If you are getting ready to start a garden, it is important to know the types of seeds you are dealing with. If you are looking for small space gardening solutions, check these tips out! It is a good idea to also take the time to watch the video at the bottom of the page when you are done reading 🙂
Types of Seeds:
Heirloom Seeds: Heirloom seeds are seeds that are unchanged by modern breeding or older than commercial agriculture. I know West Coast Seeds considers a plant an heirloom if it has been in cultivation for 50 years or more, and some people say they have to be 100 years old. Because most heirloom varieties are older than commercial agriculture is, they weren’t commercially sold to the public. They were locally traded or sold and passed down through the generations.
All heirlooms are open-pollinated. Unlike most hybrid seeds, they can be saved and will produce consistent crops from year to year with an unmatchable taste. Click to see why you should choose non gmo, organic heirloom seeds for your garden and the world. (learn more here: Everything You Need To Know About Growing Heirlooms)
Hybrid Seeds: Hybrid seeds are made by purposely crossing two different parent varieties from the same species. You may see “F1” which means it is the first generation offspring from the two different parent plants. If you save seeds from this plant (if it is not sterile) you wont get the same type of plant because the seed will grow to have the traits of the separate parents.
So new hybrid seeds must be hybridized each time to make the desired plant. The parent plants must be crossed each time to create the same combination. Hybrid varieties offer greater disease resistance, vigor and uniformity than open-pollinated or heirloom varieties which make them desireable for large scale crop production.
GMO Seeds: GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”. GMO seeds are seeds that have had a genetic trait that the plant does not usually have, and had it artificially implanted into the plant’s DNA to create a desired trait such as corn that produces its OWN PESTICIDE! These seeds would not normally exsist in nature.
But, once these seeds are created, some will be able to pass along their modified genes to other plants within their species. This means they can contaminate other crops which raises concerns since GMO seeds are literally patented life, you are not legally allowed to save these seeds. So what happens if your crops are contaminated with these GMO genes????
Factors such as wind can carry seeds in the direction of your favorite organic farm… or your own backyard. Please take the time to watch the video below on the health risks, risks to our environment, and risks to our freedom. If you can’t watch now, bookmark the page for later.