Garden Seeds- Hybrids vs Heirloom Variety

Overall, both heirlooms and hybrids deserve their place in any home garden. 

Heirlooms for emergency preparedness offer the ability to harvest seed for future use.  Hybrids offer disease resistance, reliable productivity, and particular maturity ranges.  Whatever seeds are chosen, gardeners should embrace diversity with the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the satisfaction of growing and eating what you grow and experiment with what grows best in your garden.  Gardening is an evolutionary joy that is fun and challenging with great rewards.


Heirloom/Open Pollinated seeds vs. F1 Hybrid Seeds


Watch out when you bring this up in gardening blog spots.  There is a war out

there.  What is the truth?  Is there a middle ground?  Both types of seeds have

their pro’s and con’s, advantages and disadvantages, but neither can trump the

other because when it gets right down to it, which is best is all a personal

preference.  Both have unique characteristics and traits that make the seed special. 

I will try to lay out the benefits and the negative points of each, and then each of

you can decide which is best for you in your situation.   


First off let’s lay out some definitions:

1. The term F1 hybrid means the first filial generation made by crossing two

different parent varieties, the offspring of which produce a new, uniform

seed variety with specific characteristics from both parents.  This same cross

must be done each year to produce consistent F1 hybrid seed.  The

pollination cross is done by control conditions (fields of other varieties miles

away) so that no cross pollination (from wind, bees or any other source) will


2. Heirloom and Open Pollinated seeds are considered two different types but

for our purposes we will lump them together.  Generally the definition of

these varieties is varieties that have been around for 40 to 50 years, and that

has been preserved and kept true in a particular region.  In the case of Open

Pollinated seeds they are pollinated by wind or bees and their traits are

relatively fixed within a range of variability.

     What does this all mean?   

 I think that both hybrid and open pollinated/Heirloom varieties deserve a

legitimate place in any home garden.   

Hybrid seeds are usually the seed of choice for commercial farmers because they grow faster, easier, are disease tolerant, and create more produce than heirloom seeds.  However, there are discrepancies as to the lack of taste hybrids have.  This is true to an extent.  When hybrid seeds first were developed they did have rather bland flavors, but today many hybrids outperform heirlooms with exceptional flavor, taste, and Hybrids allow those of us with shorter seasons to grow and harvest quality produce because of shorter maturity dates.  The disadvantages of hybrid seeds is the lack of distinguishable varieties and colorful produce that many gardeners prefer.  Lastly, but probably most significant disadvantage of hybrid seed is the inability to harvest seed and have it have the same characteristics as its parent.   

Heirloom/Open Pollinated seeds are known for their varieties, colors, flavors, and textures. The produce from heirloom varieties, when grown properly, can be a better product.  Another advantage of heirloom seeds is that gardeners can harvest seeds from this year’s plants to plant next season.  As long as no cross pollination has occurred during the growing season, gardeners can expect the same results from the seed they harvest.  However, with these advantages also come many disadvantages.  Heirlooms are not tolerant to diseases and are harder when trying to harvest quality produce.  The biggest disadvantage, I feel, is that most heirloom varieties grow to maturity and are best when harvested within a couple day time frame.  This makes it extremely hard to harvest a quality that I have fresh corn every day.  With heirloom varieties the milk stage of sweet corn is only a couple of days but with hybrids the milk stage is up to two weeks long.

Overall, both heirlooms and hybrids deserve their place in any home garden. 

Heirlooms for emergency preparedness offer the ability to harvest seed for future use.  Hybrids offer disease resistance, reliable productivity, and particular maturity ranges.  Whatever seeds are chosen, gardeners should embrace diversity with the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the satisfaction of growing and eating what you grow and experiment with what grows best in your garden.  Gardening is an evolutionary joy that is fun and challenging with great rewards.

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Nursing Tea

This is a natural remedy that will really increase the milk production of a lactating woman. I highly recommend it.

  • 1 part Blessed thistle- high in Vitamins- A, iron, calc., promotes milk production and volume.
  • 1 part Red Raspberry tea- increases quality of milk- Vit. A,E, B, female        toner, CA., phos., Iron
  • 1 part Marshmallow root- Vit. A,E, B, female toner, ca., phos., Iron
  • Optional ingred.:
  • nettle- iron, calc., vit K
  • Alphalpha- vit. A,B12, D, E, Phos.
  • Fennel

If you add any of the optional ingred., increase Marshmallow root to 1.5 parts.

Heidi’s Whole Wheat Bread

Place in bowl of Bosch: 
  • 6 ½ cups hot tap water, steaming
  • 11 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour
  • Turn on Bosch and add:
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 3 T. salt
  • 3 heaping T. yeast


Add flour until dough cleans the side of the bowl about 8-10 cups.  (You want soft, but not sticky dough.)  Continue running Bosch for 6 more minutes.  Form into loaves and place into pans.  Allow to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.   Bake at 400° for 2 minutes.  Turn oven down to 350° for 18 minutes.  (This is for small pans:  10 or 11.  Will yield 4 large loaves-Bake at 400° for 2 minutes, then 350° for about 30 minutes.)

* This recipe also calls for ¼ cup molasses and 2 eggs.  I was out of eggs one time and didn’t add them and it was just as good and won’t spoil as fast.  Also, if you are living off of your food storage, it’s probably best not to rely on too many recipes calling for eggs.  Also, this bread can be finished in a little over an hour which is a great blessing J

Recipe via Heidi Conover

Survival Bread

In the past when I have had a premonition to do something for preparedness, I have done it, but I have thought that it would be for “someone” who might need it. After this past year, I have learned that that “someone” is my family and I. So now, I will do flavors and things that I like, because I might be eating it!

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 1/2 c. powdered milk
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 pkg. orange or lemon jell-o (3 oz)
  • 3 Tbl. water

Combine oats, powdered milk and sugar. In a medium pan mix water, jell-o and honey. Bring to a boil. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. (If the dough is too dry, add a small amount of water a teaspoon at a time.) Shape dough into a loaf. (About the size of a brick.) Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool. Wrap in aluminum foil to store. This bread will keep indefinitely and ach loaf is the daily nutrients for one adult.

I think that I would put the loaf in a seal-a-meal bag after I knew for sure that it was dried out. I’d hate for a mouse or something else (spiders) to get to it after the expense and time it took to make it. I actually tried this and it tasted pretty darn good. I tripled the recipe using cherry, and white sparkling grape  jell-o (Combined) instead of orange and it was still yummy. Tripled, it made 5 beautiful “pink” bricks. This is something that you could sick in your emergency backpacks and car kits if you wanted to.

Some have replaced the sugar with honey and said that it works just fine. There might not be as many calories, but it worked just the same.I think that I will try that next time.

Recipe via. Rebecca Lee

Yummy Wheat Bread

This is a 101 bread recipe that is great for beginners. Just throw it all in your bosch, and voila!  You have delicious, nutricious bread. I was happy to find a recipe that would help me rotate the canned milk in my storage. This is a great recipe to get your family started on whole wheat bread. 

  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 Tbs instant yeast
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 3 Tbs gluten flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 12 cups whole wheat flour (8 cups wheat)

Combine ingredients in order given, mixing after half of the flour, being careful not to let salt come into direct contact with yeast.  Continue mixing in remaining flour until well blended, adding more white flour as needed for desired consistency.  Knead in mixer for 8 minutes.  (Kneading this amount of time helps to develop the gluten so as not to need as much gluten flour.)  Divide into 4 or 5 loaves, place in oiled bread pans.  Let rise in a warm place until almost desired bread size.  Bake in preheated 350

oven for 25 minutes.  Brush tops of hot loaves with butter.  Remove and cool completely before slicing.

Hint:  To get a good looking loaf of bread, shape (or roll) into a log and place in pan.  Then press the outer edges down with your fingers until the dough covers the bottom of the pan with a hump in the middle.  If you just plop the “log” into the pan, it won’t automatically turn itself into a nice shape.  What you form is what you’ll get, only larger after it raises and bakes.  Enjoy!

Recipe via Kelly Robb, Leslie Hobbs 

God’s Pharmacy

God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body! God’s Pharmacy ! It’s Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye.
The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red.
The heart has four chambers and is red. All o f the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.
Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.
These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. We’re talking about the “good” sodium, not table salt.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?

It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.
Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body’s cells.
Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

It is best to eat these amazing foods in their raw form when at all possible. In the raw, their enzymes and other powerful nutrients are unaltered. It is in this raw form that the results above are based on.God’s Pharmacy