Friday, July 31, 2009

Do you know how to save seed?

Have you saved seed?

Are you aware that the vast majority of seed available in the stores are hybrid seeds?

Did you know that hybrid seeds will not produce fruit and vegetables that will produce viable seeds for next year?

What would you do if you were unable to buy seeds to plant a garden?


Yes, thought provoking questions and ones you should be thinking about this year. That beautiful garden you are so proud of is providing your family nutritious meals and saving you money. What if you looked out your window and the garden was not there?

Have you read about the fertilizer companies and the affect chemicals are having on plants? Have you read about the increase in the production of hybrid seeds that are sold internationally? Have you read stories of farmers who are desperately trying preserve the seed their families have grown for years only to find chemicals have damaged the genetic makeup of their crops. Who now owns the large seed companies? What kinds of seeds are they producing?
How informed are you?

Do you know how to save seed to use next year? Are the plants you have grown capable of producing seed that will be viable next year? These are questions every gardener worth their salt should be asking. I am taking seed storage seriously this year and doing something about it.

Yearly I have concienciously bought seeds at the end of the season when they are on sale and put them away for next year. One year a nationally known seed company brought a van full of seed packages to my community and we purchased the seeds at a greatly reduced cost. I used those seeds for years. Yes, each year the number of seeds that sprouted decreased but I had seeds and had purchased enough to compensate for the decline. It was a huge savings and I felt secure in the potential of what was held in those glass bottles safely stored in my garage.

Do your own research on saving seed. Am I just being an alarmist? Do you really know what is going on behind the scarecrow's back?

Please look at the link I have provided on seed storage. This is a package designed to provide enough seed to plant a full garden acre. The seeds are heirloom seeds which will produce seed for following years. I am buying this package. I am storing heirloom seeds, I am saving seed from my garden this year and I plan on expanding my garden as I have done this year in my edible garden.

Will you be able to provide for your family?

27 comments:

Serina Tustin said...

I am a firm believer in learning how to save your own seed. I also try to buy all my seeds in bulk or at years end.

Frugal Canner said...

Serina do you have any tips on where to find seeds in bulk at good prices? I have been investigating the usual catalogs and am wondering if you have found any unusual sources to share?

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