22nd April 2017

We arrived to a nursery full of beautiful bouncing baby seedlings! 23 members, 2 visitors and 3 kids had fun in the sun. We transplanted 21 varieties of plants that we had planted last month in seed trays, into single cell pots. These went back into the greenhouse to grow a little bigger. We planted 30 varieties of seeds. (Last month was 41).

The vegetable seeds we planted were 2 types of beetroot, 2 types of broccoli, 3 types of cabbage, endive, fennel, 6 types of lettuce, 2 types of mustard, winter radishes and tatsoi. The herb seeds planted were ashwaganda (Indian ginseng), garlic and onion chives, echinacea, fenugreek, marjoram, parsley and salad rocket. The flowers seeds planted were Alyssum, Aquilegia, Nigella and Marigolds. We all took home seedlings from last month to put into our gardens. Seeds taken home for direct planting were – Atomic Red carrot, China Red and Watermelon winter radishes.

Morning tea is always a highlight and featured Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day. Giveaways this month were bamboo sticks for support tepees and donated bread from Baker’s Delight. The kids then stuck 150 pictures onto envelopes to help members see what the seed they are choosing will look like. Many more to do! We propagated marjoram and harvested seeds from lab lab beans, lazy housewife beans, Chinese giant bell capsicum, chillies, cucumber, mustard, parsley, parsnip, jarradale pumpkin, winter radishes, mini-rockmelon, tansy and tomatoes.

marketmore cucumber

This photo is of a Cucumber called “Marketmore 76” left to go big and yellow for seeds.

Seedsavers meets 9am-1pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at Bidjiwong Community Nursery, Baulkham Hills. All welcome. 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.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson