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by Kristen Andersen The Harris Seeds trial grounds have expanded and now include a home garden trial area where we can test new gardening trends, techniques, and supplies. Members of the Harris Seeds team suggested we include a design that has become quite popular among home gardeners: a raised spiral herb garden! The trials team was excited to add this unique raised bed to the garden layout.

Phytopthora, caused by the fungus Phytophthora capsici and also known in peppers as damping off, root rot, crown rot, and stem and fruit rot, is responsible for significant crop losses throughout the country. It can attack the roots, stems, fruit, and leaves of the plant, leaving nothing but devastation in its wake. Plant breeders have worked hard to deliver pepper varieties to the market that are resistant to.

Why You Need a Seeder and How to Use It

For years, I’ve sown seeds by hand. It’s back breaking labor, and one of the hardest parts about gardening. Seeds are cheap though, and it’s hard to beat the selection of crops when you buy seeds. So, I’ve always chalked it up as just one of those things that I have to deal with. I’d seen seeders before, but I put off getting one. The.

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Seed saving is a cornerstone of this exchange, as many of the heirloom varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and trees rely on this method to maintain their existence. If you don’t know how to save seeds but want to contribute to this mission, their helpful tutorials and tips will get you on the path.

So the vendors we’ve rounded up below all sell heirloom seeds—many of which are also organic—that can be saved from year-to-year. Saving seeds and sharing with neighbors is an important way to both preserve heirloom varieties, maintain genetic diversity, and help our communities to build resilience and self-sufficiency.

“‘Heirloom’ describes a seed’s heritage, specifically a documented heritage of being passed down from generation to generation within a family or community. An heirloom variety of vegetable, fruit, or flower must be open-pollinated—or pollinated by insects, birds, wind, or other natural means—and ‘breed true,’ or retain its original traits from one generation to the next.”

Before we go into that, you may be curious what we mean by “heirloom seeds” and their significance. According to Seed Savers Exchange:

A perhaps unexpected impact of the current pandemic is that more people are taking an interest in becoming more self-reliant and growing their own food!

Over the past decades, the industrialization of agriculture has led to a great loss of agrobiodiversity. Since 1900, 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost “as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.”

During the first and second World Wars, people started victory gardens of their own herbs and vegetables to reduce strain on the food system. Now, victory gardens are back, so we’ve created a guide of where you can find heirloom seeds within your region in North America.

As the pandemic reveals how vulnerable we are when we’re reliant on a centralized, exploitative food system, those of us who are inclined to grow some of our own food should try and prioritize buying heirloom seeds—often they taste better, they may be more nutritious, and diversifying our food varieties will ultimately be better for our collective health.