The seed market has reacted with banners claiming to point gardeners down the correct path toward salvation. Rarely, however, do I read something that actually begins to explain what this all means to home gardeners and their need to find seed. The following signposts are meant for guidance and are at best the place where discussions about correct action begin, not end.
TRADE FOR LOCAL SEEDS
BUY FROM SMALL REGIONAL SEED COMPANIES
Open-pollinated seeds offer gardeners a predictable path to save their own seeds. Gardeners can actually improve a variety from year to year by selecting seeds from open-pollinated plants that do best in their own conditions.
Heirlooms are treasures. Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated varieties with a history, a story. Not all open-pollinated varieties are treasures for everyone, everywhere. Get as much information as you can.
Collect your own native seeds if you can. Local native plant societies are a great place to learn where and what to find and what to leave alone. Buy natives to experiment with in your own landscape. Start small. Expect the project to take longer than you think. Learn to manage the natural plant succession. When looking to buy natives remember the following: The definition of what is native is imprecise. Natives may take 3-4 years to bloom. The native seeds and plants you may want not be for sale. Many non-native plants like lilacs are adapted and easy on your environment. Avoid non-native pioneer species.
This article has been republished with permission from the Seeds Trust.
We encourage you to connect with your local seed saving group or network. Check our List of Seed Saving Groups in the South East Queensland region for one close to you or visit www.seedsavers.net for other locations.
Please support small local Australian seed suppliers if you are buying seed.