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 Kali on November 3, 2010 at 11:17am
HI everyone, how are your plantings going? I tried the sugar snap peas from the critical list but they didn't grow. also had no luck with mick's pumpkin, just one sickly seedling that I don't think will make it :( but then i have had miserable results for pumpkins in general, i am resowing today.) Also no sign of kinko carrot or mammoth onion germinating, however some tropeana lunga and long red florence onion are growing well, how will I isolate them from each other I wonder...
I am wondering if anyone has successfully popped the seeds for pygmy torch amaranth? I had one go but they just burnt.
Comment by Kali on October 11, 2010 at 1:15pm
Henry Harrington was legendary, I hope we can keep his legacy alive through the seed exchange. I saved some seed from his heirloom cress last year and have grown several of his tomatoes. RIP Henry, and thanks :)
Comment by Kali on June 27, 2010 at 5:03pm
Oh, well thats what I thought too, and the reason why I did grow a few varieties at once, but I did see bees at work on them, and it was kind of strange to get black seeds appear in some which never had any black seeds before. The pods on the American beans were nowhere as large as before and the seeds changed shape although they had the same markings. It could have happend two or three generations back I suppose. I grew some cypress beans from a Koanga preservation pack this year and too and although the original seeds all looked the same there were two distinct colour variations in the seeds I saved from them. I recently got Suzanne Ashworth's book Seed to Seed and in it she claims that they can be crossed by bees if other pollen sources are not more easily available to them and not to grow them side by side for seed saving, so in future I think I'll take a few more precautions. If anyone has grown bean seeds from me sourced through the seed exchange it would be good to hear how they went.
Comment by Richard Watson on June 27, 2010 at 4:41pm
Climbing beans wont cross on there own,like the pea, the climbing bean flower self pollinates itself before they open and the only way they can be crossed is when a breeder strip the flower well before opening to pollinate it by hand.I think its more likely a case of some beans can throw genetic variations at times.Its the Runner bean that's the open pollinate and will cross with another runner from up to 2kms or more.
Comment by Kali on June 27, 2010 at 12:54pm
yeah im learning to only keep one variety of each type of plant these days, or separate them by time, but I did grow several climbing beans up bamboo teepees that must have been too close together, eg. a few black seeds have appeared amongst the true ones, , the american seem to have crossed a bit with market wonder and a few ?-venus weren't yellow podded like they should have been. its a learning curve.
Comment by Richard Watson on June 27, 2010 at 7:15am
Good work Kali,Those beans that have crossed,what beans are they??
Comment by Dave Evans on June 26, 2010 at 9:03pm
Wow! 50 varieties is quite a haul and shows great devotion to seed saving. It's a compulsion that is very highly regarded. I have saved a few varieties for my own use, but don't feel they are well enough classified for contributing to the SSE. I'm sure I'll be able to get there with a few years of practice. You're an inspiration - as are all the others who contribute seed to the SSE.
Comment by Kali on June 26, 2010 at 10:24am
I posted off a box with over 50 varieties of seed in it for the exchange! sure adds up when you are compulsive like me lol. I discovered though that a few of my beans have crossed, obviously too close together so will have to watch that in future....
Comment by Richard Watson on March 22, 2010 at 7:54am
I just want to thank all those folks who turned up at my place yesterday for a look around my garden,it was so good meet so many of you people that i hadn't meet before and others who ive meet before at seed swaps.
Can someone tell me who was the person with the camera,i was wondering if he could post photos for the everyone else to see here.
Comment by Kali on March 9, 2010 at 5:19pm
Hi Richard, wish i could get there to have a nosy, I'm actually on the west coast but send a lot of seed to the seed exchange. Been collecting lots at the moment, all drying off nicely, sometimes the autumn gets a bit wet here but so far so good, (they forecast rain for here far too often but thats our secret)
 

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