Oyster Plant Seeds

Oyster Plant Seeds

Seed saving isn’t only about garden veg and flowers. We can all have a hand into spreading our native plants, especially the struggling ones. I’m lucky to have healthy patches of Mertensia Maritima aka oyster plant around. I’ve finally been able to catch the moment they go to seed and I’ve spread some around and will be keeping a few to try myself. I’ve only taken a very small portion of available seeds for the plant’s sake.

Shetland Heritage

Shetland Heritage

Last May, I was lucky enough to be given some old Shetland tatties and a handful of grains of bere by Mary and Tommy Isbister from Burland Croft in Tondra. Mary and Tommy have done a sterling job of saving Shetland varieties of plants or animals and a lot of the Shetland heritage would have been lost if it wasn’t for their hard work. These tatties are almost extinct and quite diseased but I was thrilled to have a chance…

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The Open Source Seed Initiative

The Open Source Seed Initiative

Here is an article you may find interesting and eye opening. It will introduce you to the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) which has a list of affiliated seed providers. You can pick from this list if you would like to encourage seed diversity and sovereignty.   What? My Homegrown Cabbages are Patented?!

SSL First Postal Seed Swap !

SSL First Postal Seed Swap !

What better way of starting the year than participating in the first Shetland Postal Seed Swap..? This is a postal exchange inspired from the “What You Sow” Secret Seed Swap where participants make a pretty seed packet themselves, fill it with seeds and send it to a random recipient. To take part: – Register by 23rd January 2017 by sending your email, name and address to: mail@shetlandseedlibrary.co.uk – Work out which seeds you would like to send and gather info…

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Siberian Tomatoes

Siberian Tomatoes

Tomatoes “Siberian” are not Siberian for nothing I guess..! There were a few tomatoes left end of October and I just let them be. Took them in and some are turning red! Courtesy of the mild weather I think…

Home Saved Goodness

Home Saved Goodness

Seeds! Lots of them! Look what I received from Japan..! A big thanks to¬†member Sam Jones¬†for sending these. I shall have a special “Japanese corner” in the garden next year, and of course I’ll share some with you dear members. I’ve winnowed the Brussels sprouts seeds the best I could and sharing some honesty and sea campion¬†as wells, all grown in Eshaness ¬†¬†¬†They should all head to the SSL box tomorrow.   !

Carrots “Blanche √† Collet Vert”

Carrots “Blanche √† Collet Vert”

I have grown these carrots along some yellow and purple ones this year. I have found that the “Purple Dragon” ones had an excellent flavour and beautiful colour, but have a tendency to bolt and/or split once a certain size, so they’re better picked young-ish or sown a bit later. In contrast, the “Blanche a Collet Vert” is¬†slower to grow, but unstoppable once it gets going! It doesn’t seem to bolt easily and it can grow very large.¬†The three I…

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Seedy Sunday with friends

Seedy Sunday with friends

A huge thank you to Susan¬†and Joy¬†who came and helped shelling and sorting the Seven Hills Brussel Sprout seeds this weekend. Many hands make light work, if¬†chatting with friends in a sunny greenhouse after a nice cuppa and homebakes counts as “work”! Most of these beautiful seeds will make their way to the SSL box, once I’ve winnowed them a bit more. I might just leave them in a jar with a peerie spoon so that folks can take home…

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Saving True Potato Seeds (TPS)

Saving True Potato Seeds (TPS)

I’ve been busy squishing “tattie apples”, which are the small fruits growing on potato plants, to save some seeds. The berries do look like green (and then dark purple) cherry tomatoes and no wonder since they are of the same family! I’ve been inspired to save tps (true potato seeds) by Rebsie Fairholm (http://daughterofthesoil.blogspot.co.uk/) and have got her book on potato breeding which I would recommend to anyone interested on the subject – but bear in mind that it can…

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