Welcome to the 2016 Garden Challenge! I challenge you to plant, sow, and grow as many varieties of Heirloom Seeds as you can! Grow veggies, grow fruit, grow flowers, it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as it’s an heirloom seed. I want to hear about your progress, what worked, and what didn’t.
So many of us go through our lives never enjoying the privilege of growing our own food, we seek out those perfect looking produce items in the grocery store. Never really knowing what the majority of produce actually looks like because its rejected by the stores and often left to rot. The waste is sickening with so many people hungry in this world.
It’s time to take back ugly produce! If you’ve ever had the joy of tasting an heirloom tomato you will know what I’m talking about. So much of our produce these days has been genetically altered and with that comes flavour change. I read an article recently that asked the question “How many of us knows what a tomato is supposed to taste like?” I thought that was a silly question at first, but when you think about it the odds are most of us don’t know what a tomato is supposed to taste like if we live in the Western World.
Heriloom seeds are the seeds or direct relative seeds from a plant that is pre 1951, when the first modified seed were available. Many varieties of seeds can be found that are 100’s of years old, they are know to be easy to grow, and of highest quality. These seeds are open pollenated, which means they were naturally pollenated by insects, birds, wind, or any other natural mechanism. So since the entire process is quite natural and the seeds can be quite old you will seem some pretty interesting additions to your garden.
There is a saying that “The ugliest tomato will be the most tasty” and I would have to agree 100%! So this challenge is focused on doing our part to keep our heritage plants alive so that in generations our great, great, great, great grandchildren will know what a real blueberry is supposed to taste like.
Send me a message under the contact me link and let me know you are taking the challenge, be sure to include your e-mail address so I can connect with you!
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