by Jerry Greenfield
A lot of conversation has been going on about non hybrid seeds versus hybrid seeds lately , so I thought I would delve into this debate a bit more. Obviously, everything I have to say is based on my own experiences and my own conclusions, but there are definitely some serious scientific facts involved in my conclusions. I encourage all of you to do your own research and experiments to come up with your own views on heirloom versus hybrid.
In my experience, I have had much better results when gardening with non-hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds, because they have been artificially pollinated to produce certain characteristics, do not save well. The second generation of seeds will not produce a copy of the first generation seed, and most of the time, the seeds are sterile anyways, which means little to nothing will grow.
Because of this, anyone from your simple hobby gardener, all the way up to your professional farmers who have thousands of acres of farmland, must buy new seed every year to plant. In my opinion, it’s a vicious cycle. It just seems like taking one step forward and two steps back: You get one generation of plants with the desired characteristics, but then you cannot save the seeds for the next generation and you have to buy all new seeds to plant the following year.
So, although you may get a higher yield with hybrid seeds (or they may grow faster, or bigger, or whatever), growing with hybrid seeds ends up costing you much more in the long run because you have to keep buying new seed every year. It just seems to make more sense to me to be happy with what nature gives you in the non-hybrid seed (heirloom seed) and to be able to save these seeds year after year.
In addition, let’s also take into account that hybrid seeds are not natural. I am a strong believer that nature is the way it is because it’s supposed to be that way! Heirloom equals natural. Heirloom seeds have been the way of nature since the beginning of time. Why, why, why do we (humans) always insist on messing with nature? Can’t we just be satisfied with what it provides us and leave it at that?
Sorry, I am getting a bit heated! Let me take a deep breath and calm down…better. As I stated above, my views on hybrid seeds are definitely based on my own experiences, but as a survival gardener who has gardened for decades, and always done it naturally, I think I can contribute to the debate with some expertise.
You can agree with me or disagree with me—it’s up to you—but whatever side of the fence you land on, base that decision on your own conclusions. Which means, do your own research, conduct your own experiments, and stick to your seeds!