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Mary's 2018 Planting Guide for the US Posted on 14 Dec 10:06 , 1 comment

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December 14, 2017
I know it's still 2017 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 2017

Now you can plan your 2018 garden from one convenient article link!

If there is a specific region that you'd like us to share, please reply to this email.  If you have additional question, please ask

MARY'S 2018
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

 


Colorado Vegetable Seed Planting Guide Posted on 14 Dec 09:31 , 0 comments

As promised, we are expanding our vegetable seed planting guide and including Oregon.  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 & customer suggestions and is slightly different than our Central Midwest / North Central & Rockies Planting Guide

 

COLORADO PLANTING GUIDE 2018

***Seed Planting Guide***
Please note: Planting times may be altered depending on elevation, location, and the use of a cloche or row cover

FEBRUARY

Sow Indoors: Eggplant, Leek, Onion,

MARCH

Sow Indoor: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and tomatillos

APRIL

Sow Indoor: Basil, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Onion, Peas, Peppers, Swiss Chard and Tomato

Sow Outdoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kale, leek, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnips, Peas, Radish, Spinach and Swiss Chard

SWISS CHARD

MAY

Sow Indoor: Basil, Beans, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Melon, Okra, Pepper, Pumpkin (5/15), Summer Squash, Tomato and Watermelon

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil (5/15), Beans (5/15), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn (5/15), Cucumber (5/15), Dill (5/15), Eggplant (5/15), Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Onion, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Salad greens, Scallions, Spinach, Squash, summer (5/15) Squash (winter), TOMATOES (5/15), Turnips and Watermelon (5/15)

 

JUNE

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumbers, Dill, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Okra, Onion, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radish, Scallions, Spinach, Squash (summer & winter), Tomatoes and Watermelon

JULY

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Cabbage (early), Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Fennel, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach, Squash (summer) and Turnips

AUGUST

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Broccoli raab, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Cauliflower, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Radish, Salad greens, Spinach and Turnips

SEPTEMBER

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Radish and Swiss Chard

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

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Oregon Vegetable Seed Planting Guide Posted on 14 Dec 08:40 , 0 comments

As promised, we are expanding our vegetable seed planting guide and including Oregon.  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 & customer suggestions and is slightly different than our Pacific Northwest Planting Guide.

OREGON PLANTING GUIDE 2018

***Seed Planting Guide***

Please note: Planting times may be altered depending on elevation, location, and the use of a cloche or row cover


JANUARY

Sow Indoors: Artichoke, Onions and Spinach

 

FEBRUARY

Sow Indoors: Basil, Cilantro, Arugula, Eggplant, Leek, Onion,

Sow Outdoors: Asparagus crowns, Arugula, Radish, Potatoes (tubers)

 

MARCH

Sow Indoor: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Scallions, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and tomatillos

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Asparagus (crown), Chard, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Cilantro, Garlic (cloves), Lettuce, Kale, Mustard greens, Onion and Peas

 

Heirloom Radish

APRIL

Sow Indoor: Basil, Beans, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Leek, Melon, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Summer Squash (4/15), Swiss Chard, Tomato and Watermelon (4/15)

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage (early types), Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery (4/15), Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Dill, Endive, Fennel, Jerusalem Artichoke (tuber), Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radicchio, Radish, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips

 

MAY

Sow Indoor: Basil,  Cucumber, Melon and Pumpkin

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil (5/15), Beans (5/15), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Dill (5/15), Eggplant, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Onion, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers,  Pumpkin (5/15), Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Salad greens, Scallions, Spinach, Squash, summer (5/15) Squash (winter), TOMATOES, Turnips and Watermelon (5/15)

HEIRLOOM PEAS

 

JUNE

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumbers, Dill, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Okra, Onion, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Radish, Scallions, Spinach, Squash (summer & winter), Tomatoes and Watermelon

 

JULY

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Cabbage (early), Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Fennel, Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Spinach, Squash (summer) and Turnips

 

AUGUST

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli raab, Cabbage (early), Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Cauliflower, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Peas, Radish, Salad greens, Spinach and Turnips

 

SEPTEMBER

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Kale, Radish and Salad greens

 

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AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US Posted on 26 Jul 21:20 , 0 comments

Are you ready for August and all of the amazing seeds to Plant?
Alaska Pea (pictured)
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We are so excited about all of the amazing heirloom seed varieties we've added this year! 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds now offers over 500 varieties of heirloom seeds!
We've come a long way since starting out
with 20 varieties.

Below you'll find our recommendations for AUGUST seed planting for the US
 
ORGANIC GARLIC IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A
PRE-ORDER thru August 20th

Late September - Early October and into November is GARLIC Planting Time in the US!
AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US    




Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale

 
Sow Indoors - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion and Spinach
Sow Outside - Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas- Snow & Snap, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Tomatoes
Don't forget the Herbs and Wildflowers!

 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Kale, Kohlrabi and Scallions

 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Carrot, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Spinach

 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Squash and Turnips.
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi and Lettuce.
Herbs: Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache Plant, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the FALL HERBS and Wildflowers

 
Sow Indoor - Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Leeks and Lettuce.
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beans, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Mustard Greens, Okra, Southern Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Cherry Tomato, Turnips and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!!  Our favorites: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Don't forget  WILDFLOWERS!

 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS.
Transplant- Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Parsley
 
Our Favorite Herbs:  Basil, Borage, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Lemon Bee Balm and Parsley
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!


Sow Outdoors: arugula, Beets, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mache, mustard, peas, Radish, spinach, Turnips and FALL HERBS.
 
 
If you have warmer days and cold nights, consider planting greens in small containers to bring inside at night.  Or, plant an indoor windowsill garden to harvest fresh greens such as European Mesclun Mix and Arugula
 
RADISH is an excellent Fall crop.  It is easy to grow and a quick harvest! 


Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Onions, Pak Choy, Southern Peas, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Cherry Tomatoes and Turnips
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
 
 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes, Turnips and Zucchini.
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 and Wildflowers!  
 

Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Herbs: Basil, Borage, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
Don't forget the FALL HERBS and Wildflowers!

 
Arugula, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Escarole, Mustard, Onions, Okra, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Tomatoes
 
 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 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
 
 
 Amaranth, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Carrots, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Radish, Summer Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Pretty Much EVERY Herb and Wildflower!

 
 Amaranth, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Mustard, Bunching Onions, Peppers, Radish,  Summer Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes and Turnips
Pretty Much EVERY Herb and Wildflower
 
 
 Wondering when to plant ORGANIC GARLIC?
 
 
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

ORGANIC GARLIC Announcement Posted on 05 Jul 06:33 , 0 comments

 
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Did you plant Organic Garlic last year?  If you did, don't forget to let it cure after harvest. 

We are planning and mapping out our gardens for our next Organic Garlic planting.  I was so impressed at how well our raised beds grew this past season that we're expanding into several new beds this October.

**Please read:  We are now allowing customers to reserve their Organic Garlic before anyone else.**
Very Important:  Please be sure to read our ordering info at the top of our Organic Garlic page.
 
ORDERING ORGANIC GARLIC 

The information provided below is available on our website.  Please read before purchasing organic garlic

Pre-Orders: July thru August 20th are scheduled to ship out October 1st

ALL Order placed after August 20th will ship out after October 30th. Organic garlic will be available for purchase until October 15th unless we are sold our before that date. *Subject to change* 
All of our Garlic varieties are sourced from  Certified organic growers and grown in the USA

***PLEASE READ***
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.

Last year we sold out in Mid-September and were unable to accept additional orders.

Please purchase additional items in a separate order.  ALL orders containing organic garlic will ship TOGETHER after October 1st
We are unable to ship our garlic outside of the United states
Garlic varieties @
Mary's Heirloom Seeds  
 
HARDNECK
Rocambole garlic has wrappers that are typically reddish in color, such as Killarney Red.  However, color is not the only requirement for this category, as some varieties may be white or purple colored. Rocambole scapes are more tightly curled than other varieties.  Most rocambole varieties produce 8 to 10 cloves per head.

SOFTNECK
Softneck garlic, also called artichoke garlic due to their numerous cloves that give them an appearance similar to the "petals" of an artichoke head, is the most common garlic due to its excellent storage characteristics.  This is the kind you will find in grocery stores.   
**Softnecks are the most heat tolerant of garlic, and have a sweeter, milder flavor than hardnecks.  If you're looking to make garlic braids, this is the type to grow.
Inchelium Red is a softneck variety 
 
JUST A TIP: Soak garlic cloves in Organic Kelp Meal and water for 2 hours before planting.



Not a Garlic variety but also available for pre-order and scheduled to ship out in September: FRENCH RED SHALLOTS

 

One important factor in planting garlic is PLANNING AHEAD.  First, because garlic takes 6 months or more to grow so you'll need a suitable spot.  Second because organic garlic bulbs are not available year-round. 
There is usually a short window to purchase "seed garlic" and then it's gone.

 
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we offer "pre-orders" of Organic Garlic from July thru August 20th.  This allows customers to reserve their garlic in advance before we have a chance to sell out.  We continue to accept orders of Organic Garlic thru October 15th but there is always a chance that we'll sell out before that date.


SUGGESTED PLANTING TIME FOR GARLIC

Please remember that these are "suggested" dates. You'll find that different sources might have different dates.  I tend to be a bit of a rebel gardener so I sometimes plant earlier and sometimes later. 


Central Midwest: October. Early November in a pinch

Gulf Coast: October thru November

Maritime Canada & New England: October

Mid Atlantic: October

North Central & Rockies: Late September and into October

Pacific Northwest: Late September and into October.  Early November in a pinch

Southern Interior: October. Early November in a pinch   
Southwest: October thru November

Alaska: September

Hawaii: Late September thru October

San Diego: October thru November

North Florida: October thru February 
Central Florida: October thru February 
South Florida: October thru February 
**October thru December might give you a better chance at a successful crop**
 

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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

JULY SEED PLANTING GUIDE FOR THE US Posted on 22 Jun 16:00 , 2 comments

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JULY Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region


NEW ARRIVALS ADDED TODAY!


Also know as Naguri Squash. A winter squash variety. 
Portuguese sailors introduced kabocha to Japan in 1541, bringing it with them from Cambodia.



This beautiful heirloom comes from Turkey. The 3" round fruit are best cooked when they are green to light orange.


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JULY is right around the corner and before you know it, it's time for FALL Planting!!!

Several customers have asked about Garlic
We will be offering Organic Garlic (seed garlic)
on July 1, 2017
Mark your calendar!
 
 
JULY Seed Starting Guide
for the US by Region
 

Arugula Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Sweet Corn, Endive, Pie Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Summer Squash and Tomatoes
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!

Squash Blossoms
 

 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Pumpkin, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Cantaloupe, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Melons, Mustard Greens, Southern Peas, Pumpkin, Summer Squash and Winter Squash
Transplant: Melons, Peppers, Pumpkin,  Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes

 
 
Arugula, Beans, Beets Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard Greens, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Radicchio, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Cherry Tomatoes
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
 

Cosmic Purple Carrot 
   
 

Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage  
and Cauliflower 
Sow Outdoors: Beans, Carrots, Collards, Cucumber, Okra, Peas, Pumpkin, Rutabaga and Winter Squash 
Transplant: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
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  Herbs  and   Wildflowers!

Small Sugar Pumpkin
 


Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Leeks and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Bean, Beets, Carrots, Chard,
Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard Greens,
Okra, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Squash,
Winter Squash and Turnips
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers

RADISH in a few as 25 days
    
 
 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips 
Transplant: Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower
Don't forget the  Herbs  and  Wildflowers!

 

 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, CHARD, Collards, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Leeks, Peas, Pumpkins, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce and Turnips
Our Favorite Herbs:  Basil, Borage, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender,  Lemon Bee Balm, Parsley
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!




Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, CHARD, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions and Turnip
Transplant: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce,
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers!

LETTUCE


Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard Greens, Onions, Radishes, Rutabaga, Summer Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes and Turnips
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!

PEPPERS


Sow Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Corn, Okra, Peas, Pumpkin, Winter Squash and Watermelon
Transplant: Peppers and Tomatoes
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  WILDFLOWERS!  
  

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Lettuce, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, 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 
   
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  What will YOU plant this JULY?
 
Sincerely,                                   
Mary
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison 

 "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan 

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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.
 
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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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In case you missed it, we offer region specific planting guide for entire year on our blog
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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. 
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 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,

 

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APRIL Seed Planting Guide for the US Posted on 31 Mar 05:54 , 0 comments

Are you ready for another in-depth seed planting guide for the US? 

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds it is our goal to help you grow the healthiest, most productive garden from heirloom seeds.  If you have additional questions, we are happy to help!

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March 31, 2017
In case you missed it, we offer region specific planting guide for entire year on our blog
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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. 
 Before we get started, we have lowered the cost
of 6 of our Starter Kits thru April 15th.

This is a great opportunity and  
they make great gifts!
APRIL 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 Outdoors: Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, 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, 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, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip 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, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Collards, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, 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*
 
Sow Indoors/Outdoors:  Artichoke, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Melons, Onions, Peppers, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallion, Tomatoes and Turnips
GREENS: Arugula, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Mustard, Radicchio and Sorrel can be sown indoors under bright lights and planted outside when there are two true leaves. Curly cress and arugula prefer to be sown directly outside
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
Sow Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon. 
Transplant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Peppers and Tomatoes
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato
Sow Outdoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Scallion, Sorrel and Spinach
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
CONTINUE READING


Sow Outdoors: Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon. 
Transplant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Peppers and Tomatoes
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
 
Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato
Sow Outdoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Scallion, Sorrel and Spinach
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!
Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato
Sow Indoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

 ARIZONA  
 

 NEW MEXICO   

FLORIDA has been split in 3 regions 
 

 
Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Chinese Cabbage, Southern Peas, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Radish
Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Chinese Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Okra, Southern Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Swiss Chard    
CONTINUE READING


 Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cantaloupes, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Okra, Southern Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Watermelon
CONTINUE READING
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Happy Planting,

 

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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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