The significance of organic seeds (which eventually grow the organic foods we consume) is usually overshadowed by the organic food themselves. This is because most people just think about the organic food that ends up on our dinner plate, rather than the whole process of how it got there. The techniques by which this food is produced is often regarded as much more important than the techniques by which the seeds are produced. But whether or not the seeds themselves are grown organically is becoming more in the limelight as community awareness of our health and the environment increases.
However many people do not realize that organic food may actually be grown from non-organic seeds. Organic vegetable seeds are harder to come by, and if a considerable effort has been made to source organic seeds, and none can be found, then some growers may use non-organic seeds.
The only way to be really sure is therefore to source your own organic vegetable seeds for use in your own organic garden. A lot of vegetable seeds can be sown by backyard gardeners and give you a good harvest. Here’s a list of easy-to-grow organic vegetable seeds that you can try to grow yourself:
- Beans: Pole beans and bush beans are simple to grow and are perfect for most home gardens
- Beets: Grow best in loose, moist soil
Corn: Simple to grow for those who have a big garden plot because of its need for a great deal of space
- Cucumbers: Both bush and vine varieties are simple to grow. Just give them ample amount of water so they do not get bitter when mature
- Lettuce: Prefers cooler temperatures. If you continue to sow some seeds a week after another, you will be able to grow a continuous production of fresh lettuce
- Melons: Grow nicely in hot and dry climate; however, they like sufficient water supply. To prevent possible crossbreeds, plant melons away from pumpkins, cucumbers and squash
- Onions: These cost less than getting onion sets. Just always make sure to purchase onion seeds that are suited for the climate and sun requirements
- Peas: Like lettuce, peas favor cooler temperature
- Radish: These organic seeds prefer to be grown in moisture-rich soil
- Spinach: Is particularly easy to grow. This can grow well in both shady and sunny places.
If winter and cold winds within your area are starting to abate, prepare your garden bed and amend the soil ready for the warmer months to follow. Then you will be ready to plant your seeds Plant the seeds to the depth specified by the grower and prime gently using a layer of fine soil.
As more individuals use organic vegetable seeds, the increased demand encourages more businesses and universities to devote more funding and studies to the field. This leads to increased awareness and improvements in the production organic produce. If you purchase organic vegetable seeds, you are not only acquiring a “safe seed” which is grown in an organic farming approach; you are also supporting the future of organic farming.