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 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 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.

Comment by Steven Kung on November 4, 2012 at 8:48pm

This event (flyer image below) will greatly interest those of us interested in growing or wild-harvesting food.  And those of us interested in improving our health and wellbeing. 

From these people I've learned of the great benefits of allowing so-called "weeds" to grow, and consuming these weeds in some particular ways that are tasty and easy.  Makes gardening so much easier, and makes your health and wellbeing so much better!

I'm really looking forwards to it - it's on Tuesday evening.

Comment here or Message me directly if you want more info.

Comment by Steven Kung on November 4, 2012 at 8:45pm

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(If you still can't read the detail, then Comment here with a question or send me a Message.)

Comment by Steven Kung on November 4, 2012 at 8:43pm


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