Sustainable Garden Starter Kit: 10 Must-Have Products for the New Green, Grower

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Ready to start a garden? Whether you're thinking indoor or outdoor, raised beds or containers, all-you-can-eat family produce or simple herbs, here's everything you need to get started.

Bonus: Most of these products are eco friendly or encourage sustainable growing practices.

Heirloom Seeds

Even if your thumb isn't exactly green, knowing you need seeds to make your garden grow is a no-brainer. But why heirloom seeds?

Modern seeds are often hybrids, bred to withstand commercial agricultural practices (like long trips to the supermarket on bumpy trucks and a stronger resistance to disease). Heirloom seeds, though, offer a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, a longer history (most have been around for at least 50 years -- which means five decades of cultivation), and you can be sure they're not genetically modified.

Also: The end results taste way better. Ask for heirloom seeds at your garden center, or check out the selection at online sellers like Seed Savers, El Dorado, or Victory Seeds.

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