Monday, July 21, 2014

About Me...and a Few of my Friends!

Good Morning!  It's been a fabulous start to another fantastic week!

I was invited by Rose from Fine Craft Guild to join an adventure though the world of blogs.  I found Rose through a weekly party she hosts and I been following along ever since.  I love all of the easy crafts she shares!  Rose lives like an artist and embellishes everything in sight. You can find handmade home accents throughout her house, made with wide range of media.
She paints in acrylics. Paper art & craft seem to stick with her, and her projects in this medium turn out half decent. She loves bead jewelry, making necklaces, bracelets, etc

And now on to the tour...

1. What am I working on?
 I am forever working on my garden!  Every week I add new heirloom seed varieties to my website and am always eager to try them out. 

Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been NOMINATED for the American Made Awards!!!  I am working on receiving more social shares to increase my chances of being 1 of 1,000 Entreprenuers chosen by the judges.  From there, the public will have a chance to VOTE on and after September 15th for their favorite artists and small businesses.
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/89614/food/marys-heirloom-seeds
  Recently I went Meat-Free AND cut out alcohol so there has been quite a few big changes in our household.  Last week I shared Soy-Free, Meat Free Protein to give people better options for people looking to reduce their meat intake while maintaining a healthy diet.  When I say "diet" I mean food intake.

At Back to the Basics I share lots of Organic Gardening info as well as ways to live more sustainably, seed diversity, fighting GMOs as well as region-specific gardening info.  Join me in my quest for sustainability!

2. How Does my work differ from others of it's genre?
There is a growing movement to live more sustainably by growing your own food, recycling, DIY as well as "shop small" and "shop local."  When I learned about GMOs over 6 years ago I quickly made changes to my diet and lifestyle.  By removing processed foods and drive-thru/fast food junk I was able to shed unwanted pounds and start to LIVE.  I feel better and I look healthier.
Back to the Basics gives me a place to share growing information for Mary's Heirloom Seeds as well as the rest of the world.  Seed diversity is an important mission and is one of the many reason we opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds over 3 years ago. 

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I use my blog to share and encourage people to make healthier liefestyle choices. 
I stay away from politics and some of the "hot topics" because that is the quickest way I know to lose readers.  I am passionate about more than just living healthy but this blog was created to help people get BACK 2 the BASICS!

I am inspired by growth. It is absolutely amazing to plant a tiny seeds, feed it and watch it grow. From that tiny seeds we harvest delicious heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and other culinary herbs. Last year I had an opportunity to volunteer and donate to a local elementary school. It was life-changing to see the looks on the children's faces as I explained how a seed grows. Each child planted a seed that day and I am confident that it was a memorable experience for everyone, especially for me. 

4.  How does your writing/creative process work?

I'll admit that I don't always have a "plan."  Sometime I wake up and decide...Today I'm going to write about Compost...Or Seed Starting.  Other times I do have a plan.  I like to showcase other small businesses like Kelani Organics & Naturals.  I LOVE her handmade products and I know the ingredients are REAL (not processes chemicals).


Have you had enough about me?  I'd like to introduce you to a few of my friends...

First I have Kelly @ Kelani Organics & Naturals.  She only recently started a blog to share info about her amazing products.  She doesn't even know I'm telling the world about her today. I feel that is is important for Women small-business owners to encourage and support each other.
About Kelly: "I'm a one woman small business. My Hawaiian Heritage makes the ocean, soil, and Aloha run through my veins. 3 years ago a mentor changed the way I live my life and I now strive to help make the world a better place with organic and natural products. "


  Next, I'd like to introduce Lydia from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen.
"I’m Lydia and over the last couple years I’ve become intrigued with the semi-vegetarian style of eating popularly known as “flexitarian.”  My reasons are mostly health based, but I have plenty of concerns about the prevalence of processed foods in our diet, and the impact feeding people cheaply and efficiently has on our environment.  I’m finding that as I become more intentional in what we’re eating, the flexitarian style is spilling over into everyday life."

I'd also like to introduce Marla from Organic 4 Greenlivings.
"My mission is to educate you and to have a website that will provide safe products and recipes that will help you make healthier choices and make a safe world for all of us to live in now and for future generations.  Choices such as safe cleaning products, clothing, cosmetics, air cleaners, filters for our water, vitamins, detoxify items, cosmetics, and many DIY products that are so economical."


There you have it!!!  Now go check out these amazing blogs and if you're interested in growing Heirloom seeds check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Plan NOW for Your Fall Garden

Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
FALL Planting Guide for the US
PART 1


YGFM Event in
Booth #281
Sat & Sun @1pm
"BEE SCENE"
Details on our FB page
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 The more social shares on Facebook and Twitter, the better the our chances of earning one of 200 wild-card finalist spots for grand-prize consideration.

You might think we're getting ahead of ourselves since it's still only July. It can be tough thinking about FALL when it's hot out and the garden is still producing.
In case you missed it, the JULY Seed Planting Guide is available on our blog.
This year we're planning ahead for our FALL Garden!
September / October is Garlic planting time!   
Pre-Order Organic Garlic now as supplies are limited! 
 
AUGUST Seed Starting Guide for the
US by Region

GULF COAST
 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Kale, Leek, Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Beans, Collards, Corn, Okra, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon
Transplant: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Herbs: Basil, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
WILDFLOWERS! 

 
SOUTHWEST  
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Lees, Lettuce, Onions and Spinach
Sow Outdoors: Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard,
Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Tomatoes and Turnips.
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Leek, spinach, Squash and Tomatoes  
Herbs: Basil, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
WILDFLOWERS!

 
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, Radish,
Rutabaga and Turnips
Herbs:
Basil, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Mugwort, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
 
 
  
SOUTHERN INTERIOR 
Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pak Choy, Chard, Kale and Lettuce
Sow Outdoors: Beans, Beets, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, radish, Rutabaga, Summer Squash, Spinach and Turnips  
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
WILDFLOWERS!
 

CENTRAL MIDWEST 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips. 
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Lettuce and Scallions
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley and Buckwheat   
Herbs: Basil,  Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Thyme and Yarrow 

NORTH CENTRAL ROCKIES 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips 
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley and Buckwheat 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Mugwort, Oregano, Sage, Thyme and Yarrow 
 
 
MID-ATLANTIC 
Sow Indoors: Lettuce and Parsley
Sow Outdoors: Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Collards, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Spinach, Sorrel and Turnips
Transplant:
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley and Buckwheat  
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Sage, Thyme and Yarrow 

MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Carrots,
Lettuce, Mustard, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions,
Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leeks and Scallions 
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Barley, Oats and Rye
 

Recent Articles: 


   
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Seed Orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped
within 24 hours
, except for holidays.
What will YOU plant this AUGUST?  If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 
We usually reply within 2-3 hours unless we're at the Farmer's Market.
 
Sincerely,                                   
Mary
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison 
 "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grow Your Own Medicine Books

We have a bunch a new pages here and at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
At Back to the Basics we've added

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we've added

Today I'd like to share a few of my favorite BOOKS!  I love reading info on the internet but there's still noting like opening up a book and reading through all of the educational info on homesteading, growing and backyard beekeeping.  
We're preparing for our future!












*These are affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase these books using the links I might make a small commission.  Any and all opinions shared are my own*

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesdays with a Twist #67

Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!
Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been nominated for the AMERICAN MADE AWARDS!
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/89614/food/marys-heirloom-seeds


The more social shares on Facebook and Twitter, the better our chances of earning one of 200 wild-card finalist spots for grand-prize consideration.

This weekend we added Organic GARLIC over at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
Killarney Red garlic
I've also gone back to eating meatless on Monday...AND
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen and Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 
are joining me for a month-long  Meatless Monday LINKUP!

Back to the Basics

We're your hosts 

FEATURES:

How to Make Comfrey Salve from Oak Hill Homestead

5 Ways to Use and Store Onions from Living at my Farmhouse

Almost Sourdough from Yesterfood

Chocolate Coconut Mango Superfood Smoothie from Urban Naturale

Gardening for Pollinators from One Acre Farm


If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

Back to the Basics

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!

Friday, July 11, 2014

A few of my Favorite things

Happy Friday!!!  I am thrilled to share that I've been back to the gym regularly for the past 4 weeks.  Woohoo for us!  That also means a little soreness here and there.  I did a number on my upper back last week (got sloppy on form) and was a bit more ouchy than normal.

One of my favorite things this week is Ache Away from Kelani Organics!  Last night I shared a little with my husband and he was please at the subtle results (and the neck rub I gave him).
https://www.etsy.com/listing/169552233/organic-sore-muscle-and-joint-rub-2oz?ref=shop_home_active_7

This wonderful organic vegan oil is helpful for achy muscles, arthritis, strains, sprains, bruises and joint pain (including carpel tunnel), and will help provide non-toxic pain relief.

Ingredients: Grapeseed Oil, Therapeutic Grade Vetiver and Lemongrass Essential Oils, Recycled Container when possible

Since I am trying to get back on track at the gym my next goal was to increase my water intake and add a detoxifier.  Not to brag but I have managed to drink a gallon (or more) of plain water every day for over 2 weeks.  I always drink water (no soda or juice) and managed to consume about 70 ounces a day but this is MUCH better.  I average about 130 ounces of water per day.

I start my morning with 1-2 tablespoons of Diatomaceous Earth in approx 10 ounces of water.  I am Detoxing with DE (click the link to read more).



If you have trouble drinking plain water I would suggest making Fruit and Herb infused water with NO added sugar.  It's very easy to make!

Last but certainly not least I've been hopping around and exploring more blogs!  I love blogs that share REAL Food recipes and Organic, Sustainable growing.


This morning I was featured at 
All of these amazing blogs are co-hosts for the From the Farm hop.
http://ohsweetmercy.com/
Are you ready for more AMAZING blogs?  
Check out my awesome co-hosts for REAL Food Friday:


And my awesome co-hosts from Tuesdays with a Twist:
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Debra @ MsMoozy's Open House
Deb @ Kneaded Creations
Carole @ GardenUp Green 


Last but certainly not least...Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been nominated for the American Made Awards
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/89614/food/marys-heirloom-seeds

*The more social shares on Facebook and Twitter, the better our chances of earning one of 200 wild-card finalist spots for grand-prize consideration.*

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. Unless I am in the booth at the Yellow Green farmer's Market on Saturdays and Sundays, I respond to emails and calls within several hours. Most importantly, we are happy to share growing advise freely and include free seed packs with most orders.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Go Ahead, Be Radical!

I never really thought of myself as a "Radical" although I can be pretty intense sometimes.  I find that once I get hooked on something "Real" I kinda just go for it.
ME @ the Farmer's Market talking about GMO seeds!
So far it's been a WILD RIDE!  I've come a long way in 6+ years and it keeps getting better every day.

What's my passion? LIFE!  I have learned so much about GMOs, health and nutrition.  The more I learn about GMOs, the more I feel the need to share with the WORLD!  Several months ago I started an online campaign.  Now more than ever I am determined to get this program up and running.





Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  ~Chinese Proverb

Our Goal is to raise GMO Free awareness through social and educational programs throughout the country. We would like to build GMO-Free Gardens in schools and for Food Banks to provide nutrients for those in need.We currently work with several local schools to share growing information as well as donations of non-gmo seeds to teachers, students and school staff.

Are GMOs Safe?
From IRT :  "Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored."

Would you help us raise the quality of public education and discussion on the issue?

Would you join us in publicly expressing concern about development and promotion of GM technology?  Please feel free to share our Link!

GMO Free Living @ GoFundMe 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi 


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Don't Forget your Gardening Supplies

Here's our latest e-newsletter.  Enjoy!


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Don't forget your Gardening Supplies!
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Organic Mung Beans
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Alfalfa Seeds
July 8, 2014

Before I share about organic gardening supplies I must apologize!  After sending out the last newsletter about our NEW Organic Garlic our website was updated and the link went bad.  Ooops! 
Here is the new link for Organic Garlic seeds.

Organic Gardening Supplies

For seed starting made simple we carry Coconut Coir Pellets
 

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.
Helpful link:
Using Coconut Coir Pellets for Seed Starting 
 

For organic Pest Control we carry
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth


Diatomaceous earth is fossilized diatoms (hard-shelled algae) from a fresh water source in the US. 
Helpful links:
Using Diatomaceous Earth in Your Garden

Detoxing with Diatomaceous Earth



For Plant Nutrients we carry
Organic Plant Food and VEGAN Plant Food
Organic Plant Nutrient Multi-Pack
VEGAN Organic Plant Nutrients

Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is FREE!
$6 minimum order
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated, heirloom garden seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply within a few hours (unless we're at the farmer's market). 
Thanks you and have a wonderful day!
Happy Planting,