It's a year since I began creating my sustainable home and what a learning year it's been.
When I began my new garden I really did not know much but lectures at my community garden introduced me to many new concepts including that of hybrid and non-hybrid seeds.
This little Chrysanthemum plant growing here is a non-hybrid seed that is continuing to reproduce itself in my food garden where I planted its parent plant.
Non-Hybrid or Open-Pollinated are able to continue providing food or in this case companion planting in this way.
When I began my garden I always seemed to be spending on plants from local organic suppliers and now less than a year after beginning my garden already I always have something growing from seed.
This special basil seedling below is one of many from my original non-hybrid basil planting.
The edible dandelion here is also a new seedling from my original plant. Each day I have dandelion leaves in my salads. They are great liver cleansers and I just love their sharp taste.
There has been so much to learn to fulfill my dream of producing my own sustainable food but the concept of hyrid and non-hybrid seeds is one I consider to be of prime importance not just for my own garden and budget but for the future of food on our planet.
With patents now applying to many hybrid plants and the genetic modification of other plants non-hybrid seeds provide a way forward to maintain the diversity and quality of food.