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Your Spring Guide to Heirloom Gardening

By admin | April 25, 2012

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have at least a vague understanding of gardening, but what about heirloom gardening? We hear about heirloom tomatoes all the time, but what exactly does that mean? I have to be honest, the first book that I picked up on heirloom gardening I had no idea what wonderful world I was getting myself into. After reading that book, I now want to purchase heirloom seeds so every one of my fruits and vegetables will have a unique story behind them. If you’re wondering why I’ve been so inspired by heirloom seeds, well that’s because they are seeds originating from plant varieties introduced at least 50 years ago. Heirlooms are also non-hybrid and open-pollinated, in laymen’s terms, an heirloom seed will grow just as its parent seed year after year unlike genetically modified seeds.

Because the seeds have not been tampered with, like that of genetically modified seeds, the varieties of fruits and vegetables that come about are nutritious and certainly delicious. Read More

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