Non-Hybrid Seeds

Buying and using non-hybrid seeds supports sustainable gardening and crop diversity

Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid Buy non-hybrid seeds!

Hybrid vs Non-Hybrid Seeds

Until recently, gardeners and farmers typically saved seed from their crop yields for planting the following year. It was a healthy and natural way to grow food.

With the onset of agribusiness came the tunnel-visioned focus on crop yield and the resulting experimentation with hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds are the offspring of two deliberately crossed, distinct parents of the same species. The sole focus is creating a seed with the highest possible yield. Unfortunately, hybrids have many weaknesses. You need to buy new seed each year as saving seed from hybrid plants doesn’t guarantee the same output. You also MUST use pesticides and fertilizer as the plants have poor resistance to disease and poor hardiness. You also use more water than you would with non-hybrid seeds. Unless you have a massive operation with little competition, using hybrids is a quick way to go out of business. And regardless of who you are, you destroy the soil and ecosystem.

Non-hybrid seeds, on the other hand, are open-pollinated tend to be hardy, resistant varieties of plant that have stood the test of time. They are more flavourful. And you can save seed and replant the following year with reliable results. Unfortunately, hybrid seeds are the most common seed variety used in gardening and agriculture today. But we can change that!

Making a Difference in What You Purchase and Plant

Explore and purchase non-hybrid seed packs through the following offers:

salad greens From seed to your table in less than a month, lettuce and other salad greens can be grown indoors (year-round) or outdoors and in all light conditions including no direct sunlight. Select from the following varieties of green goodness!

heirloom tomatoes There are a great many (around 7500) tomato varieties grown for various purposes. Heirloom tomatoes are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among home gardeners and organic producers, since they tend to produce more interesting and flavorful crops. Try a new variety today!

melons Think juicy watermelons, sweet cantaloupes & melons, easy-to-grow strawberry varieties, huckleberries, mulberries and more!

mint Grow indoors or out! Herbal tea includes chamomile, various mint varieties, licorice, wintergreen, lemon balm, echinacea, hibiscus, mulberry and many more. Start your non-hybrid herbal tea garden indoors today!

dill Every sustainable kitchen garden needs a good supply of culinary herbs for flavoring and spicing as well as preserving the foods you grow. Basil, chives, dill, oregano, thyme, and more…

Family Medicine Herb Garden A selection of natural remedies available to the home gardener today. With an excellent selection of herbs chosen both for ease of growth and popularity of remedy.

Family Medicine Herb Garden (12 varieties), $59

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