Thank you for the information. I am looking to by a couple of items this week.Each survival kit comes with a 4 page instruction on how to save the seeds and the best time to grow. You can plant the seeds this year, harvest them and follow proper saving techniques and you will replenish what you've used and more! I'm not sure if people understand the concept of Heirloom seeds but it really is an endless supply of food. The taste of an heirloom tomato will change your mind forever!
Thank you for the information. I am looking to by a couple of items this week.
Do you know anything about a soft drink bottle greenhouse?
I think the kids will get a kick out of doing this!I've seen the concept done before but never realized it had a name. It's really a neat idea. You can take one soda bottle, cut it in half, poke holes for water drainage, plant seeds in bottom and then tape the upper part of the bottle back to the bottom. Instant greenhouse effect! You take the lid off and water it so it's easy to maintain. I am going to try this with my kids because when I was growing up this is how school's did stuff. It's a great way to recycle and use bottles I would normally throw away!
I also saw a huge greenhouse made of soda bottles which would be less expensive than the plastic!
You can even use those pesky water bottles to start small seeds!
Thanks JeepGirl... now I'm hungry again. I do remember eating my grandmother's tomatoes when I was a kid ... ohhhh they had so much flavor... now the ones from the grocery store look so pretty but taste bland at best. I will be visiting your store soon!!!The term Heirloom is usually applied to fruit, flower or vegetables varieties that were being grown before World War II. between the 1950's and 70's hybrids came into play and dominated the vegetable market. It became harder to find different varieties. Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated--meaning that unlike hybrids, seeds you collect from one year will produce plants with most of the characteristics of the parent plant. And that's key to their survival.
Heirlooms are always open-pollinated varieties. This means that if the seeds produced from the plant are properly saved, they will produce the same variety year after year. This can't be done with hybrids (which are a cross between 2 separate varieties)
Typically, heirlooms have adapted over time to whatever climate and soil they have grown in. Due to their genetics, they are often resistant to local pests, diseases, and extremes of weather.
Hybrids were created for the commercial farmer so when you go into your grocery store every tomato looks the same. With Heirloom you will have different size and not uniformity. When you plant an heirloom seed, harvest the vegetable, and save the seeds correctly, you create an endless supply of food that will stay true to it's original seed parent. Also, the taste of heirloom seeds is astounding compared to hybrids. It's like eating your great- grandfather's tomatoes and be able to continue to have that. Almost like a lost secret recipe. The health benefits of eating heirloom vegetables is higher than hybrids. Have you had the iceberg lettuce from the grocery store?..it really tastes like nothing.
Our customers write us all of the time and tell us how quickly our seeds sprout and I had a friend that planted our heirloom corn seed and a hybrid variety from the local store. Our corn grew almost 2 feet taller and the color was beautiful, yielding a better crop.
You will produce a seed that can be saved and used over and over that offers you health benefits and saves you money!!!!
I currently have over 150 different breeds if heirlooms here. I save seeds from every crop. I've never saved seeds from carrots or lettuce. Mainly cause I dont know how and haven't researched it.
So that explains why my son is so messed up!!! Only kidding... he's a good kid... but he's 13 and it makes me wonder why we had children... and then I remember how much fun we had making him.I think that is the best prep you can take. Gardening is like raising a child, the first one you make a lot of mistakes but you learn from it so the second time around it's much easier! I found a lime basil that is good for salads and fish. Are you talking about Lime trees? You could grow them in your area very well!
I think that is the best prep you can take. Gardening is like raising a child, the first one you make a lot of mistakes but you learn from it so the second time around it's much easier! I found a lime basil that is good for salads and fish. Are you talking about Lime trees? You could grow them in your area very well!
So that explains why my son is so messed up!!! Only kidding... he's a good kid... but he's 13 and it makes me wonder why we had children... and then I remember how much fun we had making him.
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