Organic seeds are a great way to make your garden sustainable, but they can be hard to find. You may have heard about organic gardening and organic farms, but not organic seeds. Organic farming is a type of organic agriculture that prohibits the use of chemical fertilizers and most synthetic pesticides which makes it more environmentally friendly than regular farming. This blog post will give you tips on where to buy organic seeds and other eco garden tips
What are organic seeds?
Organic seeds are organic, non-genetically modified plants grown from organic seed stock. This means that the organic seeds you buy have not been genetically engineered or bioengineered to produce certain traits and withstand herbicides.
Organic seeds represent the organic farmer’s hope for the future. Organic farmers are hopeful that organic food will become the norm. They hope that organic farms will be an organic industry and organic seeds will be a way to make all organic gardens sustainable!
Where can organic seeds be found?
Online Catalogs – There are many online catalogs that you can shop from. The prices are a lot higher, but don’t worry; it’s more than worth the price.
Organic Garden Centers – Many garden centers sell organic seeds. Sometimes you can purchase just a few seeds when purchasing from these stores.
Friends and Family – If you know people who regularly grow their own food, seeds from those foods can be an organic option.
Join Seed Savers Exchange, a club with members who commit to organic practices and to saving and preserving seeds. You can order online or you can join a local group
Growing plants – Many gardeners find that when you grow food, you also have access to all the seeds. Learn how to preserve your own seed supply so that it can be used year after year.
Survival Seeds – Organic heirloom seeds may be difficult to find, so look carefully when you do. When buying these types of seeds, ask about the company’s history and process for growing them. Look for companies that have been in business for a long time and have documentation that proves they are organic as well as those who will send you samples
You’ll find that biodynamic seeds tend to be produced using organic practices, which take into consideration regional growing environments. These varieties of seeds are noted for producing better yields in certain areas.
Embracing organic seeds
By using organic seeds, we are making a big step in the right direction towards sustainability. Organic seeds not only have organic properties that make them healthy food for people to eat but organic practices that can help to teach our children about organic lifestyles. It is an important way of life and hopefully organic seeds will become more popular in the near future.
More Sustainable Gardening Tips
- Try a reel lawnmower – A reel lawnmower is one that doesn’t use any electricity or battery and is very simple to use. They may need a little more effort than electric mowers so might not work for everyone but if you can, it can be worth considering it. And they do a great job of cutting the lawn!
- Catch water for plants while it heats up – If you’re waiting for the hot water to get back to normal temperature, grab a container and catch the cold water. You can use the cold water for house plants, or wherever else you need it.
- Catch Rain Water for Watering Plants – One successful way to conserve water and live more sustainably is by catching rain runoff from your gutters that will eventually end up as wasted water. Put a container in your gutter, and catch the water from when it rains. You can use this for watering plants or other purposes that don’t require clean drinking water
- Plant More Edibles and Less Grass – A large lawn uses a lot of water. If it ís not prohibited by your town or community association, try growing edible plants in as much of your yard as possible. Vegetables, fruit, and herbs are all easy to grow and can be used to feed your family.
- Plant Bee Friendly Flowers – Bees are natural pollinators and we need them to help fertilise many fruit and vegetable plants. Avoid plants with double or multi-petalled flowers. These flowers are filled with petals and pollinators find them difficult to access. The flowers also often lack nectar and pollen.
- Provide a Bee Hotel – Like most creatures, bees need to rest. Put a little bee house in your garden, in a south facing spot, out of direct sunlight, and slightly pointing down to protect them from the rain.
- Create a Compost Heap – In addition to preventing food waste rotting away in a landfill, composting allows small organisms to benefit from the left-over nutrients in the waste. These organisms can help create a compost that is very rich in nutrients and would serve well as garden fertilizer (saving you money when you need it for your garden/vegetable patch)