When Planting Your Garden the Difference Between Heirloom and Hybrid

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During these day when seed are not essential, and the ones of us that prepare to grown and can our food, this is a VERY IMPORTANT rule of thumb to follow. Heirloom seeds are the original passed down thru generations. Hybrid are lab made, will not grow again if you save the seed.


Heirloom seeds come from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the parent plant to the child plant. There is no concrete definition that every gardener uses to define heirloom plants. Remember, heirloom refers to the heritage of a plant, while organic refers to a growing practice.

Hybrid seeds are produced by companies through careful pollination of two specific varieties. Normally, this highly selective plant breeding is done to bring together two traits in each of the chosen varieties so that the resulting seed has both of the traits.

I just looked up those two definitions for you. This year we are only allowed to buy plants, not seeds. Good thing I save my seed. When I went to the store to check out prices, a normal flat of 36 plants last year was $12 dollars. This year ONE plant is $4. Oh My goodness, what a difference.

So now when you plant your garden, (make sure there will be no more frost) I put some grown from seed tomato plants outside in the sun for a while, this is called hardening, they froze. Well I am in CT. You cannot tell one hour from another here. It is still to cold, so I have them in the living room with a grow light on them till the night temperature rises.

So now you have planted and started harvesting you garden. Take the seeds when using and put in a cup of water. Shake around. The seeds on the bottom will regrow. The ones that float to the top, are no good.

Empty the water and put seeds in a paper towel. When they are dry, put in a new paper towel and put in a ziplock bag and label. ( I save mine in an empty prescription bottle). You now have next years seeds. If the rumor mill is correct, next year we will not be able to get seeds.

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