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HEIRLOOM TOMATO ANNOUNCEMENT & SALE Posted on 15 Feb 06:55 , 1 comment

We sent this out yesterday to our e-mail list but thought it would be nice to share to our blog as well.  Happy Planting!

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February 14, 2017
We are SUPER excited to announce the addition of several new (to us)
As promised, we're continuing to add heirloom varieties to our already unique selection at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  As an added bonus, the varieties we are announcing today are on Sale thru February 19th!

HEIRLOOM TOMATO SEEDS added today!!!    

Seeds listed in this section are ON SALE thru February 19th.  
We have a $10 order minimum 
with the free shipping option. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Excellent for HOT climates*
 
 
If you're wondering what to plant, 
check out our
and 
Also ON SALE thru February 19th @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds




If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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February Planting Guide for the US-Find Your Region Posted on 07 Feb 04:51 , 0 comments

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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.

**Don't forget, we have a 50% Off Sale going on thru February 10th**

FEBRUARY 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**

 


Sow Indoors:  Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Fennel, Peppers, Bunching Onions (Scallions), Tomatoes, Basil and Chives.
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Bulbing Onion, Bunching Onion, Peas- Snow & Snap, Potatoes, Radish, Rutabaga,  Spinach and Turnips
Indoor  HERBS: Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Sorrel, Tarragon and Thyme.
CONTINUE READING


Sow indoors in early February. Sow Outdoors in late February: Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Chives, Endive, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Peas, Radish
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Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Melon, Okra, Onion, Rutabaga, Pea, Pepper, Pumpkin, Radish, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomato and Watermelon
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*Plant indoors if February is before your last frost date*
Arugula, Artichoke, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Onions, Peas- English & Garden, Radish, Radicchio, Scallions, Sorrel and Spinach. For warmer parts of the gulf coast: Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes and Watermelon.
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FLORIDA has been split in 3 regions 
  

Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupes, Carrots, celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Bunching Onions, Peas-Snow or English, Southern Peas, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Watermelon   
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!   
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Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Bunching Onions, Peas-Snow or English, Southern Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY   Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!   
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Amaranth, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Bunching Onions, Peas-Snow or English, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY   Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!   
CONTINUE READING


Basil, Arugula, Beets, Pak Choy, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Melon, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sunflower, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
Transplant: Artichoke, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Peppers and Tomatoes


INDOOR planting for cooler areas

Sow Indoors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Fava Bean, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radicchio, Rhubarb, Spinach and HERBS!
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Sow Indoors: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Radicchio, Chives, Fennel, Parsley, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Arugula, Artichoke, Asparagus, Cabbage, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Radicchio, Scallion, Sorrel and Spinach.
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Arugula, Broccoli, Celery, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Rhubarb Scallions, Tomatoes, Basil and Chives.
CONTINUE READING


Sow Indoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips.
CONTINUE READING


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NEW SEEDS!!   
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

SOIL Recipes for Raised Bed Gardens Posted on 31 Jan 14:33 , 4 comments

I love our raised bed gardens!!!  There are so many benefits such as less water usage, almost zero weeding and best of all, LOTS of food produced in a small space.

I've had so many questions about what to use for Garden Soil.  The thing is, you can ask all of the "experts" and there is no absolute "right" way.  No one way works for everyone so below you will find some of the recommended recipes for gardens beds.  You'll also find my own recommendations based on what has worked for me.

Vegetable plants need loose, free-draining soil with readily available nutrients to produce abundantly. Each year's crop takes a bit of the nutrient base of the soil with it, so this must be returned on an annual basis to keep the garden productive.  This means adding amendments every year to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients.

First, a caution for the thrifty.  Be wary of advertisements for cheap or free bulk topsoil, as this material is generally scraped from construction sites and may be full of roots and rocks, making it unsuitable planting vegetables. Go to the landscape supply yard and look at the options to make sure you are getting a loose, clean, lightweight material that has compost already mixed in.

If you are building and filling  multiple beds, buying bagged soil isn't economical.  Call around your area and ask for bulk organic topsoil.  You might not be able to find "organic" soil so you can always ask for untreated soil.

1 - 4 foot by 4 foot raised bed takes 16 cubic feet of soil or approx 1/2 a cubic yard of soil

I saw one recipe that called for 1/3 Peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost.

This is not a recipe I use.  First, peat moss is on the acidic side.  Coconut Coir is neutral and a more sustainable addition to your garden.  Next, too much vermiculite will keep your soil from retaining moisture and nutrients.

Here's another recipe I found:
  • 3 parts compost
  • 1 part peat moss 
  • 1 part vermiculite

Here's my all time favorite from Rodales:
You want the kind that’s dark, rich, and loaded with microorganisms. Fill your beds with a mix of 50 to 60 percent good-quality topsoil and 40 to 50 percent well-aged compost. Before each new growing season, test your soil for pH and nutrient content. You can buy a kit at most home-improvement stores. If your test shows a need for additional nutrients like nitrogen and potassium, raise levels by working in amendments such as bone meal and kelp. Dress beds with an additional ½ inch of compost later in the growing season to increase organic matter and boost soil health. 

I use my own version of the above recipe.  I add coconut coir to each bed.  Depending on what I'm planting, if it needs lighter soil I'll add a bit of vermiculite.  Most of our beds are fed with our own DIY Organic Liquid Fertilizer Mix

We've been building up our own compost and amending the topsoil we purchased by the truckload several years ago.  If you are just getting started, you might have to shop around for a healthy option.


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Build Your Own Raised Beds and GROW! Posted on 31 Jan 13:22 , 3 comments

We're finally updating our Build Your Own Raised Bed tutorial!  Our first post was in 2015 when we moved to our new homestead and built a bunch of 8 foot by 4 foot beds.

We are STILL using these beds but we ended up putting gopher wire on the bottom to keep the gophers out.  We've also adapted this tutorial to make a few 4 foot by 4 foot beds for different projects or just because they were easier to handle.

Many of you have seen our updates on facebook.  We have expanded our growing area over the last week.  This place is HUGE!  We wanted to get growing fast but with the rocky ground (and gophers) at our new homestead, we decided to build raised beds.  Here's how we built...


Tools:
Drill (required)
Circular saw (optional)  
Staple Gun (optional) 

Lumber & Supplies:
We purchased 2"x12"x16' untreated boards
untreated 4"x4" posts-Buy it 8 feet long and have it cut in 1 foot long posts
48" landscaping cloth (optional)
 3" deck screws from a local hardware shop.
It takes 1 and a 1/2 boards to make these 4X8 beds.  
That means 12 boards will make 8 beds.


A few thing I've learned:
Landscaping cloth works to keep the weeds out but NOT gophers.

If you have gophers or other burrowing pests, I highly recommend gopher wire or hardware cloth (it's not actually cloth).  Affix the wire to the bottom of the bed after you build the bed but before you fill with dirt

The 3 inch deck screws can be expensive but they are well worth it

I was told that the 4" post at each corner was overkill but I feel it is worth it.  Our raised beds are in great shape so far!

If you choose to build 4 foot by 4 foot beds, you can purchase pre-cut boards OR buy 1- 2X12X16 and have it cut into 4 foot boards.

If you prefer to make smaller beds then you will need to re-adjust length/quantity of boards. 

Screws: 32 
3 inch "Star Drive" deck screws
*These include a drill bit* 
The 2"x12" board were cut in 4' and 8' pieces.   
The 4"x4" posts were cut in 12" pieces.
If you don't have a circular saw (or want to make the boards easier to handle) I suggest having the people at the shop cut your boards. 
The 12" pieces of 4x4 post were attached  
to the ends of the 2x12x8 pieces with the  
3" deck screws: *4 screws per board per corner* 
32 screws total


After taking the 4' and 8' boards to the garden the 4' and 8' boards were assembled so that the 4' boards covered the ends of the 8' boards with their attached posts. 


This gave the assembled bed a 4'x8' OUTSIDE dimension gopher wire was attached to the bottom

Now, we have pictures of our 4 foot by 4 foot beds!


4 ft by 4 ft bed


4 ft by 4 ft bed with gopher wire


We used a staple gun to attach the gopher wire to each bed
The assembled bed was then placed gopher-wire side down and filled with good, organic soil with plenty of Organic Nutrients added to the beds.

4 X 4 growing Organic Radish


For 4 beds @ 4ft X 8ft we used about
5 cubic yards of soil.
Water the bed once it's filled with dirt and organic plant food.  We added more dirt once the soil compacted a bit.
TIME TO PLANT HEIRLOOM SEEDS!

If you have additional questions about getting started or would like more info please feel free to ask.  As always, I am happy to help.

If you'd like to check out some of our gardening tips, check out our fb page. 

Stay tuned for info on FILLING and maintaining these beds!


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Pollinator Garden Challenge Posted on 26 Jan 20:28 , 0 comments

We recently shared a new report Bumble Bee Put on Endangered Species list.  Every day we encourage people to grow without the use of harmful pesticides and work with pollinators in the garden.

JOIN US in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!  Have you heard of the challenge?  

Mary's Heirloom Seeds is joining National Pollinator Garden Network CHALLENGE.  NPGN collectively represents approximately 800,000 gardeners, 10,000 schoolyard gardens and bring a baseline of a 250,000 registered pollinator gardens nationwide from across its five main founding organizations.

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. We will move millions of individuals, kids and families outdoors and make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.

The focus of the NPGN is: to inspire individuals and community groups, institutions and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitat through sustainable gardening practices, habitat conservation and provide these groups the tools to be successful.

So how are we getting involved?  We already offer a SUPER unique election of Wildflower Seeds and Herb Seeds that are bee-friendly.  We grow organic and plant for the bees in our own gardens.

FIRST, we are adding more Bee-Friendly SEEDS at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!  **Listed below**

Next, we are offering 50% OFF every single variety listed under FLOWERS.  Yes, you read that right.

50% off Flower Seeds now thru February 10th when you use code  BEES50  at checkout in the appropriate box.

How does it work?

CLICK HERE for our huge selection of flower seeds.  At checkout, find the box marked "discount"

Type in BEES50

in the box and click "apply" to automatically calculate your saving.  If you have trouble using our discount code, please send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com and we can help you locate the appropriate box.

If you haven't read our article Plant for Pollinators and Increase Crop Yields then NOW is the time.  Not only are you helping the precious bee population by planting bee-friendly varieties, you can boost your crops!!!

NEW Seed varieties added today:

MIDNIGHT RED AMARANTH

 

RUSSIAN RIVER MERLOT AMARANTH

 

AUTUMN BEAUTY SUNFLOWER MIX

 

BLACK OIL SUNFLOWER

 

MAMMOTH GREY STRIPE SUNFLOWER

VELVET QUEEN SUNFLOWER



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Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US Posted on 27 Nov 14:53 , 0 comments

The official announcement was sent out today to our entire mailing list


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I know it's still 2016 but we have had so many request lately that we just had to share.

How is this different than our previous planting guides???

We've added a few new regions by request AND we've added quite a few articles from 2016

Now you can plan your 2017 garden from one convenient article link!
If you have additional question, please ask

MARY'S 2017
PLANTING GUIDE  

 

FLORIDA has been split into 3 sections for a more thorough planting guide
 

SOUTH FLORIDA

CENTRAL FLORIDA

NORTH FLORIDA


ADDITIONAL PLANTING GUIDES
When to Plant Organic Garlic

When to Plant Potatoes

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.

RECENT ARTICLES &
GETTING STARTED    
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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New Mexico Planting Guide 2017 Posted on 27 Nov 09:11 , 0 comments

As promised, we are expanding our vegetable seed planting guide and including NEW MEXICO.  This is one of many region-specific guides offered here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Find a complete list on our Growing Tips & Videos page.

This planting guide is from the Old Farmer's Almanac for Albuquerque, New Mexico. From our 2016 Planting Guide, New Mexico falls into 3 different areas from our previous planting guide.
*The above region-specific planting guides are a bit more detailed than the list below*

New Mexico PLANTING GUIDE 2017

It is important to know your last frost date in order to determine whether to plant indoors or direct sow outdoors.


JANUARY
 
FEBRUARY
Eggplant, Leeks and Onions
MARCH
Arugula, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

APRIL
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melon, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

MAY
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melon, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
JUNE
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melon, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
JULY
Lettuce, Radish, Spinach and Swiss Chard
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

AUGUST
Lettuce, Radish, Spinach and Swiss Chard
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
SEPTEMBER
Lettuce, Radish and Spinach
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

OCTOBER
Radish and Spinach



NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
 
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Arizona Planting Guide 2017 Posted on 27 Nov 08:10 , 0 comments

As promised, we are expanding our vegetable seed planting guide and including ARIZONA.  This is one of many region-specific guides offered here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Find a complete list on our Growing Tips & Videos page.

This planting guide is from the University of Arizona and is slightly different than our SOUTHWEST PLANTING GUIDE.  Our Southwest Planting Guide is a bit more detailed.

ARIZONA PLANTING GUIDE 2017

***Seed Planting Guide*** from University of Arizona
JANUARY
Arugula, Beets, Pak Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
Transplant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi and Lettuce
FEBRUARY
Basil, Arugula, Beets, Pak Choy, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Melon, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sunflower, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
Transplant: Artichoke, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Peppers and Tomatoes

MARCH
Arugula, Basil, Lima Beans, Snap Beans, Yardlong Beans, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Melons, Okra, Onion, Peanuts, Pumpkin, Radishes, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sunflower, Tomatoes and Watermelon
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
Transplants: Artichoke, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes

APRIL
Basil, Lima Beans, Snap Beans, Yardlong Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Melon, Okra, Onions, Peanuts, Radishes, Southern Peas (Black Eye), Summer Squash, Sunflowers and Tomatoes

MAY
Arugula, Basil, Beans, Cucumber, Melon, Okra, Peppers, Southern Peas and Sunflowers
JUNE
Arugula, Basil, Beans, Cucumber, Melon, Okra, Southern Peas, Peppers and Sunflowers
BORAGE
JULY
Beans, Corn, Melons, Peppers, Pumpkin, Southern Peas, Winter Squash, Sunflowers and Tomatoes

AUGUST
Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Southern Peas, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

SEPTEMBER
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers

OCTOBER
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Plant Herbs

NOVEMBER
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
DECEMBER
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips

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How to "Harden Off" Seedlings before Transplanting

 
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Grow Your Own Salsa Garden with Recipe Posted on 12 Nov 06:51 , 0 comments

Who doesn't like Salsa?  There are so many variations of Salsa, mild to hot, mango to jalapeno and even green tomato salsa.  Creating a Salsa Garden is easy!  Mary's Heirloom Seeds has made things even easier with Mary's Salsa Pack Seed Combo!

My first suggestion, Coconut Pellets!  They make seed-starting "oh so easy."  Before you just go crazy and start planting all of the seeds it's important to decide which varieties you would like to include and how long each will take to mature.
Onions:
Not everyone likes onions in their salsa.  I do!  I prefer a red onion.  The Red Burgundy onion matures in approximately 100 days.  If you decide to grow this onion it should be planted first.  If you choose a bunching onion or a "green onion" you can wait on planting.  Bunching onion varieties take about 40 days to mature.

Tomatoes:
I prefer to use a smaller tomato for salsa like the Ace 55 or Roma.  Both varieties take approx 75-80 days to mature so they should be started one month after the onion (if you chose the red).  A larger option is a BeefsteakFor fancy salsa, try Emerald Green or Amana's Orange tomatoes.

Peppers:
For a mild salsa you can use Anaheim instead.  For a hot (or hotter) salsa I use Jalapenos.  For the crazy, burn your mouth for a week salsa, use Serrano Peppers or Habanero!  These pepper varieties also take 70-80 days to mature and should be planted at the same time as the tomatoes.

Cilantro planting should be staggered throughout the year.  By planting multiple cilantro plants it will allow you to harvest as you need it instead of all at once.  Plant Cilantro at least 30 days before the rest of the Salsa Garden plants mature.  I recommend succession planting Cilantro for a plentiful harvest.
I love growing Cilantro
Recap-
Onions: 100 or 40 days
Tomatoes: 75-80 days
Peppers: 70-80 days
Cilantro: 30 days

Fresh Salsa

Ingredients
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tomatillo, diced (optional)
salt to taste
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
Directions
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, tomatillo, and salt to taste. Mix well. Add 1/2 of the jalapeno pepper, and taste. If you desire your salsa with more of a kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeno. If you are satisfied with the salsa's heat, do not add the remaining jalapeno pepper. Cover the salsa, and chill until ready to serve. 

Mary's Salsa Pack is available @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds for only $18.
(Gift wrap not included)

Make wonderful homemade salsa fresh from the garden!
 One packet of each.  Includes:
   - Thessaloniki Tomato
   -Jalapeno Pepper
   -Anaheim Pepper
   -Red Burgundy Onion
   -Cilantro


A great addition to Mary's Salsa Pack is the natural and Organic Soil Amendments.

I use DIY Organic Liquid Plant Food on my own veggies and I love it!  The difference in plant growth, flowering and crops has been fantastic.

Happy Planting! 
 

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Mary's Mega Seed Sale & NEW Seeds Announcement Posted on 04 Nov 07:57 , 0 comments

Here it is...Another Mega Seed Sale from Mary's Heirloom Seeds!!!
CORNFLOWER



 
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November 4, 2016
Dear Mary,

If you follow us on our facebook page, you might have seen that Doc (the other half of Mary's Heirloom Seeds) was hospitalized this week.
Unfortunately, that mean that several seed orders shipped out a bit late.

GREAT news this morning, we are finally home and healing AND seed orders are already shipping out!!
If you have not receive an email confirmation with tracking info, please follow up with me.

To thank you all for your patience and kind words, we are offering a pretty big sale on NEW seeds and a few favorites. 
SALE starts NOW thru Wed, Nov 9th
Please share this sale with your friends!
 
HUGE Seed Sale

SEED PACKS as low as .99
FREE SEED Pack included with every purchase of Coconut Coir Pellets

**Click the picture of each item to take you to our website for details on seeds**


GLASS GEM CORN

ANAHEIM PEPPER


CAL WONDER BELL PEPPER
  
 




NEW SEEDS ANNOUNCEMENT


 

 
BEGINNER GARDENERS


Another request from our inquiry was starter packs for beginners.  We have offer several options and now we've added one more!
 
EACH kit includes one packet of Borage, Marigold, Genovese Basil and Nasturtium as well as your choice of the following Vegetable
Tomato, Squash, Pepper or Eggplant
-24 Coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers


We also offer 3 Florida-Specific Combo Packs
The Florida packs are seeds only combos.  If you're just getting started, I would also recommend Coconut Coir Pellets and Organic Soil Amendments


2 of our most popular and beneficial combo packs:


ORGANIC GARDEN GIFT PACK
An excellent starter pack!  Includes 10 varieties of organic, non-GMO seeds (25 seeds per pack), Coconut Coir seed starting pellets,  Plant Markers, organic plant food and detailed growing instructions
Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO Seeds: St. Valery Carrot, Tom Thumb Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Black Beauty Eggplant, Blue Lake Bush Beans, New Jersey Wakefield Cabbage, National Pickling Cucumber, Early Scarlet Globe Radish, Yellow of Parma Onion and Black Beauty Zucchini
8 ounces Organic Plant Food 3-4-4
Options: 24 Coconut Coir Pellets OR 50 Coconut Coir Pellets


ORGANIC GARDEN STARTER PACK 
An excellent starter pack!  Includes 8 varieties of organic, non-GMO seeds (25 seeds per packs), Coconut Coir seed starting pellets,  Plant Markers, organic plant food and detailed growing instructions
Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO Seeds: Atomic Red Carrot, Little Gem Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Blue Lake Bush Beans, Lacinato Kale (aka Dino Kale), Marketmore Cucumber, Early Scarlet Globe Radish and Black Beauty Zucchini
8 ounces Organic Plant Food 3-4-4
8 ounces Azomite - essential trace minerals
Options: 24 Coconut Coir Pellets OR 50 Coconut Coir Pellets


A more recent addition to our combo packs includes our homesteader packs.

BACK TO BASICS HOMESTEAD PACK


HOMESTEADER HERB COMBO PACK


HOMESTEADER HERB SUPER COMBO PACK


And now we have created on more combo pack.  This one includes PRINTED instructions from some of our more popular articles and tutorials as well as seeds, germination supplies, organic pest control and organic soil amendments
 

Includes SEEDS from Mary's Garden Pack, Companion seeds, your choice of 50 or 100 coconut coir pellets (for seed starting made simple), Plant Markers, Organic Neem Oil
and 2 of our most popular (and easy to use) Organic Nutrients  


If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

Happy Planting,

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