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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Top 5 Reasons for Choosing Heirloom Seeds

I won packets of Heirloom Seeds from the Grow it Forward Heirloom Seed Contest .  Woo Hoo! The contest was sponsored by BakerCreek Heirloom seeds, and Your Garden to promote perserving our heirloom plants.

There are many great reasons to choose heirloom seeds, but here are MY top 5.
  • Heirlooms are antiques. They have been around for hundreds of years.
  • Heirlooms are open pollinated. This means you can save the seeds from your heirloom plants, replant them again the next year, or give away to your friends to plant. 
  • Heirlooms have great names like mortgage lifter tomato, french breakfast radish, and big momma lima bean.
  • There are thousands of varieties available.
  • Heirlooms are much tastier.
Backyard gardeners and organic farmers have a wonderful opportunity to keep these seeds alive or they will disappear altogether.  This gardening year, be sure you include heirloom seeds in your garden, and "Grow It Forward" for generations to come.

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  • Well said. I'll add that heirlooms don't contain "terminator genes", crosses with fish or other unnatural manipulation.


    By Blogger Stacy, At February 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM  

  • Stacy,
    If people only realized what "big seed" companies did to manipulate our seeds they would be amazed and hopefully a little angry. I am learning, and plan to change to heirloom seeds this gardening season. Be sure to get seeds for your locality.

    By Blogger Karen Creel, At February 27, 2012 at 6:16 AM  

  • Karen, I love your post on heirlooms! I'm an heirloom gardener, too, as I may have mentioned when we spoke about gardening with kids. Also love your picture of the foxgloves--gorgeous!
    have a happy spring.

    Lynn Coulter
    author, Gardening with Heirloom Seeds (UNC Press)

    By Blogger Lynn Coulter, At March 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM  

  • You have beautifully maintained it,Its really helpful for me, hope u have a wonderful day & awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!
    heirloom seeds

    By Blogger Khuram, At November 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

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