Friday, August 22, 2014

SEPTEMBER Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region

Are you ready to get started on your Fall Garden?

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

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It can be tough thinking about FALL when it's hot out and the garden is still producing. We like to plan ahead!

This year we're planning ahead for our FALL Garden!
GARLIC should be planted at the END of September or Early October.  Get ready... and don't miss the NEW HEIRLOOM SEED varieties at the bottom of the page! 
SEPTEMBER Seed Starting Guide for the
US by Region

Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Summer & Winter Squash, Swiss Chard and Turnips.
Transplant: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Eggplant.
Herbs: Basil, Chamomile, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Echinacea, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Stevia, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow

Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage,
Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Romaine, Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips.
Herbs:  Anise, Basil, Borage, Caraway, Lemon Balm, Lemon Bee Balm, Parsley, Sage, Stevia and Thyme.
Flowers:  Bachelor's Buttons, Calendula, Forget-Me-Nots, Globe Amaranth, Lupines, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Yarrow and Zinnias.

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endive, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach,
Swiss Chard and Turnips.
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Leek, spinach, Squash and Tomatoes  
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Dill,  Lemonbalm, Parsley, Sage, Stevia, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Calabrese Broccoli, Pak Choy,
*Especially the Extra Dwarf Pak Choy* Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Radish and Spinach
Don't forget your Organic GARLIC
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Pak Choy Cabbage, *Especially  Extra Dwarf Pak Choy* Carrots, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach Swiss Chard and Turnips  
Herbs: Basil, Calendula, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow  

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Cabbage,
Pak Choy Cabbage, *Extra Dwarf Pak Choy* Collards, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley and Buckwheat   
Herbs: Chives, Cilantro and Parsley 

Sow Outdoors: Arugula, *Extra Dwarf Pak Choy*
Pak Choy, Lettuce, Mustard, Sorrel, and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Buckwheat and Wheat 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Pak Choy Cabbage,
Endive, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Radish, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips.
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Buckwheat and Wheat 
Herbs: Chives, Cilantro and Dandelion  
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, *Extra Dwarf Pak Choy*
Pak Choy, Lettuce, Mustard,  Sorrel, and Spinach
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Buckwheat and Wheat  

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, except for holidays.
What will YOU plant this SEPTEMBER?  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.
You can find us at the YGFM Saturday & Sunday in Booth #218 from 8am-4pm.
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 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fight Illness. Fight GMOs #realfoodchallenge

Many of you have seen the crazy videos people have been sharing around the web for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  We like it...and then again we hate it!

We love that all of these videos are increasing awareness for ALS.
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

We hate that THOUSANDS OF GALLONS of water have been wasted.  In a time that California and other states are seeing record droughts WHY waste water? At a time where more than 345 million people in this world do not have access to clean drinking water and every 21 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness (source) WHY WASTE WATER?


We challenge YOU to spend at least 1 day (or a week or even a year) preparing Real Food meals.
REAL FOOD means un-processed, NON-GMO, chemical and pesticide free.  I prefer locally grown and humanely raised as well. More about Real Food Friday

FIRST: Prepare your meal using real food ingredients.
NEXT: Post a picture on your social media page and tag Mary's Heirloom Seeds on fb and include #realfoodchallenge
LASTLY: Tag your friends to invite them to join the challenge

It's easy!  #realfoodchallenge

If you REALLY want to make a difference...Check out Our
GMO-Free Education fundraiser

What is a GMO? 

GMOs "genetically modified organisms," are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  -from  Non-GMO Project

What are the potential Side Effects of GMOs? 

It is important to understand the process of creating a Genetically Mutated Organism.   Example:  Corn - There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests.[2] There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America. source

GMOs are created so that when they are DRENCHED in Poison (pesticides) the crop lives but the bugs and weeds die. 

A new study shows that low doses of Bt biopesticide CryA1b as well as the glyphosate herbicide, Roundup, kill human kidney cells. source

GMOs are not safe. They have been linked to thousands of toxic and allergenic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals. source 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesdays with a Twist #72

Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

We have 2 NEW additions at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
Purple of Sicily Cauliflower


 In case you missed it... Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been nominated for the AMERICAN MADE AWARDS!

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.

There's still plenty of time to plant seeds in August!
Check out our August Seed Planting Guide for the US by region 

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FEATURES:  You can tell it's SUMMER with all the Zucchini!

Growing Summer Squash Vertically from Grow a Good Life

Zucchini Frittata from Kneaded Creations

 Almost Famous Cucumber Salad from Feathers in the Woods

Homemade Baking Mix from A Hungry Pilgrim

4 Green Living Tips from Organic 4 Greenlivings

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Choosing Plant Varieties for a Raised Bed Garden

To be totally honest, you can grow just about every variety of veggie seed in a raised bed.  The key is to choose varieties that you LIKE and varieties that you'll EAT.

For example, I don't grow Butternut Squash because my husband won't eat it.  This year I'm growing Acorn Squash because we LOVE it!
Table Queen Acorn Squash
With a 4X4 Raised Bed I have the option to plant 16 different heirloom seed varieties using the square foot gardening method all in a small space while also conserving water.  Yeah for eco-friendly gardening! 

Plan Ahead
Make a list of veggies and herbs that you'd like to grow.

From Basics of Square Foot Gardening:
There are four basic spacing guidelines:
Extra Large
– one per square for 12 inch spacing
Large – 4 per square for 6 inch spacing
Medium – 9 per square for 4 inch spacing
Small – 16 per square for 3 inch spacing.

I arranged my seed varieties on paper according to the companion planting guide.  If you're more visual, here's another guide:

For example: I planted 3 Roma Tomatoes along one side of the raised bed with Eggplant at the end.  Those are Companion Plants.  AND to encourage pollinators and deter "bad bugs" I also planted Marigold seeds within each square.  This way I utilize all of the space and I help the bees in the process.

As my main heirloom seed varieties I chose Roma Tomatoes, Anaheim Peppers, Listada De Gandia Eggplant, Table Queen Acorn Bush Squash, Golden Beets and Purple Plum Radish.
Sneak Peak: approx 2 weeks old
My Companion Plant "additions" include Genovese Basil, Dark Purple Opal Basil, Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard, LOTS of Marigolds, Oregano and Borage.  Outside of the 4X4 Raised Bed I planted Mammoth Black Sunflowers to add a bit of color and attract more bees and butterflies. 

I noticed that I already had a few aphids hanging around so I gave everything a coating of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.  For more info, read Using Diatomaceous Earth for Organic, Non-Toxic Pest Control.

It it important to give your plants plenty of nutrients especially during the beginning.  When I was filling my raised bed with soil I added homemade compost as well as organic plant nutrients.  I knew that I would be planting "heavy feeders" so I made sure to give them plenty of food. Find out more, Which Plant are Heavy Feeders?

Helpful Links:
August Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region
Using Coconut Coir Pellets for Seed Starting
Plant Nutrients - Getting Started
Benefits of Lemonbalm, Basil and Borage

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Easy Ways to help the Honey Bees! National Honey Bee Day!

The theme is “Sustainable Agriculture Starts with Honeybees.”

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
                             Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

“The primary goals of the National Honey Bee Day Program include:
1) Promotion and advancement of beekeeping.
2) Educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping.
3) Make the public aware of environmental concerns as they effect honey bees.”

So what can you do to Help the Honeybees?

1.  Watch Vanishing of the Bees and recommend to your friends and family.  Heck, share it with strangers!  It’s an amazing movie and you can find in on Netflix and a short chip on youtube.

2. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants.  Mary’s Heirloom Seeds offers a quite a few bee-friendly seed varieties such as BorageCalendula (marigold), Lavender, Cucumbers, Squash and Echinacea.  For a full list check here

3. Stay away from using harsh chemicals in your garden and yard.  Most chemical pesticides also kill beneficial insects.

4.  Support your local beekeepers.  Buying local honey is a great way to show your support and is a delicious treat.  It has been suggested that eating local honey can help with seasonal allergies.  Local honey is also eco-friendly as it does not have to travel thousands of miles and possibly contain nasty chemical additives.

5.  Learn more about bees, beekeeping and CCD.  Have you ever considered backyard beekeeping?  Now would be a great time to learn more!

I've written several times about CCD and the increasing use of GMO crops.  Several researchers have gone as far as to say that there is a direct correlation.  Watch Vanishing of The Bees!

If you're not sure how to get started please feel free to ask.  I'm here to help!  Check out 5 Reasons to Plant Wildflower Seeds
A great place to start is planting heirloom, non-GMO, UNTREATED seeds.  PLEASE do not buy plants from major retailers as they have been sprayed with toxic chemicals which will kill bees and other pollinators.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

What's NEW for August...

That's right...We have NEW goodies this month at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!
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Did you know we've added several NEW pages both at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and our blog
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Saturday, August 16th is
Plant a few SEEDS for the Bees and please do not buy flowers from major retailors who use Bee-Killing insecticides an their plants!

"Sustainable Gardening begins with Honey Bees"
Organic Wildflower Seeds
Stop by and see us at the YGFM this weekend and get your bee-friendly seeds!
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(954) 654-3501

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Don't forget your supplies!
Did you know that we now offer over 150 varieties of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds?  It's true!
We also offer 5 varieties of Organic Garlic and
17 unique Seed Combo Packs.

Check out a few of our most recent additions here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!
NEW Heirloom Seeds!!!
Scarlet Runner Bean
Scarlet Runner Bean was introduced sometime before 1750.  This is the most famous and widely grown runner bean.  Runner beans are native to Mexico and Central America where they thrive in cool and humid upland terrain.  Perfect for the Pacific Northwest.Also know for their red blossoms borne in masses of 20-40 on a flower stalk. Hummingbirds can't get enough of them!!

Beautiful, brilliant purple heads weigh 2-3 lbs and are of a fine, sweet flavor. The heads cook to bright green. Insect-resistant variety that is easier to grow than many white varieties; rich in minerals. A colorful heirloom. 

This one is causing excitement at farmers' markets. Carrots have bright purple skin and flesh that comes in shades of yellow and orange. Spicy and sweet-tasting roots are great for marketing and a delicious addition to any meal!

Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth

Seminole Pumpkin

Mammoth Black Sunflower

Green Zebra Tomato

Fall is the time to plant GARLIC for best yields and highest quality bulbs. Generally plant in late September-January. In very cold areas, plant by mid-October, and protect your crop with a thick layer of mulch such as straw. Expect to harvest it in June-July. 
One lb of garlic seed equals approx. a 25' row with 4" spacing between plants. For most garlics, expect an optimum 10 lb yield for every pound planted.

We are taking Pre-Orders NOW. Supplies are limited.
ALL Garlic listed is grown in the United States and is
certified Organic. ALL Garlic will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.  You will be notified as soon as your garlic is ready to ship.
Please be sure to provide accurate email and shipping information.  We are sorry for any inconvenience but we are unable to ship garlic outside of the USA.
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.