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How is it going with the seed sowing?! 🌱 I grew these little leeks, broccoli, gem lettuces, and Napa cabbages last year and they were delicious. 👩🏻🌾 I know some of you want to save your seeds for next year and the distinctions between these types are key: Open Pollinated seeds, Heirloom seeds and Hybridized seeds. If you want to geek out with me I have put the distinctions below but if you are also like me and just want to know what types you can save, then remember to look for true-to-type open pollinated seeds and/or true-to-type heirloom seeds. Hybrid seeds (like F1 etc) are not good for saving seeds for a couple of reasons👇 ——————————————— 1. True-to type Open Pollinated seeds have been pollinated by forces within nature like wind, human beings, birds, insects and other natural forces. The reason this matters is that natural pollination leads to much greater genetic diversity in plants, slowly enabling them to better adapt to their environments (ie:climate and growing conditions) - impoortant for the cont. biodiversity of the food we eat. Remember that Pollen cannot be shared with different varieties of the same species or they will not remain true-to-type - an imp consideration if you are saving seeds. 2. True-to-type Heirloom seeds - Watch out for fakes - A true heirloom has been passed down through families or within communities. Additionally for a plant to truly be considered an heirloom it needs to be open-pollinated. True-to-type heirloom seeds can be saved if pollen hasn’t been shared with different varieties of the same species. 3. Hybrids (often labeled F1 - when two different varieties or species has been cross-pollinated via a controlled and intentional method. This isn’t inherently bad to use for first generation growing but because the genetics are unstable - ensuing generations of plants will not have the same vitality and may turn out much differently than expected. Hybrid seeds will need to be purchased again next year. Over many years Hybrids can become open-pollinated but it is a many year long process of growing, choosing the right plants, and then saving their seed before their genetics can be stabilized.