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: 56
Latest Activity: Apr 15

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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 Hanna on May 16, 2013 at 9:35am

Well, as it turns out the flowerseeds people aren't based in NZ, in spite of the NZ domain name, so that was a bit of a blind alley. Will keep you updated if I find anything else though. Interesting to hear that you say there are no problems bringing the seeds into the country, Ben? I thought any seeds would be trouble with biosecurity?

Sounds like your plants are a bit too remote too, moggy, but I think I'll persist trying to get some sea buckthorn. I can get a bit obsessed once I've made up my mind that I want a certain plant :-))

Comment by moggy on May 15, 2013 at 10:55am

Hanna, pretty sure it is buckthorn as I have seen berries on similar plants, though not those particular ones as I only went there the once. Where it is growing is exceptionally exposed which is why it is more compact that normal. It is down near the mouth of the Rakaia just over the other side of the opening for Lake Ellesmere (hence why not easy to get to).

If the neighbours hedge is taking the nutrients, can I suggest you plant a legume, there are some exceptionally pretty ones, or you could go for tagaste which is OK looking, but the chickens will adore the leaves and the seeds and legume it will fix its own nitrogen and improve the soil. It can be easily pruned and kept small (though it is not a big tree anyway)

Comment by Ben Elms on May 15, 2013 at 10:15am
Hi, great to see someone with the seeds in NZ. Hadn't seen these guys before, looking forward to looking and seeing what other goodies they may have. Will let you know on the plants. More likely next year if I get to propagating them. Cheers
Comment by Hanna on May 15, 2013 at 9:10am

Hi, thanks for all the tips. I'd be very interested in some plants, if you have any surplus, Ben. I have also found these people http://flowerseeds.co.nz/buckthorn-hippophae-rhamnoides-seeds-p-96..... I didn't know about this company before, but they seem to be in NZ, so I might try them. As for the spikiness and suckering, can't be worse than my bramble which is'defending' the chicken coup ;-)

Thanks for the photo too, moggy. I wonder, if it doesn't look a tick too dense and green for sea buckthorn, but I'll keep an eye out if I'm in that area. Have you ever seen any berries on it?

Comment by Ben Elms on May 14, 2013 at 7:01pm

Hi Hanna. I have a few plants in a nursery I will plant out this winter. I've seen a medicinal trial Alexandra way, they were in early stages trying to grow better cultivars. Have to be weary with this plant   very spiky and sends up spreading suckers.  Positives are the berry and its a nitrogen fixer. Potentially I will have some cuttings next spring you can have. Appletons sold it for a couple of years, though I can't find it in their latest catalogue. I saw a link to Greenleaf nurseries in the Hawkes Bay you could try following up. Otherwise you can buy seed from Richters online from Canada(if my memory holds up). No problems with bringing into the country.  I hope that helps a little. 

Comment by moggy on May 14, 2013 at 12:42pm

It think this is the stuff, badly wind beaten, which is not surprising given to where it is. If we were still living at the last house, could have got some easily for you, but without a quad bike it is a bit inaccessible.

Comment by Hanna on May 14, 2013 at 9:56am

Hi, does anyone know a source for sea buckthorn plants or seeds? Does anyone grow it and if so what is your experience with it? I have a 'bed of death' where everything struggles. I think it's the neighbours giant hedge sucking up all the nutrients. It does get lots of sun though, so I thought sea buckthorn might fit the bill. It doesn't seem to be that well known here though.

Comment by Hanna on December 10, 2012 at 9:11am

Yes, I candied some of the stalks and I plan to dry the root for tea if I get round to it.

Comment by Kali on December 9, 2012 at 9:51pm

hi Hanna, is it the edible kind of angelica do you know?

Comment by Hanna on December 9, 2012 at 8:39pm

Does anyone want some fresh angelika (archangelika) seed? I took the plant down today. I've only just sown some seed myself, so don't know how viable it is, but I guess now is the best chance.

 

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