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.
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...
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.
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!
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