Is There a Seed Shortage?

By Sara Tipton

Demand for seeds is at an all-time high! With grocery store shelves emptying and the prices constantly going up on what’s left, people have started to look for alternative methods of eating, and growing their own food has become the simplest way to achieve that.

The popularity of gardening is surging, which means things like seeds have been harder to find. With seed buying spiking as much as 300% in 2020, many varieties were out of stock early in 2021. Experts predict your favorite seeds may still be hard to come by again this year, but they’ve got a few tips to help you shop for seeds successfully.

First, consider seed swapping. Seed swapping has been going on for time immemorial, as people traded the seeds they had for seeds they needed as a means of both cultivation and survival. You can trade with your neighbor or even ship seeds to someone else across the country. And even before seeds became this year’s hot ticket item, the practice of seed swapping—particularly for local, heirloom, or rare saved seeds—has been experiencing something of a revival because the hybrid varieties simply don’t produce seeds that will generate a plant.

4 Reasons To Choose Heirloom Seeds For Your Garden

Another suggestion if your favorite seed varieties are sold out is to consider it as an opportunity to find and try something new. Maybe a different variety will work better in your agriculture zone, or maybe you’ll actually like it more.  Maybe it’ll be easier for you to save the seeds from a different variety.  The point is, we can work around the shortages if we try.

Looking for seed variety kits, can also be a way to ensure you have all of your garden favorites. Our garden kit is a best seller at Ready Nutrition because it uses GMO-free and pesticide free seeds, which means when the plants go to seed at the end of the season, you can collect seeds and make your own seed bank. Here are some of the specs:

Vegetable Garden Kit

  • 25 seeds packets of your garden favorites
  • Produce enough fresh food for a family of eight for a whole year with just one can
  • Each and every seed batch is independently tested for reliability to make sure you grow the most productive crop
  • Only heirloom seed varieties are used because we truly believe the old adage that says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
  • Sourced through American farmers who pledge to never, ever use GMO crops
  • Upside down & inside out, our seeds are tested to make sure they are positively pesticide-free.
  • Ready Nutrition sources only heirloom seed varieties because they truly believe the old adage that says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. These seeds are sourced through American farmers who pledge to never, ever use GMO crops. Additionally, these seeds are tested to make sure they are positively pesticide free!

Another benefit of seed saving and seed sharing is the family bond and educating children about nature. Studies have shown that kids who enjoy gardening and planting and saving their seeds grow up to eat a healthier diet than those who don’t. Children are naturally curious and every planting season is filled with excitement and joy. They all want to taste the fruits of their labor, so why not start a new family tradition beginning with heirloom seeds?

You could also just simply share your seeds with your neighbors! Make friends, and teach them how to save the seeds so they can pass them on and share with others too. The cycle of seed giving could create a wave of kindness the world likely desperately needs right now.

E-Course: Bio-Intensive Gardening

So, even though we are all experiencing shortages in some of our normal purchases, it’s time to get creative and utilize the opportunities we have around us. If your neighbors have a garden, maybe it’s time to strike up a conversation with them about gardening and see if they want to share some of their secrets (and some of their favorite seeds), look locally at garden stores to see if they have seeds still available, or look online. No one knows how long these shortages will continue, so it may be a good idea to stock up on these to create a foundation of food secrurity.

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on May 11th, 2022

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