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gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1370
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 1:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I am surprised that you Grenadier apple is so late I thought it was one of the earliest!

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4538
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've started getting snow in the hills. A couple inches the other day. None of it is stick around for long yet.

(And no snow down here in the valley yet)

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14772
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

First morning we could see our breath on the school run this morning. I went off to buy tights, vests and a winter coat (why must children grow, so? You have to buy new things every season!)

chickenlady



Joined: 18 Aug 2013
Posts: 397
Location: Dorset
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On the bright side - our local Wyevale are selling off hundreds of packets of seeds for only 50p each. Most are still ok for 2017/18.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4538
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

chickenlady wrote:
On the bright side - our local Wyevale are selling off hundreds of packets of seeds for only 50p each. Most are still ok for 2017/18.


Stick 'em in the freezer, they'll be fine for several years for the most part!

gardening-girl



Joined: 25 Feb 2009
Posts: 6024
Location: Somerset.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have given in and am wearing socks.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1672
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Flannel sheets and winter comforter on bed. Frost possible late tonight so I must haul the last few pots of house plants indoors - several aspidistra, etc.

I was taught that to save seeds they should be kept cool, dark, and dry. No plastic baggies, not in freezer. Fold those cute semi-origami paper packets, put in clean glass jar with screw on lid. Slip in one of those moisture absorbing packets (come with some vitamins) and keep in refrigerator.

To make a paper seed packet:

Take a rectangular piece of letter paper / note paper of suitable size.
Fold in half lengthwise.
Make a double fold on the long open side.
Fold bottom up by about 1/3
Label with name of seeds and date, source also if you wild collected
Open top, add seeds and tap to shift them towards bottom
Fold top corners in, just a bit
Fold over sufficiently to tuck into bottom third that was folded up.

You now have a nice, securely closed, little seed packet that can be made more quickly than it took me to type this.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4538
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The only problem I've ever heard of with freezing seeds is moisture issues - either the seeds weren't dry enough before freezing, or the person opened the bag/jar before letting it warm up again after taking out of the freezer, and humidity condensed on the seeds before they were put back in a freezer. (If freezing, don't do those two things, and probably avoid paper packets)

I certainly agree with cooler temps and drier conditions, I guess we just have learned differently about the suitability of freezing.

A quick google turned up a nice article that says freeze or refrigerate:
http://www.underwoodgardens.com/seed-saving-and-storage/

Either way, cool and dry is good!

GrahamH



Joined: 23 May 2015
Posts: 395

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 16 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well into the typhoon season now.....arrived back from the UK in time for the super typhoon with 150mph winds. Next one due today.....wind already steadily increasing to above 80mph.
October gardening work mainly consists of clearing wind damaged trees and plants.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8613

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 16 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tend to keep my seeds in the corner of the larder in a paper bag. It stays fairly cool in there, and those seeds that will last for several years seem to be all right.

Graham, stay safe, and hope the typhoons don't do too much damage. Glad we only get gales, although those can be frightening enough, and a series tends to make you punch drunk about whether there will every be nice weather again.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5818
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 16 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had the first frost two nights ago after a very clear night...still didn't see any Orionid meteors !
The Auraura (not spelling well today!) Borealis is supposed to be visible...we have too many clouds and street lights

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1672
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 16 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We did have frost last night, just a "kiss" at 30 degrees Fahrenheit / -1 centigrade. Canna look sad, can now cut back, dig, pack in peat moss for the winter. Fire in the wood burning stove this morning.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8613

PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 16 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have had a fire a couple of evenings, but didn't have one last night as it was fairly mild and husband had forgotten to bring any wood home.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 1672
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 16 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No firewood? Shades of the shoemaker's barefoot children.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8613

PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 16 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's not so cold that we remember during the day. I nearly remembered yesterday, but then husband came back to the yard with the mower needing maintenance.

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