It is quickly approaching the time when you will be buying seeds for the new growing season. You can already get your eggplant seeds going on a warm windowsill in February in the Netherlands and capsicums and tomatoes are not far behind with a seed date in March.
You may not be aware of the types of seeds that are available to you, but we recommend you get open pollinated seeds where possible (as opposed to hybrid seeds). Open pollinated seeds keep natural genetic diversity strong in our plant communities. Whilst an organically grown hybrid is not a bad alternative, we choose open pollinated seeds where possible. The other advantage to open pollinated seeds is that you can save seed from these plants to grow next season. You can’t do this with hybrid varieties.
Open pollinated seeds are often not labelled as such, but we can point you to some suppliers. In Europe, we like the German company Bingenheimer Saatgut. De Bolster is also a good company – we just had them on the phone and they assure us that all their seeds are open pollinated except their “Bartelly” tomatoes.
If you want more guidance on growing your own food from seed then feel welcome at our upcoming workshops.