Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesdays with a Twist #104

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party! 

It's been a WILD ride these past few weeks.
Did you see the NEW Tigerella and Purple Tomatillo heirloom seeds?



On Sunday I shared our APRIL Seed Planting Guide for the US.

Last week I shared a VIDEO  and our Organic Pest Control series.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

APRIL Seed Planting Guide for the US

Did you see our post about Hosting a Seed Planting Party?  
APRIL is an excellent month to host a party!



Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
APRIL Seed Planting Guide

EARTH DAY is
APRIL 22ND
Clemson Spineless Okra
European Mesclun Mix



All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,non-patented, untreated, heirloom seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped
within 24 hours, except for holidays. 
$10 Order Minimum with Free Shipping on Heirloom Seeds within the 50 United States as well as US Territories. 
 


SPRING is Here!  Yippie!
If you're in a warmer climate, you're probably are already growing.  For cold and cool weather gardeners, now is the time to plant out your garden and Get Growing.
In case you missed it, we shared our simple tutorial for Indoor Seed Starting

Now is a great time to add Organic Nutrients to your garden.  Also, our FREE Seeds specials end March 31st.
Details HERE

  
APRIL Seed Planting by Region

**With the Cold and sometimes Hot weather we're experiencing in the US, some of these "outdoor" varieties might need to be started indoors.  This will depend on your current weather**

GULF COAST 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, OKRA, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.
Don't forget the HERBS and Wildflowers!



SOUTH FLORIDA
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, OKRA, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon.  
Don't forget the HERBS and Wildflowers!
 
SOUTHWEST  
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon. 
Herbs:
Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!


SAN DIEGO 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon. 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Sow Indoors/Outdoors:  Artichoke, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Melons, Onions, Peppers, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallion, Tomatoes and Turnips
GREENS: Arugula, Chard, Collards, Endive, Kale, Mustard, Radicchio and Sorrel can be sown indoors under bright lights and planted outside when there are two true leaves. Curly cress and arugula prefer to be sown directly outside
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers
  
SOUTHERN INTERIOR 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant (transplant), Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon. 
Transplant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Peppers and Tomatoes 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!


CENTRAL MIDWEST 
Sow Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes
Sow Outdoors: Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato,
Turnip and Watermelon. 
Transplant: Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Leek, Peppers and Tomatoes 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers
 
NORTH CENTRAL ROCKIES
Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato
Sow Outdoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Scallion, Sorrel and Spinach
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

MID-ATLANTIC 
Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato
Sow Outdoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips
Transplant: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Scallion, Sorrel and Spinach
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND

Sow Indoors: Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Leek, Lettuce, Peppers, Radicchio, and Tomato 
Sow Indoors: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrot, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach and Turnips 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!



HAWAII 

Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Endive Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Turnip and Watermelon.   
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme.   
Don't forget the Wildflowers!


ALASKA 
If you're growing plants in a greenhouse
Sow Indoors:
Arugula Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Scallion, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash and Tomato 
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Fennel, Mugwort, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Toothache plant and Thyme. 
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

There you have it!!!  What are YOU planting in APRIL?
-Mary                                      Like us on Facebook

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If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!

HAPPY PLANTING! 
 
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekend Seed Sale thru March 31st

Just announced on facebook....SEED SALE!!!

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.  
Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday
are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays)
NEW Varieties added to our SPECIALTY HEIRLOOMS page
For more info: Ordering Info & FAQ 



Three varieties on sale:







And if that wasn't enough...2 FREE Seed Packs with purchase 
of the following Seed Combo Packs






If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!

HAPPY PLANTING! 
 
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Host a Seed Planting Party for Earth Day

I love a good party!  My sister asked if I would be interested in hosting a Seed Planting Party at her house.  YES!  Once we hashed out the details, she set up a facebook event so that we could both invite our friends.  People were SO excited!  One friends asked if this was kinda like a tupperware party but with seeds.  Nope.  This was just a chance for friends to get together and plant seeds!

EARTH DAY is April 22nd and this is a GREAT way to Celebrate!

The cost for each kit was $5 to our party goers.  Some friends purchased all 4 kits!  For those that didn't want to purchase a kit, we had free flower seeds and dirt.  
I asked my 8 year old niece to teach the kids about planting the flowers.  She did great and the kids had a blast.

Here's what you need:
Containers with lids for each kit (I actually ran out)
Coconut Coir Pellets (seed germination pellets)
Heirloom Seeds
Plant markers (we used clothespins)
Marker or Pen
Optional: small baggies for seeds purchased at Michael's 


How does it work?

This was a family-friendly event.  Adults and kids all had fun.  We had a drawing station, A flower planting station outside, a table full of healthy snacks and iced tea AND a table full of Seed Planting Kits!
 
The kids made signs for the table for each Seed Planting Kit.

Grow Kit options
Caprese: Roma Tomato and Genovese Basil
Salad Garden: Tom Thumb Lettuce and Rainbow Chard
Herb Garden: Genovese Basil and Dill
Butterfly Garden: Butterfly Garden Flower Mix

I placed 6 coconut coir pellets per container, included printed instructions and seeds.

Our table was set up so nicely.  Everyone had a chance to see the kits and ask as many questions as they needed.

To "grow" the coconut coir pellets, add approx 2 cups of water to the container.  They should expand in approximately 5 minutes.  For this, It would be a good idea to have a large pitcher of water on hand.

For tips on using Coconut Coir Pellets, read our tutorial Seed Starting Indoors
Here's what they look like with a seedling already growing

Once the pellets have expanded, plant the seeds directly in the pellet and gently "squish" the coconut to cover the seed.

Use the plant markers to label each variety in the kit.  Or, plant only a single variety in the kit and just label the container.

We chose to use Coconut Coir Pellets because the are mess-free compared to the alternative.  From our website: "Roots emerge easily through the porous walls of the pellet as a result of the enhanced air circulation created by the unique design and characteristics.
The Coconut Coir Pellet - complete with the started plant inside - goes directly into the ground. As a result, no transplant shock occurs, and the plant has full vigor to mature faster. All the young, tender roots remain totally intact.   NEW Coconut Coir Pellets are more eco-friendly!"
 



Would you like to host a Seed Planting Party?  Check out our Seed Combo Packs page to purchase Heirloom, Non-GMO, Organic seeds with discounts and FREE SEEDS included!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!

HAPPY PLANTING! 
 
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