Seed. Saat. Samen.

Diesen Artikel auf Deutsch lesen * Link zu Samen Tausch Börsen | Links to seed swaps in Europe * Frank’s Spring Garden Fever I read about on her blog here got me going and made me finally get my hands in to soil again for the first time this season…on this gloomy dark day…

I made some pots from newspaper, using a round, flat piece of wood. Any wooden building block for kids or cut off broom stick will do, really. You tear, roll, press – done.








Before I discovered the newspaper recycling idea, I used mainly old egg-cartons.

This year, for the first time, I tried to use seed I produced myself: I let a few veggies grow and bloom, such as radish and kohlrabi. Collecting the seeds, I’m hoping for plants, that will like it in my garden better than anywhere else in the world.

Many countries have events or organisations like the Seed Savers Exchange. The European version of it, Seed Sovereignty, got me started. The idea is simple and has been used for thousands of years: what grows in your area well, let it bloom, take seeds from it. Exchange with others, if you like. Lots of seeds you buy in shops are hybrids, they promise larger fruits, resistance against disease or other benefits. Hybrids are produced natural, no genetic modifications and patenting involved. But: Hybrids can not reproduce themselves. Just like a Mule they can not have children, thus you are forced to buy each year new seeds. Another downer is, that they are not tailor made to suit your micro climate: your southern balcony, your shady garden patch in a back yard, your windy open field in a community garden. When you grow your own seeds, you can decide. Let the best crops bloom – and get the best results for your garden in the following year. It’s fun. You should try.

Oh, the sun just came out!

Hier in Deutsch – Back to English

Diese Jahr habe ich nach etlichen Jahren Eierkarton-Aussaat-Topf Verwendung eine neue Recycling Methode verwendet: Ich rolle selbst. Zeitungspapier, in ca. 20cm lange Streifen gerissen und der Schönheit halber mit einer glatten Kante nach oben, wird um einen flach abgesägten dicken Stock gewickelt. Ein Besenstiel-Abschnitt geht, ist aber ein bisschen dünn. Ein runder Bauklotz war für mich perfekt. Am unteren Ende einfalten, fest aufdrücken für guten Stand und Stabilität, abziehen – fertig ist der vollständig kompostierbare Anzuchttopf.

Diese Jahr habe ich viele Samen selbst gezogen – auch Gemüsesaat. So mußte ich zwar auf die schönsten Kohlrabi verzichten, weiß aber, dass das Saatgut aufgehen wird und ich Setzlinge haben werde, die in meinem Garten wirklich gut wachsen. Ganz wunderbar und sehr empfehlenswert sind Samen-Börsen. Eine Samentausch-Börse gibt es oft von örtlichen Gartenbau Vereinen, aber viel mehr Vielfalt findet man im Netz. Arten erhalten, das Weiterleben von Pflanzen durch Patent- und Gentechnik freies Saatgut ermöglichen, selbst Samen vermehren und ernten durch verminderten Einsatz von durch natürliche Kreuzung entstandenen, ebenfalls Gentechnik und Patent freien aber unfruchtbaren Hybrid-Sorten. ein Riesen-Spaß!



Link Collections

  • botano adopt – Sehr gute Sammlung von Links zu Samen- und Pflanzen-Börsen. | Very good collection of links to plant&seed swaps – page of plant activists, also offering a adopt a plant service. Page in German only.
  • Bantam Corn – Sehr gute Liste mit Links zu Nutzplflanzen Saatgut Börsen und Züchtern. | Amazing link collection for veggie seed-swap pages and sources  – focussed on very rare varieties of corn. Page in German language, but offering intl. links to English and French language pages as well.

Vegetable Seeds | Nutzpflanzen Samen

  • Freie Saaten – How surprised was I to find out that this page is run by people from my home-region! Did you know that within the European Union only the seeds listed in the EU chart published yearly by the Community Plant Variety Office is allowed to be commercially produced and sold? Basically a great idea: ensure that seeds can travel freely within the EU, it lead to the inability to buy or produce certain varieties. This is where NGOs and private communities have been falling in over the last years. They grow and swap seeds of old vegetables – and they are preserving the large genetic resources our ancestors grew over hunderts and thousands of years. – Disd you know the closest relative to our corn is a grass with rather dull looking grains? And did you know we actually got not one clue on how the first people munching on their corn cob managed to actually produce this brown/black/red these days mainly yellow masterpiece? Cultured varieties do not grow in nature. We got to saw, plant and grow them. If we want old varieties and the ups and downs they come with to survive. – And some of the guys working on this come from Haßloch. – German site – worth to use Google translate!
  • Freie Saaten – Resource und Tauschplatz für alte und seltene Gemüse und Nutzpflanzen Varietäten. Saatgut Tausch. Samen Börse. – Wußten Sie, dass in der EU alle Varietäten, die nicht in der EU Sortenliste stehen, lediglich privat angebaut und genutzt werden dürfen? Diese Seite versucht Nutzpflanzen-Sorten zu erhalten, die durch diese Limitation an den Rand des Aussterbens gedrängt werden.
  • Arche Noah – Austrian seed diversity site. Seed swap, events. – German site. | Österreichische Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung unserer Kulturpflanzen Vielfalt.. Samen-Tausch, Aktivitäten, Netzwerke.
  • Verein zur Erhaltung der Nutzpflanzenvielfalt – Seeds for edible plants. Page in German. | Sortenpfleger, Seminare, Saatgut Weitergabe. Saatgut-Katalog mit 270 Seiten gegen Porto.
  • VERN – Verein zur Erhaltung und Rekultivierung von Nutzpflanzen. Local community cultivating seldomly grown vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. Only place I found for rare varieties of tobacco and potatoes! They also got a special collection of old and rare varieties for balconies. – German…still definitly worth a try…pdf catalogues here.
  • VERN – Verein zur Erhaltung und Rekultivierung von Nutzpflanzen. Brandenburger Verein, der sich neben dem “klassischen” Gemüse-Sortiment auch um den Erhalt von Sorten kümmert, die etwas exotischer sind: Seltene Tabaks-Varietäten, alte Kartoffel-Sorten und gar eine spezielle Sektion für alte und seltene Balkonblumen stehen auf dem Programm. Wie immer steht im Vordergrund, Sorten und Varietäten zu erhalten, die nicht oder nicht mehr in der EU Sortenliste geführt sind. – Angebot als pdf hier.

Last not least…if you are a collector of plants…
…zu guter Letzt…wenn Sie Pflanzen Sammler sind:

  • Network Plant Collections – You got the most amazing collection of Fuchsia or Delphinium? You are looking for a certain variety another collector might have? You’d like to focus on somthing new in life and are looking for a temporary or permanent person who’s willing to care for your treasures and look after them? The German government supports the network of plant collections, perhaps an idea to bring to other countries in those times where not only kings&queens with a solid and long lasting blood-line as well as enough heritage to look after parks&gardens can afford the joy of plant collections…
  • Netzwerk Pflanzen Sammlungen – Ein wunderbares Forum, auf dem Sie nicht nur andere Pflanzen Sammlungen betrachten und kennen lernen, sondern auch direkt mit den Besitzern dieser Schätze in Kontakt treten können. – Sie sammeln selbst und suchen Informationen zu einer Pflanze? Sie suchen eine spezielle Varietät? Sie wollen sich auf andere Dinge besinnen und suchen eine Patin oder einen Paten, der vielleicht gar Ihre Liebe teilt und die fach- und sachgerechte Pflege Ihrer Pflanzen übernimmt? – Hier sind Sie richtig!


5 thoughts on “Seed. Saat. Samen.

  1. I save some seeds but not from everything I grow, some are not possible due to our short growing season. I do try to save additional varieties each year. Cheerful daffodil.

    • Hey, I had a look at your lovely Blog Garden to Work, but your location was to well hidden for me to find 🙂 – I’m just curious coz you feature varieties in need for warmth, but still seem to have a short growing season…we in Europe know these short seasons from Scandinavia…gut I guess that’s not where you’re living 🙂 – Thanks for your comment anyway! Always great to see other views.

  2. I’m getting ready to sow some seeds and repot some plants. I have saved up my egg containers too and will give the newspaper pots a try. Because of the sun exposure, I’m only able to successfully grow herbs… no garden. I’ve had good success with Nasturtium from seed and collect it from last years flowers too.
    Genießen Sie die saison (hoping that reads Enjoy the season).

    • The German sentence read perfecly fine! Danke, ich werde genießen – und gießen! (That means: enjoy and water…)
      With Nasturium, you probably refer to the plant with red/orange or yellow flowers and round leaves (lat. Tropaeolum)? – If that grows on your window bench/balcony/doorstep, you can definitely try more!
      I had not garden for almost 18 years and started some sort of Guerrilla Gardening around me… I wrote about it in the early days of my blog here. If the space in soil or pots is small and the plants can not access ground-water (like when they are in a pot, not in soil on the street for example) all types of Sedum go well, when the drainage is good, you can even put some bulb spring flowers in autumn in the soil, to extend your season next spring. Just be aware: perennials flower much shorter than annuals like Tropoleum – therefore, you might wanna stick to your well running system 🙂

      • Danke,
        From seed, Nasturium (yes orange & yellow) work best because they come up strong because of the size of the seed. Not to say the little seeds are not strong and won’t come up, it’s that the bigger seeds work well for me. Also like picking a flower and popping it in my mouth, ha!

        I’ve tried many types, annuals and perennials. Also spent lots of money with bulbs too. Love the outdoors and gardening, there is just too much land that needs attention and I can’t seem to muster up the energy required for grooming the yard. Wish for lots of money to hire help with landscaping. It’s going on 11 years at this property and I’m the only one who noticed the changes I’ve made with the yard.

        Speaking of water, I’m looking forward to the rain tonight to fill up my rain barrel. I’ll be watering soon!
        Einen guten tag haben

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