Translating the Language of Seed Packets: Hybrid, Heirloom, non-GMO, and more

One of the big takeaways is that the non-gmo label on garden seeds is basically meaningless since there are no genetically engineered seeds available to home gardeners and most home vegetable crops don’t have a GMO counterpart.  Continue reading Translating the Language of Seed Packets: Hybrid, Heirloom, non-GMO, and more

Garden and food labels: Fact or Fiction

If you peruse a garden center, farmers market or grocery store, you’ll see a whole bevy of different labels — “chemical free,” “natural,” “organic,” “certified organic” or “GMO free.” What do these labels mean, or do they mean anything at all? Continue reading Garden and food labels: Fact or Fiction

Should I be planting hybrid seeds?

There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation these days concerning the origin and safety of everyday garden seeds. While I do appreciate many of our heirloom seeds, I also appreciate what hybrid seeds bring to the table. Unfortunately, misinformation has led to a great number of home gardeners believing that hybrid seeds are genetically modified and unsafe. It is amazing to see … Continue reading Should I be planting hybrid seeds?