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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
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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.

 

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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!


Growing Tomatillo from Seed to Harvest Posted on 19 Jul 09:29 , 0 comments

Tomatillo is an often overlooked heirloom variety.  Native to Mexico and domesticated by the Aztecs around 800 B.C., the tomatillo is one of our most ancient food bearing plants.

Growing Tomatillo is similar to growing tomatoes but isn't as heavy a feeder as tomatoes.

Select a growing area with full sun exposure and well-drained, moderately rich soil.

The rule of thumb for sowing seeds is to plant the seed twice as deep as it is wide (or twice as deep as the diameter of the seed). Tomatillo seeds are really small, so don’t plant them very deep – they only need to be planted 1/8″ – 1/4″ deep.  Grow at least 2 plants at a time, more if you plan to make a bit of salsa.

My personal rule of thumb is to always plant more than you think you'll will need.  This will come in handy if you have pest issues such as bugs, birds, squirrels and even cats.  If you produce more than you need or use, you can always store for later or share with friends and family.

 

Similar to growing tomatoes, Tomatillo sprouts roots along the stems, so it does well when planted deep in the soil. Tomatillo plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and about the same in width, so space the plants 3 feet apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Plan to give them support in the form of gardening trellises or tomato cages.

Tomatillo will continue to produce until frost takes over.  Although moderately drought-tolerant, tomatillos do best with an inch or so of water per week (more if you live in a very hot climate).

 

You know a tomatillo is ready to be cut from the plant when the fruit has filled out the husk. Left to ripen further, the fruit will frequently split the husk and turn yellow or purple depending on its genetics.


We hope you have enjoyed yet another informative growing article here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  If you have additional questions please ask!



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NEW Arrivals only 99 Cents a Pack! Posted on 03 May 14:04 , 0 comments

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May 3, 2018
In case you missed our recent announcement, we're celebration our anniversary here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds with a huge
99 CENT SEED SALE
thru May 7th.

Below you'll find New Arrivals we've added today and a few favorites as well.

Happy Planting!

NEW ARRIVALS
As we mentioned above, we've added a few new heirloom seed varieties today.  We're doing something special this week and they're only
99 CENTS a pack thru May 7th!

A Native American squash that has an ancient history. The large vines are vigorous and are good for the South. 
The skin is white with green stripes and has thick yellow flesh



Giant Nobel is a slow bolt spinach. Plant it in late spring for heavy yields of giant, thick, dark green leaves. This giant spinach variety can spread to 25"  



This deep red flower is large and can be 10-12 in. long on a 3-5 ft. tall plant. The seeds are edible and can be popped, cooked like a grain or grounded into flour.



Alsike clover is a short-lived perennial plant.  It is grown widely in the eastern, northern, mid-western states and in the Pacific Northwest.




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NEW ARRIVALS & SEED SALE Posted on 18 Apr 09:10 , 1 comment

 
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April 18, 2018
We're always excited for New Arrivals here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

As a bonus, we've added a few more seed packs to our 99 Cent Seed Pack Sale
thru April 22nd 
 

We are THRILLED to announce a few more New Arrivals for 2018!

BRIGHTEST BRILLIANT QUINOA 

Reaching only 4 feet in height, this variety offers a riot of colors, orange, pink, burgundy, white and yellow!


ELEPHANT HEAD AMARANTH 
This deep red flower is large and can be 10-12 in. long on a 3-5 ft. tall plant. The seeds are edible and can be popped, cooked like a grain or grounded into flour.


HALE'S BEST JUMBO MELON 
Hale's Best Jumbo Melon was discovered by ID Hale near Brawley, California in 1923. It was reportedly growing in a Japanese market gardener's field.


RECENTLY ADDED 
  
ALSIKE CLOVER
  

SKYSCRAPER SUNFLOWER


FORTEX POLE BEAN
 

BACK IN STOCK

LUPINE, ARROYO BLUE
 

We recently shared our article on
Cool Weather Crops so we've added a few of our favorite heirloom varieties to our
99 Cent Seed pack Sale thru April 22nd!

99 CENT SEED SALE



Quite a few of our HEILROOM RADISH seed varieties are part of our 99 cent Seed sale




HAPPY PLANTING!

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BUILD A RAISED BED!   

We shared our Raised Bed tutorial last year but we have had so many requests lately that we shared again this year with Updates!

We also posted an article about
SOIL Recipes for raised bed gardens

TIME TO PLANT HEIRLOOM SEEDS!

Complete details on our blog
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Happy Planting,

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR with Over 40 New Arrivals! Posted on 31 Dec 17:49 , 0 comments

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December 31, 2017
"The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
-Michael Pollan
We're gearing up for the 2018 planting season!
Below is our HUGE compilation of New Arrivals for 2018 and we are so excited!

As an added bonus, We are giving away small garden notebooks with purchase of $30 or more
Between Dec 31st and Jan 2nd as a
special New Year's gift.


If you have additional question, please ask

Enjoy!


NEW ARRIVALS FOR 2018
 
If you have placed an order for
Organic Seed Potatoes....
We will begin shipping out to customers in Warmer climates such as Florida as early as January 1.

If you are interested in purchasing
Organic Seed Potatoes, please do not wait til planting time as we will be sold out by then.
  
 
NEW ARRIVALS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 *NEW FOR 2018* 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

NEW ARRIVALS for 2018 - Part 2 Posted on 15 Dec 04:48 , 0 comments

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December 15, 2017
As promised, Mary's Heirloom Seeds continues to add to our existing selection of Heirloom, 
Open-Pollinated seeds.
 
This week, we're adding more varieties!
 
Also, Pre-Orders of Organic Seed Potatoes 
are now available!!!
 
Harvest dates will vary based on variety of potato.  Generally, potatoes take 90-120 days to harvest.
  Under optimal conditions, you can expect to harvest 10-15 pounds of potatoes for every pound of seed potato planted. 

Find out when to plant potatoes
NEW ARRIVALS for 2018
PART 2  

105 days.  These unique, Very flat, pure white pumpkins that are unique and tasty. Very sweet orange flesh is perfect for pies and baking
 
 
70-80 days.  Determinate.   
Great for sauces, salsas and pastes
 
 
 75 days. Roots grow 7"-8" long and are great raw or cooked.
 
 
 75 days. Popular Japanese variety for home or market; deep orange, stubby roots are mild and sweet.
 
 
 85 days. One of the best orange-flesh watermelons. Very crisp, sweet, and flavorful deep orange flesh
 
 
 100 days. VERY RARE. Introduced to America about 1862 by James Hogg, of Yorkville, New York, from seeds his brother Thomas sent him from Japan.
 
 
 110 days.  An heirloom to the Buffalo, New York area, it was first distributed to select members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society by Mr. Ives in the Spring of 1833 and quickly became available as a commercial variety shortly thereafter.
 
 
105 days.  These unique, Very flat, pure white pumpkins that are unique and tasty. Very sweet orange flesh is perfect for pies and baking. 


 YIPPIE! 
WE LOVE HEIRLOOM SEEDS!

  
NEW ARRIVALS for 2018
PART 1 
FRENCH GARDEN BEANS
50 days.  Tall, very upright bush.  Beans hang neatly and in clusters. Long thin podded French bush bean, selected for home garden cultivation.
 
 
 
CANARY YELLOW SWISS CHARD 
60 days. This Swiss chard produces a stunning canary yellow stem that deeply contrasts with its sea green leaves held above.  Produces large leaves and Very productive.  
 
 
65 days.  This unique heirloom Originated in Armenia.
Fruits are light green with darker green striped ribs which curl into "s" shaped fruits. 
 
JARRAHDALE PUMPKIN
110 days.  A New Zealand heirloom, Jarrahdale pumpkin has a slate blue, ribbed exterior and a deep delicious orange interior flesh. 
 
 
 
BIRDHOUSE BOTTLE GOURD 
95 days. This long-handled ball-shaped gourd can be hollowed out to make attractive birdhouses, a big dipper gourd, or musical instruments. 
 
 
 
ANCHO POBLANO PEPPER 
75 days. Also called Ancho Pepper in its dried form, the Poblano is a pepper of many wonderful uses including salsa, grilling, stir fries or stuffed for chile rellenos and substituted in any dish for bell pepper.
 
BULGARIAN CARROT PEPPER
75-80 days.  Bulgarian Carrot Pepper grows up to 18" tall and produces peppers that are about 3 1/2" long. 
70 days.   The Hungarian wax pepper is a canary yellow chile pepper also known as the hot yellow pepper or hot wax pepper. The Hungarian wax is closely related to the mild banana pepper.  
DILL, DUKAT
Aromatic, never bitter or overly pungent, try this one for the sweetest of all dills. With a delicate fragrance, Dukat stays in the leaf stage longer than other varieties
ROX ORANGE SUGAR CANE SORGHUM
Rox orange is an old time sorghum favorite for syrup.   Rox Orange sorghum is grown like corn, but prefers well drained sandy loam. Rox Orange will grow to 8 ft. tall and can be cut for silage after 70-80 days, or be used for livestock grain if left to full maturity.
THOMAS LAXTON PEA
65 days.  Any pea that was introduced over 100 years ago and is still widely grown should tell you volumes.  Reliable, consistent, and sweet are just some of the words used to describe this pea.
Organic Seed Potatoes   
We are currently offering PRE-ORDERS of
select varieties of
ORGANIC *Non-GMO* SEED POTATOES
Depending on your location AND date of purchase, seed potatoes will be available to ship as early as January 1.
*Price and availability subject to change*
    


Remember, even if planting time in your area isn't until March or April, NOW is the time to start thinking about Organic Seed Potatoes 

 
PURPLE MAJESTY 





 


Please purchase additional items in a separate order.    
Items ordered with Organic Seed Potatoes will ship together after January 1st.

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.


Check out Mary's 2017 Planting Guide
for more planting guides and Growing Tips 
 
As always, if you have additional questions please feel free to ask!
This data has been compiled from our own research as well as feedback from our customers.
 
Helpful ARTICLES    
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

NEW ARRIVALS for 2018 (part 1) Posted on 06 Dec 08:07 , 0 comments

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December 5, 2017
As promised, Mary's Heirloom Seeds continues to add to our existing selection of Heirloom, 
Open-Pollinated seeds.
 
This week, we're adding more varieties!
 
Also, Pre-Orders of Organic Seed Potatoes 
are now available!!!
 
Harvest dates will vary based on variety of potato.  Generally, potatoes take 90-120 days to harvest.
  Under optimal conditions, you can expect to harvest 10-15 pounds of potatoes for every pound of seed potato planted. 

Find out when to plant potatoes
NEW ARRIVALS for 2018  
FRENCH GARDEN BEANS
50 days.  Tall, very upright bush.  Beans hang neatly and in clusters. Long thin podded French bush bean, selected for home garden cultivation.
 
 
CANARY YELLOW SWISS CHARD
60 days. This Swiss chard produces a stunning canary yellow stem that deeply contrasts with its sea green leaves held above.  Produces large leaves and Very productive. 
 
 
65 days.  This unique heirloom Originated in Armenia.
Fruits are light green with darker green striped ribs which curl into "s" shaped fruits. 
JARRAHDALE PUMPKIN
110 days.  A New Zealand heirloom, Jarrahdale pumpkin has a slate blue, ribbed exterior and a deep delicious orange interior flesh. 
 
 
BIRDHOUSE BOTTLE GOURD
95 days. This long-handled ball-shaped gourd can be hollowed out to make attractive birdhouses, a big dipper gourd, or musical instruments.
 
 
ANCHO POBLANO PEPPER
75 days. Also called Ancho Pepper in its dried form, the Poblano is a pepper of many wonderful uses including salsa, grilling, stir fries or stuffed for chile rellenos and substituted in any dish for bell pepper.
BULGARIAN CARROT PEPPER
75-80 days.  Bulgarian Carrot Pepper grows up to 18" tall and produces peppers that are about 3 1/2" long. 
70 days.   The Hungarian wax pepper is a canary yellow chile pepper also known as the hot yellow pepper or hot wax pepper. The Hungarian wax is closely related to the mild banana pepper.  
DILL, DUKAT
Aromatic, never bitter or overly pungent, try this one for the sweetest of all dills. With a delicate fragrance, Dukat stays in the leaf stage longer than other varieties
ROX ORANGE SUGAR CANE SORGHUM
Rox orange is an old time sorghum favorite for syrup.   Rox Orange sorghum is grown like corn, but prefers well drained sandy loam. Rox Orange will grow to 8 ft. tall and can be cut for silage after 70-80 days, or be used for livestock grain if left to full maturity.
THOMAS LAXTON PEA
65 days.  Any pea that was introduced over 100 years ago and is still widely grown should tell you volumes.  Reliable, consistent, and sweet are just some of the words used to describe this pea.

 YIPPIE! 
WE LOVE HEIRLOOM SEEDS!

BACK IN STOCK  
 
Organic Seed Potatoes   
We are currently offering PRE-ORDERS of
select varieties of
ORGANIC *Non-GMO* SEED POTATOES
Depending on your location AND date of purchase, seed potatoes will be available to ship as early as January 1.
*Price and availability subject to change*
    


Remember, even if planting time in your area isn't until March or April, NOW is the time to start thinking about Organic Seed Potatoes 

 
PURPLE MAJESTY 





 


Please purchase additional items in a separate order.    
Items ordered with Organic Seed Potatoes will ship together after January 1st.

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.


Check out Mary's 2017 Planting Guide
for more planting guides and Growing Tips 
 
As always, if you have additional questions please feel free to ask!
This data has been compiled from our own research as well as feedback from our customers.
 
Helpful ARTICLES    
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

Food Gardens are Part of the Solution Posted on 29 Nov 10:42 , 0 comments

I love reading about people in their community growing food and building relationships thru their food gardens.  This particular story touched my heart so I'm sharing with you too

11 Year Old Boy Creates Community Garden so No One Goes Hungry
Hurt told 24-Hour News 8 he started gardening when he was 7 years old and planted beans. His mom said the beans provided extra food for the family.
Hurt is now expanding his garden to help others. The community garden opened earlier in May.
“I got rows of tomatoes, one, two,” Hurt described. “This one’s got two tomatoes.”

But this land is more than just a garden of fruits and vegetables.
“I got it from across the school because the lady over there donated it to me so that’s when I got it and also I wanted to do that to feed the community,” Hurt added.
He said the garden is open to everyone and people can stop by whenever to pick fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Because it’s the right thing to help feed the community, and it feeds people so nobody goes hungry,” Hurt said.


Helping people grow the healthiest gardens possible is our passion.  This is one of many reasons we started Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Every day we are working to create additional planting tutorials and videos.  Our Gardens Fundraiser at Mary's Heirloom Seeds helps fund additional seed donations to school gardens, community and non-profit gardens and church gardens across the country.  Every Year our donation program GROWS! 
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Gardening can reduce stress & anxiety, it can bring people together and it's a great education tool.  Food gardens offer all of those benefits and more!

You may already know from numerous articles I've shared that I'm a huge advocate of Growing Food no matter what!  If you're curious, read

You Don't Need a farm to Grow Food

Start A Bucket Garden

Growing In Containers

9 Easiest Vegetables to grow from Seed to Harvest

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Food Gardens can feed people!!!  I know that's an obvious statement but with so many hungry people in the world and right here in our own community, it needs to be said.  We can make a difference one food garden at a time.

Food Gardens can solve the issue of food deserts.  "Food deserts are defined  as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers." source

Food Gardens can help save the Pollinators!  2018 is the Year of the pollinators!  If you grow organic and WITH nature, there is always a place for beneficial insects.  We use Companion Planting as our first line of defense against pests.  A healthy, well fed soil system can produce healthy plant which do not require expensive sprays and treatments.

The agri-chem companies want you to believe that GMOs are meant to "feed the world" but that is a myth.  Read GMO Crops Do Not Cure Hunger.  The answer to feeding more people is for the community to get involved with their food production.  The amount of cancer causing pesticides and herbicides used every year is in the billions of pounds.  If we all took responsibility for our food and grow beyond organic standards, we could make a GLOBAL change for the benefit of everyone.

From PPS, "Safety and crime reduction  -  There is evidence linking community gardens to improved safety in neighborhoods – showing that crime decreases in neighborhoods as the amount of green space increases. Two reports in the Journal of Environment and Behavior studied (1) the impact nature has on mental fatigue (often a precursor of aggression and violence), and (2) the relationship between green space and inner city crime rates. The research determined that aggression and violence was “significantly lower among those people who lived near some green space than those who lived in more barren conditions.”"

Kids love to grow food!  Food Gardens are a great educational tool.  As part of our seed donation program at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, we work with several homeschool groups and co-ops across the country and in our own community.  My sister and her kids grow all sorts of deliciousness in the garden.

Why Heirloom Seeds?
From Seed Saving Part 1, "Saving Seeds from your garden bounty is like putting money away for a rainy day.  Best of all, saving your own seeds is one of many ways to regain control of your family's source of food"
Open-pollinated, heirloom seeds will grow seeds that can be saved and re-planted year after year. Hybrid seeds can be sterile and may not produce true offspring from saved seeds.

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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About Moringa Oleifera Posted on 11 Nov 08:52 , 1 comment

We're growing Moringa Oleifera on our homestead!  This is one of those things that makes me excited about growing.  Moringa is a new one for us here.

What is Moringa Oleifera?

Commonly known as Moringa, it is said to be "the most nutritious tree found on the earth." Moringa tree grows in tropical conditions and this tree is native to Indian and Africa.

From Mary's Heirloom Seeds,
It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables. It can also be used for water purification and hand washing, and is sometimes used in herbal medicine.




From Moringa . com,
Moringa leaves, which is the most nutritious part of the Moringa tree, is loaded with Vitamins and Minerals. For this reason it is known as the Nutrition powerhouse. Fresh Moringa leaves contain 70 to 75% moisture and when they are dried the moisture content goes down to less than 8% and hence the nutrients becomes much more concentrated. That is the reason why people prefer to use Moringa Leaf Powder in their supplements.


Leaves can be harvested every 30-45 days throughout the year.


MORINGA SEEDLING

Moringa oleifera is a small size tree with approximately 5 to 10 m height. It is cultivated all over the world due to its multiple utilities. Every part of Moringa is used for certain nutritional and/or medicinal propose. Containing over 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants, non-GMO Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) is one of nature’s most nutritious foods. Ideal for helping our bodies maintain optimum health and balance. Because moringa leaf powder does not spoil, this makes an excellent long-term survival food.


GROWING MORINGA OLEIFERA
From Trees For Life


To grow from seed:

Moringa seeds have no dormancy periods and can be planted as soon as they are mature.

  1. Choose an area with light and sandy soil, not heavy with clay or water-logged.
  2. Dig holes 1 ft (30 cm) square and 1 ft deep. Back-fill the holes with loose soil. Compost or manure will help the tree grow better, even though Moringa trees can grow in poor soils.
  3. Plant 3 to 5 seeds in each hole, 2 in. (5 cm) apart. Plant the seeds no deeper than three times the width of the seed (approximately ½ in. or 1.5 cm -- the size of one's thumbnail).
  4. Keep the soil moist enough so that the top soil will not dry and choke the emerging saplings, but it should not be too wet or else the seeds can drown and rot.
  5. When the saplings are four to six inches tall, keep the healthiest sapling in the ground and remove the rest. Termites and nematodes can kill a young sapling. Take measures to protect saplings from these two dangers.
 
Transplanting
The ground where the trees are to be planted should be light and sandy, not heavy with clay or water-logged.
Dig a hole 1 ft (30 cm) square and 1 ft deep. Backfill with loose soil. Adding compost or manure will help the trees grow better.

  1. Water the planting holes one day before transplanting the seedlings.
  2. Plant seedlings in the late afternoon to avoid the hot sun the first day.
  3. Make a hole in the pit to accept all soil in the bag. Carefully cut open the sack and place the seedling in the planting hole. Be careful to keep the soil around the seedling's roots intact.
  4. Pack soil around the seedling base.
  5. Water only lightly for the first few days.
If the seedlings fall over, tie them to a stick for support. Protect young saplings from termites and nematodes


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