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Winter Gardening = Organic Seeds

December 27, 2011

How do you keep organically gardening through the winter?  SEED CATALOGS!  I’m like a guy waiting for the sports page!  I get a little giddy going to the mailbox hoping there is a seed catalog peering back at me.  But, what about organic seeds?  Are they worth the extra cost? You may think it doesn’t matter where you buy your seeds, as long as you care for your garden organically.  But, in fact, seed is as vital of a component to an organic garden as how the plants are raised!  So, let’s start the 2012 garden off on the right foot and learn why buying organic seed is important!

Definition:  Organic seeds are made organically, meaning the seeds are achieved by natural processes, without using any chemicals anywhere during production.  They are grown and handled by certified organic farmers.  And by law, organic seeds cannot be genetically engineered.

There are many advantages of organic seed.

Good for the Environment

In conventional seed production, pesticides and fungicides are applied at higher levels than allowed in growing food.  Plus, the organic seeds themselves have not been pre-treated with fungicides intended to prevent mold or other fungi from growing on the seeds.  Think about all the pollution you are preventing entering soils and water systems.

Good for the Smaller Businesses

With organic seeds, you aren’t supporting a corporation that profits from its genetically engineered crop businesses/operations.  There have been many consolidations of seed-companies and as a result it’s difficult to determine if the company is somehow owned by Monsanto or Syngenta.  By buying organic seeds, you are more than likely supporting local, regional seed systems.

Good for Taste

Organic seeds for tastier veggies!  Chemicals can interfere with the natural balance of the foods and wreck their taste.  Yum – I love the taste of taste!

Good for Plants

Seeds produced organically will yield plants that are more adapted to, and more likely to thrive under, organic growing conditions. And for a bigger bonus, if you select a company in your region, they will know what grows and does well in your region.  Meaning your seeds are practically guarantee to work well in your zone.

Where to begin your 2012 garden? Check out the links:

Siskiyou Seeds
Uprising Seeds
High Mowing Seeds
Seeds of Change
Seed Savers Exchange
Turtle Tree Seed Biodynamic Seed Initiative

You can also experiment with saving your seeds (might be a good idea to look for open-pollinated veggies).  We always save our pumpkin seeds and grew a 3.5 pound pumpkin this past summer.  In 2010, we grew two gourds from seeds of decorative gourds bought at a big box.  I will dive into this topic in the next post – stay tuned!

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  1. December 28, 2011 7:32 am

    A recent study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that Monsanto’s GM Corn causes liver and kidney damage in lab rats. Monsanto only released the raw data after a legal challenge from Greenpeace, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, and French anti- GM campaigners. I’m sure the corn is fine to feed to our cattle or eat ourselves though. Right?

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