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SEPTEMBER Specials @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 06 Sep 12:47 , 0 comments

 

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September 2, 2018
Hi!  We're super excited to share all of our new arrivals and garden goodies for September!

Did you enjoy our Fall Planning & Planting Series?
We have a few new videos to share!

Today we're sharing new arrivals and extra special deals for the entire month of September!
NEW ARRIVAL 

45-50 days. White Egg turnip is fast growing variety, producing Medium-green 17 inch tops.  Good bunching variety.
80 days. Indeterminate. A heirloom variety from Russia. These compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, mahogany-brown tomatoes that average about 4 ounces.
Grows in full sun and are cool-tolerant.  The is a great greenhouse variety.
 
SEPTEMBER SUPPLY SALE 
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Michilhili Chinese Cabbage


MARKETMORE CUCUMBER


MAMMOTH MELTING SUGAR PEA


CRIMSON GIANT RADISH


GREY ZUCCHINI


EARLY PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI


 
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September Plant Guide for the US *UPDATED 2018* Posted on 06 Sep 06:27 , 0 comments

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September 6, 2018

FALL is right around the corner and we're prepping now!  In case you'd like to get a jump start, below you'll find our
September Planting Guide
and Fall HERB garden suggestions.

If you have additional question we are happy to help!

FALL HERB GARDENS
 
With just a little early planning, you can have several herbs that like cool weather this Fall.  Fall Herb Garden suggestions include parsley (flat Italian or curled), sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, Basil, cilantro, and mint. Within a few weeks, you will be rewarded with the freshest flavors for autumn meals.
Cilantro is a great cool-weather herb!

From Seed to Harvest:

Basil - 60 to 90 days *I've harvested as early as 30 days*
Chives - 80 to 90 days
Garlic Chives - 80 to 90 days
Cilantro - 60 to 90 days *I've harvested as early as 30 days*
Lavender - 90 days
 Italian Parsley - 40 to 60 days
French Parsley - Chervil - 80 to 120 days
Peppermint - 90 days - Perennial
Rosemary - 90 days - Perennial (grows for several years) *I have seen Rosemary "trees" almost 5 feet tall
 SAGE - 90 days
Thyme - 90-180 days
 
FALL GARDEN INFO


Please keep in mind these are suggestions on what to plant for large regions of the US.  If you're looking for specific info on your particular county/city please feel free to ask.
 

 
 Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Melon, Mustard, Okra, Bulbing Onions, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, PEPPERS, Sweet Potatoes, 
Radish, Romaine, Sorrel,
Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach),  
   Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Swiss ChardTOMATOES, Turnips
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow 

Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard,  PEPPERS, Pumpkin, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash & Winter Squash,
Swiss Chard, TOMATOES and Turnips
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow 
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the Wildflowers!   
 
 
Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Fennel Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Bulbing Onions, Bunching Onions, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Spinach,  Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Strawberry, Swiss Chard and Turnips.
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow 
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers
 
 
CHERRY BELLE RADISH 
 

 
 
Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Bunching Onions, PEAS, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Endive, KALE, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, PEAS, Radicchio, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach,
 Swiss Chard and  Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Mustard.
HERBS: Basil, Cilantro, Dill and Fennel

 
WHITE EGG TURNIP 
*NEW*

  
 Arugula, Beets, Cilantro, Collard greens, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Mustard Greens, Pak Choy, Radicchio, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach



Arugula, Basil, Cilantro, Collard greens, Lettuce, Mache, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radishes, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat


Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Collards greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Parsley, Pak Choy, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips 

 

 
 
EARLY SCARLET GLOBE RADISH 
 *part of our 99 cent Seed Pack collection* 
 
 
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli (Transplants), Brussels Sprouts (Transplants), Carrots, Cauliflower (Transplants), Cilantro, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion, Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, *Malabar Spinach,* Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Our HERBS: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
 
 
 
Arugula, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Radish and Swiss Chard  


 
 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips.
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow  
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!


MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND
Arugula, Beets, Cilantro, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Pak Choy, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat
 
 
CHIOGGIO BEET 
 

Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnips.
FALL HERBS: Basil & Cilantro


Arugula, Cilantro, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat
 
 
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Lettuce, Radish and Spinach
 
 
 
LACINATO KALE 
*Also called Dino Kale*  
 
 
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Kale, Radish and Salad greens 
 
 
 
If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant an indoor windowsill garden to harvest fresh greens such as European Mesclun Mix and Arugula
RADISH is an excellent Fall crop.  It is easy to grow and a quick harvest!  
 

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Have a safe and happy weekend!

 

Happy Planting,

 

Mary's Heirloom Seeds, P. O. Box 3763, Ramona, CA 92065

 


Growing Swiss Chard & Kale from Seed to Harvest Posted on 29 Aug 09:41 , 1 comment

I'm updating our "greens" growing tutorials to include a bit more info.  I've written quite a few articles about food prices and growing your own food. 

First, I wrote Food Prices are on the Rise , then I wrote In Times of Uncertainty, Grow & Save and a follow-up Food Prices Continue to Rise.  These articles explain why it is so important to start growing your own food.  Even if it's just a salad garden, there is something for everyone.  So let's get started on started on growing Swiss Chard & Kale

SWISS CHARD

 

Swiss Chard and Kale:

Tip: Soak seeds overnight in water before planting to ensure strong germination.

 

Plant seeds 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep and 3-6 inches apart. Set out seedlings 8-12 inches apart. Indoors or out, thin newly germinated seedlings with cuticle scissors instead of pulling them out. Chard seed capsules often contain two or more seeds. If more than one germinates snip off all but the strongest sprout at the soil line. Gradually thin direct-sown seedlings to 8-12 inches apart.

 

KALE

 

Harvest individual leaves from the outer area but be sure to leave the crown intact.

 

Frequent picking helps to stimulate the production of new leaves. Rinse leaves with cool water immediately, shake off the excess moisture, and store in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to four days.

 

Swiss Chard is not only heat tolerant, depending on your area, it is also a cool weather crop.  I have had several varieties withstand several days of frost and survive.  So far, Lacinato Kale is the most heat tolerant variety we carry

 Chickens love their kale!

 

Companion Plants for Swiss Chard & Kale

Chards: Bean, cabbage family, tomato, onion and roses. Don't overlook chard's value as an ornamental plant in flower beds or wherever you have room for it. Don't grow chard near cucurbits, melons, corn or herbs.

Kale:  beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard

 

Both Swiss Chard and KALE grow very well together in small spaces

 

TIPS for growing GREENS

-Make sure soil remains moist but is well drained.

-Harvest the outer leaves continuously with both Kale & Swiss Chard.

-Once established, Swiss Chard can continue to produce for over 6 months and even a year!

-Swiss Chard will tell you when it needs water. Just look at it. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.

-Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots:

 

Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting. Most greens prefer soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast. Alfalfa Meal or Alfalfa Meal Tea works well for Growing Greens.

 

 

 

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Growing Lettuce from Seed to Harvest Posted on 29 Aug 09:02 , 0 comments

I've written quite a few articles about food prices and growing your own food. 

First, I wrote Food Prices are on the Rise , then I wrote In Times of Uncertainty, Grow & Save and a follow-up Food Prices Continue to Rise.  These articles explain why it is so important to start growing your own food.  Even if it's just a salad garden, there is something for everyone.  So let's get started on started on growing Lettuce! 

Lettuce and Spinach:

Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist soil.  It is best to sow lettuce or spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced about 1 ft. apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until germination. Once the plants have a grown their true leaves, you can begin to thin the plants to about 6" apart.


Start lettuce or spinach indoors or direct seeded in the garden as soon as the soil is workable.  Great for container gardens.

Depending on the type of lettuce, harvest outer leaves only or cut down the whole head.  Succession planting can dramatically increase yields, especially in smaller areas.  Succession planting is when you stagger plantings in the same area throughout the season. Each time a crop is finished you pull it and plant a new one.

 

Lettuce and spinach are great options for cold frames if you're growing in a cooler climate.  Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting. Lettuce prefers soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast. Alfalfa Meal or Alfalfa Meal Tea works well for Growing Greens.

 

Spinach can be harvested in the cut and come again method of harvesting lettuce. Cut individual leaves, starting with the older, outer leaves, and letting the young inner leaves remain and continue growing for a later harvest. You can also cut down the whole plant, for a larger harvest.

Companion Plants for GREENS

Lettuce: Does well with beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, cucumbers, onion, radish and strawberries. It grows happily in the shade under young sunflowers. Dill and lettuce are a perfect pair. Keep lettuce away from cabbage. Cabbage is a deterrent to the growth and flavor of lettuce.

Spinach: Plant with peas and beans as they provide natural shade for the spinach. Gets along with cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, onion, peas, strawberries and fava bean. Plant spinach with squash. It's a good use of space because by the time squash plants start to get big the spinach is ready to bolt. 

 

TIPS for growing GREENS

-Make sure soil remains moist but is well drained.

- You should be able to sow additional seeds every two weeks for a continuous harvest throughout the growing season

- Consider planting rows of chives or garlic between your lettuce to control aphids. They act as “barrier plants” for the lettuce

-Lettuce will tell you when it needs water. Just look at it. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.

-Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots: They are shallow.

 

 

 If you have additional questions please send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com


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AUGUST Planting Guide for the US 2018 Posted on 11 Aug 07:57 , 1 comment

We're planning & Planting our FALL gardens!

 

Don't miss out on our 99 Cent Seed Packs.
These seeds are a great deal!

GARLIC is now available for pre-orders.
GARLIC is planted from late September thru December depending on your area.


Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Herbs: Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
 
 
Sow Indoors - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion and Spinach
Sow Outside - Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas- Snow & Snap, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Tomatoes
Don't forget the Herbs and  Wildflowers!
 
 
 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale 

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Squash and Turnips.
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi and Lettuce.
Herbs: Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
 
 

Sow Outside - Arugula, Beet, Carrot, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Spinach
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers
  
 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Kale, Kohlrabi and Scallions
 
 

Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips.
Transplant- Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Parsley
Our Favorite Herbs:  Basil, Borage, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Lemon Bee Balm and Parsley
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
 


Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnip
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Lettuce
 
  
 
(Depending on your climate) 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes and Zucchini.
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!!
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
 
 
Sow Indoor - Broccoli, Cabbage Cauliflower, Eggplant, Leeks and Lettuce
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beans, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Mustard Greens, Okra, Southern Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Cherry Tomato and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!! 
Our favorites: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Don't forget  WILDFLOWERS!


If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant an indoor windowsill garden to harvest fresh greens such as European Mesclun Mix and Arugula
RADISH is an excellent Fall crop.  It is easy to grow and a quick harvest!   
 

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Broccoli raab, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Cauliflower, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Radish, Salad greens, Spinach and Turnips


Arugula, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach and Swiss Chard
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
  
 
     
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli raab, Cabbage (early), Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Cauliflower, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Peas, Radish, Salad greens, Spinach and Turnips 


 
Arugula , Eggplant, Escarole, Mustard, Onions, Okra, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomatoes
 Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!  
 
 Amaranth, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Don't forget the Herbs and Wildflowers
 
Amaranth, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Mustard, Bunching Onions, Peppers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes and Turnips
Don't forget the Herbs and Wildflowers
 


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August Specials & FREE Seeds Posted on 01 Aug 11:02 , 0 comments

 

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Hi!  We're super excited to share all of our new arrivals and garden goodies for August!

Have you enjoyed our Fall Planning & Planting Series so far?  We'll have another installment to share very soon.

Today we're sharing new arrivals, Free Seeds and FREE garden supplies for August!
MOUNTAIN FLOWER SPECIALS 
FREE packet with purchase of a 5-pack!

Here's the deal:
Starting today through August 15th
Purchase a 5-pack of
And we'll include an extra FREE packet!

If you purchase 1 of each 5-pack, you will receive 3 Extra free seed packs!

*NEW ARRIVAL*
 With an N-P-K of 8-3-1, this high nitrogen fertilizer encourages robust, green growth.   Bat Guano is extremely effective when applied as a top dressing, a soil amendment or brewed into guano tea.
AUGUST
 





















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Growing Tomatillo from Seed to Harvest Posted on 19 Jul 09:29 , 0 comments

Tomatillo is an often overlooked heirloom variety.  Native to Mexico and domesticated by the Aztecs around 800 B.C., the tomatillo is one of our most ancient food bearing plants.

Growing Tomatillo is similar to growing tomatoes but isn't as heavy a feeder as tomatoes.

Select a growing area with full sun exposure and well-drained, moderately rich soil.

The rule of thumb for sowing seeds is to plant the seed twice as deep as it is wide (or twice as deep as the diameter of the seed). Tomatillo seeds are really small, so don’t plant them very deep – they only need to be planted 1/8″ – 1/4″ deep.  Grow at least 2 plants at a time, more if you plan to make a bit of salsa.

My personal rule of thumb is to always plant more than you think you'll will need.  This will come in handy if you have pest issues such as bugs, birds, squirrels and even cats.  If you produce more than you need or use, you can always store for later or share with friends and family.

 

Similar to growing tomatoes, Tomatillo sprouts roots along the stems, so it does well when planted deep in the soil. Tomatillo plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and about the same in width, so space the plants 3 feet apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Plan to give them support in the form of gardening trellises or tomato cages.

Tomatillo will continue to produce until frost takes over.  Although moderately drought-tolerant, tomatillos do best with an inch or so of water per week (more if you live in a very hot climate).

 

You know a tomatillo is ready to be cut from the plant when the fruit has filled out the husk. Left to ripen further, the fruit will frequently split the husk and turn yellow or purple depending on its genetics.


We hope you have enjoyed yet another informative growing article here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  If you have additional questions please ask!



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More NEW ARRIVALS! Posted on 18 Jul 11:31 , 0 comments

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July 18, 2018
We are thrilled to announce a few more new arrivals for 2018/2019 gardens!
Several of the new arrivals listed below were a special request for dying wool and fabrics.
In case you missed it, we've also added to our 99 Cent Seed Pack SALE for the month of July.
All of the info is below.
Enjoy!

NEW ARRIVALS
A cousin of Lamb's Ear, Stachys Offinalis is also called betony, bishopswort, purple betony, or wood betony. Betony is a hardy perennial herb.
The erect stem grows from 4 to 5 feet high, is very stout and deeply furrowed, and near the top, branched.
Known as Golden Marguerite Daisy or Dyer's Chamomile, this perennial provides an abundance of yellow daises all summer and fall.
Used as a natural dye for wool
Purple-black seeds are used by the Hopis as a natural dye source, especially for coloring baskets. Seeds may also be used for food or feed, and this is the best variety for dehulling. 7-11 ft. stalks with 5-13 in. heads. 
(Malva Sylvestris Mauritiana) - From the Mallow family, this French Hollyhock will bloom the first year from flower seed.  Used to dye wool and fabrics
50 days.  Monstrueux De Viroflay Spinach is An old variety dating back to the mid 1800's in France.
45 days. A Pre-1880 heirloom variety.
Popular Southern variety often grown for winter green.
50-60 days.Tatume is a summer squash popular in Mexico and Texas, round/oval med-dark green to yellow fruits with faint stripes.
A pre-1885 French heirloom.
An original French lettuce variety of the "4 Seasons" strain
An English main crop variety and standard home and market variety.

Small, mild Japanese pepper for roasting, pan-frying and grilling.


HOPI RED DYE AMARANTH
Originally grown as a dye plant by the southwestern Hopi Nation, this variety has the reddest seedlings of any amaranth known, making it a natural for micro-green mixes!


Sugar beets are a natural source of sugar and where most of the sugar industry derives its sugar from these days.
Beets are up to 1 foot long and can weigh from 3-5 pounds.


Our Medicinal herb garden combo pack consists of standard-sized packets of the herb seeds that we consider to b useful for growing plants for first-aid.
8 Herb seeds varieties included
JULY 99 CENT SEED PACKS & SPECIALS
 
 


 
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GIVEAWAY: Fall Garden Seeds & Supplies from Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 29 Jun 05:14 , 21 comments

We LOVE Giveaways!!!!
With Fall Garden planning underway,  Mary's Heirloom Seeds has decided to sponsor Another Giveaway.
Are you ready???

  This is a super simple giveaway with loads of seeds and supplies for a Fall Garden!  This Giveaway will run from Friday, June 29th thru Thursday, July 5th at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada
We will pick One Lucky Winner on Friday, July 6th

Our unique selection of cool-weather crops is perfect for your fall garden.  These are individual packs of seeds.  This combo pack includes the seed selection from our regular Fall Garden Combo Pack, plus quite a few more for a total of 12 seed packs
Arugula (100)
Russian Red Kale (100)
Purple Plum Radish (100)
Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach (200)
Calabrese Broccoli (100)
Dwarf Pak Choy Cabbage (100)
Fennel (100)
Detroit Dark Red Beet (100)
Scarlet Nantes Carrot (100)
Long Island Brussels Sprouts (80)
Snowball Self-Blanching Cauliflower (200)
Rainbow Swiss Chard (100)

Coconut coir growing medium comes from the coconut's fibrous husk (known as coir) that is bound together by lignin (known as pith).  With the addition of water, coir expands to an easy to work with growing medium. The addition of water increases the volume 3 to 9 times, depending on the packaging of products. This process results in a 100% organic, biodegradable growing medium, making it a natural and safe growth medium of choice for growers


MOUNTAIN FLOWER FERTILIZER Assortment
1 OF EACH:
COMPOST TEA MIX
Easy to use instant Compost Tea.
Each packet of powdered mix makes a gallon of full strength compost tea or 2 gallons of diluted compost tea.
Use:
Foliar feed
All purpose fertilizer
Pre-Soak for seeds
NPK is 6-5-5 plus Calcium and Trace Minerals.


NITROGEN BOOST FISH FOOD
Easy to use instant fish-based foliar feed or Tea.
Use:
Foliar feed
Transplant root soak to reduce stress/shock
Pre-Soak for seeds
DIY Liquid fertilizer


ROOT BOOST
 5-4-2 Fertilizer
Ideal for all plant types, use Mountain Flower Root Boost to encourage expansive root systems, increased crop yields and superior quality flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Boosts Microbial Activity


From Mary,
Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a "mom and pop" small business created out of a desire to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Our customers know that we are a simple phone call or email away
We currently offer over 500 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid garden Seeds.  Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge AND the Declaration of Seed Freedom.
 
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Giveaway is open to all Residents of the US and Canada.
Giveaway opens 6/29/2018 and ends Thursday, July 5th at Midnight.
All giveaway entrants will be added to Mary's Heirloom Seeds mailing list.
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If you've been a customer of Mary's Heirloom Seeds for any length of time, you probably know that we are always ready and willing to answer questions.  A common concern is feeding your garden. Specifically, the functions of each one.

I realize that this is a lot of info to put in one single email.  If you have additional questions I am happy to help!

This is perfect timing since we're working on a few new instructional videos to help you make your own liquid fertilizer.

We have recently added a few NEW options of
Organic Soil Amendments


 NITROGEN BOOST FISH FOOD
NPK: 8-5-1
Hydrolized Fish Powder for a quick shot of nitrogen for your plants
Easy to use instant fish-based foliar feed or Tea.
Most effective when applied at pre-bloom, again at early leaf development, again at fruit set, and during periods of expected plant stress.


COMPOST TEA
Use:
Foliar feed
All purpose fertilizer
Pre-Soak for seeds
NPK is 6-5-5 plus Calcium and Trace Minerals.



 SUPER KELP
Use:
Foliar feed
Transplant root soak to reduce stress/shock
Pre-Soak for seeds
If you're growing a veggie garden or you've ever grown a garden then you probably know that nutrients are very important.  Sun and soil (and SEEDS) are also important. Nutrients play an integral role in plant health.

Plant Nutrients-Getting Started
Most "all-in-one" type of fertilizers have an "NPK" rating.  NPK stands for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium(potash). 

What does each nutrient do? 
In addition to other properties, Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health.

Minerals are VERY important to healthy plant growth.

What is Alfalfa Meal and How does it Work?
From our website,
Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.
  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency
**It is important to mention that our Alfalfa Meal is Organic and Non-GMO**  If you are looking to avoid synthetic pesticides and gmo derivatives, Organic and Non-GMO is the way to go.

When added to your compost pile, alfalfa acts as a stimulant. It decomposes rapidly, creating heat which helps the rest of your compost to decompose. And your finished compost will have higher nutrient levels when alfalfa is used. Higher nutrient levels in your compost and soil means more nutrient-dense produce in your garden.  Bonus, Worms LOVE Alfalfa Meal!

As a garden fertilizer, alfalfa meal is used to increase organic matter in the soil and makes an excellent fast and effective soil conditioner. The high amounts of carbohydrates and protein encourage beneficial soil microbes and earthworms that are responsible for quickly breaking down the nutrients and making them available for use by the plants

For more info, read 
MICRONIZED AZOMITE
*on sale* 
Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health. The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water an estimated 30 million years ago. This mixture of volcanic ash and sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-mineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!

For more info, read
Using Azomite in the Garden for Healthy Plants

 

Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits. Excellent soil conditioner. Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite.
 
BOTH of these plant nutrients are important for "heavy feeders" such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Pumpkins and Squash 
From our website, 
  • Greensand is a mined mineral rich in soil conditioning glauconite
  • Contains potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits
  • Excellent soil conditioner
  • Carrying a formulation of 0-0-0.1
Greensand turns dense, heavy clay into manageable soil. Greensand is a naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate that can increase soil's moisture absorption by up to ten times. 
There are more than 30 trace minerals and nutrients in greensand, with high concentrations of Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Silicon (Si), Oxygen (O), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminum (Al), Sodium (Na), and Hydrogen (H). These minerals release slowly into the soil in just the proportions that plants need.

For more info, read
Using Greensand in the Garden for Healthier Soil  




Kelp is derived from sea plants and is sustainable.  Kelp Meal contains only small amount of N, P, and K (highest in Potash) but adds valuable micronutrients.  Kelp Meal also contains vitamins that help increase yields, improve soil structure, reduce plant stress from drought, and increase frost tolerance.

From our website, 
Organic Kelp Meal (1-0-2) is dried and ground Rock Weed (Ascophyllum Nodosum), which grows in the cold clean waters along the New England coast, and is known as the best marine plant available for agriculture today

Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant

It should be tilled in the soil before planting or can be top dressed, incorporated into potting soils, seed beds and composting material. 
Organic kelp meal is ascophyllum nodosum, which is widely recognized as one of the finest marine plants available for agriculture today 
It is a natural and cost effective enhancement to any soil fertilization and conditioning program 
It is suitable for all crops and applications, and can be mixed with most soil conditioners and fertilizers

BONUS:  Sprinkle a small handful of kelp meal early in the growing season around and on the base of squash plants to help deter squash bugs.  Do this every 10 days where squash bugs are a problem.

Fro more info, read
Kelp Tea Recipe for your Garden 

 

A well-balanced organic fertilizer and a good all-around blend. It is easy to use and ready to apply. pH balanced to counteract acidic soil conditions and formulated to deliver a steady supply of organic nutrients to enhance soil fertility and produce vigorous plants.
  • Use at any stage of plant's life.
  • Boosts Microbial Activity
  • Contains Fish Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Rock Phosphate, Greensand, Langbeinite, Kelp Meal, and Humic Shale Ore
For transplants add 1-2 Tbs. per hole
 

  • Easy to use  
  • Works in gardens, yards, lawns, and soil beds
  • Perfect for revitalizing soils that have been heavily worked
  • Scent serves as a deterrent to common garden pests such as rabbits and deer
  • Also helps accelerate composting breakdown of carbon based composts such as leaves and straw

Phosphorus is involved in many plant processes, including:  
  • Energy transfer reactions
  • Development of reproductive structures
  • Crop maturity
  • Root growth
  • Protein synthesis
 

Carefully blended from organic nutrients in the ideal proportions without the use of synthetics, growth stimulants or low quality fillers
Calcium is a component of plant cell walls, and it's needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you're growing green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

For more info:  Using Calcium in the Garden for Healthy Plants


Very important to mention, ingredients are derived from organic, non-gmo sources.  All-Purpose VEGAN plant nutrients. 
  • Formulated to contain no animal products or animal by-products
  • A blend of excellent medium to long term nutrient sources
  • Add in combination with good organic compost to nourish your plants, improve the soil structure and encourage gardening
  • Ingredients include soybean meal, rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, langbeinite, humic shale ore, azomite, Acadian kelp meal and greensand
  • 3-2-2 formula
   
Humate is a generic name for humic materials -- salt forms of humic acid. They are most commonly low grade lignite coal. Humates regulate water-holding capacity, have extremely high ion exchange capacities, and reduce soil erosion by increasing the cohesive forces of the very fine soil particles. Very low concentrations of humates have been shown to stimulate seed germination and root growth. They have also been shown to stimulate desirable soil microorganisms.

For more info, read
What is Humic Acid & How Does it Work?

 


&
Mycorrhizae is a fungi that has a beneficial relationship with a plants roots. When Mycorrhizal fungi comes into contact with a plants roots it begins to colonize, or multiply, on the roots and begins to spread out into the surrounding soil. These strands of mycorrhizal fungi effectively become an extension of the roots and can increase the absorption area of a plants root system by 10 to 1,000 times. This allows the root system a more efficient intake of nutrients and water. 
They are particularly effective for agricultural plants that have high water and nutritional needs.  Over 50,000 University studies have highlighted the benefits of mycorrhizal colonization on the health and yield of plants.

Benefits Include:
Reduces Drought Stress
Reduces Watering
Reduces Transplant Shock
Increases Yields
Increases Overall Plant Hardiness
Promotes Rooting
Promotes Nutrient Uptake
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

Have a safe and happy weekend!

 

Happy Planting,

 

Mary's Heirloom Seeds, P. O. Box 3763, Ramona, CA 92065