28th October 2017

Thanks to our first decent rain in months, sunshine and fertilizer mid-month our seedlings from last month had grown enormously. We had another big group at Seed Savers with 35 people including 4 children and 1 visitor. John organised a pop up shelter to give us some more shade and room to work. Thanks John!

64 varieties of seedlings from previous months were transplanted to bigger pots. This was the most we have ever transplanted in one day this year. This month 51 varieties of seeds were sown and 5 types of plants propagated. The ones propagated were bay, camphor basil, kaffir lime, golden oregano and lemon verbena.

The seeds planted were anise, basil, 5 types of beans, bok choy, mini wombok cabbage, celery, chamomile, chickpea, 2 types of chillies, 4 types of cucumber, cumin, 3 types of eggplant, 8 types of lettuce, nettle, oregano, parsley, rockmelon, shallots, silverbeet, warrigal spinach, spaghetti squash, 6 types of tomatoes, watermelon, yarrow and Italian verde zucchini.

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 31 varieties

Chillie seeds- wear gloves!

Chillie seeds- wear gloves!

including Acacia mearnsii-Black Wattle, Amaranth – Amaranthus mangostanus aka Red Heart, Amaranth – salad leaf, Holy Basil, Lime Basil, Sweet Basil, Bean – Climbing Purple King, Bean – Speckled Calico Lima, Bok Choy, Calendula – Pot Marigold, Chilli – Jalapeno, Choy Sum – Purple 2nd generation, Coriander – Slowbolt, Cress – American Upland, Cucumber – Long White, Epazote, , Feverfew, Hollyhock – Pale Pink, Lettuce – Grandpa Admires’, Lettuce – Red Cos, Mint – Peppermint, Mustard – Garnet, Mustard – Osaka Giant Red, Pak Choy, Parsley – Italian Giant Florentine, Radish – China Red, Rocket – Round Lobed, White Salsify – Scorzonera, Snowpea – Mammoth Melting, Tatsoi, Watermelon – Cream of Saskatchewan.

We also received many seeds donated from members’ gardens to help build our seed bank. 10 varieties of seeds were sent home with members for direct planting: Bush Bean – Flageolet, Corn – Anasazi, Peanuts, Pumpkin – Kuri Red, Sunflower – Moonshine, Squash – Yellow Button, Tagasaste – Tree Lucerne, Watermelon – Kleckley Sweet, Watermelon – Yellow, Zucchini – Italian Verde

Washing and disinfecting pots for new seedlings

Washing and disinfecting pots for new seedlings

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 is our last one for the year. We start back again in February.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson