Seed saving and growing food plants doesn’t have to be difficult and involve a lot of work. Here we see some edibles that are very easy to reproduce from seed. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) grows year round, doesn’t cross very easily with other lettuce plants and the stems of seed can basically be thrown down onto the ground or into a container to grow back for the next round of lettuce to harvest. Here we see a traditional Chinese tall growing ‘sword leaf’ lettuce variety started from broken up flower stems placed into a container. Ceylon spinach (Basella alba) is a perennial vine that produces prolific berries that contain seeds that are also able to be dropped into a container for new growth when the berries have broken down and the weather has become warm enough to grow again in the spring. And the Japanese ‘water greens’ Mizuna (Brassica rapa var. nipposinica) grows pretty much year round and and seeds prolifically and you just need to let the seed capsules ripen and dry off to gain huge amounts of seed that just falls out of the pods fully ready to grow again. This meeting in April we will be focussed on practical approaches to seed saving and we will be talking about some practical techniques and tools, and doing some seed processing to share some tips and tricks with various types of seed. So bring along some of your seed harvested during this long mountains autumn period to work on. There are many ways to clean, sieve and separate seeds from the chaff and it’s always useful to see what others do to speed up the processes or make it easier. Of course there is always some work involved and not everything can be done fast and easy – so it’s about putting effort into the right activities to get the best results.
It’s that time again!
This is just a quick reminder that the next scheduled meeting for the year 2023 of the Mid Blue Mountains SeedSavers is on at the Bullaburra Progress Hall this coming weekend.
Sunday 16 April 2023 from 10 am till Midday
Help celebrate the Blue Mountains long Autumn!
It’s time to put more seeds and seedlings in and plan for the upcoming winter time.
Come along and talk about growing things with like minded people.
Hope to see you there celebrating the current productive growing season!
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