Betsy just sent me the link to an article in the NY Times about “heirloomism” and vegetable gardening: Heirloom Seeds or Flinty Hybrids?. Its a long article, exploring lots of aspects of hybrids and heirlooms. It also describes the new movement that goes beyond heirloom seeds, striving to “rebuild the regional farming culture that invented those cultivars”.
Betsy says, “It hadn’t occurred to me that the heirloom tomatoes could be at the root of the blight problem – too long a season with varieties that are not disease resistant. Interesting.”
What do you think – do you grow heirloom or hybrid seeds? I think my garden has about 50:50.