Heirloom vegetables have much richer flavors, brighter colors and often more nutrients than the hybrids of today. They are living antiques passed down from one generation to another; selected for flavor and performance over long periods of time. Most hybrids are developed to meet current market demands; their seeds can't be saved and replanted, thus forcing the grower to buy new seeds each year.
Heirloom gardening is perfectly suited for the home or backyard vegetable garden. Whether it's gardening for beginners, container or raised bed gardening, heirlooms will thrive in urban and rural gardens. They only need some good soil that's been well amended, water, sunshine and some fertilizer occasionally. If you've never grown heirlooms, now is the perfect time! Try a variety that interests you, or a vegetable that you like; their color and flavor are incredible. Because heirlooms are living antiques, their stories are amazing!