About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Discussed at our June Meeting

Discussed at our last meeting

New label for seed packages:    The information to be included will be (if there is room): 
- Name;  Bellingen Seed Savers (development of logo - design ideas welcome )
- Common name and variety
- Date collected
- Reference to blog
- Origin/location
- Season to sow
- Growing time to harvest
- Other info: 
   Store in cool dry /
   Keep away from small children
   Warning - note as applicable
-  Reference to blog
Seed labels to be accessed on the blog - template in Word/blank template for new seed arrivals.
Planting Guide

It was accepted by the group that we should use http://www.gardenate.com/ -  subscribe - monthly enews.  It is also also recommended that http://www.stgmagazine.com.au/subTropical Gardening magazine because its growing guide, suits many of our plants. Links to these and other resources are on our blog.
Interested members could keep a photo diary of planting/harvesting of our plants so that we could create a photo stories with this information for the blog.
Gatherings

The group generally agreed that we should add occasional visits to gardens in more distant places, e.g., The Permaculture Centre in the Northern Rivers, as well as continuing our enjoyable visits to local gardens. We will research and come up with a list of possibilities,  considering the most climate-friendly form of travel.  
Other topics proposed include:
- Increasing the quality and reliability of the seeds we share. 
- Accessing a wider variety of heirloom seeds One suggestion was that we buy heritage varieties from seed companies and grow on some interesting seeds.
- Improving the management of our own seed and plant sharing at Gatherings

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