About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and 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, 14 February 2019

Three Seedsavers properties for sale in Bellingen area

Three properties from members who have made major contributions to Bellingen Seed Savers are currently up for sale. All three properties are stunning and worth perusing the Real Estate pages for dream inspiration value alone.
Irene & David Wallin, who founded Bellingen Seed Savers are downsizing.
https://www.realestate.com.au/property-lifestyle-nsw-bellingen-700009114
Nell, long time generous member who died last year. Her garden paradise of 40 years is up for sale, only 5 mins from Bellingen.
https://www.realestate.com.au/property-cropping-nsw-bellingen-7995166
John & Carol Vernon are selling their established food forest in Fernmount to retire and move to increase their Walk score.
https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-fernmount-129863754

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Garden Visit to Leela’s in Dorrigo

Thanks to all who made the trek up the mountain for a look-see at Leela's latest efforts. The garden has now become very 3 dimensional and productive. She has been expanding and experimenting; some successes and some failures, and lots of learning!

"It's been a couple of years since some of you last saw my 'toy farm'; I have been busy experimenting and shaping my adventure garden and food forest. Having had some successes with grafting, I have planted new fruit avenues and optimistically snuck a few tropicals into the shrubbery 😉

I am also now experimenting with colonising the rafters in my conservatory; always keen to utilize a discovered microclimate! Some other projects are having greater and lesser successes, but still enjoying the challenge and experience of it all."

The living room and decks were brimming with good cheer and good humour, even when Leela hustled everyone out into the garden, plates in hand, before an ominous cloud rolled in.
The geese were chatty, the rain timely, and a jovial day was had by all.


A local garden in February 2018



When Paul from Barefoot Gardens trims our front hedge it makes such a difference.

New garden
 The removal of the nine years old Panama Berry left a sunny space for Salvias, Turmeric and Amaranth. We have planted a new Panama Berry below our shed. The berries taste like boiled lollies.


Great for green goodness in warmer latitudes.
Chaya Spinach Tree
 Photographed from our deck the top of this 2.5m Chaya Spinach Tree appears like a green mound of green goodness.

An excellent Asparagus substitute
Surinam Spinach
Surinam Spinach is great Asparagus substitute.

Crepe Myrtles, pink, mauve and white, are in full flower throughout our district.
Crepe Myrtle
Crepe Myrtles, pink, mauve and white, are in full flower throughout our district.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Midsummer in a Bellingen seedsaver's garden.

Even in the hottest of midsummer with heatwaves pounding Australia we have produce available and an exciting garden to explore.



A capsicum with a bite
Perennial Capsicum with a bite

Perennial Capsicum seem to grow more of a bite and end up like mild chilis as they age.



Baby custard apple alongsiude a chili
Baby custard apple alongside chili

This Amarillo Chili has grown up supported by the branches of the Custard Apple.



Amarillo Chili

Our first really ripe Chili of the season



Surely a most beautiful clumping bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo

This clumping bamboo screens and weeps. It is easy to manage.


Baby Golden Hornet crabapples
Baby Golden Hornet Crabapples

Golden Hornet is a universal apple tree pollinator. The fruit is small.



Path to explore at the pond
Path to explore at the pond

Even tiny mango trees can produce.
Even tiny mango trees can produce.

We grew this small tree from seed. It may turn out to be dwarf. This a five year old tree.



The Amla has suddenly shot up.
The Amla has suddenly shot up.

Perhaps we will have fruit this season.



Curious chooks
Curious chooks

Not all eggs.
Not all eggs.



Grey Mugwort makes a great nest liner and discourages mites.


Tree tomatoes are a heavy producer.
Tamarillos


Tamarillos are our most productive fruit. Use as a tomato or a desert fruit.


Green Sapote
Green Sapote

Although this Green Sapote is yet to fruit it still contributes a fabulous tropical evocative shape to our garden.

Feeding the birds with nectar
Golden Lyre Grevillia

This Grevillia is loved by all of our local birds.



Delicious fruit
Baby Acerola cherries

The fruit is scarce but delicious.





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