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.

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Gathering at Coffs Regional Community Gardens on 4 December 2014

                        BSS Gathering at Coffs Regional Community Gardens December 2014

Congratulations and many thanks to Matt, Steve and all the people involved in the design, development and hard work that have gone into the garden. 

Accessible raised brick walled garden beds of varying heights
allowed members of our group  to easily amble around at their own pace.

The gardens are planted in different climate zones - tropics above.

The Aquaponic system is working well and producing lovely vegetables and strawberries

It was lovely to see the ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs integrated into the garden.
The guinea pigs have an important role to play in the aquaponic system.

Monday 13 October 2014

Jude & Michel Fanton, founders of Seedsavers Network present at Bellingen's Northbank Community Garden

The excellent organisation by Irene and David and the very knowledgeable Fantons was much appreciated by the forty people from Bellingen Seedsavers, who attended the workshop.

Many thanks to Steve Smith and his team at Northbank Community Garden who hosted the workshop and worked hard to set up the workshop area.

Photographs below and many more at

Plenty of seed savers attended

Jude talks of plant families.

Monday 15 September 2014

Bellingen Seed Savers at the Plant Fair in September 2014

The Bellingen Seed Savers were very busy on their stall at the Bellingen Plant Fair on 13 September 2014.

361 seed packets covering 62 plant/varieties, were distributed to an eager crowd.

Included were 15 different types of beans!

All these seeds were saved from plants grown locally and therefore acclimatised to local conditions.

The freshest of food picked from seed savers gardens together with eggs and preserves

For more photographs click on Plant Fair photos

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Bellingen Seed Savers have a stall at the Bellingen Plant Fair on Saturday 13 September 2014

Spring is sprung and preparations are well in hand for the  
Bellingen Spring Plant Fair 
Saturday 13 September.
This newsletter goes out to well over 300 people, many of whom are never able to come to our regular Gatherings, so we especially invite you to come and meet us at our twice a year Plant Fair stall, if you can, explore the seeds and plant material, ask questions and feel part of it all.  We will have copies of The Seedsavers' Handbook for sale.

Thanks so much to everyone who came to one or other - or both - of our working bees to clean and pack seeds.

The packets now bear our brand new logo on the front for very new seeds and/or on the back of previously packed seeds with a message and our phone number - see attached.  We have Fiona Morgan to thank for applying her skills in the design of the logo, which can be reproduced in sizes from tiny to banner.  I am very happy with the result.  You can find Fiona's website at: http://www.wherefishsing.com/

Appeal for Plant Material
We love to have lots of plant material on and around our stall, including pots, root divisions, cuttings……and people love to hunt around to see what we have on offer.  Please attach a plant name tag.  If you are able to help, please bring your plants to the stall as early as possible on the day or we have arrangements in place with a kind friend of BSS to leave your offerings in her nearby front garden a day or two before the event.  If you plan to do this, please email or ring me on 6655 9090, and I will give you the address.  Thank you.

If you have any beautiful home-produced fruit, veggies, herbs or preserves which you could contribute to the two raffle prizes, these would be much appreciated.  Our raffle is extremely popular - people love it.

Stall Volunteers
Thank you very much to those who have already volunteered to help at the stall.  We still need a couple more people to help with setting up or packing up at the end, plus one more for the 12-2 shift.  Please let me know if you are interested/available.

Tuesday 15 July 2014


Rae's Fig and Pistachio Cake
120g unsalted pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

 100g Buderim Naked ginger, coarsely chopped 120g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

120g dried figs, coarsely chopped 

4 tbs dark rum (or enough to cover dried figs) 2 oranges, finely grated zest then juiced
3 eggs

Friday 27 June 2014

Easy Banana Bread

Mash four very ripe bananas. Mix in a bowl.

Add one ingredient at a time with the flour the last added.

85g melted butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups plain flour.

Preheat oven top 180 degrees C

Mix in ingredients one at a time.

Grease and line your loaf tin, pour in mixture and bake approximately for an hour until cooked.

Our June Meeting

Jodi and Michael gave an interesting presentation about gardens they have visited.

Monday 23 June 2014


Omshree brought along a version of this recipe to our latest gathering. Flavoured with custard, castor sugar and lime zest it was a winner and at the moment we have an abundance of citrus. He tells us the original version below is a real winner

Flan can be made a day ahead; keep covered in refrigerator. Flan unsuitable to freeze or microwave. 

Friday 20 June 2014

Seedsaving: A link to an interesting resource

An interesting and easy to understand article on seed saving from the Permaculture Research Institute site. Don't be put off by the title because the seed saving tips apply to all climates.

Easy seeds to save. Pic from PRI

Saving Seed on the US/Canadian Border

Friday 6 June 2014

Three productive vegetable gardens in Bundagen, 22 May 2014

Almost thirty people enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at Bundagen in May.

We gathered at the entrance to Bundagen so that we could drive in convoy to the three gardens that we had been invited to visit.

One of our hosts, Shunyam, made us very welcome to her  beautiful garden

The solar drier well-placed for maximum sun

The young coconut palm aroused a lot of interest 

Methods of protecting our plants are always of great interest to our group
and we were impressed by those we saw at Bundagen

The intriguing Buddha's Hand

Shankari explains her market garden

Thursday 22 May 2014

Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) grows like a weed in our climate

Warrigal Greens plants are always popping up and spreading around and in my garden beds. It loves our climate. It loves well drained soil, water, heat and humidity but also grows well in dry weather. When you have this growing you will never be short of a useful green vegetable. BUT....you must cook it because of its high Oxalic Acid content.

Link to Milkwood with loads of information on foraging, growing and eating Warrigal Greens.

Friday 9 May 2014

Fruit and vegetable harvest May 9 in a subtropical/warm temperate area of NSW


Blue Browallia with red Irisene behind

Brazilian Spinach



Custard Apple

Mouse Melon

Perennial Capsicum


Edible Hibiscus



Kent pumpkin

Lemon Basil

Lucullus silver beet


Meyer Lemon

Mountain Paw Paw

Naranjila flowers

Almost ripe Naranjila fruit



Single tree dahlia

Small white guava

Katuk/Sweet Leaf


Tree Chili

Small cream guava

Wing Bean
Choko/Sechium edule



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