Seed circles

We would like to encourage people to form seed circles in Reading. This is simple to do and allows the gradual development of seeds that are particularly suited to the local environment:

  1. Collect five people happy to grow five easy vegetables from which to save seeds
  2. Each person grows one variety of vegetable for seeds
  3. At harvest time, everyone makes up four packets of seeds, one for each of the other participants. In return, everyone gets four different packets of seeds, one from each of the participants.
  4. Any surplus seeds can be donated back to the seed swap

Easy vegetables to start with are peas, beans, radishes, spinach and annual herbs such as coriander and dill.

For more details, see Real Seeds "Why not start a seed circle?"

If you'd like to join a seed circle in Reading, please get in touch.

Related resources

RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing French beans, both climbing and dwarf.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans (PDF format)

Seed Saving Guidelines

Seed saving guidelines and resources from Garden Organic

Top Tips for Seed Saving

Permaculture Magazine's tips on seed saving