An Organic Garden of Oriental Cucumbers, Chinese Cabbage and Thai Basil


The way we garden for our communities is changing and changing fast. The history of gardening has been one that was predominantly a hobbyist pursuit, but as we move into the 21st century it’s becoming more of an event. Gardening is no longer just about growing your own food, but about helping people connect with nature and each other in new ways.

Hybrid seeds

Hybrid seeds are the result of cross-pollination between different plant varieties. This can occur naturally or by humans. When the result is a new variety, it’s called a hybrid seed. Hybridized plants often have more resistance to disease and insects, as well as environmental conditions like drought or extreme heat and cold.

Since hybrids are not genetically modified (GM), they don’t require any special regulations before being sold in grocery stores or garden centers. However, you should still make sure that any hybrid seeds you purchase are organic—just because a product is labeled organic doesn’t mean it’s free from GMO ingredients!

Open pollinated seeds

Open pollinated seeds are those that have not been genetically modified. Some people call these heirloom seeds, and they are the most nutritious, flavorful and beautiful of all seeds. They are also the most hardy and can be grown in a wide variety of soil types.

  • We use open pollinated cucumber, cabbage and basil varieties as well as some hybrid varieties to create our delicious organic herbs and vegetables at U-Pick Farms!

Heirloom seeds

Heirloom seeds are seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation and are not genetically modified, hybrids or patented. Heirloom seeds are also not genetically engineered. Heirloom plants grow true-to-type (that is, they will produce the same plant as the parent plant). The term “heirloom” can be misleading because it sounds like a brand on something that’s old, but heirlooms can be new varieties just as easily as older ones .

Seed patents

A seed patent is a government-issued, exclusive license that allows the holder to profit from a seed’s unique characteristics for up to 20 years. Seed patents have been around in the United States since 1930, but they didn’t become popular until the late 1990s with the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybean and corn lines. Today, about 88% of all U.S.-grown seeds are patented.

If you’re concerned about food safety and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), you probably think seed patents are bad news; after all, they allow corporations like Monsanto to charge exorbitant prices for their patented seeds year after year while preventing farmers from saving them and replanting them in future seasons (and even other regions). But not everyone sees it this way: Some economists argue that these companies provide important financial incentives for farmers and plant breeders to invest resources into new crop varieties that would otherwise be left unexplored by big agriculture companies simply because they weren’t profitable enough on their own—or at least not yet!

Describing gardening

A garden is a place where you grow plants.

There are many kinds of gardens, some large and some small. Some gardens have flowers in them; others have vegetables; still others have both. In this blog we will be talking about gardening with heirloom seeds, which means that we will be growing plants from seeds that are over fifty years old or even older!

Gardening tools

Gardening tools are essential in any garden, regardless of its size. If you’re thinking of starting a vegetable or herb garden and want to get started right away, adequate preparation is key. The types of gardening tools you need will depend on the size of your land and how much maintenance it requires. In general, there are four main types: shovels, forks (or spades), rakes and hoes. As for materials used in making these tools: metal or wood? Most brands offer steel-tipped tools with ergonomic handles that allow for easy handling when digging into hard soil; some companies even feature compost trowels made from recycled plastic!

For larger plots where extensive digging is necessary (e.g., building raised beds) consider purchasing an axe as well—this tool’s versatility makes it ideal for clearing brush from trees so they’ll have enough sunlight during their growing season later on down the road when fruit grows ripe enough to eat by then – especially if one wants to plant pumpkins which take up lots more space than cucumbers

The Importance of Residential Gardens, Particularly in an Urban Setting

In this blog post, I will be discussing a few of the many benefits of gardening. The most obvious benefit being that you get to grow your own food. This can be particularly helpful in an urban setting where there is little to no space for any sort of land use, but it works just as well in rural environments too. In addition to being able to consume fresh produce throughout the year and reduce food waste, gardening offers multiple social benefits as well:

  • Social interaction
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Economic health

An Organic Garden of Oriental Cucumbers, Chinese Cabbage and Thai Basil: a blog about heirloom seeds research.

There are so many reasons to grow your own food, but it’s important to make sure you do it right. Growing heirloom seeds is an excellent way to ensure that you have access to healthy, organic produce, and with the help of community gardens and urban gardening projects, you can start growing food in places where it might not be possible otherwise. Here are a few things that gardeners should know about heirloom seeds:

  • They’re better for the environment because they aren’t hybridized like many hybrids on today’s market
  • They’re more resistant than other types of plants
  • They can adapt better when grown in harsher weather conditions

By growing your own vegetables and herbs from heirloom seeds instead of buying them from grocery stores or other commercial outlets (where most seed varieties come from), you’ll find out why these types of plants are special. You’ll also notice how much more flavorful and nutritious they taste compared with their counterparts grown through conventional methods!

The way we garden for our communities is changing and changing fast.

The way we garden for our communities is changing and changing fast. We’re not only becoming more aware of what we eat and why, but also of how to get it into the hands of people who need it most. This is happening across the country and around the world, with an increased focus on health as well as sustainability—from seed banks to urban gardens, from plant-based restaurants to community gardens run by volunteers.

In my experience working with farmers markets and food banks over the past decade, I have seen countless examples of individuals coming together to help their neighbors in times of need. Whether it be a group pitching in at a local farm during harvest season or an individual donating produce from their garden or cooking up meals for others going through hard times, there are many ways that we can assist those in need right where we live.


There are many ways to garden and care for our communities. Heirloom seeds are an important part of that, as they help us preserve the diversity of plants that make up a community’s food sources. With this in mind, we hope you enjoyed reading about our research into heirloom seeds and their importance in an urban setting such as New York City.

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