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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.
Also good advice here
And don't forget to label the accurately at the time
Otherwise you get scabious come up as antirrhinums!!!!!
Thanks for the reminder!
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.
fidgetbones wrote (see)
Also good advice here http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=675
This is a very good link, thanks FB
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
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
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?
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.
thx a lot
A while back I got some old fashioned wage packet envelopes; great for seed storage
Not good really with plastic Fishy.....best just paper
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
Ah, it's back again
I use glassine envelopes from here