- Organic Gardening
Where to Find Organic & Heirloom Seeds
Find seeds and resources for GMO-free heirloom and organic garden seeds here
Remember when peppers were full of crunch and flavor? When tomatoes went "Splat!" and burst into a big, wet mess when you dropped them?
Especially, do you remember that pungent, slightly spicy, slightly sweet aroma when you bit into one picked fresh from the vine, and how the juice dripped off your chin and down your arm?
You can get all that again with a GMO-free heirloom and organic garden you plant and grow yourself.
Use this page as your resource for seeds you can order today, as well as links to some of the best organic and heirloom seed growers and sellers in the country.
Here you can also keep up to date on the latest in the race to preserve Mother Nature's diversity through seed banks and propagation, along with information about why organic and heirloom seeds are important--far beyond personal taste. In fact, they may just be the key to the survival of the human race.
Here too, you will find tips, facts and links to informative web sites and articles about GMOs, organics and heirloom seeds by the people who have been working tirelessly for decades to preserve this critical heritage.
Best of all, though, are the seeds themselves. Order your favorites today and start planning your next garden. Soon you will be harvesting the first fruits of your labors!
How do you garden?
Are you a gardener? Master? Wanna-be? Somewhere between?
How to tell if your seeds are organic
Seeds of Change for our gardens today and centuries to come
One of my favorite organic and heirloom seed companies is Seeds of Change. Not only do they walk their talk, but they've been doing it for a long time--since 1981
On their Why organic? page, they explain the difference between organic and non-organic seeds as follows.
- Certification required
- No genetically modified organisms (GMO's)
- Independent inspections
- Grown without synthetic pesticides or herbicides
- Grown without chemical fertilizers
Seeds of Change has been leading the way for decades. You can't go wrong with their collections.Their certified organic salad mix seed packet is just one example of their vast selection.
I'm looking forward to trying it in my next microgreens windowsill garden. It is comforting to know there are no GMOs, and that all of the seeds in the mix are organic.
Remember how a tomato used to taste, hot off the vine? Flavor and texture still pop with heirloom seeds
Heirloom seeds have not been genetically modified in a laboratory. They're the real deal. The fruits and vegetables they produce may not ship well, but when they're going from garden to table, what matters most is flavor. With heirloom seeds, the textures and flavors we loved as kids are all there.
Plant a full acre of heirloom seeds with a survival seed vault kit
As more and more seeds become extinct, or worse, their genomes are patented by big chemical companies, we have fewer and fewer organic, untainted, non-GMO seeds.
Many heirloom and organic seed companies now produce survival seed packages such as the Survival Seed Vault by My Patriot Supply. Such packages contain hundreds, even thousands of seeds in many varieties, enough to keep a family in food and seeds for generations.
Such a seed vault is a good way to start a non-GMO garden. Plant them, watch them grow, harvest and eat their bounty. Then collect seeds from a few plants you let, well, go to seed, for next year's garden.
Save and share your heirloom seeds
Join Seed Savers Exchange and join others in preserving and propagating heirloom seeds.
Teaching our children to garden assures they will always have food
World wide, more than 50 countries label foods with GMOs
Why does the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) deny this knowledge to its citizens?
Learn more about it in Push to label genetically modified food gains traction.
Showing our children the miracle of life through gardening is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
I stumbled upon this children's garden one day while out for a walk. I return frequently to see how the plants are growing.
Here the children learn about the living soil and how to make compost from last year's stalks and stems. Here, too, they discover the wonder of biting into a fresh fruit or vegetable they grew themselves.
Heirloom vegetable seeds - No GMO
Another company whose seeds I trust is Ferry Morse. While they sell conventionally grown seeds as well, their organic line is rather extensive.
Tomatoes, squashes, beans and melons in nearly every color under the sun, leafy greens--they're all as good for us as they are beautiful.
If it's too late where you live to try a few in your garden this year, start planning space for them in next year's garden.
Going to seed
For the indoor windowsill garden
A number of organic seed companies prepare excellent sprouting mixes.
If you like the crunch and taste of sprouted seeds on your salads and sandwiches and in your stir fry, try sprouting a mixed seed variety at home. It's fun and easy to do.
A great project for children, it is a good way to begin teaching them about seeds, gardening and how much fun it is to eat the foods we grow.
Tip: Get an early start on your garden
Cut toilet paper rolls in half, line up on a tray, fill each half with potting soil and plant one or two seeds according to package instructions. Place the tray in a sunny window, water as needed and watch your seedlings sprout and grow.
Thank you for visiting this page. I hope you found plenty of resources to help you on your quest to a healthy, sustainable garden.
© 2012 Kathryn Grace