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Get your hands dirty in an heirloom garden

April 15, 2014

Now that the weather has taken a turn for the better, it may be time for you to head outside and get your hands dirty by doing a little bit of gardening. If this is the first time you've decided to grow your own fruits and vegetables, you could be unsure as to how to go about this endeavor. While you could head to your local nursery, grab a few plants and place them in the ground, why not make the most of these outdoorsy efforts and cultivate heirloom seeds?

If you haven't heard all the heirloom hype, you may not be aware of all the pros that supposedly come from planting these kinds of seeds as opposed to hybrid varieties. Mother Earth News explained that the reasoning behind building an heirloom garden comes down to two elements: taste and nutrition.

According to the source, many people maintain that genetic modifications made to plants have allowed them to thrive despite being shipped far distances, but they have also led these products to be lacking in flavor. At the same time, these manipulated species of fruits and vegetables are not as rich in terms of nutritional value when compared to heirlooms. Taking these factors into account, you may want to invest in seeds that will yield delicious and nutritious goods for you and your family to enjoy.

Epicurious advised that you evaluate your personal preferences, in addition to external factors presented by your climate when deciding which varieties of heirloom plants you would like to have in your garden. While you could stick with species native to your region, it may be fun to mix things up and incorporate types from all over the world, as long as they will survive the weather in your area. By doing so, you could stock your HMS service plan-protected fridge with items like Spanish peppers and Japanese melons.