Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Grow a Victory Garden

Are you ready to get started on your next garden?
Fall is here and Spring is right around the corner.  

We started with Grow A Victory Garden.  Now we're going to talk about the HOW to grow and WHAT to grow.
My Raised Bed Garden

First, I asked my customers "What is your advice to a new gardener?"  They answered:

"Beginner gardeners should start small and research the best planting seasons for their region."

That's why I offer a free e-newsletter sign-up and a 2014 Planting Guide by Region

"Soak your seeds first!"

This is one of the tips I share at the farmers market and it works!

"Don't feel like you have to plant a whole acre of veggies, it could be overwhelming. Start with a couple varieties that sound tasty"

This is excellent advice!  Often times people become discouraged because their first garden didn't turn out they way they had expected.  Starting small means less work overall and it's a bit easier to manage.  Once you figure out which varieties worked for your area it is easy to expand the next time around.

You might also check out Top 10 Crops with Companion Plants.  This is a way to plant other beneficial plants, herbs and flowers around your primary crop in order to deter "bad bugs" and attract "good bugs." 
AMARANTH adds color to the garden.  The Leaves and Seeds are edible.

My Top 10 Crops include:
Tomatoes
Peppers
Squash
Beans
Cucumber
Eggplant Radish
Swiss Chard
Corn
Onion

Start with planning your area.  If you have a small space, use the Square Foot Garden method.
Basics of Square Foot Gardening
Building a Raised Bed Garden in Minutes
Choosing Plant Varieties for a Raised Bed Garden

Even if you have a large area to grow, use the Square Foot Garden method or plant in Rows.
Delicious Amana's Orange Tomato
Plan out what to grow for your area.  
We just published our October Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region

Last but certainly not least, GROW what you and your family LIKE to eat.  I don't grow butternut squash because my husband does not eat it.  I love Radish so I planted 3 different varieties.  I love Tomatoes so I planted 2 different varieties.  Swiss Chard, Kale, Lettuce and Spinach are all EASY varieties to grow and are very nutritious.  We only plant Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  This will insure the healthiest garden from seed to harvest!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Seed Starting Guide for the US by Region

It's officially October and we are planting more seeds today!
Find out what to plant in YOUR region!
Coconut Coir Pellets make seed starting Easy and mess-free


Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
FALL Planting Guide for the US
PART 3










Mary has signed the
Safe Seed pledge.

Seed Orders placed Monday thru Thursday are shipped
within 24 hours,
except for holidays.
Dear Mary,
This year we've been planning ahead for our FALL Garden!
GARLIC should be planted in Early October.  Get ready... and don't miss the NEW HEIRLOOM SEED varieties at the bottom of the page! 
OCTOBER Seed Starting Guide for the
US by Region



GULF COAST
 

Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage,  Collards, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Peas, Radish, Rutabaga,
Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnip.
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
WILDFLOWERS and GARLIC!


SOUTH FLORIDA 
Veggies:  Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Cucumbers, Escarole, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onion Sets, Parsnips, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Romaine, Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Turnips.
Herbs: Anise, Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil, Cilantro, Coriander, Fennel, Garlic, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lemon Bee Balm, Mint, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Sorrel, Thyme and Tarragon.
Flowers:  Bachelor's Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas,  Cosmos,  Daisies, Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots,  Globe Amaranth,  Lupines ,Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies,  Sunflowers and Zinnias. Don't forget GARLIC! 
  

SOUTHWEST  
 Arugula, Pak Choy Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips.
Don't forget Organic GARLIC!
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Sage, Stevia, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
Flowers: Bachelor Button, Calendula, Forget-Me-Not, Marigold, Sunflower and Zinnia.

 
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Pak Choy Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach and Turnips. 
Don't forget your Organic GARLIC
  
   
SOUTHERN INTERIOR 
Arugula, Pak Choy Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Onions, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips. 
Don't forget Organic GARLIC!
Herbs: Basil, Caraway, Chives, Cilantro, Sage, Stevia, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow
Flowers: Bachelor Button, Calendula, Forget-Me-Not, Marigold, Sunflower and Zinnia.

CENTRAL MIDWEST  
Beets, Pak Choy Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, and GARLIC.
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Rye and Wheat 

NORTH CENTRAL ROCKIES  
Arugula, Microgreens and GARLIC
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Rye and Wheat 
 
MID-ATLANTIC  
Arugula, Beets, Pak Choy Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce,
and  GARLIC.
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Rye and Wheat

  
MARITIME CANADA & NEW ENGLAND 
Arugula, Beets, Pak Choy Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce,
and Organic GARLIC.
Cover Crops: Alfalfa, Oats, Barley, Rye and Wheat   
What will YOU plant this OCTOBER?  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.  Reminder, the YGFM is closed on Saturday, October 4th.
HAPPY PLANTING!
                                 
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 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Organic Garlic, Updates and NEW SEEDS!

I'm BAAAAACK!  I took a bit of a break (4 days) but now I'm back with so much good stuff to share.  
Let's start with Heirloom, Non-GMO seed and a reminder to VOTE FOR ME!

Plant a SEED for the BEES





Mary's Heirloom Seeds
So many exciting things are happening at
Mary's Heirloom Seeds!


--First, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been chosen as  WILDCARD FINALIST in the Martha Stewart Awards.  You can vote up to six times every day until October 13th.  VOTE NOW
--Not sure if you noticed...Mary's Heirloom Seeds website has had a "facelift."  Not to worry, everything is still in the same place.  We've just done a bit of sprucing up for FALL.
--And lastly our Organic Garlic
Pre-Orders have all been shipped out.  Additional orders are available but they will take a bit longer to ship out as we had to place a second re-order. 
Our Garlic is Certified Organic and is available in

We also have a few  

NEW varieties for 2015!  

Jumbo Pink Banana Squash

Black Cherry Tomato

Purple Pear Tomato
Little Marvel Garden Pea
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.
We are always happy to help!
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