Choosing your seeds

Now that you have made the decision to start your vegetable garden, you don’t know what to plant. Choosing what to plant can be quite overwhelming, taking into consideration the number of cultivars available. So, what should you plant? This will depend upon your location, time of the year, and personal preferences. You should plant vegetables that you/or your family enjoy eating to ensure nothing goes to waste.

Heirloom, organic, non-organic, and GMO. What are they?

 

First things first, I personally prefer organic and heirloom vegetables seeds. The kind of seeds you choose is up to you and what is important to you. You may have heard these terms before, but are not sure exactly what they mean, and why some may provide more advantages than others.

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom seeds are an old cultivar (variety) of a certain plant; it refers to the heritage of a plant. Some seeds have been passed down from generations of families back 400 years or more. The reason why certain groups preserve certain cultivars are many, the flavor, shape, color, adaptability to a certain location, and others. Heirloom seeds can not be GMO, but they can be organic and non organic. 

Organic Seeds and Non Organic Seeds

Organic seeds are produced from organic farming. According to the USDA, 

“Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible” (Click here to read more). Therefore, non-organic seeds are produced from non-organic farming.

GMO seeds

GMO stands for a genetically modified organism. GMO seeds are modified in the laboratory, many times an unwanted characteristic of a cultivar is taken off the DNA of the seed, and a gene can be inserted. For example, a common practice on GMOs is inserting a gene to allow a plant to be resistant to certain pests.

Some of the places I purchase my seeds

Rare Seeds https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables

Grow Organic https://www.groworganic.com/

Final Thoughts

Growing organic or heirloom vegetables may not be important for some people. The practicality of having fresh vegetables on their garden may be the reason why they choose to start gardening. I prefer to plant seeds that has no/little genetic modification or come from non-organic practices. The route you choose it is up to you and what is important, easy, and practical for you. 

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