Mary's Organic Garden Gift Guide Posted on 15 Nov 20:16 , 0 comments

Wondering what to get the gardener - foodie - eco activist - homesteader - homeschooler - teacher - adventurer in your life?  We have something for just about everyone from beginner garden grow kits to sprouting kits and homesteader packs.  
BONUS:  We have a very special Promo Code for you!!!

From NOW thru November 30th, save 10% off any of the items listed below when you use the promo code GROW2016 
**$10 order minimum on all seed orders**

We'll start with our recently added 3 Garden Starter kits

Each kit includes
-Seeds: Butterfly Weed, Plains Coreopsis, Echinacea Purpurea, Marigold and Lacy Phacelia
-20 coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers
-Sowing and Growing Tips included

Each kit includes
-Seeds: Basil, Dill, Cilantro, Chervil and Oregano
-20 coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers
-Sowing and Growing Tips included
 Each kit includes
-Seeds: Speckled lettuce, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Little Gem Lettuce, Endive and Arugula
-20 coconut Coir Pellets
-Plant Markers
-Sowing and Growing Tips included

This one quart sprouting jar is everything you  need to learn the basic aspects of sprouting.   A perfect way to get started. Grow your own sprouts for a delicious and nutritious meal or snack for just pennies!!!
Each Kit Includes:   wide-mouth glass sprouting jar (quart size),  lid & screen, organic SEEDS and detailed sprouting instructions.
Choose from 2 ounces, 8 ounces or 1 pound of Organic Mung Bean seed included with purchase of Mary's Organic Sprouting Kits.  Mung Beans are arguably the easiest sprouts to grow!

It is an amazing experience to learn new things!  This is a great starter pack for teachers, homeschoolers, families or anyone interested in learning about the garden and about Bees.
This combo pack includes the following seed packs (30 seeds per pack) and supplies
Echinacea Purpurea, Bachelor Button, Rainbow Swiss Chard & Purple Podded Beans
24 Coconut Coir Pellets
4 pages of educational handouts with information about Growing from seeds and Bee-Friendly gardening

The very best pellet for seed starting! Add water, and the Coconut Pellets quickly swell to become a perfect self contained pot with its own perfect medium for starting seeds. Seeds are nurtured within the pellet to germinate faster into young seedlings. Roots emerge easily through the porous walls of the pellet as a result of the enhanced air circulation created by the unique design and characteristics.
The Coconut Coir Pellet - complete with the started plant inside - goes directly into the ground. As a result, no transplant shock occurs, and the plant has full vigor to mature faster. All the young, tender roots remain totally intact.   NEW Coconut Coir Pellets are more eco-friendly!
True professional grade, horticulture seedling starter trays. Flexible, durable soil plugs allow for easy seedling removal.
  • Each cell measures 1.5" square by 2.25" deep.
  • Ideal cell size to transmit room temperatures for optimal root growth.
  • Drain holes at bottom of each cell.
  • Includes plant marker for each tray
**Only available with purchase of additional items**


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

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

Our Survival Seed pack.  In the last few months, many of our friends and customers have asked for our recommendations for the best Seeds for Survival.  We've created this pack from Mary's Green Machine, Mary's Garden and our Medicinal Herb pack combos with a few extras added for your benefit.
A TOTAL OF 35 INDIVIDUAL SEED PACKS (a bonus savings of $15 before the 10% off)

Ball Heritage Collection QUART size Purple jar
Excellent option for Seed Storage
Custom time tested ceiling compound help ensure a quality seal with each lid
New brushed silver design on the outside lid matched kitchen designs
**Includes Lid**

For more organic garden gift ideas, check out our SEED PACK COMBOS page!
If you have questions please feel free to ask.
Promo Code: GROW2016
Save 10% off any item in our Organic Garden Gift Guide
Ends November 30th

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Saving & Storing Garden Seeds for Next Season Posted on 28 Oct 20:38 , 0 comments

We've had quite a few request about what to do with left over seeds.  At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Snowball Self-Blanching Cauliflower contains 200 heirloom seeds. If you don't plant all 200, You can share them with your friends and family or you can store them for next season/year.

For the best germination rates, try to use all stored flower and vegetable seeds the next growing season. Seed health and viability goes down the longer the seeds are stored.

How long can seeds be stored?

From ehow, "Seed health and viability goes down the longer the seeds are stored. If you must store seeds longer, keep in mind that most types of seeds last approximately 3 years or less.
For flowers, annuals typically last anywhere from one to three years, while perennial seeds can get stored for two to four years. Regardless of the type of seed, the sooner it gets planted, the better.

If you plan to save your own seeds they should be from produce that is very ripe but not rotten.  Remember, cross-pollination is always a possibility when/if you plant in close proximity.

Seed saving is easy for varieties that "bolt" (flower and go to seed) such as Basil, Dill and Cilantro.  Allow the seeds to fully dry and store accordingly.

Pulp and Seeds removed
Cleaned and dried seeds from an Amanas D'Amerique A Chair Verte Melon

Storage Options
If you save seeds from your own produce, seeds should be completely cleaned and dry before storing.

Paper is the best storage option for seeds.  Packets should be labelled with date of storage and variety of seed.

If you are storing purchased seeds they have already been cleaned.  If possible, store seeds in their original packaging to avoid mixing up seed varieties.

Excessive heat, light and moisture can damage seeds and make them less viable.  Some people store their seeds in the refrigerator and that's just fine.  I prefer a cabinet or closet (not in the garage, around the oven or above the refrigerator.
Store seed packets in a glass jar and keep in a cool, dry, dark place.

I like to use these Purple Vintage Jars 

The purple jars are a bit darker than the regular jars and they're super easy to label.  Check em out at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, Heritage Collection Seed Saver Jars!

We've added a few new, medicinal varieties this past month.  Have you seen em?

Marsh Mallow
Did you read our article Mycorrhizae The Fantastic Fungus ?


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