Harvesting seeds

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The weekly report on Wednesday mentioned that seed harvesting was getting in to full swing as well as the continuing harvest of fresh produce. Here are a few of the seeds we are gathering at the “detached” site – herbs (angelica, woad and both white and blue borage), beans (fava beans and climbing french Mrs Lewis’s) and flowers (poppy, mirabilis and verbascum) so far.

We are also in the final stages of gathering peas for sowing next year, sending to Heritage Seed Library (HSL), and making available to volunteers and the community. HSL are particularly keen to build up a robust stock of the mangetout “Eat All”, the red podded “Stephens” and the round seeded “Newick”. Last year the mangetout Golden Sweet was taken off the HSL list as it had been registered to a commercial grower and was no longer at risk. This year, tall pea Telephone has been registered to a German commercial grower (and renamed “Telefon”) so has also dropped off the HSL list. The survival and now expansion of these varieties is thanks to the work of HSL and, of course, the army of Seed Guardians who adopt different varieties as we do.

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