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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
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!
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:
-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.
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!!!
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
-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
-Sowing and Growing Tips included
We even have DIY kits that are great for homesteaders, gardeners and the DIYer in your life (especially if that's you)
Looking for a gift for the cat lover in your life? We have a CATNIP STARTER KIT!
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 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
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.
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:
Ready for New Arrivals?
(Chenopodium capitatum) (aka Strawberry Blite)
Along with our New Arrivals, we also have a few varieties that are Back in Stock for 2020!
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
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
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
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.
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!