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NEW ARRIVALS for 2019 (part 2) Posted on 07 Oct 15:51 , 1 comment

Before we get started I want to share this BEAUTIFUL Glass Gem corn I harvested this morning!

 

 
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October 7, 2018

As promised, we are announcing even more
New Arrivals for 2019!
This puts us well over 600 Heirloom seed varieties now available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
Wooray!
We're shipping out more orders of garlic bulbs this week as well.  Enjoy!
 
NEW ARRIVALS for 2019
(part 2)
 
If you missed our first announcement,
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55 days. Ruby Queen is an early beet variety producing round, red roots with a smooth texture.
Ruby Queen beet performs well in poor soil and holds its shape well in crowded situations.
75 days. This vigorous, 7 foot tall variety made Oregon's Willamette Valley famous in the 60s and 70s for canning beans. The smooth, 6-7 inch, dark green pods have a canning jar straight, round shape. Harvested at their peak, you'll find them tender, meaty, and full of hearty, fresh bean flavor

 
 
 Trifolium incarnatum Grows 1-3' tall.
Crimson clover produces more forage at low temperatures than other clovers.
With its rapid, robust growth, crimson clover provides early spring nitrogen for full-season crops. Rapid fall growth, or summer growth in cool areas, also makes it a top choice for short-rotation niches as a weed suppressing green manure.
 
 
 
85-95 Days.  A family heirloom that has been preserved for generations. Roundish, maroon-and-white beans are great in soups, where their creamy texture and hearty, nutty flavor really shine. 
Pole type plants yield an abundance of pods, each containing 5 to 6 beans.
 
 
 61-120 days. Creel Crowder Pea is a family heirloom from Alabama.  6 in. curved pods turn golden yellow when dry, large brown seeds. Semi-vining plants, very productive!
 
 
 
 
85 days.  This Oregon heirloom was selected by Pike and Young Seeds in Monmouth, Oregon in the 1930's.  Produces 3 lb fruits on unirrigated clay, 7 lb fruits on good irrigated soil.  Originally bred specially for growing in unirrigated clay soil. Heavily netted, oblong fruits. Vigorous, high-yielding, disease-resistant plants. 
 
 
 
95 days. (Indeterminate)
A beefsteak tomato that produces large pink fruits, which grow up to 2 pounds, this strain was obtained by tomato collector Ben Quisenberry of Big Tomato Gardens from Dorris Sudduth Hill, whose family grew it for over 100 years.
 
 
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Also spelled Louffa, Louffah and Loffah 
Heirloom from 1888.  The fruit grows about 2', and the vine is very ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark green foliage.  
  
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If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

 

Happy Planting,

 

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Heirloom Seeds Starter Kit GIVEAWAY Posted on 03 Oct 08:39 , 63 comments

We LOVE Giveaways!!!!
This is a "Just Because" giveaway sponsored by 
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  This is a super simple giveaway with multiple winners!  This Giveaway will run from Wednesday, October 3rd thru Saturday, October 6th at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada

We will pick SIX Lucky Winners on Sunday, October 7th


We put together a few mini-starter kits just for this giveaway.  Heirloom Seeds and Coconut coir pellets are available on our website.  Each Winner will also receive a Butterfly garden Seed pack along with their mini starter kit.
Each Starter kit includes a pack of heirloom seeds, 8 coconut coir pellets, instructions and a germination container



 
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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 600 varieties of Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-gmo & non-hybrid garden Seeds.  Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge AND the Declaration of Seed Freedom.
 
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Giveaway is open to all Residents of the US and Canada.
Giveaway opens 10/03/2018 and ends Saturday, October 6th at Midnight.
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NEW ARRIVALS for 2019 (part 1) Posted on 27 Sep 09:48 , 1 comment

We are so excited to announce our first "batch" of New Arrivals for 2019.  All of these varieties should be available to ship after October 1st.  Enjoy!

 

DICKINSON PUMPKIN

100 days. The Dickinson Pumpkin has a long and famous history.  This is one of the varieties that Libbey's uses in its pumpkin pie filling.
A medium to large tan squash, weighing from 10-40 pounds.  Nearly round to elongated fruits, 18 inches long by 14 inch diameter.
This is an excellent variety for canning and pumpkin pie filling

 

BOONE COUNTY WHITE CORN

110 days. Boone County White corn dates back to 1874 from a mane named James Riley in Boone County, Indiana.
There are many reason to love this heirloom corn variety:

It is a very heavy producer of huge ears that measure 9-11" in length. 9-11' stalks. Uniform ears have 18-22 rows.

 

HICKORY KING WHITE CORN

 110 days.  Hickory King White Corn can grow up to 12 feet tall and produces 8-9" long ears. Huge white kernels not seen in modern corn.  An Appalasian staple, dating back to the 1800s.
Excellent for roasting, grits, cornmeal, and cornuts. Hickory king has a very high leafy green matter which makes it perfect for silage. Tight husks which help keep out corn worms.


 45-50 days. White Egg turnip is fast growing variety, producing Medium-green 17 inch tops.  Good bunching variety.
White egg turnip is a long time favorite in the South where it is know for its reliability and fine flavor.


85 days. Cubanelle Pepper is a variety of sweet pepper commonly used in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican cuisine. Famous for delicious fried or stuffed peppers.

Sweet frying pepper, 4.5-6 inches long x 2-2.5 inches in diameter, 3 lobes, tapers to a blunt end, slightly irregular and roughened, medium-thick waxy flesh, yellow-green to red, distinct flavor.

 

MIZUNA MUSTARD GREENS

40-60 days.   A hardy Japanese non-heading type mustard that is extremely vigorous and cold tolerant.

Mizuna grows in bunches and has long stems growing from a central stalk. The dark green leaves have deeply serrated edges and have a fringed appearance. The thin, white stems are firm and offer a crunchy texture. Mizuna is harvested at both the baby lettuce and mature stages, with the younger leaves being more tender and milder.

 

TENDERGREEN BURPLESS CUCUMBER

 55-60 day. A burpless slicing type that has been popular for over 80 years!

Fruits are medium-dark green, 7-12 inches in length, and quite plump and smooth. Excels as a slicer, because each fruit yields so many slices of uniform diameter.

Tendergreen Burpless can also be used for pickling if picked early.

 

GOURMET GREEN SALAD MIX

 20-50 days.  Contains: Arugula, Red Russian Kale, Greenwave, Tatsoi, and Mizuna Mustard, and Paris Island Cos Lettuce.
Start harvesting your greens when they’re 4- to 6-inches long. This can be as soon as 2 weeks after planting!

 

GRANNY CANTRELL'S GERMAN PINK/RED TOMATO

70-80 days. (Indeterminate) A Kentucky Heirloom grown by Lettie Cantrell since the 1940s.  The original seeds were given to Lettie from a soldier returning home from Germany during World War II.

Large, meaty fruit are about 1 lb. and are wonderful for fresh eating, slicing, or canning.

 

DRUZBA TOMATO

80 days.  (Indeterminate) Bulgarian heirloom tomato

The word druzba means "friendship" in Bulgarian and Druzba is a very friendly tomato. Not too large, half pound to a pound, the fruit is born in clusters of 3 to 5.  Flavor is outstanding, with just the right combination of sweetness and tartness.

 

PINK BRANDYWINE TOMATO

80-90 days.  Indeterminate.  One of the most popular heirloom tomatoes! 

A favorite of many gardeners; large fruit with superb flavor. A great potato-leafed variety from 1885! Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each!

 

GLACIER TOMATO

60 days. (Determinate) One of our Earliest producing heirloom tomatoes!

Sets fruit at 24" tall and keeps producing all season long. Great for the small garden or containers. Potato-leaf foliage.

Very cold-tolerant and may survive a light frost. Potato leaf foliage.

 

 MOSKVICH TOMATO

60-70 days. (Semi-determinate) Moskvich is a high quality, early season, Russian  Heirloom.

Fruits are round to slightly flattened with deep red color and luscious, rich flavor. Great eaten fresh or processed. Highly resistant to cracking, making it a great pick for the greenhouse. Like most Russian varieties, it can stand up to cool conditions.

 

BLACK RUSSIAN TOMATO

80 days. Indeterminate. A heirloom variety from Russia. These compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, mahogany-brown tomatoes that average about 4 ounces.

Grows in full sun and are cool-tolerant.  The is a great greenhouse variety.

 

BACK IN STOCK FOR 2019

 

LUFFA

 

I hope you're as excited as we are about these new arrivals!  We are currently working on more tutorials and videos for 2019 and adding a few more heirloom varieties to our current collection.

 

If you have additional questions, please email

MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM

 

HAPPY PLANTING!


SEPTEMBER Specials @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds Posted on 06 Sep 12:47 , 0 comments

 

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September 2, 2018
Hi!  We're super excited to share all of our new arrivals and garden goodies for September!

Did you enjoy our Fall Planning & Planting Series?
We have a few new videos to share!

Today we're sharing new arrivals and extra special deals for the entire month of September!
NEW ARRIVAL 

45-50 days. White Egg turnip is fast growing variety, producing Medium-green 17 inch tops.  Good bunching variety.
80 days. Indeterminate. A heirloom variety from Russia. These compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, mahogany-brown tomatoes that average about 4 ounces.
Grows in full sun and are cool-tolerant.  The is a great greenhouse variety.
 
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September Plant Guide for the US *UPDATED 2018* Posted on 06 Sep 06:27 , 0 comments

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September 6, 2018

FALL is right around the corner and we're prepping now!  In case you'd like to get a jump start, below you'll find our
September Planting Guide
and Fall HERB garden suggestions.

If you have additional question we are happy to help!

FALL HERB GARDENS
 
With just a little early planning, you can have several herbs that like cool weather this Fall.  Fall Herb Garden suggestions include parsley (flat Italian or curled), sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, Basil, cilantro, and mint. Within a few weeks, you will be rewarded with the freshest flavors for autumn meals.
Cilantro is a great cool-weather herb!

From Seed to Harvest:

Basil - 60 to 90 days *I've harvested as early as 30 days*
Chives - 80 to 90 days
Garlic Chives - 80 to 90 days
Cilantro - 60 to 90 days *I've harvested as early as 30 days*
Lavender - 90 days
 Italian Parsley - 40 to 60 days
French Parsley - Chervil - 80 to 120 days
Peppermint - 90 days - Perennial
Rosemary - 90 days - Perennial (grows for several years) *I have seen Rosemary "trees" almost 5 feet tall
 SAGE - 90 days
Thyme - 90-180 days
 
FALL GARDEN INFO


Please keep in mind these are suggestions on what to plant for large regions of the US.  If you're looking for specific info on your particular county/city please feel free to ask.
 

 
 Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Melon, Mustard, Okra, Bulbing Onions, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, PEPPERS, Sweet Potatoes, 
Radish, Romaine, Sorrel,
Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach),  
   Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Swiss ChardTOMATOES, 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 

Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers!
Bush & Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard,  PEPPERS, Pumpkin, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Summer Spinach (Malabar Spinach), Summer Squash & Winter 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 
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the Wildflowers!   
 
 
Bush & Pole Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Fennel Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Bulbing Onions, Bunching Onions, Radish, Romaine, Sorrel, Spinach,  Summer Squash & Winter Squash, Strawberry, Swiss Chard 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 
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!! Don't forget the  Wildflowers
 
 
CHERRY BELLE RADISH 
 

 
 
Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard, Bunching Onions, PEAS, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Endive, KALE, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, PEAS, Radicchio, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach,
 Swiss Chard and  Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Mustard.
HERBS: Basil, Cilantro, Dill and Fennel

 
WHITE EGG TURNIP 
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 Arugula, Beets, Cilantro, Collard greens, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Mustard Greens, Pak Choy, Radicchio, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach



Arugula, Basil, Cilantro, Collard greens, Lettuce, Mache, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radishes, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat


Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Collards greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Parsley, Pak Choy, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips 

 

 
 
EARLY SCARLET GLOBE RADISH 
 *part of our 99 cent Seed Pack collection* 
 
 
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli (Transplants), Brussels Sprouts (Transplants), Carrots, Cauliflower (Transplants), Cilantro, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion, Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, *Malabar Spinach,* Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard and Turnips
Our HERBS: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
 
 
 
Arugula, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Radish and Swiss Chard  


 
 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Swiss Chard, 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  
Don't forget the  Wildflowers!


MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND
Arugula, Beets, Cilantro, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Pak Choy, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat
 
 
CHIOGGIO BEET 
 

Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnips.
FALL HERBS: Basil & Cilantro


Arugula, Cilantro, Endive, Lettuce, Mache, Radicchio, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Oats and Wheat
 
 
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Lettuce, Radish and Spinach
 
 
 
LACINATO KALE 
*Also called Dino Kale*  
 
 
Arugula, Beets, Chinese Cabbage (pak choy), Endive, Lettuce, Kale, Radish and Salad greens 
 
 
 
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!  
 

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Have a safe and happy weekend!

 

Happy Planting,

 

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Growing Swiss Chard & Kale from Seed to Harvest Posted on 29 Aug 09:41 , 1 comment

I'm updating our "greens" growing tutorials to include a bit more info.  I've written quite a few articles about food prices and growing your own food. 

First, I wrote Food Prices are on the Rise , then I wrote In Times of Uncertainty, Grow & Save and a follow-up Food Prices Continue to Rise.  These articles explain why it is so important to start growing your own food.  Even if it's just a salad garden, there is something for everyone.  So let's get started on started on growing Swiss Chard & Kale

SWISS CHARD

 

Swiss Chard and Kale:

Tip: Soak seeds overnight in water before planting to ensure strong germination.

 

Plant seeds 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep and 3-6 inches apart. Set out seedlings 8-12 inches apart. Indoors or out, thin newly germinated seedlings with cuticle scissors instead of pulling them out. Chard seed capsules often contain two or more seeds. If more than one germinates snip off all but the strongest sprout at the soil line. Gradually thin direct-sown seedlings to 8-12 inches apart.

 

KALE

 

Harvest individual leaves from the outer area but be sure to leave the crown intact.

 

Frequent picking helps to stimulate the production of new leaves. Rinse leaves with cool water immediately, shake off the excess moisture, and store in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to four days.

 

Swiss Chard is not only heat tolerant, depending on your area, it is also a cool weather crop.  I have had several varieties withstand several days of frost and survive.  So far, Lacinato Kale is the most heat tolerant variety we carry

 Chickens love their kale!

 

Companion Plants for Swiss Chard & Kale

Chards: Bean, cabbage family, tomato, onion and roses. Don't overlook chard's value as an ornamental plant in flower beds or wherever you have room for it. Don't grow chard near cucurbits, melons, corn or herbs.

Kale:  beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard

 

Both Swiss Chard and KALE grow very well together in small spaces

 

TIPS for growing GREENS

-Make sure soil remains moist but is well drained.

-Harvest the outer leaves continuously with both Kale & Swiss Chard.

-Once established, Swiss Chard can continue to produce for over 6 months and even a year!

-Swiss Chard will tell you when it needs water. Just look at it. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.

-Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots:

 

Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting. Most greens prefer soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast. Alfalfa Meal or Alfalfa Meal Tea works well for Growing Greens.

 

 

 

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Growing Lettuce from Seed to Harvest Posted on 29 Aug 09:02 , 0 comments

I've written quite a few articles about food prices and growing your own food. 

First, I wrote Food Prices are on the Rise , then I wrote In Times of Uncertainty, Grow & Save and a follow-up Food Prices Continue to Rise.  These articles explain why it is so important to start growing your own food.  Even if it's just a salad garden, there is something for everyone.  So let's get started on started on growing Lettuce! 

Lettuce and Spinach:

Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist soil.  It is best to sow lettuce or spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced about 1 ft. apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until germination. Once the plants have a grown their true leaves, you can begin to thin the plants to about 6" apart.


Start lettuce or spinach indoors or direct seeded in the garden as soon as the soil is workable.  Great for container gardens.

Depending on the type of lettuce, harvest outer leaves only or cut down the whole head.  Succession planting can dramatically increase yields, especially in smaller areas.  Succession planting is when you stagger plantings in the same area throughout the season. Each time a crop is finished you pull it and plant a new one.

 

Lettuce and spinach are great options for cold frames if you're growing in a cooler climate.  Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting. Lettuce prefers soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast. Alfalfa Meal or Alfalfa Meal Tea works well for Growing Greens.

 

Spinach can be harvested in the cut and come again method of harvesting lettuce. Cut individual leaves, starting with the older, outer leaves, and letting the young inner leaves remain and continue growing for a later harvest. You can also cut down the whole plant, for a larger harvest.

Companion Plants for GREENS

Lettuce: Does well with beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, cucumbers, onion, radish and strawberries. It grows happily in the shade under young sunflowers. Dill and lettuce are a perfect pair. Keep lettuce away from cabbage. Cabbage is a deterrent to the growth and flavor of lettuce.

Spinach: Plant with peas and beans as they provide natural shade for the spinach. Gets along with cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, onion, peas, strawberries and fava bean. Plant spinach with squash. It's a good use of space because by the time squash plants start to get big the spinach is ready to bolt. 

 

TIPS for growing GREENS

-Make sure soil remains moist but is well drained.

- You should be able to sow additional seeds every two weeks for a continuous harvest throughout the growing season

- Consider planting rows of chives or garlic between your lettuce to control aphids. They act as “barrier plants” for the lettuce

-Lettuce will tell you when it needs water. Just look at it. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.

-Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots: They are shallow.

 

 

 If you have additional questions please send an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com


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AUGUST Planting Guide for the US 2018 Posted on 11 Aug 07:57 , 1 comment

We're planning & Planting our FALL gardens!

 

Don't miss out on our 99 Cent Seed Packs.
These seeds are a great deal!

GARLIC is now available for pre-orders.
GARLIC is planted from late September thru December depending on your area.


Arugula, Bush & Pole Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach 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  Wildflowers!
 
 
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, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale 

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radishes, 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
 
 

Sow Outside - Arugula, Beet, Carrot, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Spinach
Don't forget the Herbs  and  Wildflowers
  
 
Sow Outside - Arugula, Beets, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant - Kale, Kohlrabi and Scallions
 
 

Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beets, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips.
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, Calabrese Broccoli, Carrots, Endive, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnip
Transplant - Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks and Lettuce
 
  
 
(Depending on your climate) 
Sow Outdoors - Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Radish, Summer Spinach (Malabar), Squash, Peppers, Tomatoes 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!!!
Don't forget the  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 and Watermelon
Pretty much EVERY  Herb!!! 
Our favorites: Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Don't forget  WILDFLOWERS!


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!   
 

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


Arugula, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach and Swiss Chard
Plant Herbs and Wildflowers
  
 
     
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 


 
Arugula , 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, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Okra, Bunching Onions, Southern Peas, Peppers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Tomatoes
Don't forget the Herbs and Wildflowers
 
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, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes and Turnips
Don't forget the Herbs and Wildflowers
 


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August Specials & FREE Seeds Posted on 01 Aug 11:02 , 0 comments

 

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August 1, 2018
Hi!  We're super excited to share all of our new arrivals and garden goodies for August!

Have you enjoyed our Fall Planning & Planting Series so far?  We'll have another installment to share very soon.

Today we're sharing new arrivals, Free Seeds and FREE garden supplies for August!
MOUNTAIN FLOWER SPECIALS 
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If you purchase 1 of each 5-pack, you will receive 3 Extra free seed packs!

*NEW ARRIVAL*
 With an N-P-K of 8-3-1, this high nitrogen fertilizer encourages robust, green growth.   Bat Guano is extremely effective when applied as a top dressing, a soil amendment or brewed into guano tea.
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Growing Tomatillo from Seed to Harvest Posted on 19 Jul 09:29 , 0 comments

Tomatillo is an often overlooked heirloom variety.  Native to Mexico and domesticated by the Aztecs around 800 B.C., the tomatillo is one of our most ancient food bearing plants.

Growing Tomatillo is similar to growing tomatoes but isn't as heavy a feeder as tomatoes.

Select a growing area with full sun exposure and well-drained, moderately rich soil.

The rule of thumb for sowing seeds is to plant the seed twice as deep as it is wide (or twice as deep as the diameter of the seed). Tomatillo seeds are really small, so don’t plant them very deep – they only need to be planted 1/8″ – 1/4″ deep.  Grow at least 2 plants at a time, more if you plan to make a bit of salsa.

My personal rule of thumb is to always plant more than you think you'll will need.  This will come in handy if you have pest issues such as bugs, birds, squirrels and even cats.  If you produce more than you need or use, you can always store for later or share with friends and family.

 

Similar to growing tomatoes, Tomatillo sprouts roots along the stems, so it does well when planted deep in the soil. Tomatillo plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and about the same in width, so space the plants 3 feet apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Plan to give them support in the form of gardening trellises or tomato cages.

Tomatillo will continue to produce until frost takes over.  Although moderately drought-tolerant, tomatillos do best with an inch or so of water per week (more if you live in a very hot climate).

 

You know a tomatillo is ready to be cut from the plant when the fruit has filled out the husk. Left to ripen further, the fruit will frequently split the husk and turn yellow or purple depending on its genetics.


We hope you have enjoyed yet another informative growing article here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  If you have additional questions please ask!



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