Buying Seeds Online For Your Raised Bed Garden? Here are the Pros and Cons of Both Hybrid Seeds and Heirloom Seeds.
In the Garden with Jessica
This snap of chilly, wet Minnesota weather is putting a little allen-sized wrench in my gardening plans. I’ve been lovingly babying my seedlings while they wait to join the great outdoors, and I’m afraid the tomatoes are going to take over my dining room before it’s warm enough for them to go outside. There is a ray of hope to soothe my planting itch—I have a bunch of heirloom seeds I will be direct sowing this week as the temperatures finally rise and it stops raining for a minute (check out this post to see what I’m planting first).
Now, one big question I had when choosing my seeds was: what in the world is the difference between hybrid and heirloom? I noticed that many of our affiliate gardeners use both. And our test gardens for Thursdays with Mother will be planted up with heirlooms this year. Last year, my very first year of gardening, I purchased whatever organic seeds were at my local co-op and small garden center. I now realize they were all hybrids. This year, I wanted to try heirlooms. Ok… so what’s the difference? I put together a definition of each and a list of pros and cons to ease your confusion. I’m here to help our readers learn right along with me, a definitive beginner gardener.