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How to Grow Thai Roselle from Seed to Harvest Posted on 18 May 05:25 , 0 comments

Thai Roselle is pretty easy to grow. It makes a beautiful, delicious tea and can be harvested then dried to enjoy year round.


What is Thai Roselle?

Also called Jamaican Sorrel or Florida Cranberry.
Thai Roselle was called "Florida Cranberry) as early as the 1890s. The flowers and young leaves are edible and have a citrus tang.
Roselle, part of the hibiscus family, is a tropical plant. Started indoors, it can be grown successfully in more northern climates. You can start Thai Roselle seeds around the same time you would plant pepper, tomato and eggplant seeds indoors.
Since this is a heat loving plant, you want to give is a good head start!

Planting Thai Roselle Seeds
Roselle germinates at soil temperatures between 75°- 85°F, and does well directly sown in the garden.
Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and about 3 feet apart.


Roselle prefers well-draining fertile soil. Overly rich soil or extra fertilization leads to a very large plant with fewer calyxes. A sunny spot is best for growing roselle successfully.
Roselle hibiscus prefers humid, warm conditions and does not tolerate frost.

Roselle is day-length sensitive
When a plant is "day-length sensitive", the light cycle affects when the plant will bloom. The stunning blooms (similar to okra blooms) are triggered as the days get shorter in the fall.

Harvesting Thai Roselle
It is time to harvest when the pointy red calyx around the seed pod is just over an inch wide. The seed pod is fully grown but still tender. Harvesting the calyxes early will promote greater yields throughout the season. You can also pick the edible young leaves and shoots at any time starting about 6 weeks from planting or transplanting.
Fresh calyxes are usually dried or dehydrated prior to storage. You can keep them fresh in the fridge for 4–7 days while collecting enough to dry a bigger bunch at once. Leaves and stem tips can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Juice can be frozen for later use.
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MAY SEED SALE Posted on 1 May 07:23 , 1 comment

Welcome to our Monthly SEED SALE announcement!

This seed sale will run along with our MAY SEED GIVEAWAY from May 1st through May 9th, 2022.

Are you ready for more awesome seeds?

 

ZINNIA MIX

 

MARKETMORE CUCUMBER

 

TABLE QUEEN BUSH SQUASH

 

FORDHOOK GIANT SWISS CHARD

 

 

DWARF BLUE CURLED KALE

 

 

JAPANESE RED GIANT MUSTARD

 

HUNGARIAN YELLOW SWEET WAX PEPPER

 

BLACK SPANISH ROUND RADISH

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT FIELD PUMPKIN

 

MAMMOTH RED ROCK CABBAGE

 

CHIVES

 

LETTUCE LEAF BASIL

 

SWEET MARJORAM

 

 

 
 

 

 

RED BURGUNDY ONION

 

JALAPENO PEPPER

 

CLEMSON SPINELESS OKRA

 

CHERRY BELLE RADISH

 

AMERICAN FLAG LEEK

 

AMERICAN PURPLE TOP RUTABAGA

 

 

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MAY SEED GIVEAWAY at MARY'S HEIRLOOM SEEDS Posted on 1 May 05:38 , 97 comments

I am so excited to share another fun seed giveaway at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

This is another extra special seed giveaway because Lisa Lombardo at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre is joining us with her amazing, organic gardening books!

These are great books for folks who want to learn more about homesteading, organic gardening, and raising their own healthy foods!

 

 

Before we get to the amazing giveaway prizes...

As an added bonus, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has a discount code available for Seed Combo Packs

Use code: SEEDCOMBO22

at checkout to take 10% off every single seed combo pack

Ready for the giveaway info?

MAY 1, 2022 - MAY 9, 2022

There will be TWO winners chosen on May 10th! This giveaway is open to residents of the US.

No purchase necessary.

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

The First winner will receive a copy of Organic Gardening for Beginners

"Discover what it means to keep a completely organic garden with tips, advice, and step-by-step instructions for planting the right plants at the right time, designing an efficient layout, and attracting the right pollinators to help every garden thrive."

 

 And our Container Garden "mini" Seed Combo Pack. This is also a great option for raised bed and in ground gardens!

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The Second winner will receive a copy of The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading

 

And our Companion Planting Seed Combo Pack. You get to choose your seed variety!

 

BOTH winners will receive a pack of Calendula flower seeds. I love Calendula!

AND STICKERS!

 *BEFORE YOU ENTER* there have been a few questions about the "rafflecopter" app we use and entries.  Every entry is an individual entry. The rafflecopter app is safe and secure and we do not sell your info. I (Mary) am unable to add your entry for you so you will need to use the link below.

THANK YOU!

Now for the details...

  • Giveaway begins on 5/1/2022 and ends at 11:59 pm est on 5/9/22
  • TWO winners will be selected at random
  • Winners must live in the United States
  • This one is important...We will email the winner on the 10th. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random
  • All entries will be added to our e-newsletter mailing list for Mary's Heirloom Seeds

 

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April Seed Sale Posted on 8 Apr 05:09 , 0 comments

Welcome to our April Seed Sale Announcement!

HAPPY SPRING!

We are carrying over a few announcements from March.......

First, we have doubled the seed counts on several varieties here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (for the same price). You can read the announcement here...

DOUBLE THE SEEDS



FREE STICKER!  We have free stickers to include with your purchase. Please use the special instructions box when placing your order to request a free sticker.

 

SEED SALE!

Ready for the details?

Our APRIL Seed Sale will be live from now through April 25th. You can click the image or the text to take you to each seed variety to purchase. Seed quantity and descriptions are listed on each seed page.

If you have questions, please ask.
Email mary@marysheirloomseeds.com






Left: regular beet. Right: (small) Mammoth Mangel beet













 

 


 

 

 

LETTUCE LEAF BASIL

TABLE QUEEN BUSH SQUASH

 

 

RED BURGUNDY ONION

 

YELLOW SWEET SPANISH ONION

 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
Email: mary@marysheirloomseeds.com
HAPPY PLANTING!


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April Celebration Seed Giveaway Posted on 2 Apr 04:26 , 129 comments

We are so excited to share another fun seed giveaway at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

This is an extra special seed giveaway as we are celebrating over 8,000 subscribers to

our  YouTube Channel and ready to post our 200th video!

 

 

Before we get to the amazing giveaway prizes...

As an added bonus, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has a discount code available for Seed Combo Packs

Use code: SEEDCOMBO22

at checkout to take 10% off every single seed combo pack

Ready for the giveaway info?

APRIL 2, 2022  - APRIL 9, 2022

There will be TWO winners chosen on April 10th! This giveaway is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

No purchase necessary.

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

ONE winner will receive a handy seed storage container. This is the perfect size to store seed packs from Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

 


BOTH winners will receive a pack of Calendula flower seeds. I love Calendula!

 

BOTH winners will receive our WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS SEED COMBO PACK

 

BOTH winners will also receive our CONTAINER GARDEN "MINI" SEED COMBO PACK (which is great for all types of gardens)

 

AND STICKERS!

 

Now for the details...

  • Giveaway begins on 4/2/2022 and ends at 11:59 pm on 4/9/22
  • TWO winners will be selected at random
  • Winners must live in the United States or Canada
  • This one is important...We will email the winner on the 10th. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random
  • All entries will be added to our e-newsletter mailing list for Mary's Heirloom Seeds

 

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MARY'S SPRING SEED GIVEAWAY Posted on 20 Mar 06:10 , 233 comments

We are so excited to share another fun seed giveaway at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!


 

Before we get to the amazing giveaway prizes...

As an added bonus, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has a discount code available for Seed Combo Packs

Use code: SEEDCOMBO22

at checkout to take 10% off every single seed combo pack

Ready for the giveaway info?

There will be TWO winners chosen on March 30th! This giveaway is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

No purchase necessary.

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

ONE winner will receive a handy seed storage container. This is the perfect size to store seed packs from Mary's Heirloom Seeds! Included with this picture is our Sunflower Seeds Combo pack.

 

BOTH winners will receive a pack of Calendula flower seeds. I love Calendula!

 

BOTH winners will receive our COMPANION PLANTING SEED COMBO PACK

 

BOTH winners will also receive our SUNFLOWER SEEDS COMBO PACK

 

AND STICKERS!

 

Now for the details...

  • Giveaway begins on 3/20/22 and ends at 11:59 pm on 3/29/22
  • TWO winners will be selected at random
  • Winners must live in the United States or Canada
  • This one is important...We will email the winner on the 30th. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random
  • All entries will be added to our e-newsletter mailing list for Mary's Heirloom Seeds

 

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MARCH SEED SALE Posted on 2 Mar 15:41 , 3 comments

We have so much awesomeness to share this month!

Our March seed sale starts today and we have a few announcements to make.

First, we have doubled the seed counts on several varieties here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (for the same price). You can read the announcement here...

DOUBLE THE SEEDS

 

Ready for more awesomeness?

FREE SEEDS! We have extended our free seed offer for the entire month of March. How does that work?

We will include a FREE SEED PACK (extra pack) with all orders during the month of March. 2 free packs with orders of $40 or more.

FREE STICKER! In case you missed our facebook announcement, we now have free stickers to include with your purchase. Please use the special instructions box when placing your order to request a free sticker.

 

SEED SALE!

Ready for the details?

Our March Seed Sale will be live from now through March 15th. You can click the image or the text to take you to each seed variety to purchase. Seed quantity and descriptions are listed on each seed page.

If you have questions, please ask.
Email mary@marysheirloomseeds.com



























 


EARLY WHITE VIENNA KOHLRABI












 

LEMON HABANERO PEPPER

 

 

LETTUCE LEAF BASIL

TABLE QUEEN BUSH SQUASH

PURPLE BEAUTY BELL PEPPER

 

RED BURGUNDY ONION

 

YELLOW SWEET SPANISH ONION

 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
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HAPPY PLANTING!


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Double the Seeds! Posted on 2 Mar 14:08 , 4 comments

On March 1st, 2022, we doubled the seed count in several seed varieties at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (for the same price). As an added bonus, we are extending our free seed offer through the entire month of March 2022.

I'm so excited to share this awesome announcement!

First, let's start with the Free Seeds! How does that work?

We will include a FREE SEED PACK (extra pack) with all orders during the month of March. 2 free packs with orders of $40 or more.

 

Now let's get to the awesome seed packs we've updated. Each of the seed packs listed below have been updated online to reflect the new (doubled) seed count per pack. These are all updated as of March 1, 2022

BUTTERCRUNCH LETTUCE

 

LITTLE GEM LETTUCE

 

OAKLEAF LETTUCE SEEDS

 

BLACK OIL SUNFLOWER

 

PARRIS ISLAND COS LETTUCE

 

SUMMER BIBB LETTUCE

 

 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
Email: mary@marysheirloomseeds.com
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Food Storage Prepping in the Garden: Beans Posted on 25 Feb 04:50 , 3 comments

Welcome to another installment in our Food Storage Prepping in the Garden series.

Today our "crop talk" is beans. Specifically, dry beans.

As I mentioned in the beginning of our series, we are focusing on crops that can be grown and stored without the extra step of canning or dehydrating. *If you want to store ready-to-eat_ beans you will need to add the extra steps*

Dry Beans are easy to grow and store.

 

From our article, Growing Beans from Seed:

For the sake of simplicity, I classify beans in 2 categories: Bush and Pole.

"Bush beans are usually compact and grow close to the ground. Pole beans climb and require a trellis or other support. Bush beans tend to produce more beans in a shorter time, while pole beans will produce more over an entire season. Pole beans typically require much less garden space since they grow UP."

From there, you have the stage in which a bean is eaten, snap beans & dry beans.

Snap beans are eaten fresh when the pod is still tender and edible. Dry Beans are eaten after the pod and bean have fully dried. Dry beans are also called “shelling beans”.

From seed to harvest, dry beans are ready in 70 to 100 days depending on the variety.

 

Fresh snap bean (left), dry bean pods (right)

 

Harvesting dry beans is a very easy process. You can use your fingers to pull the pod apart and the seeds/beans usually spill right out. It would be helpful to use a large bowl to collect your bounty.

 

 

Storing your Dry Beans

If you have a collection of recycled jars, this is a great way to use them. There is no canning required for storing dry beans in their dry state.

Officially, dried beans have a minimum shelf life of one to two years, per the USDA. For me, I might be a bit of a rebel here but I definitely store them for longer. Proper storage is important..

 

Jars should be kept in a cool, dark location. A cabinet or closet indoors works well. Be sure to label your jars so you know what you are storing.

It's that easy!

 

 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!
Email: mary@marysheirloomseeds.com
HAPPY PLANTING!


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FEBRUARY SEED GIVEAWAY Posted on 21 Feb 04:01 , 145 comments

We are so excited to share another fun GIVEAWAY!

TWO WINNERS will be chosen February 28th


 

Before we get to the amazing giveaway prizes...

As an added bonus, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has a discount code available for Seed Combo Packs

Use code: SEEDCOMBO22

at checkout to take 10% off every single seed combo pack

Ready for the giveaway info?

There will be TWO winners chosen on February 28th! This giveaway is open to all residents of the US and Canada.

No purchase necessary.

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

TWO winners will receive our COMPANION PLANTING SEED COMBO PACK

 

BOTH winners will also receive our SUNFLOWER SEEDS COMBO PACK

 

AND STICKERS!

 

Now for the details...

  • Giveaway begins on 2/21/22 and ends at 11:59 pm on 2/27/22
  • THREE winners will be selected at random
  • Winners must live in the United States
  • This one is important...If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random
  • All entries will be added to our e-newsletter mailing list for Mary's Heirloom Seeds

 

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