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23rd September 2017

Today broke the heat record for September with 33 degrees. That didn’t deter the 30 adult members, 4 member’s children and 4 visitors from coming to Seed Savers for another huge month.

18 varieties out of 102 varieties from last month were transplanted to bigger pots. They hadn’t grown as much as usual, possibly due to the hot weather and no rainfall we have being experiencing. This month 64 varieties of seeds were sown and 5 types of plants propagated, these were rosemary, camphor basil, 2 lavender varieties and thyme.

The seeds planted were green and purple artichokes, beetroot, cabbages, capsicum, chard, celery, 8 types of chillies, comfrey, coriander, cress, cucumber, cumin, custard apple, 5 types of eggplant, fennel, gai lan, garlic, goji berry, kohl rabi, 5 types of lettuce, loquat, Sapodilla, Mild Mesclun mix, Moringa, Nettle, Orach, Silverbeet, Sunflower, Tomatillo, 11 types of tomatoes and Yam Bean.

Cleaning Marigold seeds

After our very busy morning it was time to slow down the pace with a cup of tea, cake, and great company to start cleaning the seeds that had been harvested. We cleaned 11 varieties including Red Salad Leaf Amaranth; Marigolds, Green and Purple Choy Sum, Salsify, Purple King and Great Northern climbing beans, and Mini Wombok, garlic chives, Bishop’s Crown chillies, Little Leprechaun lettuce.

We also received 3 varieties of seeds donated from members’ gardens to help build our seed bank. 12 varieties of seeds were sent home with members for direct planting: Cobra Melon, Purple King and Great Northern climbing beans, Bali corn, JAP and Small Sugar pumpkins, rockmelon, Yellow Button squash, Spaghetti Squash, Poona Keera Cucumber and Grey and Golden Zucchinis.

 

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.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson

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