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Mary's Heirloom Seeds GIVEAWAY Posted on 24 Mar 06:17 , 69 comments

We LOVE Giveaways!!!!  As promised, to our followers on our FB page  we're sponsoring another GIVEAWAY!  Are you ready???

This is a super simple giveaway with loads of seeds!  We will pick ONE winner on March 29th
Giveaway runs from NOW thru Tuesday, March 28th @ midnight.
This Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada
 

Our Lucky winner will receive our "In the Kitchen" Garden Herb Pack


This is a great starter kit for your Kitchen Herb Garden.  Includes a full-pack of the following varieties:
-Genovese Basil
-Cilantro
-Dill Vierling
-Oregano
-Sage
-Tarragon
-Thyme

WITH the STARTER PACK option, which includes 


7 plant markers and Garden Tools set

For additional options at Mary's Heirloom seeds, check out our EASY STARTER KITS


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 450 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated and organic seeds.   Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge AND the the Declaration of Seed Freedom. 
 
Are you ready to enter the giveaway?


Giveaway is open to all Residents of the US and Canada.
Giveaway opens 3/24/2017 and ends Tuesday, March 28th @ midnight
All giveaway entrants will be added to Mary's Heirloom Seeds mailing list.
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Planting Wildflowers in Your Garden Posted on 11 Mar 07:10 , 0 comments

One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow!  In case you missed it, we recently posted an article of EDIBLE FLOWERS at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

Plan
Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed.
Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day.
Prepare your soil be clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
 
Plant
Mix the seeds with sand for better visibilty and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil.
We recommend lighly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or just pat down with you hands.
 
Grow
Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occassionally.
Spring, summer and fall are all wildflower planting times, depending on your region, your weather, and the way you want to approach establishing your meadow. No matter when or where you plant, site preparation is roughly the same. But the first consideration is not the season; it's your climate.
 
For mild-winter areas: If you're planting in a warm place such as California, Florida or southern Texas, with minimal — or no — winter frost, you can plant almost anytime, except during your hottest season. Best time is just before your rainiest season begins, and when you know the weather will not be too hot for young seedlings. In Florida, fall is best. In California, most wildflowers are planted during the winter to take advantage of California's greening in early spring.
 
Nasturtiums
For all areas with killing frost: If you have definite killing frost in winter, things are different. In these areas (most of the country) spring and fall are both fine for planting, and each has its advantages.
 
Wildflowers can re-seed and continue to grow for many years if planted in an area that will allow them to flourish.  Saving seeds from these wildflowers is easy and will ensure flowers for the future.
 
Companion Planting with Flowers


Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.
 
Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield.

Marigolds: Basil, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash and tomatoes.  Often called the "workhorse" of pest deterrents.

Bachelor Button: Attracts pollinators to the garden
 
Lavender: cabbage, cauliflower and fruit trees

Nasturtium: cucumbers, melon, squash, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, celery, carrots and radish.  Repels Carrot fly, Japanese beetle, whitefly, aphid and cabbage moth.  


Echinacea Purpurea
Sunflower: Corn, squash and beans.  Attracts pollinators to the garden.

Lupine: nitrogen rich.  Attracts pollinators.  Traps aphids!
Echinacea and Yarrow:  Attracts pollinators to the garden. *Also reported to have medicinal properties*
 
More great companions include:
Additional info on Companion Planting:
I hope you have enjoyed another educational article.  if you have additional questions, please leave a comment below or send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com

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NEW for 2017 @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 08 Mar 07:24 , 0 comments


 
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MELONS

Banana Melon


Casaba Melon



March 8, 2017
Are you already planning your 2017 garden?

This is going to be a LOOOOONG post.  Why?  Because we've added over 85 Heirloom seed varieties for 2017 @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  We are so excited to announce these recent additions to our already amazing stock of Heirloom Seeds.  Woohoo!!!
 
ALL NEW for 2017! 
Our official collection of NEW additions at 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds for 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flame Lettuce 
 
 
 
 
 






Big Red Ripper Southern Pea







































**Also called Patty Pan squash**




Stay tuned for more information about planting and growing seeds!

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

EDIBLE FLOWERS @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 04 Mar 07:48 , 1 comment

Safety First! As lovely as eating flowers can be, it can also be a little ... deadly! Not to scare you off or anything.
-Eat flowers you know to be consumable and preferably flowers you have grown yourself.
-Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
-Eat only the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating
As with any new food, use caution.
 
Some of the varieties listed are "leafy" crops that bolt (flower) and the flowers are edible.
 
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE
Often used for pickling purposes. Fresh tuber tastes like a water chestnut and is used in salads. Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes. The edible portion is the tuber or swollen end of an underground stem, which in some respects resembles a potato.
Flowers resemble small sunflowers or large daisies. Ripens in late fall.
 
ALLIUMS
All blossoms from the allium family (leeks,chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful!


Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor.


Petals are edible. Avoid the bitter calyx.


Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender


 
 
Blossoms are a lovely blue hue and taste like cucumber!


 
 
Small and daisylike, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARCH Seed Planting Guide for the US By Region Posted on 01 Mar 08:48 , 0 comments

IT'S FINALLY MARCH!  We're planting more seeds this week and looking forward to SPRING!

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March 1, 2017
In case you missed it, we offer region specific planting guide for entire year on our blog
Mary's 2017 Planting Guide


I don't know about you but sometimes even I need a reminder of what to plant next month.  Plus, we're always offering new specials and posting new seed varieties.

MARCH SEED PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US  

**Please keep in mind that this is a general recommendation for each region listed.  If your area is experiencing unusually extreme changes in weather you'll need to adjust and plant accordingly**
 


Sow Outdoors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Celery, Collards, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Fennel, Lettuce, Melons, Bunching Onions, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Spinach, Swiss Chard,
Tomato and Watermelon.
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!
CONTINUE READING


Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Endive, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsnips, Peas-Snow or English, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Tomatoes 
Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme
*Depending on your region, you might want to look at the APRIL planting list as well* 
CONTINUE READING



Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.
Don't forget the HERBS and Wildflowers!
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Eggplant and Basil
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Artichoke, Asparagus, Bush Beans & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Peas- Garden & Snow, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Spinach, Summer 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!


FLORIDA has been split in 3 regions 
  

Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupe, Carrots, celery, Chinese Cabbage,Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Lettuce Melons, Mustard, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Summer Spinach, Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Swiss Chard and Watermelon 
CONTINUE READING


Amaranth, Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Cherry Tomatoes and Watermelon   
CONTINUE READING



Amaranth, Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Okra, Bunching Onions, Peas-Snow or English, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Watermelon
 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!   
CONTINUE READING


Arugula, Basil, Lima Beans, Snap Beans, Yardlong Beans, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Melons, Okra, Onion, Peanuts, Pumpkin, Radishes, Summer Squash,
Winter Squash, Sunflower, Tomatoes and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
Transplants: Artichoke, Basil, Eggplant,
Peppers and Tomatoes


*If you are starting seeds indoors or in a greenhouse,
you can plant just about anything*
Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

INDOOR planting for cooler/cold areas.  If your area is warming up or already warmed up, it might be time to plant outside! 
*If you are starting seeds indoors or in a greenhouse,  
you can plant just about anything*
 
Sow Indoors/Outdoors:  Artichoke, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallion, Tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Marjoram, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, and Thyme
Direct Sow: Arugula, Lettuce, Mustard and Spinach
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Basil, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Tomato, Chives, Fennel, Parsley, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Carrot, Kohlrabi, Lettuce,
Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Radicchio, Spinach, Turnips,
Outdoor Herbs: Cilantro and Parsley
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallion, Spinach and Tomato.
Indoor Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallions, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Collards, Endive, Lettuce, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Sage,
Thyme and Wildflowers!
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Tomato.  Indoor Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beet, Carrot, Lettuce, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnip.
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
CONTINUE READING



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BUILD A RAISED BED!   
We shared our Raised Bed tutorial last year but we have had so many requests lately that we shared again this year with Updates!


For 4 beds @ 4ft X 8ft we used about
5 cubic yards of soil.
Water the bed once it's filled with dirt and 
We also posted an article about
SOIL Recipes for raised bed gardens

TIME TO PLANT HEIRLOOM SEEDS!

Complete details on our blog
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 
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Seed Sale EXTENDED & More Added! Posted on 28 Feb 23:04 , 0 comments

SEED SALE EXTENDED...AND MORE!

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February 28, 2017
We're on a roll here with planting season in full swing in warmer climates across the country!  Many of you have asked about growing different varieties from seed so we'll continue to share
Our 99 Cent Seed Sale has been extended ONE more day thru March 2nd.  Woohoo!
*Our email system with constant contact was down all morning so YOU get more time*
We've also added
  Coconut Coir Pellets and several
  Organic Soil Amendments to the Mix and those deals are good thru March 15th!

NEW Seeds Announcement
*Seed Sale* 
Take a look at these beautiful new varieties. 
They're only 99 cents a pack thru MARCH 2nd!

SUMMER BIBB LETTUCE

 
BANANA MELON 


 
COPENHAGEN MARKET CABBAGE 


 
OMAR'S LEBANESE TOMATO 


 
BENNING'S GREEN TINTED SCALLOP SQUASH 


 
SUGAR ANN SNAP PEA 

2 VARIETIES that aren't NEW but we've decided to offer on sale thru MARCH 2nd

 
CHIVES 

 
TIME TO PLANT HEIRLOOM SEEDS!
Now is a great time to stock up since all 
quantities of Coconut Coir Pellets are 
on SALE thru March 15th

 ORGANIC SOIL AMENDMENTS
ON SALE thru March 15th

HELPFUL LINKS 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 
Happy Planting,
Mary's Heirloom Seeds, P. O. Box 3763, Ramona, CA 92065

Seed Starting with Coconut Coir Pellets Posted on 25 Feb 07:31 , 0 comments

We've shared about Using Coconut Coir in the Garden here in several articles but we've had quite a bit of questions.  Today we're going a bit more in-depth.
 
First, Why do we use Coconut Coir instead of Peat?

Coconut coir growing medium comes from the coconut's fibrous husk (known as coir) that is bound together by lignin (known as pith). After the husk is immersed in water for 6 weeks, the fiber is extracted mechanically, and the pith is left behind as a waste product and stored in heaps to age. Since the pith comes from the fruit, it is quite naturally rich in nutrients. Coconut coir growing mediums are dehydrated and compressed into a compact form for easy handling. With the addition of water, coir expands to an easy to work with growing medium.

Unlike peat moss, which is highly acidic, coconut coir has a neutral pH level. Most garden vegetables and flowers grow best in neutral to slightly alkaline conditions. When you use peat to amend a garden bed, an addition of agricultural lime is often necessary to combat the higher acidity. With coconut coir, limestone isn't necessary unless the soil naturally has a higher pH level. Coir use results in both a monetary and a labor savings, since you don't need to purchase further pH amendments nor work them into the soil.

-Coir improves soil drainage in the bed while also helping to retain moisture in quick-draining soils. Since coir breaks down slowly, much like peat, it creates air pockets in the soil that allow excess moisture to drain away from plant roots. The coir itself holds onto some moisture so the drainage doesn't occur too quickly and the soil doesn't dry out completely. These dual drainage and retention properties allow coir to improve moisture management in both heavy clay soils and dry, sandy beds.

-Peat moss, which coir replaces as a soil amendment, takes centuries to regrow once harvested. Coir is completely sustainable since it is a natural byproduct of coconut harvests, and coconut trees produce new coconuts every year. Using the coir in the garden keeps it out of the landfill where it would otherwise go. Coir can take a century or longer to fully break down in these landfills, so it's more sustainable to use it to improve your garden soil.

Step 1: Take out your Coconut Coir Pellets.  I like to use a large tray

Step 2: Add water to tray and Coconut Coir Pellets.  Using warm water might help them "grow" faster.
Step 3: Add seeds to the hole and gently cover or "squish" coconut coir.

Step 4: Place in a warm sunny place and keep moist.  This is where the real growing happens!

Common Seed-Starting Issues

GERMINATION

-Incorrect Temperature. Different seeds have different needs.

-Old Seeds. When properly stored seeds can have a very long shelf life. But the older they get, your germination rate will begin to reduce

-Incorrect Watering. Water in a necessity for all plants. In the germination stage you need to make sure you keep the soil evenly moist. If you water too much, you run the risk of your seeds rotting before they germinate. If you let them dry out, they will either never germinate or die trying!

-Planting Depth/Light. When you plant your seeds pay attention to your planting depth. This is important because if planted too deep you plants could run out of energy before reaching sunlight. Planting too shallow can lead to drying out. Some seeds actually need some light to germinate, so instead of digging them down you just press them into your soil.


MOLD or ROTTING

Dampening off, is probably the most common disease when starting seeds. It’s a fungus that can attack the seeds as soon as they germinate or after the seedling has emerged. You will know this is what killed your seedlings when you notice dark spots on the stem right at the soil level and the seedling topples over and withers away.

-Don't over water

-Provide air movement.  A small fan will work

-Nutrients: Use a half-strength, organic fertilizer with tiny seedling.  Our DIY Kelp Meal Tea is a great option for tiny seedling.  You can use this as a foliar feed as well.


OVERCROWDING

For coconut coir pellets, plant no more than 2 seeds per pellet for small seeds and only one per pellet for larger seeds.  If both seeds germinate, do not pull one out.  Pinch off one of the seedlings at the base to remove.  This will give the remaining seedling a chance to survive and thrive.
Once your seedlings are strong and roots start to grow out of the mesh, it's time to transplant them into the garden or into your containers.
Take the entire pellet and plant into the garden.  For healthier root growth and to give plants a boost, I add a tablespoon of Azomite into each hole and mix into the dirt before transplanting the coconut coir pellet with growing seedling. I also water with a diluted version of our DIY Kelp Meal Tea when I transplant to help with shock.
 
We hope you have enjoyed our in-depth article about Seed Starting with Coconut Coir.  If you have additional questions, feel free to comment below or send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com

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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden Posted on 23 Feb 17:59 , 1 comment

We've discussed recycling and composting in the garden a few times.  There are many benefits of composting not just for the garden but also for our planet!

Before we get started with coffee grounds,
I need to mention that we just offered a 99 CENT SEED SALE
at Mary's Heirloom Seeds thru March 1st.  CLICK HERE for details.

 

If you drink coffee, you NEED to read this!  Hey, even if you don't drink coffee, you probably know someone who does and would be willing to share their coffee grounds


Composting coffee grounds is easy!  Just throw them into your compost pile or bin.  Used coffee filters can be composted as well, preferably unbleached.  If you add coffee grounds, this is considered "green material" so you'll need to balance with "brown material."

Coffee Grounds can be used as a fertilizer as it adds organic material to the soil.  This can improve drainage and water retention.  Bonus, spent coffee grounds attract earthworms!


There are many uses for Coffee Grounds in the garden.

Many gardeners like to use used coffee grounds as a mulch for their plants. Other used for coffee grounds include using it to keep slugs and snails away from plants. The theory is that the caffeine in the coffee grounds negatively affects these pests and so they avoid soil where the coffee grounds are found. Some people also claim that coffee grounds on the soil is a cat repellent and will keep cats from using your flower and veggie beds as a litter box. You can also use coffee grounds as worm food if you do vermicomposting with a worm bin. Worms are very fond of coffee grounds. 


Decomposing coffee grounds have their own fungal and mold colonies and those fungal colonies tend to fight off other fungal colonies. If this seems weird, just remember that the antibiotic penicillin was developed from a mold. The world of teeny, tiny things is fighting for space and resources just as fiercely as the world of big, visible things, and you can use that to your advantage.


Disease suppression

As they decompose, coffee grounds appear to suppress some common fungal rots and wilts, including Fusarium, Pythium, and Sclerotinia species. In these studies, coffee grounds were part of a compost mix, in one case comprising as little as 0.5 percent of the material. Researchers suggest that the bacterial and fungal species normally found on decomposing coffee grounds, such as non-pathogenic Pseudomonas,Fusarium,  andTrichodermaspp. and pin molds (Mucorales), prevent pathogenic fungi from establishing. A similar biocontrol effect was noted on bacterial pathogens including E. coliand Staphylococcusspp., which were reduced on ripening cheeses covered with coffee grounds.


Effects on plant growth

Given their antimicrobial activity, it’s not surprising that attempts to cultivate mushrooms in coffee grounds have been variable and species-specific. Likewise, their effects on plant growth are unpredictable.  Coffee ground composts and mulches have enhanced sugar beet seed germination and improved growth and yield of cabbage and soybeans. It’s been an effective replacement for peat moss in producing anthuriums. Increases in soil nitrogen as well as general mulching benefits, such as moderating soil temperature and increasing soil water, are proposed mechanisms for these increases.


Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

-Toss them in the compost

-Add them to your vermicompost (worm bins)

-Add directly to soil for organic matter

-Mulch with coffee grounds

-Add to you Organic liquid fertilizer

-Mix with carrot seeds to improve germination and soil aeration


There you have it!  Do you use Coffee Grounds in the garden?
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NEW 99 Cent SEED SALE Posted on 23 Feb 17:42 , 0 comments

~~~SALE EXTENDED THRU MARCH 2ND~~~
I love these announcements!!!
We've added MORE new heirloom seeds @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds!


Greens and squash are a few of our garden favorites.  They are easy to grow and usually offer a tremendous harvest.  Swiss Chard for example can be harvested for months (even a year).  Our squash is usually so prolific that we are constantly giving it away by the bucketful!

Take a look at these beautiful new varieties. 

They're only 99 cents a pack thru MARCH 1st.

COCONUT COIR PELLETS are also on sale thru March 15

 

45 days.  Bibb is a fabulous tasting lettuce that is crisp, clean and easy to grow.  Bibb will hold longer in the heat than  Buttercrunch Bibb, yet still grows quickly in our cool weather.



 90 days.  Banana Melon produces a fruit that is long (18"-20") and shaped sort of like a torpedo.  Not what you would normally think of as a melon shape.  Fruit can weigh in excess of 5lbs. It has blue-grey skin that turns yellow as it matures.  Banana melons are smooth with very little netting.  In 1889 it was commonly available at farmer's markets in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.



An early ball-head type heirloom cabbage, Copenhagen Market is an excellent cabbage  that has been an favorite of gardeners, market growers and cabbage fans all over the world.  Copenhagen Market has literally set the standard as the model for all commercial cabbage varieties developed since.
 
Copenhagen Market produces a heavy yield of 4 to 5 pound, 7 inch round heads of cabbage.  Height of the plant is about 12-14" and width is about 25".



(Indeterminate) Heirloom from farmers in a Lebanese hill town. Huge pink beefsteak tomato: fruits typically weigh 16-24 oz., or even larger when well grown. A good choice for a gardener’s boast or county fair entry. Has a multidimensional sweet flavor that seems to be expressed best in northern areas. In southern areas the quality is more variable. Good foliage disease resistance.



55 days.  This patty pan type of squash dates back to the early 1900s.  The fruits are a greyish-green tint and have deeply scalloped edges.
Benning's Green Tint Scallop Squash can get pretty big but they are best harvested around 3-4 inches in diameter.



55 days.  Sugar Ann is considered one of the best early snap peas around.        
Dwarf vines only reach 2' long (not a bush), but are loaded with sweet, crisp, 2 1/2" peas.  Perfect for those with limited planting space.  We simply cannot get enough of these for stir fries.  They are so crisp and sweet we eat them raw in salads as well.


2 VARIETIES that aren't NEW but we've decided to offer
on sale as well thru MARCH 1st.

 

Don't miss out on our special on

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!  HAPPY PLANTING!

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash Posted on 23 Feb 08:13 , 0 comments

We love Spaghetti Squash!  It's easy to grow and so delicious to eat.  If you're not sure about growing your own, you can always purchase a few at your local farmer's market to try.

Have you ever prepared Spaghetti Squash?  It's easy!
1. Cut squash lengthwise (I cut in 4 to cook faster)
 
2.  Bake *rind side up* in the over @ 375 for 30-40 minutes.  
You can microwave on high for 8 minutes but I don't recommend it. 
When the squash is cooked it comes off the rind with a fork and looks like spaghetti noodles!
With this little (big) gem I made 3 separate meals for my husband and I.
I am so excited about how these meals turned out I think I'm going to go out and plant a few Spaghetti Squash seeds!!! 

First I baked it and then added Chimi Churi sauce that I also purchased @ the farmer's market.  YUM!  You can use Spaghetti Squash just as you would spaghetti noodles.  I LOVE it with Pesto!

Next I baked it, then added cheese and basil.  YUM!
Last night I topped my homemade pizza with the leftover squash.  Delish!

Sadly, I didn't take many pictures.