Feb 08 , 2023

What are heirloom seeds?

Heirloom Seeds: The Best Choice for Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Gardens

Are you looking to start a garden that is both healthy for the environment and produces delicious, nutritious produce? Look no further than heirloom seeds! Heirloom seeds are a type of seed that has been passed down, through generations, often within a specific community or family. Unlike genetically modified (GM) seeds, heirloom seeds are completely natural and have not been altered in any way.

Here are some of the many benefits of using heirloom seeds:

  • Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated. This means that the plants grown from these seeds will produce seeds that can be saved and used to grow the same variety of plant in future seasons. This allows gardeners to have greater control over the genetic diversity of their gardens, and helps to preserve plant varieties that may otherwise be lost.

  • Heirloom seeds are non-hybrid. Hybrid seeds are created by crossbreeding two different varieties of a plant. While hybrids can sometimes produce plants with desirable traits, such as larger fruits or better disease resistance, the seeds produced by these plants will not come true to the parent plant. Heirloom seeds, on the other hand, will always produce plants that are identical to the parent plant.

  • Heirloom seeds are diverse. Heirloom seeds come in various varieties. This means not only do you have ample options to choose from but those options are also cold/heat tolerant.

  • Heirloom seeds are hardy.They have been passed down because they are reliable producers; handed down because they’ll weather difficult climate conditions and produce a crop.

  • Heirloom seeds can be saved. Heirloom will always grow true. Save the seed from your produce this year and you will have seed for the following year. When you save the seed, you can purchase Heirlooms once and never need to purchase their seeds again!

Why Heirloom Seeds are better than Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds:

  • GMO seeds are created in a laboratory, where scientists manipulate the genetic makeup of plants to produce desired traits. This process can result in plants that are resistant to certain pests or diseases, or that have a longer shelf life. However, there are several concerns associated with GMO crops, including the potential for crossbreeding with wild plants and the spread of resistant pests and diseases.

  • GMO seeds are not natural, they are often patented, which means that farmers are not allowed to save the seed from their crop to plant the next year. This forces farmers to purchase new seed every year and can make it difficult for small farmers to compete with large, industrial growers.

  • GMO seeds will not always produce the same fruit or vegetable from their own seed. For example: If you plant the seed from the GMO watermelon(purchased at the store) it may grow a watermelon or it may grow the other fruit with which it was cross-bred, or genetically modified.

If you want to create a garden that is both healthy for the environment and produces delicious, nutritious produce, Heirloom seeds are a no-brainer Heaven's Harvest heirloom seed kit offers a wide variety of heirloom seeds for you to choose from. Check out our website at https://heavensharvest.com/collections/seed-kits to see our selection and start building your sustainable garden today!