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Post by Dandelion on 15th February 2016, 3:07 pm

Yes please - back to me (do you need me to PM the address?) Am looking forward to having a browse myself!

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Post by Chilli-head on 18th February 2016, 8:54 pm

The seeds are on their way again back to you Dandelion. I hope you get some interesting stuff !

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Post by Dandelion on 19th February 2016, 8:17 pm

Thank you!

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Post by Dandelion on 20th February 2016, 2:56 pm

The seed parcel has returned safely. I've found a few goodies for myself - Rocket (thank you whoever put that in!) and lemon Calendula, and Italian climbing beans. I was putting the pack of seeds away when I discovered a small packet which had fallen on the floor: Giallo d'Asti peppers. I don't generally grow peppers (but should now that I've got a greenhouse!) but I'm going to try these. Mr D's grandfather came from a little village called Pia d'Asti, in the wine growing region of Piedmont, so I shall enjoy growing these heirlooms!!

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Post by Dandelion on 27th February 2016, 2:03 pm


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Post by Ploshkin on 7th July 2016, 11:19 am

I have some lovely sweet peas from this year's seed swap flowering in the polytunnel. I planted them at the base of the canes that I had put in for a squash so the flowers are in amongst the squash leaves. They do, of course, smell gorgeous. I have some of them growing outside too with the beans and peas.
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Post by Ploshkin on 7th July 2016, 11:25 am

If anyone had calendula seeds that I put in the seed swap and they turn out to be cosmos, I apologise (but they might not). I sowed some of each in trays and now they're up I see they have got the wrong labels. I don't know if it was just a labelling error or if I had the wrong inner packets in the outer packets at the end of last year.
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Post by Dandelion on 24th October 2016, 5:58 pm

I know it's a bit early to start the 2017 seed swap, but I have been going through the seeds left over from this year's swap. I've got rid of any which were a bit ancient, and )I hope this is OK with everyone) some of the more recent ones I've passed on to some refugee Syrian families in nearby Malvern. They have just arrived in this country, and have expressed an interest in doing some gardening. The local charity who has been helping them to resettle put out an appeal.

The pack of seeds for next year's swap is still bulging - I was thinking that when we start it off in January, it might be good if those who are interested in taking part name any seeds they are particularly keen on getting. It would make it more focused.

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Post by Chilli-head on 26th October 2016, 1:28 pm

As ever, you can count me in.

Next year, I want to try dwarf french beans on the sides of my Hugelkultur bed - I normally grow climbing ones but the Purple Teepee from last year's swap did so well I'll try them again, and revisit growing tomatillos since we seem to be eating more Mexican food of late.
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Post by Ploshkin on 26th October 2016, 2:14 pm

Count me in too.  It's difficult to say what i might be looking for.  I suppose I've settled on the things that grow ok here and abandoned the things that don't, but I always like to try new varieties.  That said, having the polytunnel means that I'm able to try things that I haven't been able to grow before.  I'll be in the market for sweet pepper varieties also flowers - I've had beautiful sweet peas from last year's seed swap, some still just hanging on.
I'm tentatively optimistic that I've managed to save some Mr Fearns bean seeds this year.  There nice and plump and black and don't seem to be shrivelling up or going mouldy like they usually do.
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Post by Dandelion on 27th October 2016, 10:09 pm

That sounds encouraging Ploshkin!

Will count you both in for next year.

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Post by Dandelion on 2nd January 2017, 9:10 am

I'm going to get the pack of seeds ready this week - I have Ploshkin and Chilli on my list - would anyone else like to take part in the seed swap?

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Post by freebird on 2nd January 2017, 10:27 am

Yes please Dandelion. Not expecting to grow much again, but you never know.....
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Post by Dandelion on 2nd January 2017, 11:06 am

Right Freebird - you're on the list!

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Post by Dandelion on 4th January 2017, 4:32 pm

The pack of seeds is on its way to Ploshkin. I had to laugh in the post office: Ploshkin has a VERY Welsh address, and the lady behind the counter struggled a bit to copy it down on my proof of posting! She also wanted to know 'for safety' what was in the pack - I explained that it was vegetable and flower seeds, and I could see her thinking 'Ah, cannabis'!! (Before we get a lot of extra people wanting to join the seed swap, there is nothing illegal in it!)

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Post by Ploshkin on 4th January 2017, 5:21 pm

Ooh thank you, I'll look forward to receiving it. I was noting down some things from the DT Brown catalogue yesterday - the sap must be rising.
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Post by Ploshkin on 4th January 2017, 5:59 pm

You think my address is over Welsh Dandelion?
The other day I went to Ysbyty Ystwyth. I always think there can't be many place names with 5 Ys and no vowels (though y is a vowel in Welsh)
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Post by Dandelion on 5th January 2017, 6:57 pm

Am I right in thinking that 'y' at the end of a word is a different sound to 'y' in any other part of the word, Ploshkin?

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Post by Ploshkin on 5th January 2017, 9:04 pm

That's right Dandelion. Y has the same sound as U in BUS but when it is at the end of a word it sounds like a double E as in BEE. However, when on its own (Y =the)it sounds like the uh sound in THE.
The language is actually phonetic with just a few deviations with Y and U.

The seed package arrived today. I had a quick look (you've thinned it down nicely) and spotted a couple of things to try. Apologies if I take a few days to send it on. I'm not around over the weekend and I need to go through my own seeds for something to put in.
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Post by Dandelion on 5th January 2017, 10:13 pm

There's no rush at all P - take your time!!

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Post by Ploshkin on 10th January 2017, 8:49 pm

I've sorted out some seeds. Who should I send the packet to now Dandelion?
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Post by Dandelion on 10th January 2017, 10:24 pm

I'll PM you Chilli's address...

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Post by Ploshkin on 14th January 2017, 10:14 am

Seeds are finally one the package with CH's address on and it WILL be going to the post office today.
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Post by Chilli-head on 14th January 2017, 12:17 pm

Ooh excellent. Looking forward to it, and will let you know when it arrives.

Need to find something to contribute to it now ...
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Post by Chilli-head on 16th January 2017, 6:08 pm

Parcel has arrived safely Very Happy I'll take it home for a rummage.
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Post by Dandelion on 16th January 2017, 10:13 pm

Hope you find something you like!

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