Yesterday evening, we did a seed swap at Leeds Permaculture Network social. Perhaps because of the inclement weather, not many people turned out, but these people brought a very interesting collection of seeds and shared some equally interesting information.
Starting with the information, the most important point I learned was that when saving seed, it is best to collect it from a range of plants rather than a sole provider. Apparently, plants can suffer from inbreeding, too. The alternative, as described above, is called outbreeding.
Regarding my own seeds, I sadly forgot to take the bags of phacelia I had purposely placed by the front door, in order not to forget them. Next time I go, I might take them anyway – or I could offer them to the other PDC participants this coming weekend.
However, some of my other seeds went to new homes and in return I got an exciting little collection: broad beans, buckwheat (I really needed more of these seeds) and nasturtium (Blue Pepe). And just as exciting, when I got home guess what greeted me?
The pumpkins and courgettes are also sprouting, so what with the lupins romping away as well, I think I can safely move onto the next phase of preparing my summer garden.