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: 57
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2017

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 Kali on September 11, 2014 at 1:01pm

Spring Seed Swap
September 27th (a Saturday)
From 1pm -3pm

                                     Cnr of Hassels Lane and York St, Opawa
Bring along seeds to swap as well as tubers,bulbs, cuttings etc.
The deal is if you bring material to add to the table entry is free otherwise we ask you make a gold coin donation.
Of course feel free to make any donations as all gratefully received.

This is a great opportunity to come along and exchange ideas as well as seeds and to meet other like minded folk in our community

Also a very good time to pay your subs as they are due as at the end of August unless of course you have already done so.

We have timed our AGM for an hour before the seed swap begins so please feel free to attend this prior to the swapping.
AGM begins at high noon! 12pm.

I will be sending out an agenda in the next week or so but I need to let you all know this information in advance so here it is.

In previous years we have used the Spring Seed Swap as a way to distribute orders to you and save on postage so I am proposing we try this again. Of course I will be calling on volunteers to help pack seed if I get inundated with orders and if we get snowed under we may not get all orders filled on time but lets give it a go.You would need to have your orders in to me by the 20th September to give me time to process and get helpers to pack the seed up and have it ready for distribution on the day.
I have attached a copy of the seedlist also as although I did email it to you all earlier in the year many folk say they have lost the email so here it is again. At the Seed Swap there will be hard copies of the Seed List available at the cost of $2 as we seriously need to recoup the cost of printing them and as you know we are financially stretched at present.(An order form is also attached. When you fill it in make sure you write the # number of the seed line and what it is i.e #506 Waimana -tomato...... it makes my job way easier)

Apologies for not having the newsletter ready to send to you all at this time but I believe Martin is still working on it at this stage.

Ok so get your diaries out and mark in September 27th, 2014
1-3pm for the Swap

or come an hour early and join the AGM.

Cheers Ariel Linklater

Comment by Kali on May 2, 2014 at 12:25am


Hello Everyone
Just a reminder about the seed swap coming up this wintery weekend.
Saturday May 3rd at the usual venue at 7 Oaks School in Opawa.
\From 1pm till 3pm.
Bring along seeds or cuttings or seedlings and tubers to swap.
If you have nothing to swap give a gold coin donation and help yourself to what you want and need.
Also an excellent chance to renew your membership so we can continue our work at the Seed Exchange.
The classroom we will be using may be different from the usual one so follow the crowd and signage should be in place.
Hope to see many of you there.

Cheers Ariel Linklater

Comment by Kali on March 26, 2014 at 7:36pm

latest email from Ariel

Greetings Everybody
I hope some of you made it to the Tomato Fest this year although by all accounts we had fewer entries this time around.
We are still harvesting tomatoes from the tunnel houses at this point though the time of Green Tomato Chutney is nearly upon us.
So how are the harvests going?
 Time to alert you all to the upcoming Autumn Seed Swap.
This will take place on Saturday 3rd May at 7 Oaks school in Hasals Lane in Opawa.
We are returning to the Saturday as last time we did not have such a wonderful turn out on a Sunday.
It is a bit later this year but this gives those of you returning seed to the seed bank plenty of time to 'clean' and dry the seed. ( Oh yes it makes our job very much easier if you clean the seed first- so please make the effort it is appreciated)
Seed Swap is between 1-3pm on 3rd May
and just bring along anything you would like to swap-plants,cuttings,tubers and of course SEEDS.
If you bring stuff to swap entry is free , otherwise it is a gold coin entry on the door.
So get out your diaries and enter this date NOW.

Cheers Ariel Linklater(co-ordinator)

Comment by Kali on February 22, 2014 at 8:22am
Hi Everyone
I have just tried to put a notice on our website to tell folk of this upcoming important date but it seems to have not worked...sigh!
So here is an email to you all in the database.
What are you doing on the 9th March?
Have you got some especially tasty tomatoes ripening up ?
Come along to the 3rd Annual Tomato Fest and compete with the best.
Can anyone beat the New Brighton Community Gardens?( 2 time winners)
$2 per entry.
It is being held at the Opawa Farmers' Market , 275 Fifield Terrace.Chch
Registration from 9.30-10.15am and then our panel of judges will begin the mouth watering tastings.
All proceeds are donated to us, the SSE.
So please come and support this event and make it the biggest , tastiest Fest yet.
There is usually a section for heaviest/biggest tomato also.
When you bring your entries you need to supply a couple of each variety as the judges may need to re taste some of the entries. And then of course there is a stampede to score a few seeds from the tastiest contenders.
Hope many of you will turn out on the day.

Cheers Ariel

Comment by Kali on October 2, 2013 at 12:14pm

It is a shame noone thought to put a notice up here, I thought of it fleetingly but....

are you a paid member of the exchange Catherine?

Comment by Catherine on October 2, 2013 at 11:04am

Hi Kali

Well, that's a shame, then. No I don't get the emails, unfortunately, even though I tried to set it up already several times.

Comment by Kali on October 1, 2013 at 2:42pm

Catherine, as far as I know by email the seedswap was on Saturday (28th Sept) are  you not getting emails from the exchange?

Comment by Catherine on October 1, 2013 at 1:11pm

Hi everyone

Does anyone know when the seed exchange will happen?


Comment by Hanna on June 3, 2013 at 1:11pm

Just an update on the sea buckthorn. I got some seeds from overseas (thanks for your tip that it is possible to import seeds, I wouldn't even have tried..). I'm trying to test-germinate some, but no luck yet. It's still early days though. Failing that, Appletons still do sell some plants, but are all sold out this winter. They are taking orders for next year at the moment though. Thanks again for the tips :-)

Comment by moggy on May 16, 2013 at 11:15am

Anything that is commercially packaged and is not on the list of banned plants (there is a MAF web page that you can look them up on) can be brought in no hassles. I have just returned from the UK with 2 packets of mushroom spore & some melon seeds which were declared to MAF and were allowed in without any problems at all.

Yes, the plants are pretty remote, we only occasionally went that far down the spit, but it was a good ride out when we did.


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