Heirloom or Hybrid? What Heirloom Seeds Should I Look For?

Q. I want to be able to harvest seeds from my vegetables and count on the next generation being the same. Please list some heirloom seeds for each of the common vegetables, so I can look for and plant them.

A. Here’s a small list of heirloom seeds that have been proven to be good eating and productive. There are many hybrids that are better, but these are good.

Beans – Kentucky Wonder Brown Pole Beets – Detroit Dark Red Cabbage – Golden Acre Carrots – Scarlet Nantes Corn – Golden Bantam Cucumber – Marketmore 76 Lettuce – Romaine Onion – Utah Sweet Spanish Pea – Lincoln Pepper – Yolo Wonder Radish – Champion Spinach – Bloomsdale Long-Standing Swiss Chard – Lucullus Tomato – Ace 55 VF Winter Squash – Waltham Butternut

All of the above are contained in a #10 can, triple-sealed, that’s available from the Food For Everyone Foundation in the Store section, and if kept cool and dry these seeds will remain viable for many years. Buy this and then use hybrids without worry about growing your own seeds.

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