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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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Mary's Garden Gift Guide Posted on 8 Nov 07:55 , 0 comments

Garden Gifts are my favorite!  Audrey Hepburn said, "To plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow."  Sharing the gift of gardening is amazing! (that's my own quote)

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, we offer quite a few starter kits and seed combo packs.  In this guide, you'll find a few of Mary's favorites as well as our customer favorites.

We have moved our "garden necklaces" to a new Etsy shop Sunshine Homestead. There are a few "lorax" and Bee items available

 

One of our customer favorites is the Butterfly Garden Starter Kit

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

 

The GARDEN STARTER Seed Combo pack is a new seed combo pack and it's fantastic!

Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of easy to grow seeds at a great value This combo pack includes one pack of each:

Little Gem Lettuce, White Egg Turnip, Detroit Dark Red Beet, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy Cabbage, Boston Pickling Cucumber, Kentucky Wonder "Old Homestead" Bean, Dynamite Popcorn, Sugar Ann Snap Pea, Black Cherry Tomato, Ruby Red Swiss Chard, Genovese Basil, Dill Bouquet, Lemon Queen Sunflower, Butterfly Garden Mix

As well as 14 Plant Markers

 

Our Rainbow Garden Pack will certainly add LOTS color to your garden!

Looking for a unique and exciting way to add COLOR to your garden and your plate? 

Mary's Heirloom Seeds has got just what you need!  This combo pack includes individually packaged seed varieties listed below  **20 seed packs in all**

 

Herb gardens make great gifts for beginner gardeners, "seasoned" gardeners and pretty much anyone that enjoys fresh herbs.  Our "In the Kitchen" Herb Garden Kit is great for an indoor or outdoor garden.

This is a great starter kit for your Kitchen Herb Garden.  Includes a full-pack of the following varieties: Genovese Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Tarragon, Thyme

Choose from seeds only or the starter pack.

STARTER PACK option includes 24 coconut coir pellets, 7 plant markers and Garden Tools set

 

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, we have a few smaller packs that also make great gifts.  Mary's favorite is the LUFFA STARTER KIT and we've just added more pellets to the kit for 2020!!!

UPDATED for 2020

Looking to start a garden but not sure where to start?  Looking for a fun gift idea for just about any age? Each starter kit includes:

-Luffa Seeds

-10 Coconut Coir Pellets

-Mountain Flower Root Boost sample pack

-Re-Usable seed starter container

 

Our Basic Starter Kit allows your to pick from several different varieties

Our GARDEN GIFT BOX is also a new option and one of Mary's favorites.

Mary's Garden Gift Box includes: SEEDS, Coconut Coir Pellets, Plant Markers and Liquid fertilizer packs.

CLICK HERE for complete details

 

Our BACK TO BASICS HOMESTEAD PACK is loaded with seeds! Seriously, this one is Amazing!

This combo pack includes thousands of seeds, planting instructions and an option to add coconut coir pellets.  Our Back to Basics Homestead Pack has been updated with more seeds!!!

 

There are so many Seed Combo Packs and Starter Kits, it's hard to choose.  But it's not like you have to pick just one.  Try a few!

COMPANION PLANTING COMBO

Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.
EACH kit includes one packet of Borage, Marigold, Genovese Basil and Nasturtium as well as your choice of the following Vegetable: Brandywine tomato, Black Beauty Zucchini, Cal Wonder Bell Pepper or Black Beauty Zucchini

Includes 6 varieties of individually packed EDIBLE Flower varieties!

A unique mix of medicinal herbs and companion plant!

It is an amazing experience to learn new things!  Each kit includes

-Seeds: Black Beauty Zucchini, Golden Crookneck Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Delicata Squash and Small Sugar Pumpkin

-20 coconut Coir Pellets

-Plant Markers

-Sowing and Growing Tips included

Each kit includes:

-Seeds: Amana's Orange, Cherokee Purple, Homestead, Green Zebra and Yellow Pear tomatoes

-20 coconut Coir Pellets

-Plant Markers

-Sowing and Growing Tips included

 

POULTRY GARDEN COMBO PACK

 

We even have DIY kits that are great for homesteaders, gardeners and the DIYer in your life (especially if that's you)

 

DIY CALENDULA INFUSION KIT

This "Calendula Infusion Kit" includes the following items:
Organic Calendula flowers: 1 or 2 ounces
1 Glass Jar, quart size with lid
1 ounce organic Candelilla wax
and detailed instructions
**All you need to add is the carrier oil**

 

Looking for a gift for the cat lover in your life?  We have a CATNIP STARTER KIT!

Each starter kit includes: 50 Catnip Seeds, Coconut Coir Pellets and a Re-Usable seed starter container.


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Seed Germination Posted on 1 Nov 12:13 , 0 comments

If you read our online reviews on our website and social media, you'll see that customers report very successful germination rates with Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Growing from seed can be tricky so here's a bit of information to help you get started.

 

What is Seed Germination?

Germination is the process of seeds developing into plants.  Environmental conditions need to be right in order for seeds to germinate.  Several factors are involved if/when a seed germinates.

Water is a crucial factor in seed germination.  Too much water or not enough water can affect seed germination and growth.

Temperature is also an important factor is seed germination.  Some seeds prefer cool weather or even "overwintering."  Most seeds germinate when soil temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees fahrenheit.

 

 

Cold Stratification

Cold stratification is the process of subjecting seeds to both cold and moist conditions. Seeds of many trees, shrubs and perennials require these conditions before germination will ensue

Quite a few herb and flower varieties require cold stratification.  Some of these include: Butterfly bush, Comfrey, English Lavender, perennial sweet pea, Verbena, Lupine, St. John's Wort, Larkspur, Coneflower and more

 

Scarification

Seed Scarification involves weakening, altering or weakening the coat if a seed to encourage germination. 

Nasturtium seeds kind of look like small brains.  When I volunteer at local schools I say they look like monkey brains and the kids usually laugh or say "gross."  Nasturtium seeds can benefit from scarification prior to planting.

 

 Watch our video on Seed Germination for more info.

If you have additional questions please give us a call or email
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Baked Acorn Squash Recipe Posted on 30 Oct 14:36 , 0 comments

With Fall here and cooler temperatures we're thrilled to be baking!



Acorn Squash is one of the varieties of Winter Squash that I mentioned in my video Heirloom Squash with Mary




Baked Acorn Squash can be made for vegetarians and omnivores.  Below I'm sharing 2 options and you can "tweak" them to your tastes.


Baked Acorn Squash - vegetarian



Ingredients:
Acorn Squash
olive oil
sea salt
black pepper

Directions:

Cut Acorn Squash in half.  Optional: slice into 4.  Drizzle with Olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Optional: add crushed garlic
Bake at 400 for 55 minutes



Baked, Stuffed Acorn Squash - omnivore



Ingredients:
Acorn Squash
olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
Ground beef, cooked and drained
green onions, chopped
San Marzano tomato, chopped 
cheese, shredded or grated


Directions:

Cut Acorn Squash in half.  Optional: slice into 4.  Drizzle with Olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Optional: add crushed garlic

Mix ground beef, green onions, san marzano tomato and cheese in a bowl.

Stuff Acorn Squash with ground beef mixture

Bake at 400 for 55 minutes 




If you have additional questions please give us a call or email
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Chicken Garden Giveaway! Posted on 26 Oct 06:06 , 29 comments

We LOVE Giveaways!!!!


Here are the prizes: 
Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele
Chicken Garden Seed Collection from Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
Sprouting Kit with Hard Red Winter Wheat for Sprouting from Mary's Heirloom Seeds
Seeds in the Chicken Garden Selection... 
Black Oil Sunflower
 Golden Millet 
Reid’s Yellow Dent Corn 
Field Pumpkins 
Swiss Chard 
Zucchini 
Cayenne Pepper 
Black Cherry Tomato 
Pickling Cucumbers 
Paris Island Cos Lettuce
Collards



From Mary,
Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a "mom and pop" small business created out of a desire to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Our customers know that we are a simple phone call or email away
We currently offer over 650 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid garden Seeds. Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge AND the Declaration of Seed Freedom.
Are you ready to enter the giveaway?


Giveaway is open to US Residents.
Chicken Giveaway starts Saturday, Oct 26th at 8 am Central time and goes through Sunday, Nov 3rd at 11:59 pm.

Baker's Dozen GIVEAWAY Posted on 11 Oct 09:47 , 35 comments

We LOVE Giveaways!!!!
This giveaway is sponsored by
Mary's Heirloom Seeds


This Giveaway will run from NOW thru Sunday, October 13th at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada
We will pick One Lucky Winner on Sunday, June 9th

Prizes include our BAKER'S DOZEN
and 5 packs of Mountain Flower Compost Tea

5 packets of

ABOUT US

From Mary,
Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a "mom and pop" small business created out of a desire to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Our customers know that we are a simple phone call or email away
We currently offer over 650 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid garden Seeds. Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge AND the Declaration of Seed Freedom.
Are you ready to enter the giveaway?


Giveaway is open to all Residents of the US and Canada.
Giveaway opens 10/11/2019 and ends 10/1319 at Midnight.
All giveaway entrants will be added to Mary's Heirloom Seeds mailing list.
Your information is never sold and we never send spam emails.
There is no purchase required to enter.
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New Arrivals for 2020 at Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 19 Sep 10:20 , 1 comment

We're SUPER excited to announce a few more varieties of heirloom seeds now available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  This puts us at well over 650 varieties of heirloom seeds in our current collection.

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

Mary's 2018 Planting Guide for the US

USDA Zone Planting Guide

 

Ready for New Arrivals?

DWARF GREEK BASIL

 

 

LICORICE BASIL

 

 

SIAM QUEEN THAI BASIL

 

 

STRAWBERRY SPINACH

(Chenopodium capitatum) (aka Strawberry Blite)

 

 

CALIFORNIA BLACK EYE PEA

 

BLUE PODDED PEA

 

 

DOUBLE RED SWEET CORN

 

 

RIO GRANDE PUEBLOS BLUE FLOUR CORN

 

 

MENNONITE SORGHUM

 

JACK BE LITTLE PUMPKIN

 

 

LADY SLIPPER RADISH

 

 

RED CHERRY SWEET PEPPER

 

 

BABY BELL MIX

 

 

RED SCOTCH BONNET

 

 

GARDEN SORREL

 

 

CIMARRON ROMAINE

 

 

 KULLI CORN, MAIZE MORADO

 

Along with our New Arrivals, we also have a few varieties that are Back in Stock for 2020!

If you have additional questions please give us a call or email
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Tomatillo Verde Salsa Recipe Posted on 15 Sep 14:13 , 0 comments

This is a newer recipe for me but it turned out AMAZING!  I've even swapped the Jalapeno pepper for Scotch Bonnet and gave it a nice kick.

Ingredients
1 1/2 lb tomatillos

1/2 cup chopped white onion
2 cloves (or more) garlic (optional)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Jalapeño peppers OR 2 serrano peppers: For more heat you can use whole.  Otherwise, remove the stem and seeds then chop
Salt to taste



Instructions:

Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well.

EITHER Oven Rosat or Pan Roast tomatillos

*Oven Roasting Method* Cut the tomatillos in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Add a few garlic cloves in their skin (if using). Place under a broiler for about 5 minutes to lightly blacken the skins of the tomatillos.


*Pan Roasting Method* Coat the bottom of a skillet with a little oil. Heat on high heat. Place the tomatillos in the pan and sear on one side, then flip over and brown on the other side. Remove from heat. Allow to cool a bit

Pulse in blender: Place the cooked tomatillos, lime juice, onions, garlic, cilantro, chili peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed


Cool in refrigerator


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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

 

 

If you have additional questions please give us a call or email
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Stuffed Scallop Squash Recipe Posted on 10 Sep 06:05 , 0 comments

This was SO GOOD!  I love simple harvest recipes  and I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

 

Scallop Squash, also called Patty Pan Squash, is available in several colors.  We carry Yellow Scallop, White Scallop and Benning's Green Tint.  This makes for a fun, colorful meal.

 

Stuffed Scallop Squash

 Ingredients:
Scallop Squash (patty pan)
 Yellow Pear tomato
basil and mozzarella

Instructions:
Slice the top off squash and scoop out the guts (seeds)
Layer yellow pear tomatoes, basil then Mozzarella cheese.
Top with Basil
Bake at 350 for approx 30 mins 

 

 Here's our video as well!

 

If you'd like to grow your own patty pan squash, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has got you covered!


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