If you have been to the store for seeds to plant your own garden you probably have seen nicely organized displays of more varieties than you know what to do with. Some that look like this.
So, there is a difference in types of seeds that most folks just dont know about. I felt compelled to share with you what that is. When I started gardening which happens to be about 6 years ago now. I saw all of these packets and just randomly bought what looked exciting that moment. I know, I was an advertisers dream. I had shiny object syndrome. That is for another post.
So I will break this down really quickly. There are 3 basic types of seed packets out there.
- Heirloom (the ones you want)
- Basic- plain ole seeds with no fancy details on the front. These for the most part will not produce seeds that can be replanted.
Organic seeds means that the seeds in the packet were not exposed to:
synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically engineered seeds and materials,
sewage sludge (biosolids), and fresh manure.
Organic growers and processors, and the plants and seeds they produce, must be certified as organic by an inspection agency accredited by the USDA.
Heirloom seeds are, depending on who you talk to a different breed altogether. The key difference in knowing heirloom from basic seeds or even organic seeds are that the seeds from the fruit/veggie can be planted and produce a plant. If you are under the impression you can take a seed from any fruit or veggie that you consume from the local grocery store and plant it to watch a plant grow that produces the same fruit you are mistaken! Don’t fret because I used to believe this too. So this is why it is super important to get heirloom seeds so you can keep the seeds and watch them continue to produce season after season.
Now some of you might be like “well this is stupid Ill just go buy some seeds next year and not worry about having to keep the seeds because who cares!”
NAY I say! We should care. It is important that these seeds are kept alive through us planting and drying and replanting. I see them like heirloom quilts that a family would have that is passed down from generation to generation. Keeping these seeds alive feels like it is keeping our heritage alive.
No matter what type of seeds you have starting a garden is a great step in the right direction. Taking an active role in growing your own food is great for mental and physical health. The added bonus is planting and growing your own food is starting to become cool!
Want to know more about planting with heirloom seeds? Leave me a comment below.