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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 08:27 #31365

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A gardening friend from Belgium has sent me a heap of seeds (MAF inspected and approved),there's more seed here than i need so i'm offering to share some seed around, though some varieties there's only a small amount,in fact there's five that there's so little that i'll grow them next season,get seed and then ..hopefully offer them this time next year.
So those keen post in this thread what you are keen on trying then i'll PM/email my address so you can send me a stamped self addressed envelope.
These keen on growing some could you please report back here how it goes,the idea is to try and grow more seed to further share around these rare and unusual varieties.

Carum carvi,
Cnaerophyllum,
Rhodiola Rosea,
A variety of Celeriac called Kin-tsa,
Siberian Peashrub
clycyrrhiza ciabra (only a small amount of seed)
Levisticum,
Puysalps subelabrata,
perilla frutescens
fedia cornucopiae,
sideritis hyssopifolia
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 10:39 #421477

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Ooh, I'd love to try some Siberian pea shrub in Otago, but not if there's only enough for one - the reponsibility would paralyse me ; ).

My previous request here, to show I'm serious

http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/vforum/showthread.php?t=26745

I'll pm you. Thanks for the generous offer
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 11:16 #421484

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Is that last one on the list Hyssop? I would love to grow that.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 11:38 #421488

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OK after some research I have figured out what some of the seeds are:
Caraway, Lovage, Shiso, Valerian and Hyssop. These are all medicinal and culinary herbs and I would love to grow them.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 12:04 #421493

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Be careful with valerian, it has a tendancy to be weedy, though at least it is a pretty weed.

How did the process go with getting MAF to let them through? I have often thought about getting seeds sent, but assumed they would be destroyed automatically at the border.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 13:57 #421513

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Pays to be up front when doing it,the guy who sends them writes the full botanical names on the front of the letter,MAF open it and have a look,tape it up again and through it goes.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 15:50 #421525

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RichardW;418855 wrote: Pays to be up front when doing it,the guy who sends them writes the full botanical names on the front of the letter,MAF open it and have a look,tape it up again and through it goes.
Sorry to put a downer on your kind offer but one has to seriously wonder about what passes as border control in our country and the potential biosecurity risks that imports such as you have received present [:0]

Trueness to label of the seeds, carriage of diseases (e.g. viruses), weed potential (including stray stowaway seeds). A couple of decades back MAF presented myriad hoops to jump through before viable plant material crossed our borders (e.g. lengthy quarantine periods in licenced biosecure compounds) but this seems to have been relaxed drastically [B)]

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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 17:50 #421540

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Its even more so the other way,you can send stuff to Europe that wouldnt be allowed here,the likes of potatoes and potato TPS,Yams etc
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Seed Give Away (2012) 16 Apr 2012 22:08 #421582

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From what I observed during a year spent in Canada, larger countries and those sharing land borders in continental situations have looser biosecurity restrictions because of the free natural drift of organisms making such measures largely redundant.

New Zealand however is blessed with 100's of kilometres of seas to act as a natural biosecurity barrier so our manually imposed biosecurity should be far stricter than most other countries'.

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Seed Give Away (2012) 17 Apr 2012 07:49 #421603

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Information about what can be imported here http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/regs/imports/plants/seeds.

So long as the seeds have been commercially produced and are not a high biosecurity risk (e.g legumes), and have the full scientific name on the packet then you should be OK.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 17 Apr 2012 09:14 #421612

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Thats right,its plant and soil material that carries the main disease risk,and the resent PSA outbreak in the kiwi fruit has shown to be a good example of how easily it can slip through the borders.
I cant recall a single disease thats been introduced by way of seed importation.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 24 Apr 2012 13:08 #422451

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Hi Richard, I can't send you a reply PM, according to the system, so this is to let you know I'm still definitely interested in the Siberian pea. and I know a couple of SERIOUS permaculture growers down here who I can pass some on to if you do have some to spare.

Will send envelope off after Anzac Day - I have your address details
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Seed Give Away (2012) 24 Apr 2012 14:28 #422469

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Thats fine,there's about 40 seeds.i'll only need 10 :D
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Seed Give Away (2012) 04 Nov 2012 20:36 #443419

Hey Richard,
you have probably had takers for all your Siberian peashrub seeds, but if you have any in future I would be keen to grow some in our soon to be established forest garden. Let me know.

Cheers

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Seed Give Away (2012) 05 Nov 2012 06:16 #443434

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Hi Laine and welcome,sounds interesting that you are establishing a forest garden which is something that i'm working on also,people like the couple in the link below are a real inspiration

http://cycloasis.org/from-unemployment-to-the-most-splendid-permaculture-garden/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P831hBMJB_w

I still have a small amount of Siberian peashrub seeds,give a PM and we could work out a trade hopefully.
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Seed Give Away (2012) 05 Nov 2012 07:20 #443437

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i know Levisticum...delicious in salads or tomato sauce...got the seeds from a garden center...
I don't have all I love anymore, but I still love all I have...
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Seed Give Away (2012) 08 Nov 2012 13:48 #443769

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RichardW;443194 wrote:

I still have a small amount of Siberian peashrub seeds,give a PM and we could work out a trade hopefully.
Just a word of warning about the Siberian peashrub. I planted mine much too early, and those that came up are struggling, even in the sunroom.

The North American planting instructions I found said plant in July, and I should have realised that was mid-summer, and hot. :(

If these don't survive, Richard, I might be begging you for a couple more come Christmas. [:I]
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Seed Give Away (2012) 09 Nov 2012 05:55 #443843

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Well if lainephillips doesn't send me a PM soon about get some seed there will be some more for ya,the rest i sowed five days ago,so thanks for the advice,i'll keep mine in my tunnelhouse till the days get hotter.
Well at least we know that the seed is viable :D :D :D
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Seed Give Away (2012) 28 Nov 2012 22:23 #445564

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New to the site and just stumbled onto this thread. I am 4 years into establishing a food forest garden and always on the look out for new seeds.

Let me know if you have anything left, that needs a good home.
I think we are not so distant from you, near parnassus, similar climate perhaps....?
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Seed Give Away (2012) 29 Nov 2012 06:15 #445580

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Hi olmec,yes Parnassus would have a similar climate.
If you are heading to CHCH sometime maybe drive around the Culverden way and call in,there's all sorts of bits and pieces here you could have for your food forest garden,just give me a PM when you do.
olmec;445575 wrote: New to the site and just stumbled onto this thread. I am 4 years into establishing a food forest garden and always on the look out for new seeds.

Let me know if you have anything left, that needs a good home.
I think we are not so distant from you, near parnassus, similar climate perhaps....?
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