Thursday, January 30, 2014

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80-90 days.  (Cucumis melo)  This is a heat loving melon that has wonderfully vigorous vines. 
The Crenshaw produces fruit 6-8 pounds and occasionally some up to 10 pounds.

The crenshaw's texture is silky smooth and not at all granular like some melons can be. 
A fantastic summer treat!  
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70 days.   Thick 7-inch roots have good flavor.  Improved strain of Danver's carrot that was
introduced in 1947.
Contains approx 250 heirloom seeds
Spag Squash
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88 days.  Introduced in 1934. 
Easy variety of squash to grow.

This is a very popular squash with stringy flesh that can be used like spaghetti.
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100-110 days. Connecticut field pumpkins usually grow
to around 20lbs.
They reach around 12 inches in diameter and have a thick flesh. A great pumpkin for baking pies or carving
Introduced prior to 1700.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesdays with A Twist #42 is LIVE!!!

Have you seen these beautiful PEPPERS?  
They're AMAZING!!! 
Black Hungarian peppers
75 days.  Rare and colorful, these tall plants have beautiful purple flowers that make this variety very ornamentalThey are mildly hot and have a delicious flavor. 

If you didn't win the Seeds of the Month Club membership, 
you can still purchase a 6 or 12 month membership.  
Shipping is FREE and we ship your seeds within 24 hours!
The 6 Month Membership (a $44 value) includes 4 seed packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for 6 months.  Excellent gift Idea!  That's 14 packs of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds with FREE Shipping.  We will try to accommodate your special request as well as ship region-specific varieties.

I'm also currently in the middle of my 2014 Planting Guide.
Yesterday I shared February Planting info by Region

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Joyce @ It's Your Life! 
and me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
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Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
And please Welcome back Angie @ God's Growing Garden

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
My Features this Week are:

from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers 

Homemade Tomato Soup from Cat on the Homestead

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie from Homestead in the Hills of Tennessee

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!
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 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

February Planting Information by Region

Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
FEBRUARY Planting Guide


Marketmore Cucumber

We're a week away from February!  Last week I share a chart for last frost dates for each Zone. 
Was it accurate for your zone?  Below are suggestions for seed-starting in February by region.  You might be
Seed Starting Indoors if it's cold outside.
February Seed Starting by Region

Arugula, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Swiss Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Radicchio, Scallions, Sorrel, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips and Watermelon. HERBS and Wildflowers!

Sow Indoors: Chard, Eggplant, Peppers, Scallions, Tomatoes, Basil and Chives. 
Sow Outdoors: Asparagus, Beets, Pak Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Rutabaga, Spinach, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.
Don't forget the Wildflowers!

Sow Indoors:  Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Fava Bean, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radicchio, Spinach and HERBS! 

Sow Indoors: Broccoli, Celery, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Pak Choy, Peppers, Radicchio, Scallions, Tomatoes and Basil 
Sow Outdoors: Arugula, Beets, Carrots, Asparagus, Collards, Endive, Lettuce, Pak Choy, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Turnips, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley and Wildflowers!

Sow Indoors: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Radicchio, Chives, Fennel, Parsley, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme

Sow Indoors: Asparagus, Cabbage, Celery, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Radicchio, Scallion, Spinach, Chives, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.

Sow Indoors: Arugula, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Endive, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, radicchio, Spinach, Turnips, Chives, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

March is the first month to sow indoors.
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,non-patented, untreated, heirloom seeds.
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There you have it!!! 
What are YOU planting in February?
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Non-GMO, Heirloom Peppers

I LOVE homegrown Peppers!!!  I know it's cold in most parts of the US at the moment but take comfort that Spring is right around the corner.  Check out these beautiful Heirloom, Non-GMO Pepper Varieties @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds for your garden.

PURPLE Jalapeno Pepper
75 Days.   A large Jalapeno pepper that turns deep purple before maturing to red. Full Jalapeno flavor and heat; great for salsa and other Mexican foods.   Plants both productive and ornamental.

Black Hungarian Hot Pepper
75 days.  Rare and colorful, these tall plants have beautiful purple flowers that make this variety very ornamental.  They are mildly hot and have a delicious flavor.

Golden Marconi Sweet Pepper
80 days.  This golden sweet pepper is worth the wait!  Fruits start green and change to yellow, then orangish. Sweetest when fully ripe, but still mild and lightly sweet at the yellow stage.

Red Marconi Pepper
90 days.  This variety matures a little later than regular bell peppers but produces much sweeter and tastier fruits. Vigorous plants produce high yields of high quality fruits that ripen to a deep red color.

75-80 days. Delicious mildly hot flavor, excellent for roasting or frying; good yields of very large chili peppers.  Grows to 6-10 inches.  Fantastic addition to Homemade Salsa!

70 days.  An excellent green bell pepper of nice size and very good yield. Upright 2 ft tall plants bear prolific fruits that are 4-5" long and almost the same width across. 
A long growing season, high-quality fruit, and sweet flavor have resulted in California Wonder Bell Pepper becoming one of the most popular open-pollinated bell peppers for both home and market growers.

Purple Beauty Bell Pepper
70-75 days.  Purple Beauty Bell Peppers are around 3 to 4 inches long as well as wide.  They develop into an eggplant shade of purple and eventually to a reddish color. The compact bushy plants produce an abundance of fruit on the crown as well as on the limbs. Avoid a soggy, water-logged soil condition when growing peppers.

75-95 days.  Gorgeous chocolate colored habanero peppers.  Don’t let the color fool you; these are not candy, but rather flaming-hot fruit that carry a massive 300,000 Scoville units of heat!

Jimmy Nardiello Pepper
75-85 days.  A very productive and disease resistant pepper.  It is here over a 100 years ago Giuseppe Nardiello and wife Angela grew this  pepper in the southern region of Italy.  Jimmy Nardello peppers are sweet,crisp and light when eaten raw.  Considered one of the best frying pepper.

75 days.  Large plant bears club-shaped fruit, very hot and pungent with a distinctive flavor.  Serrano peppers are around 5 times spicier and hotter than jalapeno peppers at a fairly hot 10,000 – 20,000 scoville heat units on average.

70-80 days.  A very tasty mild Jalapeno type, with the same delicious flavor, but a lot less heat. Great yields.
Thai Long Sweet Pepper
70-80 days.  This gorgeous sweet pepper grows about  6 inches long and is light green in color.  Great for grilling and a wonderful rare variety.

There you have it.  LOTS of deliciously unique Heirloom Pepper varieties.  Stop by and pick up your favorite pepper!