Think Heirloom When Planning Your Garden
By Sara Novak
We all know that the need for biodiversity in gardening is crucial. It's an important part of gardening green. The loss of so many varieties of crops as a result of mass farming is real and it?s scary. Mass producing farms in the past few decades have "designed" hybrid fruits and vegetables to be more durable for international shipping, to fight disease, as well as being more cost-effective for large corporations.
Heirloom plant varieties, on the other hand, have been cultivated for at least 50 years. Some date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They taste way better, they're heartier, and best part, they are not a genetically modified species (like the produce that you see at larger grocery chains). The long and the short of it is that seeds can be as important as the way you plant them so next time, try heirloom!
WildGarden Seed is a smaller heirloom seed company where the seeds are open-pollinated (meaning pollinated by natural means like insects and birds) and untreated. And get this—you can even get seeds from the medieval period! The Alexanders, an ancient, edible relative of celery and Angelica that was named after Alexander the Great because it was rumored to be a staple of his diet. Also try heirloom seeds from Baker Creek, BountifulGardens, and Turtle Tree Seed Initiative.
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