Organic Gardening; Heirloom Seeds V/S Hybrids

 

It’s spring, even though it’s still pretty cold in some parts of our country. Here in southern Nevada it’s definitely time to plant some seeds. If I decide to plant my vegetables from seed, are all seeds equal? Will I get similar results? What is a hybrid? And what is a heirloom?

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you buy vegetables at the grocery store they are usually hybrids. A hybrid is a cross bred vegetable, that is modified to grow a big crop, be resistent towards diseases, and yield a harvest that is as tolerant as possible. Fruit and vegetables sold at the store often have to withstand extensive travel to get there, and of course most consumers like them to last as long as possible before they go bad. They can be modified with help of humans, or naturally in nature. (Genetically Modified Organisms are always created in a lab, and that is not the same thing as a hybrid.)

A heirloom vegetable on the other hand comes from someone that saved a seed from their favorite vegetable, and planted it again. It’s not unusual that heirloom seeds are hundreds of years old. Most gardeners would agree that they are non-hybrids, and open pollinated. If you save a seed from a heirloom vegetable, and plant it next year, and save a seed from that vegetable to plant the year after that…..and so on, you are always going to get what you first started out with. That is not the case with hybrids. If you ever tasted a heirloom vegetable, you never want to eat a hybrid again. They taste a million times more, and comes in varieties most people are unable to imagine. For me the choice is simple, if I take the time to grow my own vegetables (which I love to do,) it’s definitely going to be both organic and heirloom varieties. If I like them, I save the seeds for future use. It’s a great idea to build a seed bank of your own. Have you ever tried saving seeds? It’s pretty cool!

I planted some cherry tomatoes with the kiddos at work today. I’m pretty sure it was the first time they planted something from a seed. I can’t wait to see how they react to the process of seeing their seeds turn into a delicious harvest. I’m going to have them help me take care of the plants every day.

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. – Lindley Karstens

The seeds we planted today are going to be part of a container garden. It’s the beginning of my favorite season! Extra exciting this year since I am in a new area, and gardening is likely going to be pretty experimental this first season. Do you have exciting garden plans? Tell me in a comment!

Love,

Ms Zen

11 Comments on “Organic Gardening; Heirloom Seeds V/S Hybrids

  1. I didn’t know the differences I’m thankful for the explanation! 😍 And I bet the tastes in the heirlooms are so good. I have a lot of personal issues I’m trying to get resolved, mostly just helping my grown children with different recent problems. I’m hoping to start a small container garden since we still have gophers that love to eat my garden. Darn gophers, so I’ll look into trying to grow something as I do enjoy gardening and thank you sooo MUCH for the inspiration! ❤️ Can’t wait to see your progress! The kids will love to watch the growth too. 🤗😁🥰

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    • It makes me so happy if I can be some sport of inspiration Diana. I’d love to see photos of your future container garden. You’re a good mom being there for your kids when they need you. ❤ Best of luck with everything ❤

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  2. This was fun and informative, Maria! The soil in my backyard is acidic, so I have to plant things in a special planter. I just started a batch of sunflower seedlings to plant in my organic soil planter when it ever gets warm again!

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    • It is a huge difference. I don’t think all hybrids are bad in any way. if there’s a particular vegetable that is difficult to grow in ones climate, it can definitely be beneficial to try a hybrid modified for your climate. It’s often easier to grow a hybrid (pest resistent, big yield etc.) but the taste rewards of a heirloom makes it worth the extra effort! Best of luck with your gardening 🙂

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