. I used some in frittata type dishes and they were ok. I made some angel hair jam from them, which was a bit bland, I think adding something like ginger would make it more special. I cut these two up and made a 1/4 quantity of Digby Law's Ritz chutney, which uses pie melon, have to wait a few months before trying it. Anyone else come up with uses for these? they are a very rampant plant and produce heaps
Comment by Jules Jules on November 24, 2009 at 5:35pm
Thanks so much, Sealander. I only have a bike, but thanks for the suggestion.
Take care.
Comment by Sealander on November 24, 2009 at 1:10pm
Hi Jules

I'm in Sydenham too :)
You'll pay a shocking price for any strawberry plants at the garden centres now. If you feel like a long drive, I noticed there were quite a few on sale at reasonable prices at the most recent Racecourse market in Timaru (third Sunday of every month). Also cheap rhubarb, raspberry and gooseberry plants.
Comment by Jules Jules on November 23, 2009 at 8:59am
I can't seem to buy strawberry plants anywhere. Does anyone have any that are trailing off that they can give me please? (I am in Sydenham/Waltham, Christchurch)
Comment by Sealander on November 19, 2009 at 7:45am
I find there are quite enough plants in my garden already that seem intent on causing me injury without adding any exploding varieties to the mix ;)
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on November 13, 2009 at 7:29pm
That's very good! The video clip, I mean.
Well, I'll just leave four plants per teepee (2) and see what happens.
Thanks for that!
Comment by Kali on November 13, 2009 at 5:33pm
hehe no these are not the exploding ones, although if they are mature and get too wet they do split open. I think a dozen plants is probably a few too many! you can always trim them if they are getting too bushy, but the plants will get pretty big by late summer if you let them. My son wasn't sure he believed about the exploding cucumber so we did a google search and came up with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_wOxobomVY
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on November 13, 2009 at 10:38am
Kali, now you have me worried. I have more than a dozen plants of achocha that I have planted around teepees. Maybe I should pull some up? Advice please! These are not the exploding ones, are they????
Comment by Kali on November 13, 2009 at 10:12am
great, I don't think I will grow any this year as the climbing frames will be full of beans and last year the achoecha grew too well and smothered some. I planted two separate lots of the Great Northern tara beans from the critical list but they never came up and when I dug them up to see what was happening they were soft mush, pity, they were about 10 years old... however the yugoslav beans are growing well now , I planted them a bit early, but have another lot to go in. slugs are the problem as they eat them while they are germinating, might have to start them in trays instead of in the garden. got a great germination from the green in snow mustard, and have some green orach growing too, I like resurrecting the ones that could go extinct...
 

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