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Seed Shortages Could Imperil Home Gardens

Green Lifestyle  (tags: shopping, green, garden )

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Dreaming of biting into a garden-fresh cucumber sandwich this summer? Better order your seeds now.A poor growing season last year and increased orders from Europe could make it difficult for home gardeners to get seeds.


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Lynn M (192)
Friday February 12, 2010, 10:07 am
This time around it's a shortage of seeds for our gardens. Yesterday I read about a coffee bean shortage coming up (NOOOOOOO!)- one thing is for shortage of bills in the mailbox! Shazaam!

Scott Z (23)
Friday February 12, 2010, 10:52 am
I think that this story is just the tip of a far deeper dilemma. With seed producing farmers dropping out of the supply chain it may mean that GM seed producers will try to make an entrance into that market. It may be time for home growers to start setting some of their crops aside for next year's seed supply.

Mari 's (1356)
Friday February 12, 2010, 11:21 am


I keep seeds and have a pretty good size garden.

Sherry E (168)
Friday February 12, 2010, 6:57 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 1:19 am
Thanks! Seeds can be grown and saved for a while.

Maryann tamayo (3)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 4:23 am
how will I know if the seeds have been altered?

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 4:31 am
Very informative article.Seed constitutes the main propagule for plant growth and, at the same time, one of the main vehicles for the dissemination of plant pests. Seed-borne pathogens, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses are serious constraints to crop productivity.
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Rebecca G (7)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 4:32 am
Ya know Scott - I SURE HOPE YOU ARE WRONG - but, I would NOT BE SURPRISED AT ANYTHING MONSANTO and IT'S GLOW IN THE DARK BUDDIES DO......It will be TOO LATE to TURN BACK THE CLOCK - WHEN we find out that BIOTECH is NOT GOOD - PERIOD......AMEN........Great choice humans have - STARVE or.......GLO IN THE DARK OR WORSE........AMEN AGAIN PS Maryann - LOOK FOR ORGANIC - and I'm thinking - IT SHOULD ALSO HAVE the USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC symbol too......

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 4:47 am

Ann D (0)
Saturday February 13, 2010, 9:30 am
I would not be surprised if Monsanto doesn't jump to the rescue with their poisonous dead seeds to feed the world.

Clara Bielecki (18)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 6:35 pm
I would be much more upset by this article if I hadn't received almost 40 seed catalogs in snail mail since Christmas. Multiply that by the paper used and the postage it cost and the gas for the mailman to get it to my house by how many people also got all the catalogs. OMG, it boggles the mind. What's the point of the catalogs anyway? All the seed companies have addresses on the computer. Sears did away with their wish book, I wish they all would.

Estella Ameigh (22)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 11:17 pm
Thanks. Some organic seeds are in the stores now. I will be planting some tomato seeds indoors soon so they will have time to grow into big enough plants for the outdoor garden when it gets warm enough.

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Monday February 15, 2010, 2:03 am

Eileen Conrod (19)
Monday February 15, 2010, 4:34 am
What is the next thing that there will be a shortage of ?

Paritosh P (26)
Monday February 15, 2010, 5:53 am

Paritosh P (26)
Monday February 15, 2010, 5:54 am
... GO GREEN ....

Alice C (1797)
Monday February 15, 2010, 5:57 am
Thanks for the information. I collected seeds last fall from some of my herbs and veggies. I will pass this information along. Happy year of the Tiger !

Alice C (1797)
Monday February 15, 2010, 5:58 am
Tweeted and facebooked.

Jere W (9)
Monday February 15, 2010, 6:39 am
Noted and thanks!

Karen Marion (30)
Monday February 15, 2010, 12:24 pm
It's gonna be ok...share...what you have...or trade.......and make friends...then share some more...

Naoko H (15)
Tuesday February 16, 2010, 3:32 am
I can't wait to have my own garden!!

Deborah O (98)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 5:54 pm
Seed exchanges for anything your usual suppliers can get for you. There are many excellent ones--just look on line. Since it is usually a swap situation it is an affordable way to get good organic seed. Also--if you can get involved in gardening clubs, groups, etc. in your community, it's a great way to get seeds from each other--but also cuttings, plants from when your fellow gardeners must thin theirs, bulbs when some plants must be divided, etc. Sharing is a great way to deal with any shortages that arise.
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