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Elderberries are ripe

Sambucus nigra “Samyl” is a new Danish variety of elderberry / svarthyll. It is very productive, the earliest elderberry I’ve grown (they are marginal here), hardy and it has large berries and large umbels of flowers…
I’ll be offering hardwood cuttings to members of Norwegian Seed Savers (Kvann) this winter (to be a member go to http://kvann.org and click on “Bli medlem”!
See  also earlier posts on my web site here:


Current offers in Norwegian Seed Savers (KVANN) autumn seed and vegetable catalogue

I’m often asked if I sell seed of my perennial vegetables and other plants I blog about. The answer is that unless you have something I’m interested in trading for, I only “sell” seed through out Norwegian Seed Savers organisation on a non-profit basis!
Here are my current offers in Norwegian Seed Savers (KVANN) autumn seed and vegetable catalogue. I will add more offers later this week.  I hope you will want to support our work!
If you live outside of Norway and want to join (it costs Norwegian kr 200 / year), please go to http://www.kvann.org  and click on “Bli medlem” and fill out your details. You can then either do a bank transfer or you can pay me 200 Norwegian kroner by Paypal (sbarstow2@gmail.com) and I will transfer for you! Once you have payed, I will send you the catalogue.  Please be prepared to cover post and packing  (I cannot guarantee that all members will be willing to send overseas, but I will!).
Note that all correspondence and publications from the club is in Norwegian (not a big deal these days with on-line translators!), but there are brief instructions in English too (or ask me).

Udo (Aralia cordata); seed  see http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=7499
Houttuynia cordata, Himalayan water creeper.
Flore pleno (double flowers)
Joker’s Gold
Chinese Market
Garlic (Allium sativum) bulbils
Estonian Red
Black raspberry «Black Hawk» (Rubus occidentalis), seed
Ligularia fischeri  seed (see http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=3114 )
Papaver somniferum (opiumvalmue) mix (see pictures of my varieties here: http://www.edimentals.com/pictures/index.php?/category/52)

Angelica sylvestris «Vicar’s Mead»

Sanguinaria canadensis
Allium pskemense x fistulosum
Taraxacum rubifolium, red-leaved dandelion
Sugar cane, Saccharum officinarum (a hardy cultivar from New Zealand)
Hablitzia tamnoides mix seed
Allium scorodoprasum,  wild and garden forms:
Skåne (via Aud Berit Fjordheim in Gjøvik)
Grums i Sverige
Risør (Leikøya)
Milde, Bergen
Hauge på Lista
Sund, Bergen
Barbarea vulgaris «Variegata»
Phyteuma nigra
Phyteuma orbiculare
Allium cernuum «Pink Giant»
Cirsium eriophorum
Allium victorialis «Lofoten»
Rumex acetosa “Belleville”, sorrel
Rumex acetosa “Vysogorny”/ “Krupolistny” mix(Russian cultivars)
Rumex patientia
Cryptotaenia canadensis
Angelica gigas
Chaerophyllum bulbosum, Turnip-rooted chervil
Allium cernuum “White Max”
Allium cernuum “Dark Scape”
Allium insubricum
Allium schoenoprasum «Black Isle Blush»
Sonchus kirkii
Allium hymenorrhizum
Allium cernuum «Mix»
Symphytum x uplandicum “Bocking 14″, root cuttings
Rabarbra «Træna», vigorous early variety found on the island Træna

Kvannsafari to Olde in Bordalen

On 7th August, I went on my first “Kvannsafari” near the mountain village Voss in south western Norway 
Kvann is Norwegian Mountain Angelica, Angelica archangelica ssp. archangelica, one of the most important plants in Norwegian history, used as a vegetable back to the times of the Vikings and an important exported medicinal herb in the past. It was a very important vegetable of the Sami people! In my book “Around the World in 80 plants”, I tell the story of a special form of kvann, known as Vossakvann, traditionally cultivated in special Kvann-yards (kvannagard) on the farms in this area. A good historical review of this plant can be found in Ove Fosså’s paper (see http://archangelica.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Angelica_Fossaa.pdf and, in Norwegian, http://www.skogoglandskap.no/Artsbeskrivelser/vossakvann).

The aim of our trip was to visit one of the last farms still growing Vossakvann, Olde in Bordalen. Vossakvann has almost filled (solid) leaf and flower stalks whilst wild plants are hollow …in other words, there’s more “flesh”… It is also milder tasting, perhaps because there’s more flesh, the plant producing the same amount of bitter substances which are spread over a larger volume?

Jorunn Ringheim Hernes, who had recently retired from Landbruksrådgivning (the agricultural advisory service) in Voss, had arranged with the farmer, Knut Arvid Olde, to visit. Some years ago, Jorunn had sent me a couple of plants from a different line of Vossakvann, Elgje. Sadly, this line had recently been lost due to the seed not germinating. Further, a third line at Markusteigen has almost disappeared locally due to the fact that the kvannagard had not been looked after (repeatedly cut down) and only 3-4 plants could be found on a visit there last week. The farmer is now aware of this and will try to look after and build up the kvannagard again! The Markusteigen line is the one line from which plants still exist away from Voss (in Oslo and in Orkanger) (seed were collected a few years ago).

I’d heard that Knut Arvid Olde was enthusiastic to conserve this unique variety on the farm and this was confirmed during our visit, although there was a sense of panic in his voice when he heard that his kvannagard was the only one left, partly as he had planned to sell some of the harvest to a local cheese producer! There were about 30 flowering stalks full of seeds and below the plants many self-sowed young plants. I was surprised that all the young plants I tested had solid stalks and Knut Arvid said that they hadn’t selected for this property… I had previously learned that only a percentage of seed propagated plants had the characteristics of Vossakvann, but here they all seemed to be true to form!

Jorunn Hernes will return in a week or two to collect seed during drier weather (it was wet during our visit and only a few seed were ripe). Landbruksrådgivning also have a project to make a trial kvannagard and Knut Arvid was positive that it could be on his land using his line!

Norwegian Seed Savers is, confusingly here, called KVANN (see http://kvann.org) as this is our most important native useful plant traditionally. We have a project, coordinated by Karl Aa (see http://archangelica.no for more information in Norwegian and links) in which we are trying to conserve the different lines of Vossakvann with help of the seed saver network and perhaps also further develop a more stable cultivar.


Plant sale at the botanical garden in Oslo

KVANN/ Norwegian Seed Savers will have a stand and be selling plants at this year’s “Vårtreff” on 28th May at Oslo’s Botanical Garden (Tøyen)
(see http://foreninger.uio.no/botaniskhagesvenner/arrangementer/2017/vartreff-2016.html)
Steering committee member Andrew McMillion will be there to tell you more about our organisation and you’ll be able to buy a number of interesting edible plants such as the fantastic perennial vegetable that all are talking about Hablitzia / Caucasian Spinach (stjernemelde). We have VIPPS! :)
This document describes the plants Andrew will have with him:

Download (PDF, 2.09MB)

Join KVANN here: http://www.norwegianseedsavers.no/bli-medlem/


21st January 2017
Welcome to my new seed trade list for 2016-17.
14, 15 and 16 in brackets indicates the harvesting year for the seed. Concerning seed quantity: as I don’t have many plants of each species, seed quantity is limited in most cases. Therefore, for some species you may only get a few seeds. Many species are harvested in my garden. Others are surplus from trade and purchase.
OUT: Means out of stock.
NB! Cultivars do not always come true. I offer them anyway, but no guarantees to what you will get!
If you don’t have anything I’m interested in trading for, the only possibility is to support Norwegian Seed Savers ( http://www.norwegianseedsavers.no)  as I offer much of this seed exclusively through our Yearbook which will be out in February!
Botanical Name (year of harvest)
NB! Traditional vegetables are at the end of the list with (mostly) common English names first.
Acanthopanax henryi (14)
Achyranthes aspera (14)
Aconitum lycoctonum (15)
Adenophora uehatae (15)
Agastache foeniculum (15, 14,13)
Agastache rugosa “Golden Jubilee” (15)
Alcea nudiflora (16)
Allium albidum (16)
Allium altissimum (16) Uncertain ID
Allium amphibolum (16)
Allium angulosum (16)
Allium angulosum Ex-Kazakhstan (16)
Allium atroviolaceum (15)
Allium beesianum (14)
Allium brevistylum (16,14)
Allium caeruleum (16, 14)
Allium caesium Ex-Kyrgyzstan (16)
Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum (14)
Allium carolinianum (16)
Allium cernuum mix (15, 14)
Allium cernuum mix large plants (16)
Allium cernuum “Dark Scape” (16, 15, 14)
Allium cernuum ‘Dwarf White” (15, 14)
Allium cernuum “OR KA A” (Wild oregon) (13)
Allium cernuum ‘Pink Giant’ (16, 15, 14)
Allium crenulatum (14)
Allium darwasicum (16)
Allium daghestanicum (16)
Allium decipiens (14)
Allium dictyoprasum (16)
Allium drummondii (16)
Allium douglasii (16, 14)
Allium ericetorum Ex-Carpathian Mountains (14)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Aprelsky” (15, 14)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Elfried Søvoll” (15, 14) (Norwegian heirloom onion)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Gribovskiy 21″ (15,14)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Ludmilla’ Datcha” (15, 14)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Mongolia” (15)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Nedre Gjetsiden” (15, 14) (Norwegian turf roof heirloom onion)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Nerøygarden” (15) (Norwegian turf roof heirloom onion)
Allium fistulosum Ex-“Sve” (15, 14) (Norwegian turf roof heirloom onion)
Allium flavum “Blue Leaf” (15)
Allium flavum flavum minus (14)
Allium hymenorrhizum (16)
Allium insubricum (16, 14)
Allium jesdianum ssp angustitepalum (16)
Allium karataviense Ex-“Ivory Queen” (16)
Allium leucanthum (16)
Allium maximowiczii var shibutsuense (14)
Allium moly (15)
Allium nutans (16) ALL1245 (IPK)
Allium nutans “Caroline” (14)
Allium nutans “Isabelle” (16)
Allium nutans “Lena” (16)
Allium nutans “Seedlings” (16)
Allium obliquum (14)
Allium pallasii (16)
Allium petraeum Ex-Kyrgyzstan (16)
Allium przewalskianum Ex-Kyrgyzstan (16) 4 accessions from China!
Allium pskemense (16) 2 accessions from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Allium “Purple King” (15)
Allium ramosum (15)
Allium rotundum (Allium scorodoprasum ssp jajlae) (16) 2 accessions
Allium rubens Ex-Kazakhstan (16)
Allium sarawschanicum (16)
Allium schoenoprasoides Ex-Kazakhstan (16)
Allium schoenoprasum v. alpinum “Album”(14)
Allium schoenoprasum v. alvarense(16)
Allium schoenoprasum “Black Pedicels” (16, 15, 14)
Allium schoenoprasum “Black Isle Blush” (15, 14)
Allium schoenoprasum “Flower Goddess” (15) (Chinese seed)
Allium schoenoprasum “Forescate” (16)
Allium schoenoprasum “Grande” (14)
Allium schoenoprasum “Grolau” (14)
Allium schoenoprasum “Hylau Sprint” (16)
Allium schoenoprasum “Major” (15)
Allium schoenoprasum “Middleman” (16)
Allium schoenoprasum var. yezomonticola (16)
Allium senescens “SSHB” (16)
Allium senescens x nutans hybrids (Ex-Mark McDonough) (16)
Allium senescens x nutans “Broad leaf” (Ex-Mark McDonough) (16)
Allium splendens (16)
Allium stipitatum (16,15)
Allium tuberosum(16)
Allium tuberosum(16) from Finland
Allium victorialis ‘Alpbed’ (15)
Allium victorialis ‘Cantabria’ (15)
Allium victorialis ‘Ex-Granvin, SW Norway’ (16,15)
Allium victorialis ‘Lofoten’ (16)
Allium victorialis (received as A. ochotense from Tromsø)(15)
Allium wallichii (16) 3 accessions
Althaea cannabina (14)
Amaranthus tricolor “Long Leaf Purple” (14)
Anemone rivularis (15)
Angelica brevicaulis (Kazakhstan) (16)
Aquilegia caerulea (15)
Aquilegia vulgaris variegata (16)
Aralia californica (15, 14)
Aralia cordata (16, 15, 14)
Aralia elata (16)
Artemisia genipi (15)
Asphodeline lutea (14)
Astragalus glycyphyllus (14)
Athyrium felix-femina (16) (spores)
Atriplex halimus (15)
Atriplex hortensis lutea (14)
Atriplex hortensis rubra (16, 15)
Atriplex portulacoides (15)
Barbarea vulgaris (15)
Barbarea vulgaris variegata (15, 14)
Begonia shepherdii (14)
Beta maritima (14)
Beta vulgaris “Dracaena Leaves” (14)
Bidens tripartita (14)
Bistorta officinalis ssp pacifica (16)
Boehmeria sieboldiana (14)
Broussonetia kazinoki (15)
Bryonia alba (14)
Bunias orientalis (15)
Cacalia delphinifolia (14)
Calendula “Flashback Mix” (14)
Camassia leichtlinii “Pink” (15)
Campanula alliarifolia (14)
Campanula cervicaria (15)
Campanula glomerata “Alba”(15)
Campanula latifolia “Purple Throat” (16)
Campanula persicifolia “White Double” (15)
Campanula trachelium “White/purple eye) (14)
Canna edulis (James Wong) (14)
Caragana arborescens (16)
Cardaria draba (15,14)
Carduus crispus (15)
Carex “Majken” (15)
Carica papaya (16) from Amazonas
Carum carvi (16) wild
Carum carvi “Pink flowered” (16)
Caucalis platycarpos (16)
Cedronella canariensis (14)
Centaurea macrocephala (15)
Centaurea “Ball mix” (13)
Chaenomeles cathayensis (15)
Chenopodium foliosum (15, 14)
Chenopodium bonus-henricus (14) 4 accessions
Chenopodium ambrosioides (15, 14)
Cirsium canum (14)
Cirsium tuberosum (15)
Clintonia borealis (15)
Clintonia udensis “Black” (16)
Codonopsis bulleyana (15)
Codonopsis clematidea (15)
Codonopsis grey-wilsonii (16)
Codonopsis lanceolata (15) Chinese seed
Codonopsis pilosula (15)
Codonopsis rotundifolia “Grandiflora” (15)
Codonopsis tangshen (15)
Codonopsis viridiflora (15)
Coelopleurum rupestre (16)
Crambe abyssinica(12)
Crambe cordifolia (16)
Crataegus aff. coccinea (14)
Dahlia australis (14)
Dahlia coccinea palmeri (14)
Debregeasia edulis “Elite” (15)
Dianthus barbatus “Sooty” (15)
Dianthus oschotenicus (15)
Diphyllea grayi (16)
Dipsacus japonicus (16)
Disporum smithii (16)
Dracocephalum integrifolium (16)
Echium vulgare (14)
Elsholtzia ciliata (16)
Epilobium angustifolium album (14)
Epilobium latifolium (16)
Epilobium latifolium Caerphilly Castle” (14)
Erechtites hieraciifolius(14)
Eupatorium cannabinum (14)
Fagopyrum acutatum (14)
Fagopyrum tataricum (15)
Fritillaria pallidiflora (14)
Gentiana tibetica (14)
Geranium thunbergii (16)
Globularia cordifolia (15)
Girardinia septentrionalis (14)
Hablitzia tamnoides (Mixed) (16,15, 14)
Hablitzia tamnoides Ex-Tampere, Finland (16,15, 14)
Hablitzia tamnoides Ex- Sweden (16,15, 14)
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus (15)
Heuchera cylindrica (14)
Hordeum jubatum (14)
Hosta sieboldiana ”Elegans” (14,13)
Houttuynia cordata (14)
Hyssopus tianschanicus (16)
Impatiens tinctoria (14)
Knautia macedonica (15)
Laser trilobum (16)
Lavatera arborea variegata (15)
Lavatera thuringiaca (15)
Lepidium campestre (15)
Lepidium latifolium (15)
Leucanthemum maximum “Alaska” (15)
Leucanthemum x superbum “Marconi” (16)
Leucanthemum vulgare (CHRY113 from IPK) (13)
Levisticum officinale (16)
Ligularia fischeri (16, 15, 14)
Ligularia heterophylla (15)
Lilium callosum (14)
Lilium martagon (16)
Lilium martagon cattaniae (16)
Lilium pardalinum? (14)
Lupinus pilosus (14)
Lychnis coronaria (15)
Lycopus exaltatus (15, 14)
Malva alcea (15)
Malva moschata (15)
Malva sylvestris mauritanica (14)
Malva verticillata (16)
Marrubium vulgare (16)
Meconopsis (unknown Blue Himalaya Poppy) (14)
Medicago sativa (15)
Melissa officinalis (14)
Mentha asiatica Ex-Kyrgyzstan (16)
Mertensia paniculata (15, 14)
Molopospermum peloponnesiacum (16)
Monarda punctata (14)
Myosoton aquaticum (14)
Omphalogramma delavayi (15)
Onopordon acanthium (15)
Oplopanax horridus (16, 15, 14)
Origanum vulgare hirtum (14)
Oxyria digyna (16)
Pachyphragma macrophyllum (15)
Papaver nudicaule (14)
Papaver somniferum “Mix” (16)
Papaver somniferum “Russian Mix”” (16)
Parasenecio maximowiczianum (16) Few
Pelataria alliacea (16)
Phlomis tuberosa (16)
Phyteuma confusa (14)
Phyteuma nigra (16)
Phyteuma spicatum caeruleum (14)
Phyteuma ovatum (14)
Phytolacca americana (16)
Phytolacca americana “Sunny Side Up” (14)
Pinus armandii (15)
Plantago antarctica (16)
Plantago camschatica (14)
Plantago coronopus “Erba Stella” (13)
Plantago maritima (15)
Plantago rugelii (14)
Pleurospermum spp (15) (China)
Polygonatum multiflorum var ramossissima (16)
Polygonatum pubescens (16)
Polygonum orientale “Variegata” (14)
Prenanthes alba (14)
Prenanthes purpurea (14)
Primula japonica (16)
Primula veris “Red Strain” (16)
Pulsatilla vulgaris (14)
Pycnanthemum muticum (15)
Pycnanthemum pilosum (15)
Rheum australe (15)
Rheum “Cally Giant” (15)
Rheum ribes (15)
Ribes americanum (16)
Ribes illecebrosus (15)
Ribes petraeum biebersteinii (16)
Rollinia mucosa (16) Amazonas
Rosa sericea (16)
Rubus idaeus “Gulbringebær”(15)
Rubus idaeus “White Russian”(16)
Rubus occidentalis (wild) (16)
Rubus occidentalis “Black Hawk” (16)
Rubus occidentalis “Jewel” (15)
Rubus phoenicolasius (16)
Rumex crispa (16)
Rumex nepalensis (16)
Rumex patientia (14)
Rumex sanguineus (15, 14)
Rumex scutatus (16)
Sanguisorba canadensis (15)
Sanguisorba minor (14)
Sanguisorba stipulata (14)
Scorpiurus (14)
Silene dioica “Purple Prince” (15)
Silene latifolia (14)
Silene vulgaris rosea (14)
Silphium perfoliatum (14)
Silybum marianum (14)
Sinacalia tangutica (16)
Sium sisarum (16) (Skirret)
Sonchus oleraceus (15)
Stachys officinalis (14)
Stachys palustris (15)
Stachys recta (15)
Streptopus amplexifolius (15)
Streptopus roseus (16)
Tagetes (16)
Taraxacum ceratophorum (16)
Taraxacum officinale “Improved” (16, 15)
Taraxacum officinale “Lyonell” (16)
Taraxacum officinale “Moss-leaved” (16)
Taraxacum officinale ‘Pissenlit Coeur Plein Ameliore’ (16, 15)
Taraxacum officinale “Vert de Montmagny Ameliore” (16)
Taraxacum pseudoroseum (16, 15, 14)
Taraxacum rubifolium (16, 15,14)
Taraxacum spp. (16) (Izu peninsula, Japan)
Taraxacum spp. “Vennafjellet” (15)
Tradescantia ohiensis (16)
Tricyrtis spp. (15)
Tulipa montana (15)
Urera baccifera (15)
Urtica dioica “Danae Johnston” (15)
Urtica ferox (15)
Urtica laetevirens (14)
Urtica pilulifera (14)
Veratrum californicum (16)
Viola brevistipula var ciliata (16)
Viola crassa (16)
Viola kamtschadalorum (16)
Viola x wittrockii “Schweitzer Riesen” (15)
Withania somnifera (16)
Wyethia amplexicaulis (15)
Zanthoxylum spp. (16)


Asparagus (old variety from Tjøme) (14)
Asparagus (Japanese variety) (15)
Asparagus Pea (16)
Basella rubra (16, 15, 14,13)
Bean ”Turkish Beans from Geitmyra” (14)
Broccoli Ex-“9 star perennial” (142) (open pollinated)
Broccoli “Purple Peacock” (14)
Broccoli Raab (Cima de rapa) “Sessantina” (16) (Flowering turnip tops)
Burdock (15) (5 different Japanese varieties) (15)
Cabbage “Chou de Jalhay” (15) Few
Cabbage “Julikongen” (14)
Cauliflower “Purple” (14)
Chicory “Barba di Cappuccino” (15)
Chicory “Bianca” (15)
Chicory “Castelfranco variegata” (15)
Chicory “Catalogna gigante di Chioggia” (15)
Chicory “Di Chiavari” (15)
Chicory “De taglio bionda a foglie larghe” (16)
Chicory “Orchidea Rossa” (13)
Chicory “Rossa di Verona Sel. Arca” (15)
Chicory “Selvatico da Campo” (15)
Chicory “Variegata di lusia (precoce)” (15)
Chili “Martin’s Carrot” (13)
Chili “Thai sun” (13)
Chinese Cabbage “Green Rocket F1″ (15)
Chinese Cabbage “Heading” (14) (Japanese seed)
Chinese Lxeris (15)
Collards “Winter Queen” (14)
Coriander “Calypso” (15)
Coriander “Confetti” (16)
Cucumber “Parad” (Russian var.) (14)
Cucumber “Zasolochni” (Russian var.) (14)
Endive “Green Curled” (13)
Green onion “Piazcheh” (16) (Iranian, prob. Allium fistulosum)
Kale “Couve Galega” (14) (2 accessions)
Kale “Maori” (15)
Kale «Red Russian» (13)
Kale ‘Sukuma Wiki’ (15) From Kenya (Perennial?)
Kale “Thousand Head” (14)
Kale “Daubenton / Late purple Sprouting brocolli” (16) (F2)
Kale “Wild Perennial / Washington Beach” (13)
Kale “OP perennial grex, strongly perennial” (13)
Kale “Daubenton Grex variegated” (15)
Kale “Alan Kapuler collard x OP Perennial grex” (13)
Kale “Purple Tree collards x Daubenton OP grex” (13)
Kale “Daubenton x ?” (13) Light coloured leaves very bushy heavy flowering
Kale “Spis bladene x OP perennial grex” (13)
Kale “Daubenton x Laciniato ?” (13)
Kale “Purple Tree Collard x Laciniato” (13)
Kale “Steely Green x Walking Stick” (13)
Kale “Red Cavalier” (13)
Kohlrabi “Azur Star” (13)
Leek “Musselburgh” (14)
Leek “Blue Green Autumn” (16)
Leek “King Richard” (15)
Leek “Musselburgh” (14)
Luffa (16)
Oriental Greens ‘Anatsonga’ (15) (Madagascar)
Oriental Greens “Jingpintadiwu” (Brassica campestris ssp chinensis) (12)
Oriental Greens ‘Choy Sum Purple’ (15)
Oriental Greens ‘Choy Sum Purple Flowering’ (15)
Oriental Greens ‘Early Mibuna’ (14)
Oriental Greens ‘Frilly’ (13)
Oriental Greens ‘Giant Red” (13)
Oriental Greens ‘Green Wave” (13)
Oriental Greens ‘Kekkya Takana” (13)
Oriental Greens ‘Misome’ (14)
Oriental Greens ‘Mispoona’ (14)
Oriental Greens “Pak Choy Color and Crunch” (12)
Oriental Greens “Ramirebaka” (15) (Brassica chinensis) (Madagascar)
Oriental Greens “Red Mizuna” (14)
Oriental Greens “Red Streaked” (14)
Oriental Greens “Swollen Stem Tsai Tsai Round” (12)
Oriental Greens “Wtatsai” (15)
Parsley “Italian Giant” (14)
Parsley “Moss Curled” (14)
Parsley “Russian Curly” (14)
Parsnip (16)
Pea “Salmon Flowered” (16)
Perilla (16)
Physalis “Aunt Molly” (14)
Potato onion (14) (True seed)
Purslane (16)
Quinoa “Stephe” (16)
Radish (leaf variety) (16) (Japanese seed)
Radish “Daikon Sasha” (15) (Russian)
Radish “Duro” (15) (Russian)
Radish “China Rose” (14)
Radish “French Breakfast” (14)
Radish “Minowase” (15)
Radish “Munchen Bier” (13)
Radish “Rat’s Tail” (15)
Radish “Rosa” (15)
Radish “Runder Schwarzer Winter” (16)
Radish “Scarlet Globe” (13)
Radish “Zlata” (14)
Shungiku (Chrysanthemum Greens) “Garland Round leaved” (13)
Shungiku (Chrysanthemum Greens) (15)
Sorrel (7 Russian varieties) (14)
Spring onion (15) (9 Japanese varieties)
Spring onion “Ramrod” (14)
Spring onion “White Lisbon” (14)
Swiss Chard “Joy Larkcom’s Midnight” (14)
Tomato ”Goldene Konigin” (16)
Tomato “Ilse’s Orange Latvian”(15)
Tomato “Moonglow”(15)
Tomato “Siberian” (15)
Turnip Greens “Rapa Senza Testa” (13)
Turnip Greens “Wild Broccoli Raab” (15)
Turnip tops (15)
Watercress (15)
Water spinach (15) (Ipomoea aquatica)

Seed sorting







I’m working on this year’s seed trade list and seed to be offered to Norwegian Seed Savers through our yearbook that will be published in February. I normally throw out seed that is more than 3 years old with a few exceptions, the collection year is marked on the packets. My seed are sorted into different categories and stored in my cold cellar in recycled milk carton boxes and similar for ease of finding:

My seed categories are:

  1. Seed for Norwegian Seed Savers (arranged alphabetically according to botanical name)
  2. Traditional vegetable seed – different boxes for Brassica, Root crops, Beans and peas and other veggies (includes e.g., chicories, annual onions, chili, quinoa, squash, tomato etc.) (arranged according to common names)
  3. Potatoes (seed potatoes stored in my cold cellar in recycled egg cartons)
  4. Seed of miscellaneous annual edibles
  5. Seed of perennials for trading (own saved seed, seed from trades that I had too much of), arranged alphabetically according to the botanical name
  6. Seed for stratifying (to be sown as soon as possible)
  7. Bulbils / topset onions for seed savers and trading kept individually in sour cream / yoghurt pots
  8. Diverse tubers (individually in sour cream / yoghurt pots)
  9. Seed / bulbils for sprouting indoors during the winter (for food)

Neil Young’s Global Ecovillage and Stavern

Apart from being a well known  singer / songwriter over the last 40 years, Neil Young is also an environmental activist and through his 2015 album “The Monsanto Years”  with its obvious anti-GMO, pro organics theme, he reached out to many. From 2015, he has invited the permaculture movement to man a stand in a tent called ‘News You Can Trust’ in his Global Ecovillage which follows his tours!  Permaculture magazine in the UK had been entrusted to organise local people to take part and I was offered two free tickets to take part.  Having never seen Young live and seeing the opportunity to promote both permaculture and my book to a new audience, I jumped at the chance. Helene Bøhler joined me on behalf of the Norwegian Permaculture Association for a memorable day in Stavern!

Here is a selection of pictures from my visit to the Stavern Festival and Stavern  :)

See also https://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/2906156387/neil-young-invites-permaculture-tour