Heirloom Seeds: Why You Should Grow Them

organic emergency foodGrowing your own garden is becoming increasingly popular today due to the fundamental need for a vibrant food and a healthy lifestyle. It is essential that what we eat are free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides and contaminants that might put a risk on our health. Choosing the seeds to plant are one of the main factors to consider in gardening. It can be a little daunting, especially with the many choices of seeds, and choosing between modern hybrids or heirloom varieties. Heirloom seeds, or as gardeners often refer to as “Grandmother’s Seed”, are now the latest rage, thanks to its wide benefits.

 What is an Heirloom Seed? 

From the name itself, an Heirloom Seed is a plant variety (a cultivar) that has been nurtured, selected and carried down from one family member to another for many generations. It is genetically stable and will produce offspring with identical characteristics to the parent plant, meaning it is true to type. Hybrids, on the other hand, are created by crossing two selected varieties, sometimes resulting in vigorous plants that yield more than heirlooms. Heirlooms cost less than hybrid seeds but there are more reasons to choose these seeds than just the prices.

Seed-Packets-IMG_0879People grow heirloom seeds for a variety of reasons and for different motivations. While most are just interested in traditional organic gardening, some do it for historical interest, and others want to increase the available gene pool for a particular plant for future generations. Growing heirloom seeds is a great and effective way of growing, tasting and enjoying a variety of fruits and flowers from the past.

Advantages of growing heirloom seeds:

  • Greater Variety
  • Better Taste and Nutrition
  • Preserved Heritage
  • Sustainable
  • Renewable
  • Safer to the Environment & Eco-system
  • No Chemical Fertilizers
  • Open – Pollinated
  • Cost Less

Cultivating heirloom seeds in your home garden is a great idea to add exquisite taste, good nutrition and variety to your daily diet, while saving plant species. Creating an heirloom that is perfectly suited for your particular garden can take years of seed saving and planting out. If you want immediate gratification, you can do a little legwork before selecting the variety of heirlooms you want to use. Dig into your family or community tree to see if any of your elders can recall names of varieties that grew well in the region or were particularly memorable. You may stumble across a gardener still growing a family heirloom.

Where to get Heirloom Seeds?

Seed-Savers_ExchangeThe easiest and most traditional way to get heirloom seeds is from a friend or family member. If you don’t know anyone who has these seeds, you may obtain them from our heirloom seed store here or from the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA. They are one of the largest organizations that preserve, collect, grow, and distribute Heirloom Seed. These groups store heirloom seeds for future generations. For finding local heirloom seed resources, you may contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture extension office.

 

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Graphene – The New Solar & Miracle Material

Graphene Facts:

  • grapheneCreated in 2004
  • Created by Professors and Nobel Prize Winners Konstantin Novoselov and Andrew Geim at Manchester University
  • Made by chemically processing graphite — the cheap material in the ‘lead’ of pencils
  • Consists of a single layer of carbon atoms locked together in a strongly-bonded honeycomb pattern
  • Thinnest material ever made
  • Strongest substance known to mankind — 10 times stronger than steel and several times tougher than diamond
  • Extremely Flexible
  • Superb Conductor of Electricity
  • Applications
    • Solar Energy
    • Information Technology
    • Battery Power
    • Water Treatment
    • Optical Electronics
    • Biological Engineering
    • Energy Storage Continue reading
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5 Survival Lessons to Learn From Bear Grylls & Man vs. Wild

 

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Have you thought about what you would do in a survival situation? Most people know about the show Man vs. Wild. We love this show!

You can survive almost anywhere
With the right training & knowledge about your surroundings, you can literally survive almost anywhere you are placed. You don’t have to be a Bear Grylls to survive extreme circumstances, but training, experience & research can still help your chances.

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4 Pros & 4 Cons to Solar Power for Emergency Preparedness

Should you have a solar power system for emergency preparedness situations?

Solar Power System 350 by Goal Zero

Solar Power System 350 by Goal Zero

Solar electric power is a clean and inexhaustible source of energy. Though generating electricity power with solar panels can solve your electricity problems in an emergency situation, solar power is not for everyone and it also does have distinct disadvantages.

Taking the plunge into solar power generation has its advantages & disadvantages. Here they are:

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10 Things You Should Have in Your Family Emergency Preparedness Kit

Keep your family protected and safe.

Keep your family protected and safe.

Is your family prepared for an earthquake? For a fire? What are you doing now to be prepared?

Preparation is critical to your family’s safety in the event of an emergency. This article will present 10 items that you should have to be prepared for an emergency.

There are two types of survival kits.

1. Wilderness Survival Kits

2. Family Emergency Preparedness Kits

We will be addressing the needs of the emergency preparedness kits for a family.

You should have your survival kit in an easily accessible location in your home. A backpack is a great place to have these items stored. This survival kit will include supplies and tools that are both helpful and often critical in an emergency situation.

In preparing a survival kit, you must consider the number of people that will be using them. For instance, in a traditional family of four individuals, these things are a must to have in a survival kit:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Water Filtration Device/Water
  3. 72 hours of food
  4. Fire Starters Continue reading
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Making Your Own Greenhouse – Video Tutorial

For those of you looking to make your own greenhouse we just found this great tutorial. It’s a full 18 minute video on ideas for making a greenhouse. This is a great way to prepare your family for emergency by growing your own food. The ability to survive the extremes of life through growing your own food is very important to the modern-day prepper.

As you watch this video, here are two quick questions to think about: Continue reading

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Preparing for Hurricane Season

hurricane season

Experts are predicting more severe hurricanes for the East Coast over the next few years. And it won’t be long before “hurricane season” begins.

Now is the time to get ready to weather the storm. Continue reading

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Gardening With Kids

gardening with kids

If you want to teach your kids about self reliance, one of the best ways to start is with a garden. When kids learn to garden, they learn responsibility and they experience the satisfaction of growing something themselves.

Your child should ideally have his own garden space. He may love helping you in the garden, but having his own garden will give him a greater sense of pride when he sees it grow. He will learn that his garden thrives when he takes care of it, and it withers when he doesn’t. Continue reading

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