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15 Survival Seeds to Stockpile Posted on 26 Oct 15:26 , 0 comments

TIP: Stocking up on seeds for SHTF only works if you're actively growing and rotating seeds!
Please don't fall for the "lasts indefinitely" claim from most survival seed companies. Seeds most definitely have a shelf life (even in mylar bags). No one grows a perfect garden every year so if you're planning on growing, PRACTICE is essential.
We have been asked many time if we plan on offering a "survival seed pack" but it's just not something we want to encourage.  We do however offer several Seed Combo packs as well as a Back to Basics Homestead pack.
 
There are many reason to be prepared and not all of them are a complete collapse of our system.  Sickness, loss of a job or a reduction in wages are just a few very personal reasons to prepare for the unexpected.  
Being prepared doesn't necessarily need to be for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it).
 

Reasons for Food Insecurities include
Job Loss
Sickness
Rising food costs
Crop failure due to Weather or Water Shortage
Farm labor shortage
Interruptions in transportation of food
Civil unrest
Natural Disasters, as we've seen in recent months, are another VERY important reasons to be prepared.  Due to our aging infrastructure and roadways, emergencies can stall the delivery of goods, leaving a community without food for a given period of time.  While the recent hurricanes and wildfires have wiped out many people's gardens, their gardening experience cannot be taken away.
 
 
Getting Started
 
-Find out what grows best in your area and when to plant for your region.
Our Planting Guide for the US is a great resource
 
-How much space do you have for growing and is it adequate for feeding your group
*I'm working on a plant spacing article so we'll update this article soon*
 
-How many plants and varieties do you need to sustain yourself and/or your group
 
-If you're newer to Growing, it might be a good idea to start with easier varieties.  Stock up on all of the food varieties that you eat but start planting the easy ones.
 
-Timing is everything!  If you're in a very HOT climate, usually summer is not the time to plant.  If you're in a cool or cold climate, it is best to plant indoors to get a jump on planting season and/or provide a greenhouse to extend your growing season.
Our Planting Guide for the US is a great resource

-Learn to Save Seeds! 
FIRST and most important: Seed Saving from your own harvest is preferred. Store bought produce can be GMO or even hybrid. Even organic store bought can be hybrid.  Hybrid seeds can be sterile and will not produce true offspring from saved seeds.
Open-pollinated, heirloom seeds will grow seeds that can be saved and re-planted year after year.

Read Seed Saving Part 1 

 
Don't Wait until it's Too Late
 
As we mentioned above, 
"No one grows a perfect garden every year so if you're planning on growing, PRACTICE is essential."
Learn to grow the foods that you eat regularly.  Canning and preserving those foods would be the next step in being more self-reliant.  You'll find that growing food takes a bit of patience and knowledge of soil, sun and water.  If you have clay soil you mid need to amend with compost.  If you have rocky soil you may need to grow in raised beds.  These are things you'll learn as you grow. 
 
We offer 3 new videos about using Compost and Manure to amend your soil and these resources are FREE!
 
 
 
 
 
SEEDS!  

Beans - Easy to grow and preserve. Beans are very high in fiber, calcium, Vitamins A, C, and K
 
Spinach -  Cold hardy and prolific. Many call this a superfood based upon its large array of vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, iron, thiamine, thiamine, and folic acid.
Potassium
 
Carrots - Another hardy crop that requires very little space. This root crop is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, vitamin C
 
Squash - Both squash and pumpkin are prolific producers.  Both store well, especially winter squash. Seeds can be saved and/or roasted and consumed. Squash has lots of carbohydrates and a great nutrient list, including Vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium and potassium.
 
Allium varieties - This includes Onions, shallots, Leeks and garlic.  A good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, folate and potassium.
 
Beets - Easy to grow and multi-functional.  Both roots and greens are edible making beets a dual purpose crop.
 
Tomatoes - If you can keep your pest issues to a minimum, tomatoes can produce an abundance of food from a relatively small space. Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A, C, K, E, Potassium, thiamine, and Niacin
 
Broccoli - Another cool weather crop. Broccoli is a good source of protein, Vitamins A and K, and carbohydrates
 
Peppers - From a medicinal view, peppers such as cayenne are essential for natural remedies. Peppers are high in vitamin A and C
 
Eggplant - Not something most people would think to grow but still an important one.  Eggplant is relatively easy to grow and can grow for 3 or more years.  Bonus, it's pretty easy to save seeds from Eggplant
 
Asparagus - An essential perennial. Depending on your region, established Asparagus plants can continue to produce for 30 years (some report for longer)
 
Amaranth - Another dual purpose plant.  Amaranth is naturally drought tolerant.  Seeds from the amaranth can be used as a grain (cook just as you would quinoa).  Leaves can be picked while young and tender and eaten raw or sauteed as you would spinach. 

Radish - If you need a FAST maturing crop, radish is one of the best.  From seed to harvest, radish is mature in as few as 25 days.  Seeds are easy to save from crops and just as easy to stockpile.

Corn - I know I mention grain below but Corn deserves a specific mention.  While corn might not be the easiest crop to grow, it has many uses.  Most people automatically think of Sweet Corn.  However, Dent Corn & Field Corn are important.  Both can be dried and fed to livestock.  It can also be dried and ground into cornmeal. 
 
Grains - If you have livestock on your homestead, grains can help feed them.  Grains are a good source of carbohydrates, are high in dietary fiber and manganese


EXTRAS
 
HERBS: Natural pest control can be obtained thru companion planting with herbs. If you're planning on making your own herbal remedies, medicinal herbs are a must.

 
FLOWERS: Do not underestimate flower power!  We use many flowers planted throughout our garden for companion planting and to attract bees for pollination.  Most common flowers we use are Borage, PurpleConeflower, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Plains Coreopsis, Cornflower, Yarrow, SUNFLOWERS and Calendula

Potatoes - *Keep in mind, seed potatoes do not keep.* You must continually replentish your stock from your own crops (or Mary's Heirloom Seeds as long as we have internet). Potatoes are a staple diet of many of the world’s peoples, especially those in the west. The contain potassium, copper and B6 and are really good to ‘fill you up’ at mealtime. They are also usually pretty easy to grow, although some varieties are very disease prone. 
 
 

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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*UPDATED* October Planting Guide for the US Posted on 22 Sep 05:40 , 0 comments

We've added a few regions to our guide and a few new arrivals of Heirloom Seeds.
Happy Planting!
*Photo from The Self Sufficiant HomeAcre from our seeds*

 

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September 21, 2017
It seems to be cooling off in our area.
How about you?
If you're in a warmer climate like Florida, now is a GREAT time to start planting and re-planting.
Below you will find our updated
October Planting Guide as well as a few extra
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


**Just a reminder**  Organic Garlic is now available as a Pre-Order thru August 20th
Please read all of the ordering info before placing your order. Organic Garlic must be purchased in advance and we usually sell out by August/September  
 
GARLIC Planting info is separate and can be found in our article WHEN to Plant Garlic 
 

FLORIDA FIRST!
 
Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beats, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melon, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas-English & Southern, PEPPERS, Pumpkin, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Bloomsdale Spinach, Summer Squash, TOMATOES, Turnips 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 
Don't forget the HERBS &  Wildflowers!   
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Peas-English & Southern Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Bloosmdale Spinach, Strawberry, Cherry 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 
Don't forget the HERBS & Wildflowers
 
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Bloomsdale Spinach, Strawberries 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 
Don't forget the HERBS & Wildflowers!  

 
 
CHERRY BELLE RADISH 
 *NEW*
 
 
 
 
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion, Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas-English & Southern, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, *Malabar Spinach,* Spinach and Turnips
Herbs & Wildflowers 
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat


Arugula, Basil, Beets , Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
HERBS: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel and Poppy

IMPORTANT: If you live in cool/colder climates but are growing in a greenhouse or use a hoop to cover your crops, you are able to grow more varieties and for a longer period. 
Read Mary's Cool Weather Crops
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips 
 
Arugula, Calabrese Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, KALE, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce,  Bunching Onions, Radicchio, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and  Turnips
HERBS: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel and Poppy
 

Arugula, Calabrese Sprouting Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Swiss Chard
*Turnips if you have a later frost date*
Read about Cool Weather Crops

 
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Mustard and Turnips can withstand a touch of frost and do well during Fall.
Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Parsnips, Collards and Artichokes can actually improve with a bit of frost.
 RADISH is an excellent Fall crop. 
It is easy to grow and a quick harvest!


If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant a 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!

If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant a 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! 
 

If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant a 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!  


If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant a 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!  
 

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Mustard and Turnips can withstand a touch of frost and do well during Fall.
Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Parsnips, Collards and Artichokes can actually improve with a bit of frost.
 RADISH is an excellent Fall crop.  It is easy to grow and a quick harvest! 

Vates Blue Curled Kale


Arugula, Basil, Beets , Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga,  Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
HERBS: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel and Poppy 


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Wondering when to plant ORGANIC GARLIC?
 
   
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

 


SEPTEMBER PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US Posted on 20 Aug 15:56 , 3 comments

We're already planning our September SEED planting!!!

Mary from Mary's Heirloom Seeds with her 16.4 pound Hubbard Blue Squash

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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


**Just a reminder**  Organic Garlic is now available as a Pre-Order thru August 20th
Please read all of the ordering info before placing your order. Organic Garlic must be purchased in advance and we usually sell out by August/September
 

 
 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!

SWEET DUMPLING SQUASH
**NEW**
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 
 *NEW*
 
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

 
AMISH DEER TONGUE LETTUCE 
*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

 
WHITE ICICLE RADISH 
*NEW*


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
 
 
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


 NORTH CENTRAL & ROCKIES
Arugula, Cilantro, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat


DWARF BLUE CURLED KALE

 
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!  
 

HELPFUL LINKS  
Wondering when to plant ORGANIC GARLIC?
 
   
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

Plant A Garden & SAVE - Fall Planting Part 4 Posted on 04 Aug 12:07 , 2 comments



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August 4, 2017

I know...Fall is still a month and a half away! We like to give you the tools to plan ahead in the garden.
In cooler Climates that means Garlic and other cool weather crops.  For warmer area like Florida, It's time to plant LOTS of seeds!
 You'll find loads of helpful planting info and 
99 Cent Seed Deals below.  Enjoy! 
BONUS:  Orders of $10 or more will include a 
FREE extra seed pack!



Depending on where you live, many of you are planting FALL Crops.  This is a great way to extend your growing season and save money!  If you have never planted a Fall garden but you would like to, this is a great opportunity.  If you're on the fence about planting a Fall garden, this is definitely a must-read!

Let's get started!

RADISH everywhere!!!  Yes, I'm that excited about Growing Radish.  From Seed to Harvest, many Radish varieties are ready to harvest in 23-35 days.  Longer & larger varieties such as the Japanese Minowase Radish can take up to 70 days. 
 
 
From our tutorial Growing Radish from Seed to Harvest,
"Sow radishes in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before average date of  the last frost in spring. Sow succession crops every 2 weeks in spring and in autumn. Two or more crops can be grown in spring. Radishes require 22 to 70 days to come to harvest. Warm weather can result in small roots. Long days may also cause radishes to flower; plant radishes during the shorter days of spring and autumn. In mild winter regions, grow radishes in late autumn and early winter. Radishes can withstand frost. 
Cost Breakdown:
1 pack of Purple Plum Radish = $2.00 for 100 seeds
1 "bunch" of organic Radish from the store = $1.99 for  6 radishes
**That means you'll spend almost $25 for 100 radish!!!
Don't like raw Radish?  Try Pickled Radish!
ARUGULA is another great Fall Crop.  From seed to harvest, Arugula is ready to start eating in as few as 40 days.  You can harvest the entire bunch or just a few leaves at a time.
 
 
"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."
Cost Breakdown:

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Arugula seedsis $3.00 and contains 200 seeds. Even if only 90% of those seeds germinate (almost 100% of mine grow!), that still leaves 180 plants!
For this comparison, we're going to share a very economical option for growing greens (especially if you don't have a yard or much room to grow)
Grow Your own: 
Sterilite 18 gallon bin: $9 
Organic Potting Soil: $9 a bag 
Arugula Seeds: $3
Total: $21 for 180 Arugula Plants (much more than a bunch)
   
Purchased at my local store, organic Arugula is about $1.99 per bunch. Let's compare:
   
180 homegrown bunches of Arugula $21
Only $3 if you already have to supplies!
   
180 store bought bunches of Arugula $358.20
If you save your seeds...The savings are incalculable!

BEETS are another easy Fall crop.  From seed to harvest, beets reach maturity at approx 55 days! **Leave them to grow longer for larger beets**  BEETS are a "double-duty" crop for us. 
When we harvest beets, the greens are used raw in salad or sauteed with garlic and onions (just like spinach). The actual beet has many uses!  We roast them with garlic & olive oil, shredded over salad and even pickled!
 
From our article Growing Organic Beets From Seed to Harvest,

"Beets are fairly frost hardy and can be planted in the garden 30 days before the frost-free date for your area. Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. Start successive plantings at 3 to 4 week intervals until midsummer for a continuous supply of fresh, tender, young beets. Irrigation assures germination and establishment of the later plantings."

Cost Breakdown:

1 pack of Beet seeds = $3 for 100 seeds

1 bunch of Organic Beets at my local store is $1.99 for 3 beets

AND THEN THERE'S THE 

HUGE DIFFERENCE IN FLAVOR!!!!

 
I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.  Growing your own organic food is fun, rewarding and it can save you a lot of money.  Bonus, you know exactly how your food is grown and it didn't have to be transported in from thousands of miles away. 
 
What are some other Fall or Cool Weather crops?
CHECK OUT OUR
FALL GARDEN SEED COLLECTION 


We have decided to offer our 
Florida Garden Starter Kit and our 
FALL Garden Starter Kit on sale 
thru August 12th.  
We also have a few more 99 Cent Seed Packs

COCONUT COIR PELLETS

Big savings on seed starter pellets thru August 12th

99 CENT SEED PACKS

CHERRY BELLE RADISH
*New arrival.  Does well in clay soil*








  

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


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99 CENT SEED SALE & NEW ARRIVALS Posted on 28 Jul 11:47 , 0 comments

ARE YOU READY FOR AUGUST PLANTING?

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July 28, 2017
Yesterday we sent out our
AUGUST SEED PLANTING GUIDE
and so far it's been a very popular guide.

Depending on your region, there are quite a few options for seed planting in August.
We figured it's a perfect time to stock up on seeds for August and for your Fall garden so we're offering another 99 Cent Seed Sale thru August 1st.

These are all fresh stock for 2017 so if you don't use them this season you can store them for next time.

Happy Planting!

All of the Heirloom Seed varieties listed below are on sale thru August 1st at midnight
*$10 order minimum on all seed orders*

ARUGULA "ROQUETTE"


BLACK NEBULA CARROT


DWARF TAYLOR BEAN

EARLY PURPLE VIENNA KOHLRABI


EARLY ROUND DUTCH CABBAGE


EARLY SCARLET GLOBE RADISH
*Does well in warmer climates*


Early White Vienna Kohlrabi


Easter Egg Radish


Long Purple Eggplant


PAK CHOY CABBAGE
*Also called Chinese cabbage and bok choy*


PIGEON PEA
*Perennial for warmer climates*
 







*Also a new arrival*
   
  
 Wondering when to plant ORGANIC GARLIC?
 
 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US Posted on 26 Jul 21:20 , 0 comments

Are you ready for August and all of the amazing seeds to Plant?
Alaska Pea (pictured)
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July 27, 2017
We are so excited about all of the amazing heirloom seed varieties we've added this year! 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds now offers over 500 varieties of heirloom seeds!
We've come a long way since starting out
with 20 varieties.

Below you'll find our recommendations for AUGUST seed planting for the US
 
ORGANIC GARLIC IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A
PRE-ORDER thru August 20th

Late September - Early October and into November is GARLIC Planting Time in the US!
AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US    




Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale

 
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, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Kale, Kohlrabi and Scallions

 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Carrot, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Spinach

 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, 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
Don't forget the FALL HERBS and 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, Turnips and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!!  Our favorites: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Don't forget  WILDFLOWERS!

 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS.
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, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mache, mustard, peas, Radish, spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS.
 
 
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! 


Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Southern Peas, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Cherry Tomatoes and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
 
 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes, Turnips 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 and Wildflowers!  
 

Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard 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 FALL HERBS and Wildflowers!

 
Arugula, Collard Greens, 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, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Radish, Summer Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Pretty Much EVERY Herb and Wildflower!

 
 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, Radish,  Summer Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes and Turnips
Pretty Much EVERY Herb and Wildflower
 
 
 Wondering when to plant ORGANIC GARLIC?
 
 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

FALL Planning & Planting Part 2 Posted on 19 Jul 13:02 , 0 comments

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FALL is fast approaching!  I know, I just sent out our HEAT Tolerant Crops email the other day.  However, some of you reading this have cool weather coming your way sooner than others.
  Some of you are thinking about your favorite fall crops.  Those of you in warmer climates like South Florida are gearing up for big-time planting season.

This is the second installment of our FALL Planning & Planting Guide.
Check out our first installment of our
Fall Planning & Planting Guide in case you missed it!

Cool Weather Crops
Planting Info    

The key to successful Fall & Winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first frost in your region (for example late October in the Pacific Northwest). You then plant your winter crops early enough to let them reach their full maturity before the first frost.

FALL Crops by approximate days to maturity 
Radishes: 30
Pak Choy Cabbage: 33-50 
Arugula: 40
Mustard: 40
Broccoli: 40-80 
Spinach:  45 
Lettuce: 50
Turnips: 50-60
Chard: 55
Kale: 60
Beets: 60
Kohlrabi: 60
Cauliflower: 75
Rutabagas:75
Brussels sprouts: 90
Cabbage: 95
Carrots: 80
Onions: 85-120

*Onions and garlic are typically planted in early fall and harvested in late spring or early summer the following year

GARLIC: 6-8 months

*Organic Garlic is now available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds for pre-orders thru August 20th*

China Rose


Chinese Green Luobo


Easter Egg


Purple Plum


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varieties
 
HEIRLOOM CHINESE CABBAGE
 
EXTRA DWARF PAK CHOY


PAK CHOY CABBAGE
 

ROMANESCO

RAAB

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RUSSIAN RED

LACINATO
**Also known as DINO KALE**

 CLICK HERE for more KALE varieties



EARLY WONDER


CROSBY EGYPTIAN


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EARLY WHITE VIENNA
 

LITTLE FINGER

BLACK NEBULA

PARISIENNE

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YELLOW OF PARMA

RED TORPEDO


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BULGARIAN GIANT

EARLY ROUND DUTCH

RED ACRE

SAVOY


CLICK HERE for more HEIRLOOM CABBAGE varieties
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

FALL Planting & Planning Part 1 Posted on 16 Jul 12:30 , 0 comments

 

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FALL is fast approaching!  I know, I just sent out our HEAT Tolerant Crops email the other day.  However, some of you reading this have cool weather coming your way sooner than others.
  Some of you are thinking about your favorite fall crops.  Those of you in warmer climates like South Florida are gearing up for big-time planting season.

Check out our first installment of our
Fall Planning & Planting Guide below!

Favorite FALL Veggies   

The key to successful Fall & Winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first frost in your region (for example late October in the Pacific Northwest). You then plant your winter crops early enough to let them reach their full maturity before the first frost.

Late maturing crops
  Approx maturity 90 days.
**Plant Now/Soon**

ROOTCROPS
LEAFCROPS
Fava Bean 

Kentucky Wonder
Kentucky Wonder Bean is a fast-growing pole bean!


Mid-season crops
 Approximate maturity 60 days.
**Plant Mid August**

ROOTCROPS
Early Carrots
LEAFCROPS
Broccoli
Winter Cauliflower
Perennial Flowers
Perennial Herbs
Early maturing crops
  Approx maturity 30 days.
**Plant now to Mid September**
Succession planting is a great way to maximize garden production!  This is the practice of planting in intervals.  For example, plant 2 rows of Radish every 2 weeks thru Fall.  This will give you a steady harvest of radish throughout Fall and winter instead of all at once.

ROOTCROPS
LEAFCROPS
Cover Crops

Quick Tips
Try successive plantings of quick growing items like leaf lettuce, beets, spinach and radishes.

Don't be afraid to try planting some crops later than recommended. While it is a bit risky, the rewards are definitely worth the risk.

Harvest over-wintered carrots early in spring before they start to go to seed and the roots get woody.

The Chinese Cabbages and Mustards also grow especially well in cold frames. They taste great, too.

Parsnips are best when pulled in January or early February after the heaviest frosts have turned them the sweetest.

CROP ROTATION
This is a very critical part of any garden scheme. Do not plant the same fall or winter vegetable crops in the same location as they were planted the previous year or the summer season. It is important to note that if the same crop is planted in the same location, not only will the soil be weakened through continual loss of the same nutrients but the plants will also attract the same insects and diseases to that part of the garden.

There's still time to plant for JULY...
 

We've added Organic Neem Oil
at Mary's Heirloom Seeds to help you grow
a healthy, organic garden!
 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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


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ORGANIC GARLIC Announcement Posted on 05 Jul 06:33 , 0 comments

 
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Did you plant Organic Garlic last year?  If you did, don't forget to let it cure after harvest. 

We are planning and mapping out our gardens for our next Organic Garlic planting.  I was so impressed at how well our raised beds grew this past season that we're expanding into several new beds this October.

**Please read:  We are now allowing customers to reserve their Organic Garlic before anyone else.**
Very Important:  Please be sure to read our ordering info at the top of our Organic Garlic page.
 
ORDERING ORGANIC GARLIC 

The information provided below is available on our website.  Please read before purchasing organic garlic

Pre-Orders: July thru August 20th are scheduled to ship out October 1st

ALL Order placed after August 20th will ship out after October 30th. Organic garlic will be available for purchase until October 15th unless we are sold our before that date. *Subject to change* 
All of our Garlic varieties are sourced from  Certified organic growers and grown in the USA

***PLEASE READ***
As we ship on a first come, first serve basis, your order may not ship until days or weeks later. You will receive an email when your order ships.

Last year we sold out in Mid-September and were unable to accept additional orders.

Please purchase additional items in a separate order.  ALL orders containing organic garlic will ship TOGETHER after October 1st
We are unable to ship our garlic outside of the United states
Garlic varieties @
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HARDNECK
Rocambole garlic has wrappers that are typically reddish in color, such as Killarney Red.  However, color is not the only requirement for this category, as some varieties may be white or purple colored. Rocambole scapes are more tightly curled than other varieties.  Most rocambole varieties produce 8 to 10 cloves per head.

SOFTNECK
Softneck garlic, also called artichoke garlic due to their numerous cloves that give them an appearance similar to the "petals" of an artichoke head, is the most common garlic due to its excellent storage characteristics.  This is the kind you will find in grocery stores.   
**Softnecks are the most heat tolerant of garlic, and have a sweeter, milder flavor than hardnecks.  If you're looking to make garlic braids, this is the type to grow.
Inchelium Red is a softneck variety 
 
JUST A TIP: Soak garlic cloves in Organic Kelp Meal and water for 2 hours before planting.



Not a Garlic variety but also available for pre-order and scheduled to ship out in September: FRENCH RED SHALLOTS

 

One important factor in planting garlic is PLANNING AHEAD.  First, because garlic takes 6 months or more to grow so you'll need a suitable spot.  Second because organic garlic bulbs are not available year-round. 
There is usually a short window to purchase "seed garlic" and then it's gone.

 
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we offer "pre-orders" of Organic Garlic from July thru August 20th.  This allows customers to reserve their garlic in advance before we have a chance to sell out.  We continue to accept orders of Organic Garlic thru October 15th but there is always a chance that we'll sell out before that date.


SUGGESTED PLANTING TIME FOR GARLIC

Please remember that these are "suggested" dates. You'll find that different sources might have different dates.  I tend to be a bit of a rebel gardener so I sometimes plant earlier and sometimes later. 


Central Midwest: October. Early November in a pinch

Gulf Coast: October thru November

Maritime Canada & New England: October

Mid Atlantic: October

North Central & Rockies: Late September and into October

Pacific Northwest: Late September and into October.  Early November in a pinch

Southern Interior: October. Early November in a pinch   
Southwest: October thru November

Alaska: September

Hawaii: Late September thru October

San Diego: October thru November

North Florida: October thru February 
Central Florida: October thru February 
South Florida: October thru February 
**October thru December might give you a better chance at a successful crop**
 

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

JULY SEED PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US Posted on 22 Jun 16:00 , 3 comments

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Also know as Naguri Squash. A winter squash variety. 
Portuguese sailors introduced kabocha to Japan in 1541, bringing it with them from Cambodia.



This beautiful heirloom comes from Turkey. The 3" round fruit are best cooked when they are green to light orange.


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