Garden Planning, Where to get your seeds and how to find the best type of seeds for your garden
This is the second post of a 3 part series on Garden Planning. Find the first post Here
Picking The Right Seeds For You
There is nothing better than skimming through a stack of seed catalogs on a cold winters day.
But how do you decide the best supplier to order from with so many seed companies out there?
For me, the type of seed they provide is the only real deciding factor when making my decision.
The Different Types of Seeds:
Hybrid (F1 Varieties)
Hybrid seeds are the result of cross-pollination. They have been bred for disease resistance and large yields, among other things. The downside? The seeds of the next generation will not produce the same characteristics as the parent plant, therefore saving the seeds is not an option. If self-sufficiency is your goal this is a big downfall.
Open Pollinated (Heirloom)
Heirloom seeds are seeds that have been carefully saved and handed down over many generations. They are open-pollinated, meaning they can be pollinated and will produce seeds true to the parent plant. With the right know-how you can save your seeds from one year and plant them the next.
Genetically Modified (GM)
These seeds have been genetically modified by scientists to get the desired effect. There are many concerns in regards to this method of creating plants. It is not likely however that you will find these available to the general public.
is grown by certified organic means without pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides and must also be packaged without being treated with fungicides. Organic can be either Hybrid or Heirloom.
There is no right way to decide which is best for you.
If you desire high yields and don’t care about saving your seeds then hybrid might be right for you.
If saving seed is important to you, or you want to play a part in keeping the seeds that have been passed down for generations alive, then heirloom is the way you want to go.
Organic seeds are important to some people. I understand the desire to plant organic seeds but it is not a deciding factor for me. On our homestead, the plants will be planted and cared for in an organic manner already making them 99% better than conventional produce.
GM seeds are the only type I personally encourage you to stay away from if you happen to come across them.
For me, since Self-sufficiency is our goal, the only requirements I have is that the seeds I am purchasing are open-pollinated.
My Top 3 Recommendations
It doesn’t get much better than this! I actually rarely purchase from anywhere else anymore. Baker Creek is the full package. Not only do they have a stunning catalog that you can’t help but devour, but they have an amazing selection and great quality Heirloom seeds. I have had close to a 100% germination rate with all of the seeds I have gotten from this company.
This Company is actually not a seed company. It is a Survivalist Company. But their Survival Seed Vault was a life saver my first year of gardening when I had no idea what I was doing or what to grow. It covers all your bases with easy to grow varieties of seeds fit for almost any climate. The Packages also Come with detailed planting instructions. Added Bonus, they are packed for 5+ years of storage.
I don’t have a ton of experience with this company, but I was very happy with the little experience I have. They are a large family owned business out of Oregon. They test all their seeds on their farm and grow all their available plants in their own greenhouses. I love supporting family owned business any day!
Let me know your favorite sources for your seeds?
Be on the lookout for the next post in the series.