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Friday, February 7, 2014

Heirloom Seeds: Our Garden Heritage 5

Heirloom seeds, or survival seeds, as they're widely labeled, are a major part of our history and possibly of our long term well-being. The reason behind saying this is that the major seed companies only want to generate one assortment of vegetables from each vegetable sort because it's simply a business decision in their eyes.

Counting on just one single type of tomatoes, for example, may lead to a sizable predicament if there were a blight or insect which without warning assaulted that specific type of tomato. That would has the ability to wipe out the whole tomato harvest in a fell swoop. Relying on one particular variety of any vegetable or fruit was the cause of the Irish Potato Famine in the 19th century and we sure don't want to repeat that.

In the long run, it's the little mom and pop seed storage vaults of all these various heirloom seeds which will make the real difference should we ever have another catastrophe like that simply because a number of these varieties will not be at risk from the blight or insect that the others are and so, we'd be able to begin sowing another type of tomato, corn, squash or what ever different vegetables were impacted.

We should learn from history, thatt we ought to maintain our garden heritage with as many different types of heirloom seeds as we're able to preserve.


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