Organic Heirloom Seeds are the Way to Grow!
Sustainable GMO-Free Vegetables with that Old Time Flavour
Organic Heirloom seeds - great old-time flavour, diffferent colours and clean, chemical free seed. These are some of the reasons why you would you want organic heirloom seeds, as opposed to any other type. Now is the time to start thinking about the spring's garden.
Lets start with, what's so different about organic seeds.
It all comes down to what you want to eat and how comfortable you are with food production these days. These are questions that my husband and I started asking about 12 years ago. We were surprised that so many of the old heritage varieties of vegetables had disappeared. Great tasting tomatoes, apples that are firm and tangy, things were missing.
We found out that many seed growers now only produce new hybrid varieties. We also found out some information about what is in and on conventionally grown vegetables. While pesticide residuals are not supposed to be present on vegetables, government tests show that there are pesticides on vegetables found in grocery stores.
Since then we learned more about it, bought a farm, started a seed business, sold the farm, bought other land, moved and reopened the seed business with a garden centre.
We are dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties of seed and promoting the organic growing of food. Visit us at www.eternalseed.ca.
Why Choose Organic Heirloom seeds?
Seed are the first step in your garden. Heirlooms will give you the best varieties of tasty old time flavour. Seeds are, obviously, important to food production, and using organic heirloom seeds gets the grower off to the right start.
Take a look at food packaging these days. Anyone notice that there are more things you have trouble saying than those that glibly role off the tongue?? Additives, preservatives, mysteries. Many of these things turn out to be not so great for our bodies.
Organic agriculture and the whole organic movement targets getting food to people that is cleaner while also keeping our environment cleaner. No chemical preservatives or pesticides. Harmful stuff, really.
Organic seeds are saved from plants that are grown organically. While this seems straightforward it also gives you some advantages that are not obvious. Organic producers can't use, store, etc any GMOs (Genetically Modified organisms). This means that nothing has been chemically added to kill weeds, or butterflies or its own offspring. This also means that when the seed is cleaned and stored it is also done without chemicals. Some of the conventional seed you buy is coated in thyrum, which is not good for you.
And then, why heirloom seeds. Well that's all about taste. My family is interested in flavours, textures, and aroma. The hybrid varieties most offered today have been bred for 'shipability' or long term storage. Not attractive criteria when no more than 100 feet separates our garden from our kitchen. We try not to dribble them on the way.
My Favourite Old-Style Veggies
After growing heirloom vegetables for years, I have identified a few that are real favourites when it comes to my familiy's preferences.
- Costoluto Genovese Tomato
Great old style flavour. Its that old lumpy Italian tomato you see at the market. Big, Ugly, Delicious.
- Cherokee Purple Tomato
Dark and smoky. The dark tomatoes have a really great flavour all their own and this one is one of the best of the lot.
- Yellow Pear Tomato
Shaped like a little pear, these are about one inch long. They taste great and look wonderful on your salad.
- Dragon Carrot
These carrots are purple with an orange interior. They taste like any other carrot, but I like the colour for something different in your garden.
Shop On-line for Organic and Heirloom Seed
Eternal Seed - On-line Source for Organic and Heirloom Seed for vegetables, flowers, and herbs.
Free ebook downloads of planting hints. You can either shop right online or download the catalogue and shop by snail mail.
The catalogue also contains planting hints. Find organic heirloom seeds at Eternal Seed.
Growing Your Seed
Now that you have your seed, how do you get going planting it, caring for it and, ultimately, puting it in your garden. Take a look here to find out.
- How To Start Plants From Seed
A page that takes you step-by-step through the process of starting plants from seed, caring for them and planting them outside later.
Vide on How to Save Tomato Seeds
Saving tomato seeds involves a couple of tricks tod o it right but it is pretty easy to do once you know how.
Why Did We Start an Organic Heirloom Seed Company
Well, partly its putting your money where your mouth is. If you really are worried about saving old varieties, so we still have flavourful food heirlooms are important. Growing organically is important so we don't get weird cancers. We believe these things - so we should do something about it. Maybe we went overboard. We could just have grown more of our own food, but that's just not the way we roll.
Like some dedicated gardeners today, we want to be able to save the seed from our favourite produce to grow next year's garden. The vegetables grown from seed saved from hybrid varieties will not look, taste, or smell like the vegetable you originally grew. Only open pollinated varieties will grow the same vegetable from generation-to-generation. Heirloom varieties are open pollinated. They are also more interesting. Carrots do not all have to be orange. Tomatoes do not all have to be red. And the flavours can be different and exciting.
One of the Books We Love Down on the Farm
If you want to grow organically, this really really helps. The author writes well and you don't have to own a farm to use organic techniques. These are ideas you can use in your own yard.
Other Books on Growing That We Like
Web Pages on Organic Gardening
These are some other Squidoo pages on gardening that have some useful information.
- Organic Vegetable Gardening
Great tips on organic gardening with some informative videos
- How to Save Your Own Seeds
A page on saving your own seeds so that you continue to get that wonderful tomato you love so much!
- How to Grow Raspberries
Instruction on planting and grwoing raspberries with recommended varieties.
- How to Grow Blueberries
Instruction on how to grow blueberries with recommendations on varieties and how to ensure you soil is good for blueberries.
Other Places to Get Organic Heirloom Seeds
There are a number of other places you can get organic seeds besides shopping on-line.
Your garden centre will have some organic options. Certainly they should have heirloom seeds; just ask.
A great place to go is Seedy Saturdays which are held all around the country in early spring. The really good thing about them is that you get to meet people who actually save seeds and are happy to share experiences with you.
Once you have your seeds, yu need to determine where and when to plant them. For informaiton on planting seeds see Starting Plants From Seed.
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