The time has come! The mail box has runneth over with Seed Catalogs!
Which means spring must be near.
I love looking through my catalogs and dreaming and choosing what I want to grow this year!
In the past couple of years I have been more aware of the kind of seeds I buy. Most seed catalogs give you a list of the type of seed they sell. From Heirlooms, GMOs, Hybrids to Open Pollinated seeds.
I decided my post today would be to educate myself and hopefully others about the different types of seed offered.
Heirloom seeds are open -pollinated seed, that have been around generally 50 years or longer. From what I read they were bred before chemical pesticides were common.
GMOs are the result of non traditional plant breeding. Most are produced in a laboratory. Instead of using Pollen from another plant, they add genes that don't even come from plants! Like Bacteria!
Hybrid Seeds are from the first generation of a cross between two related varieties. They use traditional breeding techniques. For example, like brushing the flower of one with the pollen from another.
Treated Seed are coated with pesticide or fungicide chemicals (bleh) after harvest!
Certified Organic Seed come from farms that are inspected by the USDA's Organic Certification Program. No chemicals are used and they must meet other regulations. The seeds can not be GMO.
Just a few interesting facts on seeds.
I personally am into buying Heirlooms and Certified Organic.
What type of seeds do you like and why?
Happy seed shopping!!!