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25th November 2017

Our last seed saver meeting for 2017 arrived far too fast. We had a smaller group at Seed Savers with 26 people plus 1 child and 2 visitors.

12 varieties of seedlings from previous months were transplanted to bigger pots. We did not plant any seeds this month. The greenhouse was emptied out for the summer break. Members took home many seedlings and the rest have gone with Annette and Karlene to be cared for and distributed to Auburn Community Garden, schools and PSW members.

As usual, seedlings were taken to the blitz and gifted to the blitz host to assist with their garden makeover.

Most of our morning was spent cleaning harvested seeds. We cleaned 23 varieties:

Amaranth – mangostanus (hert leaf)

Basil – Sweet

Bean – Brown Seeded Snake Bean

Bean – Cherokee Wax Bush Butter Bean

Bean – Lazy Housewife

Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden

Capsicum – Sweet Red Bullhorn

Capsicum – Yellow Banana

Carrot – Nantes

Chilli – Jalapeno

Chilli – Joe’s Long Red Cayenne

Cress – American Upland

Feverfew

Lettuce – Forellenchluse (Flashy Trout Back)

Lettuce – Red Cos

Marigold – Aztec Gold

Pumpkin – Butternut

Pumpkin – Kent

Radish – Chine Red Winter Radish

Radish – Daikon

Spearmint

Tatsoi

Tomato – Thai Pink Egg

We also received many seeds donated from members’ gardens to help build our seed bank. Some seeds were sent home with members for direct planting:

Brown Seeded Snake Bean

Carrot – Scarlet Nantes

Cucumber – African Horned Kiwano

Cucumber – Armenian Yard Long

Marigold – Aztec Gold

Parsley – Giant Italian Florentine

Rockmelon – Minnesota Midget

Silverbeet – Orange Fantasia

Zucchini – Black Beauty

We were lucky to finish off the year with a party at Sandra’s place to celebrate our year of seed saving. Thanks Sandra for a wonderful lunch!

Seed Savers meets 9am-1pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at Bidjiwong Community Nursery, Baulkham Hills. All welcome, with free seedlings to take home each month. You are welcome to attend 1 meeting to see if this group suits you, if so you can become a single member for $25, or family member for $30 a year. Becoming a member is for the purpose of insurance cover and venue hire when you do any activities with us. Children from 8 years are welcome at Seed Savers.

Our November Seed Savers was the last for the year. We start back again on 24th February 2018.

Don’t forget February is TOMATOFEST month so bring in your tomatoes and help kickstart our event into a fun new year.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson