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02/07/2014 at 12:24

Seeds are coming ready now on some early flowering plants. For anyone interested in seed swapping later on in the year, here are some tips.

Collect on a dry day when the seeds are ripe.

Collect into a PAPER bag and not plastic, which will send seeds mouldy.

Store in a dark dry place.

Start saving junk mail envelopes to recycle as packaging.



02/07/2014 at 12:25
02/07/2014 at 12:31

And don't forget to label the accurately at the time

02/07/2014 at 12:36

Otherwise you get scabious come up as antirrhinums!!!!!

02/07/2014 at 12:59

02/07/2014 at 13:10

Thanks for the reminder!

02/07/2014 at 14:05

I'm hoping for some seed swaps this year. I have leftover seed from last year which is probably still good and will be collecting more fresh this summer/autumn. For vegetables there are a bunch of good videos on YouTube that are worth looking for.

06/07/2014 at 21:15
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Also good advice here


This is a very good link, thanks FB

09/07/2014 at 16:00

I have been hoping to set up a seed swap scheme in my immediate community. Do people think September would be a good month to swap or is it better to wait til say February? If anyone has any experience of this I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks

09/07/2014 at 16:08

 It depends who you're aiming at. For a hardy perennial and shrub grower like me September would be the time. But for a great many summer flowers February would be OK

09/07/2014 at 18:03

thanks nutcutlet- are hardy perennial seeds preferably sown this Sept. inside and then plants placed in beds etc so that they are established plants ready for next years summer?

09/07/2014 at 18:50

A lot of hardy perennials do well sown fresh, ie as soon as they're ripe. Some need a winter chill so they're sown outside or in a cold GH or cold frame. Some can be saved and sown in spring

There's a lot of info on this site about what needs which treatment, though not all seeds are on there.


09/07/2014 at 19:08

thx a lot


09/07/2014 at 19:49

A while back I got some old fashioned wage packet envelopes; great for seed storage

09/07/2014 at 19:54
How about those postpak thingys from the post office...with bubble wrap inside?
09/07/2014 at 19:56

Not good really with plastic just paper

09/07/2014 at 20:08

Definitely no plastic Gosh, I seem to have suddenly lost most of the icons above where I am typing! I can only do a polite smile, not my usual hysterical grin

09/07/2014 at 20:09

Ah, it's back again

09/07/2014 at 20:12

I use glassine envelopes from here





10/07/2014 at 00:06
They look good envelopes nut. Ok using a normal paper envelope,inside would be the folded envelope that has the seeds currently in it.How about wrapping that envelope in tissue paper to cushion the seeds.You can probably guess I've never sent seeds through the post before :-P
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