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

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July 16, 2017
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**

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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


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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...
 

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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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Weekly Specials @Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 18 May 16:11 , 0 comments

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May 18, 2017
Yesterday we sent out an email with our
recent article
Grow 20 Pound Plants our Ancestors Grew
but I forgot to include our weekly specials

Oops!  Well I'll make it up to you with a few more that were added this morning.

Happy Planting!
Weekly Specials @
Mary's Heirloom Seeds

Mary's Seed Specials thru Monday, May 22nd

We mentioned yesterday that we grew HUGE Zucchini so this week we're offering full packs of our Black Beauty Zucchini for only 99 Cents per pack.

We also mentioned our HUGE Turnips so those are also only 99 Cent a pack   
 
 
 Our new arrival Red Mammoth Mangel Beet is also included in our weekly specials for only 99 cents per pack 
Early harvested (smaller)



Another variety we mentioned yesterday is a favorite of our chickens as well. 
 
 


Additional specials include 
 


 
 

 
 

If you want to grow large, healthy veggies then soil health and nutrients are very important.  We are offer our favorite soil amendments on sale thru Monday, May 22nd.  We use these in our own gardens to grow healthy, abundant crops

ALFALFA MEAL 
Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.

MARY'S PLANT FOOD 
Complex blend of natural organics provide complete and balanced feeding of all 15 nutrients 


Just like humans, plants require many minerals to reach peak health and vigor. Re-mineralize your soil with Azomite and your plants will thank you and reward you!

Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant
 
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.
NEW ARRIVALS

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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Grow 20-Pound Plants Our Ancestors Grew Posted on 17 May 12:47 , 0 comments

As a homesteader, we are always looking for old varieties of heirloom seeds to feed our family and animals.  I find that heirloom varieties have withstood the test of time and are plenty hardy to sustain our farming endeavors.  We've grown quite a few HUGE varieties of veggies here using beyond organic standards and eco-friendly practices.

We grew Zucchini that was over 16 inches long (Delicious zucchini bread, stir fry and zoodles from the big ones)
BLACK BEAUTY ZUCCHINI

We also grew Turnips that were almost 5 pounds!  
PURPLE TOP WHITEGLOBE TURNIP
*Most were about 1-2 pounds*


Our Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard became famous when it grew over 5 feet tall.  This isn't a normal size for swiss chard.  I let it grow to let it bolt and give me seeds


Mary's Heirloom Seeds now offers almost 500 varieties of heirloom seeds but today we're going to share with you about an OLD variety that can grow 20 pounds each.
 
Red Mammoth Mangel Beets produce an incredible mass of edible beet leaves and a large root up to 20 pounds or more in size!    These beets prefer deeply tilled, free draining, sandy soil to achieve full size. Simply allow your animals to graze on the tops, cut the tops for feeding or harvest the root. 

Fodder beets have been around since the 1400s if not earlier.  These beets were prized as nutritious animal feed that was easy to store.  Fodder beets are hardy, adaptable and palatable. They are ideal for planting in late summer for use as a winter and spring crop. 
Early harvested (smaller) Red Mammoth Mangel Beet
Mangel beets prefer neutral soil and are capable of thriving in less-than-ideal soil conditions. Full sun, however, is a necessity. Sow seeds directly into the prepared soil one month before the final frost date for early harvest, 10 to 12 weeks before the fall frost date for a late harvest. Seeds should be placed two inches apart and seedlings must be thinned out early. Rows should be spaced no less than 12 inches apart. A moderate amount of rainfall or irrigation is necessary for optimal growth to facilitate this, and a light covering of mulch may be necessary to retain moisture in drier climates.
 
The greens can be harvested at any time. Plucking a few leaves from each plant will not stress the root and will allow you or your livestock to enjoy nutrient-rich greens for many weeks. Carefully monitored and controlled grazing may be acceptable in the last few weeks before harvest.
 
Traditionally, mangel beets are not used as livestock fodder until January. During the time between harvest and January, certain components begin to break down in the root, making them easier to digest and less likely to cause digestive issues in your livestock.
 
To supplement your poultry feed and provide a pecking distraction, simply hang a beetroot in the coop. Greens can be fed to the poultry, as well. For other livestock, including cattle, horses, pigs and goats, beets are best sliced or cut into chunks before adding them in the daily ration of feed.
Are mangel beets edible for humans? Absolutely!  Just one crop of Mangel Beets (for us) is enough to store for an entire year of eating!
 
Last year we even grew a German Giant Radish that was over 12 inches long.  Again, we let it "bolt" and produce seeds but I wasn't expecting it to be so large.

 
Planning for the future is important. In the words of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), "Hope for the Best. Plan for the worst." While we cannot predict the loss of income, unexpected medical bills or car repairs, we should plan ahead and prepare the best we can.
 
You might also enjoy reading my article You Don't Need a Farm to Grow Food
 
If you're looking to grow large crops for fodder, the Red Mammoth Mangel Beet is a GREAT option.  If you're looking to grow bigger veggies, we can help.  You might like our article Easiest Veggies to Grow from Seed to Harvest and Feeding Your Plants-Updated.
 
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.
 

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MARY'S ANNIVERSARY ANNOUNCEMENT Posted on 12 May 05:07 , 1 comment

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Celebrate with us!!!

This month, May 11th to be exact,
Mary's Heirloom Seeds is celebrating another year of awesomeness!

This month we've added quite a few AMAZING looking (and delicious) heirloom seed varieties.

Today we've added a few more and they're only
99 Cents a pack!
You read that right!  99 Cents per pack but only thru Monday, May 15th

Happy Planting!
NEW ARRIVALS
&
99 CENT SEED SALE


Tepary Beans were used for many generations by many Native American cultures as a staple and reliable food crop. 
Over the years they were selected to be more drought tolerant and heat tolerant.  (However, they do not like wet heavy clay soils.  They need good drainage.)


This huge pepper was selected for heavy yields and large robust plant structures to support lots of peppers.


Plant produces high yields of flavorful pigeon peas. Pigeon Peas can be served in the same manner as green peas or cowpeas, combining them with other vegetables.


Fodder beets have been around since the 1400s if not earlier.  These beets were prized as nutritious animal feed that was easy to store.  Fodder beets are hardy, adaptable and palatable.
Red Mammoth Mangel Beets produce an incredible mass of edible beet leaves and a large root
up to 20 pounds or more in size!



A fantastic onion variety from a small Mediterranean town in Italia. 
Red Torpedos are long, red-purple, spindle-shaped onions with a mild, sweet flesh.  Torpedos are great for planting in small garden spaces as you can get far more in a smaller space than when compared to other onions.



Pre-1900.  High yielding Dent corn. 10-13 ft. sturdy stalks are often used to support pole beans. 6-9 in. ears, 12-18 rows/ ear, 1-2 ears/stalk. Grows well in drier areas (drought-tolerant). Makes great corn bread and polenta as well as attractive corn cob pipes.  Superior for grinding into flour, or for roasting ears.


Mammoth Red is the best clover for deficient soils.
Mammoth red is tall, growing at 2-3'.  It is quick-growing clover. Plant in the spring, summer or fall, alone or with grain/grass. Mammoth red will grow in more acid soil (pH 5.0-6.0) than other clovers if lime is applied at seeding time. This is a popular biennial used for Nitrogen addition and hay crops.


Leaves are deeply and closely curled. Flavor is better than most curled varieties.  Double and triple leaves are held high away from the ground, keeping them clean.  


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Happy Planting,

 

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99 CENT SEED SALE & GARDENS FUNDRAISER UPDATE Posted on 02 May 06:13 , 0 comments

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MAY 2, 2017
Dear Mary,

We are so excited to continue our donation program through our Gardens Fundraiser.  This year we have donated to over 15 different Community Gardens, School Gardens, Veterans groups and Non-Profits across the county *And we're still continuing to donate.*  This has been made possible in part thru our Gardens Fundraiser.  Today we added a garden-specific Item thru May 30th.  Proceeds from our
Easy Garden Starter Kit will help continue to fund our program.

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

And now for our 99 CENT SEED SALE!
 


99 CENT SEED SALE
THRU MAY 6th 

*These are ALL fresh seed stock from 2017*
If stored properly, they can be stored for several years

 
Genovese Basil has extra-large, dark green leaves and is often used in Italian pesto. Genovese Basil typically grows to a height of 18 - 24 inches.


 
Matures very quickly from seed. Green shoots have a captivating flavor. Cut 6" pieces when the "broccolis" are the size of a quarter. You'll love it lightly sauteed with garlic and olive oil, fresh in salads and boiled soups.


 
Snap bean for home gardens, local market, shipping fresh and for freezing.  15-17" vines, bushy, sturdy, and strong roots. 
Pods round to heart-shaped, straight, 5-1/4", fleshy, low fiber, tender, stringless, and medium dark green.

 
 
Melons can weigh 6 pounds or more. Casaba Golden Beauty Melon has white, sweet, aromatic and spicy flesh. 
Superbly adapted to hot dry climates like those in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and West Texas. Excellent for home gardeners and perfect form market growers.

 
 
VELVET SUNFLOWER 
 A beautiful change from all the golds and yellows of the other sunflowers, these crimson petals will delight and enrich the colors of your garden!
 
A French 2-3 lb. melon with light grey-green skin. The bright orange flesh is super sweet and very fragrant



Seeds produce giant 6-12" seed heads filled with delicious seeds.  Stalks will grow 8-10' and kids just love them.


Typically grows 8"x4" and can weigh up to 6 lbs.  Waltham has a creamy, rich, dry yellow-orange flesh that has a nutty flavor.  Vine are extremely vigorous so leave plenty of room for this butternut.


Adds flavor to many meats, stuffing, vinegars and more! Fragrant leaves are also used in potpourri,
tall gray-green plants are quite attractive.   

The leaves grow 8 to 10 inches long. 
Harvest the whole head or use the outer leaves so they just keep coming!



Millet is used as a porridge or breakfast food in many countries. 
Golden German millet is a late maturing, warm season, annual crop.
It has medium stem thickness and numerous broad leaves up the stem.
Fragaria white Strawberry produces ongoing blooms and delicious white berries. This Strawberry plant produces a heavy crop with the same leaf size and structure as red Strawberry varieties. White Strawberry plants do not spread with runners, and their berries are very sweet and have a hint of pineapple in their taste. The flowers and fruit continue all season and the plants make great edgings for gardens
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Happy Planting,

 

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

MAY Seed Planting Guide for the US Posted on 26 Apr 07:29 , 1 comment

Before we get started with our MAY Planting Guide, we have a few specials to announce.
Genovese Basil and Sage will be on Sale thru May 10th

 

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April 25, 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. 
NEW ARRIVALS
 We've added a few more heirloom seeds for MAY!
 
 
 
MAY 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**




Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Gourds (Louffa),  Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Bunching Onions, Bulbing Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potato, Radish, Radicchio, Sorrel Spinach, Summer Squash, 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!
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Gourd (louffa) Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Melons, Mustard, Peas-Snow or English, Southern Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, 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!
Arugula, Beans, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, OKRA, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.
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! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Bush Beans & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Bunching Onion, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Radicchio, Spinach, Summer 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!


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*
 
Artichoke, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Eggplant, Gourds (louffa), Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Melons, Okra, Onions, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, 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 Wildflowers!
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Gourds (Louffa), Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, 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 Wildflowers!
Artichoke,Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Gourds (louffa), Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cinlantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
CONTINUE READING


Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Gourds (Louffa), Endive, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, 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 Wildflowers!
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Gourds (Louffa), Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cinlantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Gourds (Louffa), Endive, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Scallions, Sorrel, 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
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

 ARIZONA  
 
 NEW MEXICO   
FLORIDA has been split in 3 regions 
 



If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

GROW Something Spectacular Posted on 23 Apr 12:40 , 3 comments

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April 23, 2017
The act of growing food itself is Spectacular.
From those small seeds we grow large, healthy plants.  They provide nourishment for pollinators and then food for us to eat.

Heirloom varieties are so unique and today we're highlighting some of our favorite "spectacular" varieties.  If you have questions, please ask!

Grow something Spectacular!
We're excited to announce 2 NEW ARRIVALS added today at Mary's Heirloom Seeds

A French 2-3 lb. melon with light grey-green skin. The bright orange flesh is super sweet and very fragrant

Long, ribbed, dark green fruit can grow up to 18". They are very mild, sweet and burpless.

And now for more  
Spectacular Heirloom varieties
Also known as "Speckled Bays" or "Cranberry Bean" 
This pre-1800 heirloom is a great producer.


Scarlet Runner Bean was introduced sometime before 1750.
Scarlet Runner beans are very vigorous and can easily reach 20 feet tall.


Large savoy leaves are deep purplish red with white mid ribs





Small kernelled variety makes surprisingly large pops, yielding for a low hull/ corn ratio




Yummy little striped round balls of sunshine goodness! 
Introduced in 1894



Pak Choy is very cold hardy and grows over an extended period of time.  It's SO EASY to grow!!!




Extra large pumpkin often grown for county fairs and Halloween. Weighs up to 100 lbs. or more when well grown








Prolific 8' vines produce 1.5-2# fruits that have thick walls and a small seed cavity.












*Some of these are over 16 inches long*






BORAGE


I hope you have enjoyed our preview of some of the Spectacular Heirloom varieties available at
Mary's Heirloom Seeds.

We currently offer over 450 varieties of seeds.  Happy Planting!
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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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

 
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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

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