At this time of year I save seeds from as many plants as I can in my garden, keeping those from unusual and interesting plants for The Cottage Garden Society’s annual seed exchange. Any overs are given to neighbours, friends and family.
After the warm and dry weather I’ve had here this week many seeds are now ready to harvest. Some, like Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, marigolds and opium poppies are easy to collect, whilst others need a little more effort to separate the seed from the chaff.
Seeds for The CGS are carefully packed in leak-proof envelopes, labelled clearly and sent to Margaret, our Wonder Woman on The CGS Committee, who sorts them out and then makes a comprehensive seed list that is published with our December magazine.
For just £5 handling fee our members can choose 12 packets of seed – and those who donate seeds are allowed more. As many are keen gardeners and plant experts, you can guarantee there will be some really interesting seeds, and in a good year there may be up to 1,000 varieties on offer.