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Zone 6 Vegetable Planting Guide Posted on 09 Dec 09:20 , 0 comments

Zone 6 has slightly longer growing window for gardening compared to Zones 3 and 4. With a last frost date as early as March 30th and first frost date as late as September 30th. First and last frost days may vary by 2 weeks (or more depending on the weather).


If you'd like to get a jump-start on Spring and Fall planting, it is possible to extend your season by starting seeds indoors. A simple setup might be a shop light over a table or as elaborate as a heated greenhouse or multiple racks with lights.

We hope that our USDA Zone Specific planting guide with be a helpful tool in your garden planning and planting!




FEBRUARY


Start seeds indoors: Asparagus, Celery and Onion


MARCH


Start seeds indoors: Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Peppers and Rosemary




APRIL

Start Seeds indoors: Arugula, Beans: bush, pole, lima and dry, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Rosemary, Spinach and Tomatoes

Start Seeds outside: Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Dill, Endive, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach and Turnips

Plant all herb and flower seeds inside or outside depending on weather

Transplant: Asparagus, Celery and Onion

MAY


Start Seeds indoors: Beans: bush, pole, snap and Lima, Cabbage (late), Corn, Cucumber, Onion, Pumpkin, Squash and Watermelon

Start Seeds outside: Arugula, (mid to late May) Beans: bush, pole, snap and lima, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cantalope, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Muskmelon, Onion, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas: Garden, snap and Southern, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon

Plant all herb and flower seeds outside

Transplant: all remaining indoor seedlings

JUNE


Start Seeds outside: Arugula, Beans: bush, pole, snap and lima, Beets, Chard, Corn: dent, field, popcorn & sweet, Cucumber, Melons, Muskmelon, Okra, Onions (bunching), Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Spinach (malabar), Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomato and Watermelon

There's still time to plant HERBS and WILDFLOWER seeds!


JULY

Start Seeds outside: Beans: bush, Chard, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

 

Start Seeds indoors (for Fall): Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Peas and Spinach



AUGUST

Plant Seeds outside or indoors: Arugula, Bush Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Chives, Kohlrabi, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Radish, Peas, Spinach and Turnips

 

SEPTEMBER:

Plant seeds outside: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onion sets, Radish and Spinach

 



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About Glass Gem Corn Posted on 19 Oct 06:33 , 1 comment

Produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A stunning corn variety selected over many years by Carl "White Eagle" Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma.

Selected from crossing several traditional corn varieties and saving seed from the vivid, translucent kernels. Size of ears range from 3-8 inches.

Glass Gem Corn plants commonly produce numerous tillers, or side stalks, which also produce ears. Height of plants depend upon quantity of water, but can reach up to 9 feet, typically 6 feet. A popcorn, the kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped
From our article,
   
In the course of growing some of the older corn varieties still being farmed at that time, Carl began noticing ancestral types of corn re-appearing in his crops. As he isolated these, he found many of the variants to match up with traditional corns that had been lost to many of the Native tribes - particularly those peoples who had been relocated during the 1800s to what is now Oklahoma. Thus, he was able to re-introduce specific corn types to the elders of those tribes, and this helped their people in reclaiming their cultural identities. The corn is, to them, literally the same as their blood line, their language, and their sense of who they are."

What are some of the Heirloom Corn varieties that Carl worked to "Back to Life"?
The Glass Gem Corn is probably the most popular variety at the moment.  A few others include the Painted Mountain Corn and the Cherokee Long Ear Popcorn.  These are some of the most stunning heirloom corn varieties I have ever seen!  
 
Plant corn in well-drained soil with lots of organic matter.  Grow in full sun.  Mulching around your corn will help keep the free of invasive weeds during the summer.   
 
Corn seeds should be sown in warm conditions, covered very lightly (depth of ¼ inch) and kept reasonably moist until seedlings emerge. 

The sweet corn seedlings should germinate after 10 - 12 days, and once they have fully emerged the weakest seedling from each pot should be removed.  If you choose to direct-sow, thin Seedlings 6-8 inches apart.
Water well and if they are being germinated indoors - move to a warm, bright windowsill.
Do not over water.

 

Happy Planting!

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NEW ARRIVALS for 2019 (part 1) Posted on 27 Sep 09:48 , 1 comment

We are so excited to announce our first "batch" of New Arrivals for 2019.  All of these varieties should be available to ship after October 1st.  Enjoy!

 

DICKINSON PUMPKIN

100 days. The Dickinson Pumpkin has a long and famous history.  This is one of the varieties that Libbey's uses in its pumpkin pie filling.
A medium to large tan squash, weighing from 10-40 pounds.  Nearly round to elongated fruits, 18 inches long by 14 inch diameter.
This is an excellent variety for canning and pumpkin pie filling

 

BOONE COUNTY WHITE CORN

110 days. Boone County White corn dates back to 1874 from a mane named James Riley in Boone County, Indiana.
There are many reason to love this heirloom corn variety:

It is a very heavy producer of huge ears that measure 9-11" in length. 9-11' stalks. Uniform ears have 18-22 rows.

 

HICKORY KING WHITE CORN

 110 days.  Hickory King White Corn can grow up to 12 feet tall and produces 8-9" long ears. Huge white kernels not seen in modern corn.  An Appalasian staple, dating back to the 1800s.
Excellent for roasting, grits, cornmeal, and cornuts. Hickory king has a very high leafy green matter which makes it perfect for silage. Tight husks which help keep out corn worms.


 45-50 days. White Egg turnip is fast growing variety, producing Medium-green 17 inch tops.  Good bunching variety.
White egg turnip is a long time favorite in the South where it is know for its reliability and fine flavor.


85 days. Cubanelle Pepper is a variety of sweet pepper commonly used in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican cuisine. Famous for delicious fried or stuffed peppers.

Sweet frying pepper, 4.5-6 inches long x 2-2.5 inches in diameter, 3 lobes, tapers to a blunt end, slightly irregular and roughened, medium-thick waxy flesh, yellow-green to red, distinct flavor.

 

MIZUNA MUSTARD GREENS

40-60 days.   A hardy Japanese non-heading type mustard that is extremely vigorous and cold tolerant.

Mizuna grows in bunches and has long stems growing from a central stalk. The dark green leaves have deeply serrated edges and have a fringed appearance. The thin, white stems are firm and offer a crunchy texture. Mizuna is harvested at both the baby lettuce and mature stages, with the younger leaves being more tender and milder.

 

TENDERGREEN BURPLESS CUCUMBER

 55-60 day. A burpless slicing type that has been popular for over 80 years!

Fruits are medium-dark green, 7-12 inches in length, and quite plump and smooth. Excels as a slicer, because each fruit yields so many slices of uniform diameter.

Tendergreen Burpless can also be used for pickling if picked early.

 

GOURMET GREEN SALAD MIX

 20-50 days.  Contains: Arugula, Red Russian Kale, Greenwave, Tatsoi, and Mizuna Mustard, and Paris Island Cos Lettuce.
Start harvesting your greens when they’re 4- to 6-inches long. This can be as soon as 2 weeks after planting!

 

GRANNY CANTRELL'S GERMAN PINK/RED TOMATO

70-80 days. (Indeterminate) A Kentucky Heirloom grown by Lettie Cantrell since the 1940s.  The original seeds were given to Lettie from a soldier returning home from Germany during World War II.

Large, meaty fruit are about 1 lb. and are wonderful for fresh eating, slicing, or canning.

 

DRUZBA TOMATO

80 days.  (Indeterminate) Bulgarian heirloom tomato

The word druzba means "friendship" in Bulgarian and Druzba is a very friendly tomato. Not too large, half pound to a pound, the fruit is born in clusters of 3 to 5.  Flavor is outstanding, with just the right combination of sweetness and tartness.

 

PINK BRANDYWINE TOMATO

80-90 days.  Indeterminate.  One of the most popular heirloom tomatoes! 

A favorite of many gardeners; large fruit with superb flavor. A great potato-leafed variety from 1885! Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each!

 

GLACIER TOMATO

60 days. (Determinate) One of our Earliest producing heirloom tomatoes!

Sets fruit at 24" tall and keeps producing all season long. Great for the small garden or containers. Potato-leaf foliage.

Very cold-tolerant and may survive a light frost. Potato leaf foliage.

 

 MOSKVICH TOMATO

60-70 days. (Semi-determinate) Moskvich is a high quality, early season, Russian  Heirloom.

Fruits are round to slightly flattened with deep red color and luscious, rich flavor. Great eaten fresh or processed. Highly resistant to cracking, making it a great pick for the greenhouse. Like most Russian varieties, it can stand up to cool conditions.

 

BLACK RUSSIAN TOMATO

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.

 

BACK IN STOCK FOR 2019

 

LUFFA

 

I hope you're as excited as we are about these new arrivals!  We are currently working on more tutorials and videos for 2019 and adding a few more heirloom varieties to our current collection.

 

If you have additional questions, please email

MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM

 

HAPPY PLANTING!