A printed version of the seed list for 2016\17 will be in the December edition of the Cottage Gardener magazine, as in previous years. It is also available HERE soon. All orders should be with Margaret Mason by January 2017.
Click HERE for the NEW seed exchange rules.
(Document 1 as mentioned in magazine No.129)
Click HERE for seed saving guidelines.
(Document 2 in mag No. 129)
Click HERE for list of seeds of which supply usually outstrips demand (i.e. maybe send less).
(Document 3 in mag No. 129)
Click HERE for list of seeds where demand outstrips supply (i.e. please send more!).
(Document 4 in mag No. 129)
OR if you want to see ALL of these documents with one click, then they are HERE
Other, older information on seeds
Click HERE to find vegetable seeds of unusual varieties - provided by a member for donations
Click HERE for info on saving vegetable seeds
Click HERE for an excellent article on seed cleaning from the Alpine Gardening Society
Click HERE for the September 2011 magazine article about collecting seed, written by Magaret Mason
Click HERE for the list of vegetable seed suppliers mentioned in the December 2013 magazine
See the APHIS website for information on importing seeds into the USA
One of the many advantages of being a member of The Cottage Garden Society is that, in the depth of winter, you have the delightful task of choosing several packs of seeds that you would like to receive from a list of over 1000. Send off the order, with a small sum to cover postage, and come February, they will be with you! Just as much fun, is collecting the seed earlier in the year and sending it in to be distributed to other members.
This is how it all works: members collect seed as it ripens, clean it and pack it well and send it off to Magaret Mason, a member of the Executive Committee. She spends hours checking that it is what it says it is, making sure the Latin name is correct and putting all the seed from one particular species or variety in a large brown envelope. For instance, 50 people might send in foxglove seed and it all goes in the same big envelope. At the end of this whole process, Margaret has compiled a numbered list of 1000 or more species and varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables. This list goes to Julia Boulton for her to prepare and send to the printers.
The boxes and boxes of the brown envelopes get transported to the Cheshire group, who spend many hours putting all the seeds into tiny, numbered seed packets (see photo at top right). Meanwhile, you have received your December magazine and are busy choosing the seeds you'd like. Once the Cheshire group members have finished their task, the seeds will be returned to Margaret. Margaret will have received all your orders and will have the job of selecting the seed packets you want (or others if your first choice has run out) and sending the completed orders out to you.
Last day of fun is sowing the seeds and waiting to see what comes up. We hear it's sometimes a surprise!
Seed collecting time is over - the deadline was 30th September to guarantee inclusion in the list, the final deadline was 21st October, with the later seed being included if time allows. Details of what to do are in our September magazine and here is a link to an article on seed collecting. The list of seed available will be in the December magazine.