Many people are concerned about the implications of GMO (genetically modified organisms) within our food supply. As planting season approaches us, how do you know which seeds to buy? What about hybrid seeds, or heirloom? Don’t worry – we have answers for you! We definitely believe in eating more fruits and vegetables, and what better way than to grow them right in your own backyard! The first step is finding and purchasing seeds. We have put together your Vegetable Garden Purchasing Guide. I want to first clarify some definitions so you know what you are looking for:
Now that you know the terms, when you are looking for seeds you can know exactly what to look for. Here are our top 3 places to buy seeds that contain Organic, Hybrid and Heirloom.
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. All varieties offered for sale by Seed Savers Exchange in their catalog and website are untreated, non-GMO varieties. They publish a general catalog, which anyone can order from, but if you become a member, you will get access to the members’ yearbook and directory, and have access to literally hundreds more varieties. Great for those gardeners who are always on the lookout for something unique to grow in their garden.
Burpee is a mainstay in the gardening world. They offer organic, hybrid, and heirloom varieties. It is easy to determine which seeds are which because they publish a list of both their heirloom and organic seeds. The hybrid seeds are labeled and easily identified. They offer a wide variety of vegetable seeds, but also perennial flowers.The full-color photos are always useful and beautiful.
The High Mowing seed company sells nothing but 100% certified organic seed. The catalog consists of over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed.
Happy Planting! Check out our favorite varieties to grow in our garden.