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Grow a Great Garden Posted on 29 Dec 18:15 , 0 comments

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, our goal has always been to help people grow the healthiest garden using heirloom seeds. 

Between our free planting guides and youtube videos, we have enough information to help you get started.  Sometimes, the getting started part can be a bit overwhelming but we hope this gets you started in the right direction.

Starting a garden from scratch or expanding your garden is super exciting! Before you get started however, there are a few things to consider and "prep."

1. Determine the best time to plant

2. Pick the right spot

3. Prep your chosen spot

4. Plant Seeds!

 

Let's get started!

Determine the best time to plant...

We offer 2 different planting guides to help you decide when and what to plant.  Before you use these guides, find your First and Last frost dates.  Your last frost date will be your Spring planting guide and your first frost date will be your Fall guide.  Depending on your region, you might be planting indoors 4 to 12 weeks prior to your last frost date.

Our planting guides:

 

If you are in a warmer climate such as Florida, you might be growing year round.  However, your major planting times are between October and February.

If you are in colder climates, you might consider starting seeds indoors to get a headstart on Spring planting.

If you are new to gardening, you might consider planting easier varieties. 

Easiest Veggies to Grow from Seed to Harvest

If you use one of our planting guides then check out "easy" guide. You should have a great starting point to determining when to start your seeds.



 

Pick the Right Spot

Now that you've determined when to plant, we need to find the right spot.  Most veggies need 8 hours of sunlight to thrive. However, some greens only need 4 hours for a decent harvest.

It is important to pick a spot that has good soil.  Otherwise, a good spot for raised beds. If you have gophers, moles or voles, growing in raised beds is an excellent option.

A water source is another important factor in choosing the right spot for your garden.  If you have to haul water, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain your garden.

A healthy garden also needs good drainage. If you are limited to a specific spot for your garden and it floods or does not drain very well, it would be a good idea to build up and/or use raised beds.

 

Prep Your Chosen Spot

If you are using raised beds, we have a recipe for soil... Soil Recipes for Raised Beds

If you are growing in containers, we have a recipe for soil... DIY Potting Soil Mix

If you are starting a garden in a new spot, you might want to have your soil tested first to see what nutrients you might be lacking.  A good all around soil amendment (and my favorite) is Mountain Flower Root Boost.  It contains macro and micro nutrients to help your plants grow healthy.

If you are using a spot that is overgrown with grass or weeds, a little extra planning is involved.  DO NOT treat with weed-killer prior to planting or you are potentially contaminating your future garden space.  Anything that kills weeds will kill your garden.  Laying down cardboard for a few months to kill the grass is an inexpensive, eco-friendly option.

 

DON'T GET OVERWHELMED!  I know, that's not one of the steps but it's still very important.  Starting a garden can be as simple as planting in a bucket or barrel.  Or, it can be planting an acre or more.  Whatever you decide, it is important to not get overwhelmed and have fun.

Before you plant those seeds, start by choosing crops that you know you'll enjoy and maybe add a few that you've never tried.  I love greens.  Seriously, there are no greens that I don't like. Check this out...



 

Plant Seeds!

Before you plant those seeds, check out our article The Wonder of Seeds and Germination. Most of your every day veggies don't need any special treatment in order to germinate. Soil temp, water and light are important factors to successful germination.

If you are seed starting indoors, you might need to prep a few days/weeks in advance.

Seed planting depth is another important factor discussed in The Wonder of Seeds and Germination.

Seed/plant spacing is important to take into consideration if you are transplanting or planting seeds.  We have 2 guides to help you determine how/where to plant


Square Foot Garden Plant Spacing Chart

 

Patience is one factor not mentioned in most seed starting articles.  I often say "It's a garden not a microwave."  We must have patience in the garden because nothing is instant.

 

Growing a Great Garden is a labor of love and requires a bit of work but the rewards are amazing.  Below you will find a massive amount of information to help you grow a GREAT garden.  As always, if you have questions I am happy to help!

-Mary

 

MARY'S COMPREHENSIVE PLANTING GUIDE

Build Your Own Raised Beds and GROW


 

TOP 10 HOMESTEAD CROPS

 


 

PEST CONTROL & PREVENTION IN THE GARDEN

FEEDING A FAMILY FROM THE GARDEN

FEEDING YOUR PLANTS - UPDATE

CONTAINER GARDEN


 

 

 

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Seed Germination Length of Time Posted on 10 Dec 16:22 , 0 comments

We are working on adding more helpful, seed specific articles to our planting guides.  Different seeds sometimes require different environments  for optimal germination.

For germination techniques, check out The Wonder of Seeds and Germination.

In this tutorial, we are sharing the germination times for different seed varieties under optimal conditions.

 

Amaranth: 4-10 days

Artichoke: 10-21 days

Asparagus: 21-28 days

Beans: 8-10 days

Beets: 5-8 days to

Broccoli: 10-14 days

Brussels Sprouts: 5-12 days

Cabbage: 5-8 days

Carrots: 14-21 days (or more)

Cauliflower: 10-14 days

Celery: 14-21 days

Chard: 7-14 days

Collards: 5-10 days

Corn: 5-14 days

Cucumber: 3-10 days

Eggplant: 7-14 days

Endive: 14-21 days

Gourd: 7-30 days

Kale: 5-10 days

Kohlrabi: 3-10 days

Lettuce: 5-14 days to germinate

Leek: 10-14 days

Mustard: 5-10 days

Okra: 2-14 days to germinate

Onion: 4-10 days to germinate

Orach: 7-14 days

Parsnips: 14-21 days

Peas: 7-21 days to germinate

Peppers: 7-21 days to germinate

SUPER HOTS may take longer: 21 days or even 28 days

Pumpkin: 5-10 days to germinate

Purslane: 7-10 days

Quinoa: 4-10 days

Radicchio: 5-10 days

Radish: 3-7 days to germinate

Rhubarb: 7-14 days

Rutabaga: 4-7 days

Squash/Zucchini: 7-10 days to germinate

Spinach: 7-14 days to germinate

Tomatillo & Ground Cherry: 7-10 days to germinate

Tomato: 7-14 days to germinate

Turnip: 3-10 days

 

Borage: 5-14 days

Cornflower: 7-10 days

Marigold: 3-14 days

Nasturtium: 10-14 days

Sunflower: 6-10 days

 

Melon: 4-10 days

Strawberry: 7 days to 4 weeks

Watermelon: 3-10 days

 

This list will continue to GROW as we add more varieties.

 

If you're not sure what to plant of when to plant in your region, we have our
which is packed with helpful planting guides, tutorials and DIY garden projects

If you have specific garden or seed related questions, please contact us via email at MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM
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Mary's Heirloom Seeds Catalog & Planting Instructions Posted on 13 Nov 09:53 , 7 comments

We are often asked about a paper catalog.


In order to stay as eco-friendly as possible and continue to reduce waste, we do not offer a printed catalog.
The GREAT news is that we currently offer over 700 varieties of heirloom seeds in our FREE online catalog.
Some orders even qualify for free shipping!

We have loaded up quite a few helpful videos to our YouTube Channel



It's free to subscribe!

You can view the Planting Instructions for the different items that we offer by going to our

You can save the page as a Bookmark on your browser for future reference.
The Planting Instructions will guide you in planting seeds successfully and avoid germination problems.

Our Planting Guides are packed with helpful growing tips and tutorials.





And as always, if you have additional questions we are happy to help!

-Mary

 

If you have specific garden or seed related questions, please contact us via email at MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM
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NEW ARRIVALS for 2021 (Part 2) Posted on 18 Oct 09:46 , 1 comment

Welcome to the FOURTH of several announcements for 2021!  In case you missed the first 2, they are

 

2020 was an amazing year here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and we are re-stocking for 2021 while we also add a few new arrivals. Let's get started!

 

BLACK COAT RUNNER BEAN

 

MAYFLOWER BEAN

 

 

TURKEY CRAW BEAN

 

 

HENDERSON'S EARLIEST LIMA BEAN

 

OAKLEAF LETTUCE

 

*KIWANO* also called JELLY MELON

 

 

GUATEMALAN BLUE SQUASH

 

 

MAMMOTH GOLD PUMPKIN

 

 

MARINA DI CHIOGGIA SQUASH

 

(PINK PUMPKIN)

 

 

RED WARTY THING PUMPKIN

 

GRANDE RIO TOMATILLO

 

WATERMELON BEEFSTEAK TOMATO

 

 

SOUTHPORT WHITE GLOBE ONION

 

LOMBOK PEPPER

 

ITALIAN WHITE SUNFLOWER

 

WHITE MONARCH OF THE VELDT

 

 

CUMIN

 

EPAZOTE

 

MEXICAN TARRAGON, also called MEXICAN MINT

 

 

FERMENTED PEPPER GARDEN COMBO PACK

 

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Back in Stock for 2021 (Part 2) Posted on 17 Oct 08:27 , 0 comments

Welcome to the THIRD of several announcements for 2021!  In case you missed the first 2, they are

Back in Stock for 2021 and NEW ARRIVALS for 2021

2020 was an amazing year here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and we are re-stocking for 2021 while we also add a few new arrivals. Let's get started!

 









GOLDEN JUBILEE TOMATO

 








 

CASPER PUMPKIN


WINTER LUXURY PIE PUMPKIN

 

 SUNFLOWER SEEDS COMBO PACK




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Mary's 2020 Garden Gift Guide Posted on 13 Oct 19:00 , 1 comment

This has been an amazing year in the garden.  We have seen so many new gardeners growing food and having fun digging in the dirt.

If you're wondering what to get the gardener in your life, we have a few suggestions!

 

EASY GARDEN SEED STARTER KIT

Each starter kit includes:
-SEEDS: Jade Bush Beans, Black Beauty Zucchini, Little Gem Lettuce, French Breakfast Radish and Pak Choy Cabbage
(individually packaged seeds)
-Coconut Coir 
-40 non-woven seed starter bags (8X10cm)
-5 Plant Markers
-Printed Basic planting instructions included

 

GARDEN GIFT BOX

 

Mary's Garden Gift Box includes:
SEEDS
DIY Seed Starter Pod set: includes coconut coir and 40 non-woven bags
12-Plant Markers
Basic planting instructions

 

MARY'S BASIL SEED COLLECTION

(seed-only combo pack)

 

 SUNFLOWER SEEDS COMBO PACK

 

BACK TO BASICS HOMESTEAD PACK

This combo pack is HUGE!

 

FERMENTED PEPPER SALSA GARDEN

 We LOVE this salsa so much that we made a few videos!

Make wonderful homemade salsa fresh from the garden! All individually packaged seeds.  Includes One packet of each:
   -Yellow Scotch Bonnet Pepper
   -Yellow Pear Tomato
   -Red Burgundy Onion
   -Cilantro

 

GARDEN STARTER SEED COMBO PACK

 Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of easy to grow seeds at a great value

 

PICKLE GARDEN STARTER KIT

Each starter kit includes:
-SEEDS: Ashley Cucumber, Boston Pickling Cucumber, Double Yeild Cucumber, Dill Bouquet, Dill Dikat
-Coconut Coir 
-12 Re-Usable, 6 Cell Germination Trays
-12 Plant Markers

 

TOMATO & BASIL GARDEN STARTER KIT

Each starter kit includes:
-SEEDS: Cherokee Purple Tomato, Pink Brandywine tomato, Borage, Dark Purple Opal Basil and Thai Holy Basil
-Coconut Coir 
-12 Re-Usable, 6 Cell Germination Trays
-12 Plant Markers

 

 

SALSA GARDEN COMBO PACK

Make wonderful homemade salsa fresh from the garden! All individually packaged seeds.
Includes One packet of each:
   -Brandywine Tomato
   -Jalapeno Pepper
   -Ancho Poblano Pepper
   -Red Burgundy Onion
   -Cilantro

 

 

SUPER GREENS SEED COMBO PACK

 If you have enjoyed this Garden Gift Guide, please check out the rest of our

SEED COMBO PACKS

If you have specific garden or seed related questions, please contact us via email at MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM
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NEW ARRIVALS FOR 2021 Posted on 20 Sep 08:51 , 4 comments

Welcome to the second of several announcements for 2021!  Every year we add a few more heirloom varieties to our collection.  This year we've "grown" to over 700 varieties available here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds



 

 

 

FATALII PEPPER

 



 

CANDY ROASTER, NORTH GEORGIA SQUASH
















 

 



















 

 

 

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Back in Stock for 2021 Posted on 15 Sep 17:32 , 2 comments

Welcome to the first of several announcements for 2021!

2020 was an amazing year here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and we are re-stocking for 2021. Let's get started!

 



 

 





***QUINOA***











 

RED ROMAINE LETTUCE

 

 




 

DWARF BLUE CURLED KALE

 

 

























 

 

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