For many gardeners, growing plants and eating fresh garden vegetables is all about feeling closer to nature. In order to grow seeds as nature intended and get back to the roots of gardening (literally), more gardeners are choosing to avoid genetically modified seeds and instead are growing the proven heirloom varieties that have remained unchanged for decades.
Unlike GMOs or hybrids, traditional heirloom plants produce fertile, true-to-type seeds that can be saved for planting in the next growing season. The stories and unique history that many heirloom flowers and vegetables carry also makes them worth planting. Some heirlooms were developed by early settlers, while still others have only been recently rediscovered.
The companies listed below offer hundreds of traditional, non-GMO varieties of vegetable, fruit and flower seeds, including many regional favorites. Try planting some of these special flowers and vegetables for yourself and watch living history sprout and thrive in your garden.
Botanical Interests offers almost 600 non-GMO seed varieties
Botanical Interests has been providing gardeners with the best selection of high quality seeds since 1995. Because of their commitment to quality and service, they have assembled an eclectic assortment of seeds that meets the demands of gardeners everywhere. These choices include certified organic, heirloom, open-pollinated and responsibly produced vegetables, herbs and flowers—and all of the seeds from Botanical Interests are GMO-free.
By offering almost 600 different seed varieties, the Botanical Interests selection is more comprehensive than competitive offerings. Botanical Interests has varieties that are perfect for every region of the country, special interest and gardening niche. Wildlife gardeners will love large mixed-flower seed collections such as Bring Home the Butterflies, Hummingbird Haven, Save the Bees and Songbird’s Delight. Gourmets will love Botanical Interests’ large selection of sprouting and micro greens seeds, including Sprouts Sandwich Mix Organic Seeds and Micro Greens Mild Mix Seeds. Flower gardeners will love the more than 200 varieties of flowers and flower mixes for every purpose from brilliantly colored for bedding to sweetly scented for cutting and anything else imaginable. Vegetable gardeners will appreciate over 300 varieties of seeds carefully chosen for their appeal, flavor and performance. Everyone will appreciate Botanical Interests’ environmentally friendly approach to gardening and their commitment to being GMO FREE. To order seeds online or request a printed catalog, visit www.botanicalinterests.com.
Seeds for an old-fashioned, healthy garden
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds—none of which are genetically modified or chemically treated. Southern Exposure specializes in heirloom seeds (open-pollinated, non-hybrid varieties that were developed before 1940) and organic seeds because it believes that “people, vegetables, and the communities that encompass them will all be healthier if we step back towards the older system.” Located in the rolling hills of central Virginia not far from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange emphasizes seed varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, although gardeners and farmers from all over the USA and Canada are happy customers. Included in its latest catalog are many unusual Southern heirlooms including peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), turnip greens, corn for roasting and meal, and butterbeans. To request a free printed catalog, download a PDF version of the catalog, or place an online order, visit www.southernexposure.com, (540) 894-9480.