Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday

Before I share all of the amazing deals at Mary's Heirloom Seeds I'd like to share a little insight.

With all of the negativity, destruction and unrest in the world, I find peace in my garden. Growing food has not only changed my life, it has saved my health.

I asked my friends and customers "Has Growing Food changed your Life?" and the answers that came back has me blown away. I shared a few of their thoughts earlier today.   Read Growing Food has Changed My Life

While the current level of "consumerism" bothers me a bit, marketing my small business is a necessity during this time.  What I offer at Mary's Heirloom Seeds is not the latest and greatest in technology.  What I offer is food security in the form of heirloom seeds which have been saved for generations.  We offer growing tips and a wealth of knowledge to help you on your journey of becoming more self-sufficient (if that's what your looking for).  For small, family growers we can help you get started or offer tips for growing in small spaces.

When you shop at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, you help a small enterprise offer free educational classes in the community and to the world.  When you shop at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, we are able to donate more seeds to schools programs as well as expand our selection of heirloom seeds, which in turn allows our farmers to grow more food to feed their families and communities.  When you shop at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, you make a difference!

Now for our Weekend Specials!

Sprouting Kit:  FREE SPROUT SEEDS with purchase!

Each Kit Includes:   wide-mouth glass sprouting jar (quart size), 
lid & screen, 6 ounces of organic SEEDS
(normally only 2 ozs) and detailed sprouting instructions.


 $2 OFF Organic Thai Holy Basil Tincture Kit
Normally $15.75 for 1 ounce and $21.50 for 2 ounces

DIY Tincture Kits include:
1-32 ounce glass jar with lid, 1- 2 ounce Amber bottle with dropper top, 2 customized labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herb of your choice (additional herbs available) and Details Instructions


 $2 OFF  BASIL 3 WAYS
Normally $10   Includes 3 varieties  of organic, Non-GMO, heirloom Basil Seeds.
-Genovese
-Thai Holy Basil
-Dark Purple Opal

These are full packs.
  You'll also get a FREE pack of African Crackerjack Marigolds


BAKER'S DOZEN - Plus a FREE PACK OF SEEDS
Purchase the Baker's Dozen seed combo pack and we'll include a FREE PACK of Basil!
Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of seeds  for a very low cost. 
13 seeds from 13 varieties.  



**Save up to $28**

Organic Multi-Pack Includes 1 pack of each plant nutrient.  Choose from 4ozs, 8 ozs, 1 or 2 pounds
-Mary's Organic Plant Nutrient
-Organic Blood Meal
-Organic Bone Meal
-Azomite
-Greensand

VEGAN Organic Multi-Pack Includes 1 pack of each plant nutrient. Choose from 4ozs, 8 ozs, 1 or 2 pounds
-Mary's Organic VEGAN Plant Nutrient
-Azomite
-Greensand


**Save $3.50** Includes 900 seeds and 6 Organic Seed Varieties


Don't forget to check out our new GROW KITS




All of these Weekend Seed Specials are available NOW.  
Sale ends Thursday, Dec 4th at 11:59pm
 
Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web...Stay tuned for more organic gardening and health related topics.  If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to ask. 


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Growing Food Has Changed My Life

I Love to hear "success stories" from my seed customers and friends. I asked on my facebook page "How has Growing Food changed you?  If you have removed GMOs from your diet, Have you noticed a difference?"

One of my friends shared this and I just had to share with you.

Raised on a farm back in the 50's and 60's, growing and foraging for our food was the norm. We had a huge garden which not only sustained our family but fed the families Italian restaurant. We were taught what to eat from the wild and how to hunt. I remember Dad being quite adamant about what chemicals he would allow and why we were protected from their use. He was truly an environmentalist before that became vogue. We ate what we grew, gathered and hunted for, nothing wasted.

In the 80's I moved to Florida in an agricultural area and had a good garden, chickens, turkeys and a nothing goes to waste attitude. With 5 children in the house I learned lots about good nutrition and it's importance to young bodies and brains! The last decade has brought about many frightening changes in our food supply and once again I find myself gardening in an ever bigger way, doubling the size of my garden each of the last 5 years. I have learned about GMO's, and some of the awful stuff we are being fed with no regard for long term health. Scary stuff! 


In my opinion, being able to feed my family untainted food grown by me with no chemicals is a step to better long term health and perhaps survival as well. If I buy something in the store it must pass MY test for safety. Pretty scary when the produce manager in private conversation says he like to grow his own for the same reasons eh? 

Now all that is big and important stuff, but I must say that growing my own food has given me a sense of peace and being part of the universe . Never more at peace then when I am in my garden!





I love learning from people!  Her story is amazing.  
Now, from a recent customer:

"Having space to plant a garden has changed me.  Imagine a Utopia where everyone was required to replace their carbon footprint by being required to grow plants.  It'll never happen but it would be cool."


Teaching people how to grow opens up entirely new possibilities.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and help people.

Knowledge is Power! Go out and GROW something!

Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web...Stay tuned for more organic gardening and health related topics.  If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to ask. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

5 Hostess Gifts for Under $40

As you may already know, I am all about Organic Gardening.  Growing food has changed my life and I hope I have been an inspiration to all of my readers.

This year, I encourage you all to give the gift of Life and Inspire someone.
Check out these 5 Hostess Gifts for Under $40 from Mary's Heirloom Seeds

Organic Grow Kits $12.99 - $19.99

Choose from 5 unique and inspiring Grow Kits
-Herb Garden
-Heirloom Tomatoes
-Salsa Garden
-Salad Garden
-Wildflowers
"Just add dirt!"

Organic Sprouting Kits $17.50 - $30.50

Includes everything you need to grow your own Sprouts in as few as 2-6 days

DIY Tincture Kits include:
1-32 ounce glass jar with lid, 1- 2 ounce Amber bottle with dropper top, 2 customized labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herb of your choice (additional herbs available) and Details Instructions

"Wild About Wildflowers" Seed Combo Pack - $11

Includes 6 varieties of individually packed Wildflowers
-African Crackerjack Marigold
-Bachelor Button
-Butterfly Garden
-Purple Coneflower
-Yarrow
-Zinnia

Make Your Own Basket!

Include a Seeds Combo Pack
and place everything in a plant container or galvanized bucket (dollar store finds!)

Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web...Stay tuned for more organic gardening and health related topics.  If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to ask. 

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Tuesdays with a Twist #86

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!
This week we have shared 4 herbs to grow Indoors for Your Health
AND we made a VIDEO about making tinctures!
Did you see our new Herbal Remedy Starter Kits?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN72ch23Yi0

Last week we also introduced new GROW KITS!  
AND we made a VIDEO about Seed Starting!
There's something for everyone.


On to the party...We're your hosts 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Debra @ MsMoozy's Open House
Deb @ Kneaded Creations
Carole @ GardenUp Green 

Back to the Basics

And now for our FEATURES...

Homemade Concord Grape Juice from Grow A Good Life

How to Clean Candle Jars to Reuse from Feathers in the Woods

Smoky 15 Bean Soup from Soup Spice Everything Nice

How to Make a Drawstring Bag from Threading My Way

DIY Chicken Coop from Pallets from Summers Acres

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  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!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Herbal Remedy Starter Kits

A very common question I get is "What do I do with these herbs?"

One very simple solution is to make a Tincture! 
Not sure about tinctures?  I have a solution.
I have created several Starter Kits to give you multiple options and a great value.

We now offer full size DIY Tincture Kits as well as Herbal Remedy Starter Kits


A tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.

NEW at Mary's Herbal Organix


Herbal Remedy Starter Kit - 4 Herbs
Have you ever purchased herbal remedies or tinctures? 
Ever made your own?
Our 4-Herb Starter Kit includes
4 labeled glass pint-jars to brew your tinctures
4 Amber dropper bottles
4 varieties of Organic Herbs: Echinacea, Chamomile, Feverfew and Thai Holy Basil
Labels for your finished tinctures and Detailed Instructions



Herbal Remedy Starter Kit - 3 Herbs
Have you ever purchased herbal remedies or tinctures? 
Ever made your own?
Our 3-Herb Starter Kit includes
3 labeled glass pint-jars to brew your tinctures
3 Amber dropper bottles
3 varieties of Organic Herbs: Echinacea, Chamomile and Feverfew
Labels for your finished tinctures and Detailed Instructions

Herbal Remedy Starter Kit - 2 Herbs
Have you ever purchased herbal remedies or tinctures? 
Ever made your own?
Our 2-Herb Starter Kit includes
2 labeled glass pint-jars to brew your tinctures
2 Amber dropper bottles
2 varieties of Organic Herbs: Chamomile and Feverfew
Labels for your finished tinctures and Detailed Instructions

These kits are available for Pre-Order now.  
Kits will ship after Friday, November 28th.  
These Herbal Starter Kits are only available for a limited time.

Homemade tinctures or DIY Tincture Kits make excellent Hostess Gifts and are perfect for the herbal enthusiast in your life.




Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web...Stay tuned for more organic gardening and health related topics.  If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to ask. 


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

4 Herbs to Grow Indoors for Your Health - Guest Post

Hi everyone!  Today we have a very special Guest Post from Marla @ Organic 4 Greenlivings

In many areas of the country the gardens have fallen prey to Winter's cold, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy growing you own plants and foods. You can grow herbs right on your window sills. There are 4 that I especially find easy and extremely useful in many ways.

4 Herbs To Grow Indoors

1. Oregano --  It is great herb to cook with and is used in many Mediterranean dishes, is wonderful on roasted chicken, stews, meatloaf, great to add to popcorn and pizza. Oregano goes far beyond it culinary uses, has a soothing aroma and, has many health benefits that include, a natural antiviral and expectorant. It's works wonders to soothing stomach aches and is great to inhale to help treat upper-respiratory congestion. And when you aching from shoveling snow try added oregano to your bath water to ease your aching muscles.
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To grow Oregano indoors make sure that it is in a sunny spot and well-drained soil. Make sure you don't over water it and its best to use a container with a drainage hole.

2. Peppermint - Is one of my favorite herbs that I love for it's inviting aroma, it's many health benefits that Nature has provided in this exceptional herb. I use it in many DIY recipes for  natural non-toxic cleaning, love drinking peppermint tea for its soothing powers through the winter, and adding peppermint to many recipes such as smoothies, desserts, for it sweet, and tasty flavor. Mint has many health benefits including boosting your immune system because it is loaded with antioxidants, is a good source of Vitamins A and C.  It is filled with antibacterial properties that kills germs and helps you stay healthy and does wonders for an upset stomach and other digestive ailments.
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You can grow mint in soil or water.
If using water - Take a 6-inch long mint cutting and put in a glass jar filled 3/4 full of tepid water, add some organic liquid fertilizer to boost its growth, and make sure it gets 6 hours of light each day.  Replace water weekly.In soil - Put a mint cutting in a small pot that has good drainage after you have filled the pot with organic potting mix and leave room for about 1/2 mulch since mint likes moisture. Keep moist and mint will do best in indirect sunlight.

3. Rosemary - This herb has a piney aroma and is used many times for aromatherapy for its many healing properties. It scent is like a little piece of heaven. Rosemary can add so much flavor to meats by rubbing it on raw meat with a little olive oil before roasting. Is also great to add to many vegetables and soups too. Rosemary leaves contain certain phyto-chemical compounds that help to fight and prevent disease, has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties that can add a wealth of health to your home.
To grow - Rosemary does best on a window sill that gets the morning sun since it  thrives under bright light. Just like oregano is does not tolerate overwatering and using a terracotta pots that helps with evaporation in the root zone is best.

4. Thyme - This leafy herb has a delicate aroma and almost grassy spice to any dish. It can be used in raw or cooked dishes such as roasted potatoes, carrots, apples, casseroles that are creamy and cheesy.  Fresh thyme is known to contain the highest antioxidant level among herbs, is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, among many other important vitamins and minerals.
To grow - Growing thyme indoors requires plenty of sunshine and needs at least six hours of daylight and well drained soil.  Using a clay pot with at least one large drainage hole that will allow the plant to dry out between watering and prevent overly wet roots. Thyme is not tolerant of soggy root conditions so make sure you do not over water. Growing thyme inside is one of the easiest indoor herbs to cultivate.
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To make it extra simple you can purchase Mary's Heirloom herb garden kits that contain everything you need to have healthy plants that are sure to thrive.

Growing your own herbs is not only fun but economical and you know that you're feeding your family the best and healthiest herbs. You don't have to worry about pesticides, additives or any other unhealthy ingredients that could be added to the store-bought version. Have some fun this winter and keep your garden growing while the snowing is flying outside.

About the Author: Marla is owner of organic4greenlivings.com. Her mission is to help educate the public about Environmental & Health issues, how to live a green lifestyle, and making our world safer for all of us!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 2014

Have you heard of Small Business Saturday?  It's next week!

"In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29." source



I'm really looking forward to my first Small Business Saturday
in our NEW SEED SHOP!  
If you're not local but you'd like to purchase heirloom, Non-GMO Seeds and 
Organic Gardening Supplies please check out our online shop.
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,
non-patented,  untreated, heirloom garden seeds.

Shipping is Free on Heirloom Seeds to all 50 States & US Territories!  

To learn more about Mary's Heirloom Seeds, check out 
"Our Story" and read "There's So Much Going On..."

If you'd like to find out about Small Business Saturday Deals at Mary's Heirloom Seeds you should sign up for our e-newsletter and check out our facebook page.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

NOW for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been working with an amazing group of people over the last few weeks. 

This is such a fantastic project to be a part of!  Are you Ready???

http://aislingfarms.blogspot.com/p/forum.html

Jennifer at Aisling Farms has created an amazing group of educators for a fabulous Forum!! 

Of course...Yours truly...Mary the Heirloom Seed Girl and my amazing co-educator Nancy from On the Home Front are in charge of the GARDENING SECTION. 

From Jennifer,
"Our team is educated in chicken genetics, chicken breeding, beekeeping, heirloom seed growing, nutrition, and essential oils, to name a few!  We even have a critical care nurse, a Master Gardener, and a "Herd" queen and Food Preservation.

Have questions about pigs, rabbits, cattle, or sheep?  We’ve got you covered there, too!

Aisling Farms (Jennifer), along with the entire forum team (check out their intros in the forum) look forward to witnessing the forum grow and to learning and contributing together!"
http://aislingfarms.blogspot.com/p/forum.html