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About Orach Posted on 12 Nov 13:28 , 0 comments

We've added a few new arrivals for 2020
Purple Orach is a new one and it's such an exciting variety!!!

 

Atriplex hortensis

45 days from seed
 
Also known as Mountain spinach, French spinach, Giant Lambs quarters. Touted as a warm-season alternative to spinach, orach is actually a cool-season plant that just doesn't go to seed (bolt) as quickly as spinach. Harvest leaves that are less-bitter than spinach into the summer. Purple varieties in particular make good ornamental plants, though can reach 4 to 6 feet tall.
Reseeds easily.
For those of you in warmer climates, From U of F
Orach is a cool season vegetable and should be grown much like garden spinach. It is quick to bolt in summer. In South and Central Florida, plant in October through January. From Orlando northward, plant seeds mid-September through February. Sow seeds ½- to 1-inch deep in rows spaced 2-feet apart. Thin seedlings to stand 6-12 inches in the row. Seedlings may be transplanted.

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Back in Stock for 2020 at Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 15 Sep 08:18 , 1 comment

We are pleased to announce that quite a few varieties are back in stock for 2020.

If you're not sure what or when to plant, check out our FREE planting guides:

 

The varieties listed below are back in stock for 2020

Calypso Beans

 

Purple Beauty Bell Pepper

 

Chocolate Baby Bell Pepper

 

Cosmos, Sensation Mix

 

Sugar Drip Sorghum

 

Wild Everglades Tomato

 

Aunt Mary's Sweet Corn

 

Crimson Forrest Bunching Onion

 

Early Wonder Beet

 

Golden Beet

 

Hopi Orange Squash

 

 

Thai Roselle

 

 

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60 Heirloom Varieties added to our Collection for 2019 at Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 12 Feb 14:53 , 0 comments

Actually, it's 61 varieties!

When we announced 45 New Arrivals for 2019 there was a possibility that we'd be adding more.  We also have a "growing" selection of 99 Cent Seed Packs!

Ready for a few more amazingly unique Heirloom Seed varieties?

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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45 NEW ARRIVALS for 2019! Posted on 9 Jan 18:30 , 0 comments

We *might* be adding a few more before the week is over but for now, check out these
45 NEW ARRIVALS for 2019!
We currently offer over 600 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.

 

We also offer a unique selection of  99 CENT SEED PACKS

 
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Also spelled Louffa, Louffah and Loffah 
Heirloom from 1888.  The fruit grows about 2', and the vine is very ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark green foliage.
 
  
January 9, 2019

Our 2019 Gardens are going to be AMAZING!
We've added 45 different heirloom varieties for 2019.  This puts us well over 600 Heirloom seed varieties now available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
Enjoy!
NEW ARRIVALS for 2019
 
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Growing Tips, Tutorials & Videos   

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

Grow Your Own "Magic" Velvet Beans Posted on 27 Dec 07:56 , 0 comments

We've added a few more Heirloom Seeds to our growing collection and thought you might enjoy learning about a few of them.

Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) has many names including magic velvet bean, Bengal velvet bean, Florida velvet bean, Mauritius velvet bean, Yokohama velvet bean, cowage, cowitch, lacuna bean, and Lyon bean

Velvet Beans are a summer legume. The vines may reach 12 to 15 feet in length, and the roots grow as long as 20 to 30 feet.
 
Velvet bean plants (Mucuna pruriens) are tropical legumes that are native to southern China and eastern India. The plants have spread throughout much of Asia and are often cultivated around the world, especially in Australia and the southern United States.

Velvet bean plants are not frost hardy, but they have a short lifespan and even in hot climates they are almost always grown as annuals.
Excellent soil-builder. Velvet bean is often used as a quick annual fodder or silage crop.  
 
Minute hairs on flowers and seed pods can cause intense itching, explaining another of its common names--Cow Itch Plant.


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There are a few scientifically proven health benefits for Velvet Beans.


From NCBI,
All parts of M. pruriens possess valuable medicinal properties and it has been investigated in various contexts, including for its anti-diabetic, aphrodisiac, anti-neoplastic, anti-epileptic, and anti-microbial activities (Sathiyanarayanan et al., 2007). Its anti-venom activities have been investigated by Guerranti et al. (2002) and its anti-helminthic activity has been demonstrated by Jalalpure (2007). M. pruriens has also been shown to be neuroprotective (Misra and Wagner, 2007), and has demonstrated analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity (Hishika et al., 1981).


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NEW ARRIVALS for 2019 (part 2) Posted on 7 Oct 15:51 , 1 comment

Before we get started I want to share this BEAUTIFUL Glass Gem corn I harvested this morning!

 

 
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October 7, 2018

As promised, we are announcing even more
New Arrivals for 2019!
This puts us well over 600 Heirloom seed varieties now available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
Wooray!
We're shipping out more orders of garlic bulbs this week as well.  Enjoy!
 
NEW ARRIVALS for 2019
(part 2)
 
If you missed our first announcement,
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55 days. Ruby Queen is an early beet variety producing round, red roots with a smooth texture.
Ruby Queen beet performs well in poor soil and holds its shape well in crowded situations.
75 days. This vigorous, 7 foot tall variety made Oregon's Willamette Valley famous in the 60s and 70s for canning beans. The smooth, 6-7 inch, dark green pods have a canning jar straight, round shape. Harvested at their peak, you'll find them tender, meaty, and full of hearty, fresh bean flavor

 
 
 Trifolium incarnatum Grows 1-3' tall.
Crimson clover produces more forage at low temperatures than other clovers.
With its rapid, robust growth, crimson clover provides early spring nitrogen for full-season crops. Rapid fall growth, or summer growth in cool areas, also makes it a top choice for short-rotation niches as a weed suppressing green manure.
 
 
 
85-95 Days.  A family heirloom that has been preserved for generations. Roundish, maroon-and-white beans are great in soups, where their creamy texture and hearty, nutty flavor really shine. 
Pole type plants yield an abundance of pods, each containing 5 to 6 beans.
 
 
 61-120 days. Creel Crowder Pea is a family heirloom from Alabama.  6 in. curved pods turn golden yellow when dry, large brown seeds. Semi-vining plants, very productive!
 
 
 
 
85 days.  This Oregon heirloom was selected by Pike and Young Seeds in Monmouth, Oregon in the 1930's.  Produces 3 lb fruits on unirrigated clay, 7 lb fruits on good irrigated soil.  Originally bred specially for growing in unirrigated clay soil. Heavily netted, oblong fruits. Vigorous, high-yielding, disease-resistant plants. 
 
 
 
95 days. (Indeterminate)
A beefsteak tomato that produces large pink fruits, which grow up to 2 pounds, this strain was obtained by tomato collector Ben Quisenberry of Big Tomato Gardens from Dorris Sudduth Hill, whose family grew it for over 100 years.
 
 
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Also spelled Louffa, Louffah and Loffah 
Heirloom from 1888.  The fruit grows about 2', and the vine is very ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark green foliage.  
  
Growing Tips, Tutorials & Videos   

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 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!


August Specials & FREE Seeds Posted on 1 Aug 11:02 , 0 comments

 

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August 1, 2018
Hi!  We're super excited to share all of our new arrivals and garden goodies for August!

Have you enjoyed our Fall Planning & Planting Series so far?  We'll have another installment to share very soon.

Today we're sharing new arrivals, Free Seeds and FREE garden supplies for August!
MOUNTAIN FLOWER SPECIALS 
FREE packet with purchase of a 5-pack!

Here's the deal:
Starting today through August 15th
Purchase a 5-pack of
And we'll include an extra FREE packet!

If you purchase 1 of each 5-pack, you will receive 3 Extra free seed packs!

*NEW ARRIVAL*
 With an N-P-K of 8-3-1, this high nitrogen fertilizer encourages robust, green growth.   Bat Guano is extremely effective when applied as a top dressing, a soil amendment or brewed into guano tea.
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More NEW ARRIVALS! Posted on 18 Jul 11:31 , 0 comments

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July 18, 2018
We are thrilled to announce a few more new arrivals for 2018/2019 gardens!
Several of the new arrivals listed below were a special request for dying wool and fabrics.
In case you missed it, we've also added to our 99 Cent Seed Pack SALE for the month of July.
All of the info is below.
Enjoy!

NEW ARRIVALS
A cousin of Lamb's Ear, Stachys Offinalis is also called betony, bishopswort, purple betony, or wood betony. Betony is a hardy perennial herb.
The erect stem grows from 4 to 5 feet high, is very stout and deeply furrowed, and near the top, branched.
Known as Golden Marguerite Daisy or Dyer's Chamomile, this perennial provides an abundance of yellow daises all summer and fall.
Used as a natural dye for wool
Purple-black seeds are used by the Hopis as a natural dye source, especially for coloring baskets. Seeds may also be used for food or feed, and this is the best variety for dehulling. 7-11 ft. stalks with 5-13 in. heads. 
(Malva Sylvestris Mauritiana) - From the Mallow family, this French Hollyhock will bloom the first year from flower seed.  Used to dye wool and fabrics
50 days.  Monstrueux De Viroflay Spinach is An old variety dating back to the mid 1800's in France.
45 days. A Pre-1880 heirloom variety.
Popular Southern variety often grown for winter green.
50-60 days.Tatume is a summer squash popular in Mexico and Texas, round/oval med-dark green to yellow fruits with faint stripes.
A pre-1885 French heirloom.
An original French lettuce variety of the "4 Seasons" strain
An English main crop variety and standard home and market variety.

Small, mild Japanese pepper for roasting, pan-frying and grilling.


HOPI RED DYE AMARANTH
Originally grown as a dye plant by the southwestern Hopi Nation, this variety has the reddest seedlings of any amaranth known, making it a natural for micro-green mixes!


Sugar beets are a natural source of sugar and where most of the sugar industry derives its sugar from these days.
Beets are up to 1 foot long and can weigh from 3-5 pounds.


Our Medicinal herb garden combo pack consists of standard-sized packets of the herb seeds that we consider to b useful for growing plants for first-aid.
8 Herb seeds varieties included
JULY 99 CENT SEED PACKS & SPECIALS
 
 


 
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NEW Arrivals only 99 Cents a Pack! Posted on 3 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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