SeedSavers Meeting – April 18 2021

The photo this month is of two typical Autumn activities. As the cold starts to work it’s way through the Mountains and starts to knock back our summer growth we get a lot of work to do saving our seed for next year. Working out what to do with the left over tomatoes can be fun as there are so many ways to preserve them as dried, semi dried, passata or paste. Tomatoes will continue to ripen off the vine if you leave them in a sunny or at least warm spot for a few days. Remember not to refrigerate your fresh tomatoes or you will stop the ripening processes and also generally kill the flavours – they keep much better at room temperature. Remember to set some aside for seed and ferment them for a days in a tall bottle – after about 3 days the good seed always sinks to the bottom. The other fun activity for this time of the year is to break open all your huge seed squash that have ripened over the last of the summer time and now extract the seeds. Not a lot of work is needed and as long as they have been left to harden off for a time in a bright location outside after being separated from the vines – you will find the seed has firmed up and just needs a week or so in a dry location to harden up. They are ready to store and have reached a suitable moisture content when they snap rather than bend. This squash is an old pure White Scallop or ‘Patty Pan’ form – Cucurbita pepo – a traditional type grown for many generations by the first peoples of the US North Eastern region.

It’s that time again!
This is just a quick reminder that the next scheduled meeting for the year 2021 of the Mid Blue Mountains SeedSavers is on at the Bullaburra Progress Hall this coming weekend.

Sunday 18 April 2021 from 10 am till Midday

Help celebrate the Blue Mountains long Autumn!

Come along and talk about growing things with like minded people.
Hope to see you there celebrating the current productive growing season!

We are still following generally recommended social distancing guidelines to help everyone stay safe.

The address for the Mid Blue Mountains Seedsavers website is:
https://midbluemountainsseedsavers.org/

We do now have a Facebook page as well:
https://www.facebook.com/Mid-Blue-Mountains-Seed-Savers-1629533990602860/

These regular notifications are sent out directly from the website if you subscribe to that email notification list.

One response to “SeedSavers Meeting – April 18 2021

  1. Email address removed – Sorry but not a good idea to post peoples email addresses on a public website like this.

    On Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 7:07 PM Mid Blue Mountains Seed Savers wrote:

    > goodgrow posted: ” The photo this month is of two typical Autumn > activities. As the cold starts to work it’s way through the Mountains and > starts to knock back our summer growth we get a lot of work to do saving > our seed for next year. Working out what to do with the left ” >

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