Having your own garden brings a lot of benefits. Not only is it healthier, but it also gives you exercise. It gives your family something to do. It also helps you to be more self-reliant, especially if you’re using heirloom seeds where you can reclaim the seeds. So what I want to talk about today though, is heirloom seeds.
Some of the advantages of heirloom seeds over hybrid seeds, and then from hybrid Sage to GMO seed. When you go to the grocery store, you really don’t know the origin of your fruits and veggies. They could come from a different country and not even know what they’re doing down there with pesticides.
E-coli and all the other things that surround that and growing your own vegetables really takes care of a lot of those issues and concerns. But to me, if you’re preparing for your future being self. And having your own food source is number one. All right. We have a number of heirloom seeds and we have some hybrid seeds as well.
And we’re going to just talk about some of the advantages disadvantages, why I think that you should really go with heirloom seed. I’m going to tell you that right off the bat. The number one reason that I like heirloom seeds is that you can reclaim them. These are open-pollinated seeds. And that means that you can reclaim the seeds and that you can pass these seeds down from plants.
Once you grow the vegetables. Now here we have the hybrid variety. And what hybrid really means is that you can take two different plant species, cross-pollinate them and develop a whole entire different plant, and bring some of the advantages of the good out of each of the plants. And so really, in theory, this makes a better plant, but the big problem with the hybrid seeds is that you can’t harvest the seeds.
And that if you do, you’re going to have a much lesser plant. It’ll either be one or the other plants that were developed into this one. And even then they’re typically not going to be as good and sometimes not at all. So really you’re taking a chance with a hybrid. Versus heirloom in reclaiming your seed.
You’re going to have a lot better option with the heirloom and hence the name heirloom. These are to be able to be passed down not only to your garden but also to your family and friends. The second thing is these are true to type what you plant. That’s what you’re going to. And as you continue to pass these down in your garden, you’re going to start to develop a certain type of plants that you like better, certain type squash, certain type beans, peanuts, whatever it is.
And you’re going to develop a history for yourself. Yes. You can go to the store and buy the same, in fact, better boy. I mean, you know, we all know about better boy tomatoes. You can go buy those over and over, but a lot of times, you know, you have different companies or. You have you know, they could even change some of the things about how they’re preparing these seeds.
So, you know, you know what you’re getting here in the course, again, you’re reclaiming them now. A lot of people will say that you spend more money on your heirloom seeds, and that’s not necessarily the case. The one thing about buying your hybrid seed. A lot of times they’re cheap. A lot of times you’re like a dollar or whatever.
You don’t get that many seeds at the bottom, but of course, with heirloom seeds, you typically get more seeds for yourself. But here’s the real kicker. If you’re buying heirloom seeds, you buy them once and you reclaim the seed. You don’t even have to go back to the store. So kind of like on the same theory of annual plants versus perennials, even though you have to replant, you can continue to see that plant every year.
And so same thing with these, this really gives you a lot of peace of mind. Now, if you’re buying heirloom seeds from a feed and seed store, one of the things you can do is buy locally. Seed. Now, one important thing though is to talk to local gardeners, talk to local farmers and see what they like best, what grows the best, what they’ve had success with, what has not been so good.
That’ll give you a lot of information on what you need to grow. These are nationally made plants. They’re all over. In fact, it’s got a national map on the back to tell you what time to plant and where to grow. Really your area is going to be specific for certain plans. And you’re also going to have certain past and certain diseases they’re going to hit your area and the plants that you plant could be more resilient and over time will be more resilient to those problems.
So there’s a history behind this then of course, that goes into the next thing is the history. These plans. Or non-modified. Yeah, some have been developed into certain plants, but these have been done naturally over a period of time to develop what’s best. And what’s been proven is this has a history here in the United States or whatever country that you’re in.
And so you have something that you not only have a history with that has a long history, and then you can pass that information down to your children and your grandchildren. And I know I did a lot of farming with my grandfather. He was, he did, he had a farm, probably two miles from. And he grew a lot of vegetables.
One of the things that we used to grow a lot was watermelon. Now, when I moved up to North Carolina to the mountains of Western North Carolina, I planted watermelon and it didn’t grow at all. And then come to find out, after talking to a few people, I realized that watermelon does not grow well in that.
And so that will also save you money again, by talking to local growers, local gardeners, and farmers. Now, with that, with the heirloom, you will really begin to develop your garden and it’ll take years to really perfect it, but it’s something you can grow to and something you can understand and learn. And guys, I’ll tell you one of the things that really scares me about a lot of guys that are just buying the seed banks and putting them back and not planning them.
It’s a tough job to really understand gardening and what it takes to the garden. And then, of course, reclaiming your seed, canning, doing all the things that are around what you need to know about gardening. And so don’t wait until the SHTF because number one, you’re going to be in a panic. Number two, you’ve got to wait for the growing season to happen.
And then even if you do, you could have a crop failure and then you’re just out. So go ahead and start using yourself. I would, you know, of course, advise you to have some seed put back in case you do have a crop failure, but having these six. On hand and using them. It’s just super important. Now the theory is that the hybrid seeds are more vigorous.
They produce more, they produce more, they’re more resilient to pesticides and to insects and pests and disease. And that’s not necessarily the case really. Once you develop your heirloom seed and what you have, they can be very resilient and produce a lot of good. And there’s no modifying of anything.
They’re open-pollinated. They’re naturally developing they’re naturally cross-pollinating and they’re doing all the things that nature intended. And, you know, that’s one of the things, a lot of times, not necessarily with hybrid, cause that’s not really extreme, but with GMO, you know, really getting in there and chasing.
Some of the DNA and the plant and playing really with nature, you know, God intended certain things to grow in certain ways. And not that there are not benefits to maybe some of the things that they’re doing with the idea, but one problem is, you know, is a theory that the bees in North America are disappearing because of a lot of the GMO crop yields and that they’re going in.
And they’re going away from these modified GMO seeds and plants. And of course, that’s not been proven, but that is one thing too, is there’s been a theory, is that a lot of times with a GMO crop next to an heirloom crop, that because of cross-pollination tampers with the heirloom quality, and a lot of times the seeds aren’t able to be reclaimed and we’re losing seed.
So there’s a lot of things that we need to be careful of. And I guess that’s one reason why just getting back to a very organic and natural way to grow your vegetables and knowing where your seeds come from. Having good quality heirloom seeds that you know, will produce good seed. To me, it’s just a no-brainer and it could be a little more work at first, but once you get started, it’s not really going to add that much.
Now, this is my emergency seed bank. This has been in storage in a cool dry place for a while. I did a video on this a couple of years ago. They no longer put it in the 30 caliber ammo tans. It’s in more of a cylinder-like this. But this is an excellent company with all the different types of seeds.
In fact, there are 23 non-hybrid seeds here, but they also have other packages. And so there are just different ones that you can use. Everything is listed right here on the side, which will be with any of your seed companies. But this has been a really cool little system. And there’s also information typically when you buy these seeds.
You’ll get some, here’s a seed saver guide and a growing guide. Next, is this Texas ready? I really liked Texas ready. And one of the reasons specifically is because the seeds, you can see them, they’re just open, but these seeds are going to be actually a little more vulnerable to the elements or to your environment, which with the Mylar bags, with the seeds inside.
It’s going to have a little more protection. But I really liked to be able to see the seed. I really liked Texas ready also because it includes this great book and this comes in the pack also. There’s other information as well. Then we have the safe harvest seed bank, and these are open-pollinated seeds as well.
Heirloom seeds. And this is from directive 21. My buddy. Great guy, great company. And he also sells a lot of the Berkeys, which I’ll have two Berkeys that I got from JF and a highly recommend director, 21. The seeds are in Mylar and their pictures and information are on each package. And I’ll have directive 21 website, a Texas-ready website, and the emergency seed bank website down in the description below.
And you can just go ahead and check that. All three are great companies. A lot of times people put these back for a rainy day for an emergency SHTF situation and they’re not using them. Now, listen, you need to be using your seeds, whatever they are now, don’t wait until you are depending on them, because you need to have some experience under your belt.
When I highly encourage you, if you haven’t already started your garden, you really need to get involved in growing your own food, become more independent, more self-reliant you’re going to live. And just, it tastes better there just so many advantages and specifically heirloom seeds. I would definitely recommend that over hybrid and definitely over GMO.
Take care of your health. Take care of your family. Grow your own food and be better prepared. Be strong. Be of good courage. God bless America. Lone lived the Republic.
You’ve never started a garden. And guys I’ll tell ya to be honest with you, you know, but it’s still the same kind of a deal. I need to replant my garden so I can go ahead and reclaim these tens. That’ll be an heirloom with a bunch of ammunition in it. Now I’ve done it. I got to get out and get my tiller going.
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