Organic Gardening Guide Series 2021: Seeds

January 30, 2021

I must recommend that you consider your budget and your time before embarking on the hunt for the perfect seeds. I can now suggest this because, after researching many different seed sources for a week, I discovered that the best options were my local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. They both offered the organic seeds that I had been hunting for. Each seed packet cost an average of anywhere from $1.79 to $2.49, which is an average price point. There were other factors to consider, such as how quickly I would receive the seeds, and the delivery charge. Alas! There was no delivery charge, and I will receive it at my front door in a couple of days!

If you are wondering what you should plant right now, I recommend that you refer to the Fall & Winter Guide by Kellog Garden Organics at: https://www.kellogggarden.com/ebooks/

Is it worth buying organic seeds?

If you feel growing organically is important for the environment and you want to support organic farmers, then buy organic seed. It does support the organic movement. Buying organic seed, does not produce healthier food, does not make plants grow better and they do not reduce your exposure to chemicals. www.gardenmyths.com

What is the difference between organic seeds and conventional seeds?

Each & every seed has a backstory. Put simply, conventional seeds are grown in conventional systems: synthetic fertilizers and harsh pesticides. Organic seeds are grown in organic systems: with a focus on soil and plant health, with natural fertilizers and natural pest control. thegoodheartlife.com

By definition, organic seeds refer to seeds that are untreated or treated only with allowed substances found on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. If growers plant seed treated with a prohibited substance, the land itself must wait three years to become certified. www.thebalancesmb.com

Are all heirloom seeds organic?

Some heirloom seeds or plants are organic, but not all heirloom seeds or plants are organic. Whether or not a plant is organic depends on its growing conditions, while heirloom seeds will remain heirloom varieties regardless of whether they are grown under organic or inorganic conditions.

www.gardeningchannel.com

What is an heirloom seed?

An heirloom plant is a type of open-pollinated plant whose seeds have been saved and passed along for generations. Most heirlooms have been grown for at least 50 years, which indicates something about how desirable the plant’s traits are to survive when so many new varieties are introduced each year. marylandgrows.umd.edu

Are heirloom seeds harder to grow?

Heirlooms evolved long before resistance to genetic disease or insects was possible. Take, for example, the Brandywine tomato, an heirloom that has probably the best flavor of any variety but can be a challenge to grow. It lacks disease resistance, making it susceptible to wilt that can wipe out the crop. www.kansascity.com

Do heirloom seeds reproduce?
Heirloom plants reproduce seeds that can be saved. Be aware that because of open pollination, heirlooms you intend to save seeds from should not be planted near other plants due to risk of cross-pollination.

www.gardeningchannel.com

Where is the best place to buy heirloom seeds?

The 10 Best Seed Companies for Heirloom and Non-GMO Seeds

  • Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA) …
  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (Mansfield, MO) …
  • Clear Creek Seeds (Hulbert, OK) …
  • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Mineral, VA) …
  • Fedco Seeds (Waterville, ME) …
  • Renee’s Garden Seeds (Felton, CA) …
  • Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (Grass Valley, CA) …
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Winslow, ME)

www.smallfootprintfamily.com


Where is the best place to buy seeds?

7 Best Places to Buy Vegetable Seeds Online

  • Hudson Valley Seed Co. At Hudson Valley Seed Co, every seed is open pollinated and never GMO, with many heirloom and organic options.
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Seedville USA
  • Burpee
  • Terrain
  • Plant Good Seed Company
  • Native Seeds/S.E.A.R.C.H.

www.realsimple.com

Why are hybrid seeds costly?


Answer. Hybrid seed refers to a seed that is produced by cross-pollination of plants in an artificial way. The scientists try thousands of combinations of parents to identify a desirable hybrid. It needs a lot of scientific research that is why it is so expensive to produce. brainly.in


What are the advantages of hybrid seeds?

Pros of Hybrid Seeds: More, larger, stronger plants that look more alike. Better, more consistent performance. Earlier and increased yields. Less affected by environmental stress, insect pests and plant diseases. ashleynickole.com

What are the disadvantages of hybrid seeds?

Some disadvantages of using hybrid seeds: they are more expensive, less nutritious, and less tasty than heirloom seeds, and saving hybrid seeds is usually not practical. Hybrid seeds have their place in gardening, but whether you choose to use them or not will depend on your preferences. greenupside.com


Are hybrid seeds GMO?

It’s true that both hybrids and GMOs are genetic manipulations. Hybrids can occur naturally or they might be facilitated by humans. GMOs are always created in laboratories. GMOs and many F1 hybrids may both be realized in controlled conditions, but one is simply doing nature’s work: pollinating. www.planetnatural.com

Why do hybrid seeds not reproduce?

The main reason farmers don’t save hybrid seeds to plant next year is that the seeds won’t “breed true.” Hybrids are made by crossing two highly inbred parent plants (more details coming soon). Every seed (or corn kernel) that is planted has the exact same genetics. www.myfearlesskitchen.com

Will 20 year old seeds grow?


There is a good chance that those old seed packets will have a high percentage of seeds that will germinate just fine. Most seeds, though not all, will keep for at least three years while maintaining a decent percentage of germination. And even a group of very old seeds may have 10 or 20 percent that still sprouts. www.thespruce.com


What’s the easiest vegetable to grow?
10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow Yourself:

  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beets
  • Summer Squash (Zucchini) Summer squash and zucchini like well-composted soil and need plenty of space (plant them 3 to 6 feet apart in warm soil and lots of sun.). www.almanac.com
  • I found combinations of veggie packets that are sold as a group. They are a little more economical. The following is a packet that I found at Home Depot:

Back to the Roots Organic Herbs and Veggie Seeds Variety (20-Pack)

I decided to supplement the above packet with individual organic veggie seed packets. I became interested in the brand Ferry-Morse.

ABOUT THE FERRY-MORSE COMPANY:

“Shop from our collection of high quality, non-GMO vegetable seeds and grow your very own garden vegetables.

We offer a large selection of home gardening vegetables seeds with high yields. Everything you need to get your home vegetable garden going: bean seeds, tomato seeds, pepper seeds, cucumber seeds, lettuce seeds and more. Trusted by home gardeners since 1856, we are proud to carry Organic Vegetable seeds and Heirloom Vegetable seeds for you to choose from as well.”ferrymorse.com

The following are the seeds that I selected for my Organic Vegetable Garden 2021 (they are all Ferry-Morse organic seeds):

PEA SEEDS, WANDO

BEAN SEEDS, LANDRETHS STRINGLESS GREEN POD

SWEET CORN SEEDS, SILVER QUEEN HYBRID

SPINACH SEEDS, MATADOR

BEET SEEDS, TALL TOP EARLY WONDER

ORGANIC BEAN SEEDS, BUSH BLUE

ORGANIC BEAN SEEDS, GARDEN POLE KENTUCKY WONDER

COWPEAS SEEDS, CALIFORNIA BLACKEYE

PEA SEEDS, LITTLE MARV

ORGANIC ARUGULA ROQUETTE SEEDS

LEEK SEEDS, AMERICAN FLAG

LETTUCE SEEDS, BIBB

ORGANIC PEPPER SEEDS, JALAPENO EARLY

PEPPER SEEDS, GARDEN LEADER MONSTER BELL

ORGANIC CARROT SEEDS, NANTES

BEET SEEDS, DETROIT DARK RED

LETTUCE SEEDS, GREEN SALAD BOWL

ONION SEEDS, VALENCIA

TOMATO SEEDS, HEIRLOOM AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN GREEN

CUCUMBER SEEDS, BOSTON PICKLING

BEAN SEEDS, GARDEN KENTUCKY WONDER RUST RESISTANT POLE

CAULIFLOWER SEEDS, SNOWBALL X

ONION SEEDS, WHITE LISBON BUNCHING SOW EASY

CELERY SEEDS, TALL UTAH 5270R IMPROVED

SQUASH SEEDS, YELLOW SUMMER CROOKNECK

ARUGULA ROQUETTE SEEDS, HEIRLOOM

SQUASH SEEDS, WALTHAM BUTTERNUT

ONION SEEDS, RED BURGUNDY

ORGANIC SQUASH SEEDS, BLACK BEAUTY ZUCCHINI

EGGPLANT SEEDS, HEIRLOOM BLACK BEAUTY

LETTUCE SEEDS, HEIRLOOM ICEBERG

SQUASH SEEDS, HEIRLOOM EARLY PROLIFIC STRAIGHTNECK

ORGANIC TOMATO SEEDS, SWEETIE

PEPPER SEEDS, BELL COLOR MIX SOW EASY

CARROT SEEDS, HEIRLOOM SCARLET NANTES

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SEEDS, CATSKILL

BEAN SEEDS, GARDEN KENTUCKY BLUE POLE

TOMATO SEEDS, ROMA VF

ORGANIC SPINACH SEEDS, BLOOMSDALE LONG STANDING

BEAN SEEDS, GARDEN BLUE LAKE STRINGLESS FM1K POLE

Remember to buy the seeds for the veggies that you already eat and enjoy. You may also wish to supplement with other varieties of your favorite veggies. For example: I love to eat salads, so I bought over four varieties of lettuce. Check the Kellog Gardening Guide to see when you should begin planting your seeds. Please stay tuned for the next blog in my Organic Gardening Guide Series 2021: Planting (coming soon)!

What is your favorite vegetable? Are you growing it this season? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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