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  • Tree Lucerne

    19 Feb 2017

     

    Tree Lucerne is often called Tagasaste. It is a stock food and good windbreak to 4m tall. Pruning may keep it to 2m for easy access.

    As a highly nutritious legume it can be cut and fed to stock and is good all-round with poultry and winter bee fodder.

     

    Tagasaste is frost tolerant evergreen when mature and prefers well drained slightly alkaline soils but is hardy in other situations once established. Mature plants tolerate drought and frost. It is thought of as the temperate equivalent of leucaena.

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  • Nasturtiums

    18 Feb 2017

    Nasturtiums originate in South America where they were used to prevent scurvy and a nutritious supplement and flavour in salads.
    In the 17th century England it was called Indian cress. It has a flavour similar to watercress. It is recognized as a source of vitamin C and antibiotics.

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  • Growing Sweet Cicely from seeds

    17 Feb 2017

    An important use for Sweet Cicely is to reduce the use of sugar when cooking sweet foods. The leaves and stems are used to reduce sugar use by half. It has a taste reminiscent of anise.


    The plant is a hardy perennial which prefers a deep well drained soil but will tolerate harder conditions.

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  • Freezing Vegetables

    16 Feb 2017

    Blanch them in boiling water 2-3 minutes.
    Take out of the water and dunk them in icy water
    Place in freezer bags and then into the freezer
    The best are firm vegetables 3-4 minutes) and leafy greens (2-3 minutes)
    Tomatoes are best cooked before freezing.

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  • Solar Electricity at Eden Seeds

    15 Feb 2017

    At Eden Seeds Alf Finch has used solar hot water from the beginning. Solar Electricity has always been considered. Recently a new large shed was built and the desire to have battery storage was explored. The decision however is to proceed with a 16kW system and add batteries as these improve in the near future.

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  • Compost Making

    14 Feb 2017

    For the autumn planting a new compost was made in early summer.

    Sandra Frain and Alf Finch demonstrated the bio-dynamic method. Sandra spoke of the preparations added to the heap and their connections with minerals and the ruling planets.

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  • Visitors from the Pacific Islands

    07 Nov 2016

    Eden Seed received a welcome visit from the Pacific Open Pollinated Seed Exchange Learning group.
    The group is in close contact with Seed Savers Network (Australia) and Emma Stone has been co-ordinating activities for many years.

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  • Saving Tomato Seeds

    01 Nov 2016

    Once a Tomato is ripe then so are the seeds mature.
    It is best when saving seed to let the tomatoes over ripen on the bush - but start the process as soon as any damage appears.

    Tomato seeds have a jelly around the seeds which makes them difficult to handle and acts as an inhibitor to germination until it is rotted away.

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  • How to make Globe Artichokes perennial

    28 Oct 2016

    Sow seeds in Spring or Autumn in warmer areas. Young flower buds can be harvested in late spring.

    In winter cut the biggest stems back to 30cm and remove smaller ones. Add compost or manure and mulch.

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  • Lost Seed

    27 Oct 2016

    By using old traditional open pollinated vegetable varieties and learning to save seed for distribution to other growers we can be part of the support movement to save our food heritage varieties.
    From the Garden Seed Inventory between 1987 and 2004 there were 1791 varieties of vegetable seeds no long available in North America which represents a loss of 24.5% in 14 years.

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  • Getting Carrots to Germinate

    25 Oct 2016

    Efforts must be made to keep seed moist for 5 to 7 days. Seeds can be covered with cardboard or plastic for this time that is a good method to keep seeds moist. Water daily. As germinated seed will need light at about 7 days after sowing uncover them and still keep moist.

     

    To get seeds to poke through the soil use...

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  • To Seed Save

    05 Sep 2016

    These plants will cross with their own kind (species)

    So to save seed of these varieties there needs to be a distance sufficient to prevent insects from visiting for similar varieties. This is usually considered to be 3 kilometres.

     

    Amaranthus hypochondriacusAmaranth Grain
    Asparagus officinalisAsparagus
    Beta vulgarisBeetroot
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  • Our Aim

    01 Sep 2016

    Our aim has always been to make old traditional open pollinated seed commonly available to home gardeners.

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  • The Four Elements

    26 Feb 2016

    To promote balance, and a healthy environment for healthy food production loosen soil with a garden fork and do not turn it over. Keep soil moist and healthy soil life will flourish. Plant roots will benefit, some green leafy vegetables will tolerate partial shade though most plants benefit from a sunny airy position.
    Excepts from “Culture and Horticulture” by Wolf Storl....

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  • Spring Garden at Eden Seeds

    16 Oct 2015

    Spring garden at Eden Seeds

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  • Eden Seeds donates seeds to TAFEA and DARD Vanuatu

    05 May 2015

    To Everyone at Eden Seeds,

    Thank you so much for the generous donation of seeds you made to support the recovery efforts on Tanna Island Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

    Your seeds have been delivered to my team at  the TAFEA Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) who then distributed them to villages across West and North Tanna where there was a significant shortfall of seeds distributed by the FAO.

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  • National Organic Standard - Zero Tolerance for GM contamination to go?

    04 May 2015

    Please submit your comments to : info@oiscc.org by May 7, 2015

    Hello All,
    Public comment is open till May 7th (or maybe 14th) on application 5 (c) to amend Section 3.3 of the National Organic Standards – Genetic Modification: www.oiscc.org/current-submissions-under-review.html

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  • Seed Saving

    12 Feb 2015

    Eden Seeds and Select Organic are pleased to be the distributor for many local seed savers.
     

    At present we can see an ongoing need for small and large quantities of seed to be distributed to home-gardeners Australia wide of the following;

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  • Plants of the Bible Lands

    14 Aug 2014

    One of the delightful surprises I discovered on a recent visit to Canberra is the Plants of the Bible Garden 15 Blackall St Barton. The garden was establish from 2006 under the trust set up by Gerald Robinson and is on the west side and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin,

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  • Tomatoes For Everyone - a book by Australian horticulturalist Alan Gilbert

    12 Aug 2014

    Early season tomatoes are in demand to be included in summer salads and cooking.
    There are many advantages to planting seed inside whilst it is too cold outside. First, work out when you can transplant outside and sow seed so plants will be strong enough to survive transplanting. Let’s say transplant mid October. So sow seed inside in early September.

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  • Kialla: Pest Control Information

    04 Apr 2014

    It is important to remember that organic grains and flours are most vulnerable to pest infestation in hotter month, as they do not have any chemical residue protection against pests. The purpose of this overview is to provide general information about pests, how we control them at Kialla and tips to protect your organic grain and flour stocks. Following our recommendations below will help reduce the risk of product infestation.

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  • The Answer is in the Seed

    25 Nov 2013

    A small cartel of agrochemical and seed companies now owns much of the world's seed supply. They send seed and food where they are most profitable, not where they are most needed. So the work of independent heirloom and open-pollinated seed producers and seed savers is critical to food sovereignty and security for our children and grandchildren.

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  • Note from Bob Phelps - Director of Gene Ethics

    19 Nov 2013

    Hello Alf:
    We are working hard on retaining South Australia's and Tassie's GM-free status till 2019, when it is due to expire on September 1, in the normal course of events. The GM moratorium in SA has had the support of all parties since its introduction in 2003, when the OGTR issued commercial GM canola licences to Monsanto and Bayer.

    The following data supports the GM-free stance. On the figures we can secure, below, we conclude:

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