[Market-farming] heirloom tomatoes

Tradingpost tradingpost at gilanet.com
Fri Feb 11 17:46:48 EST 2005

As usual, I agree with Pat. May I add, you can't save seed from those
hybrids so if you're saving seed from your heirlooms your seed cost goes to
zero. The price is hard to beat ;-)  And traditionally you save the seed of
the best plants so you're continually refining and adapting your varietes
for your own locale.  There's a hidden cost in some hybrids we don't always
notice. Some of them need more and more fertilizer to produce as promised,
and/or more water, and may need more pesticides. The seed companies aren't
about to spill the beans on that - pun intended - how many 3rd world
farmers have been bankrupted in recent years by the so-called Green

paul tradingpost at gilanet.com

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On 2/11/2005 at 5:26 PM Pat Meadows wrote:

>On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 10:38:51 -0500, you wrote:
>>>From my experience, there might be a small increase in costs.  It seems
>>me that the seeds are not quite as cheap as hybrids. 
>Whoa!  That's a shock.  
>I have a small, specialized seed selling company.  I buy
>(and sell) both heirlooms and hybrids - I'm presently buying
>and selling more than 150 different vegetable, garden fruit,
>herb, and edible flower seeds.
>The hybrid seeds are - on the whole - WAY more expensive
>than the heirlooms.  WAY more.  WAY WAY more.  
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