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Succeed with seed with selection perfection

Ben Raskin: One of the keys to saving your own seed is the 'selection', or identifying the best of your plants to keep the seed from. If you are aiming to 'maintain' a variety, in other words to keep it as close as possible to the original genetics of that variety, then there will be specific traits you will need to keep (colour, height, pest or disease resistance for instance). Most of just want to ensure the selection performs well in our garden or farm.

25 July 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 6

Safeguarding our living gene bank

Ben Raskin: Without diversity we can’t have resilience. We all need sufficient genetic material whether saving our own Open Pollinated varieties, or at the cutting edge of seed breeding. An effective legislation as well as protecting consumers must allow us all, both amateur and professional seed producers, to increase the living seed bank adapted to the changing climate.

19 March 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

Using a chainsaw to crack a nut - part 2

Ben Raskin: What's the latest on the EU seed directive? Any hope that the EU Parliament might improve the bill seems unlikely. In particular the microbusiness exemptions have been totally removed with both committees apparently obsessed by linking commercial activity (however small) to control of variety, rather than the eventual market.

28 November 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 6

Ploughing, hoggs and the beacon...

Emma Heseltine: There is a corner of one of the arable fields at Wallace field that is getting triticale and wild bird seed mix sown on it, but it’s a bit dishevelled looking so we need it ploughing first. Neighbour John has come round with his big red tractor and is ploughing it up. It’s been pretty boggy but the nice weather has dried it out a bit so now we can get on and sort it out. The Croftlands men are helping as we try and turn over some of the bigger sods so that its all ‘brown side up’ we are also hauling out any big rocks we find. It's hard turning over the turf sausage rolls but it is starting to look more ready for seed now. The size of some of the boulders is shocking, but we manage to move most of them.

05 June 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 2

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