Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
Plant for Pollinators and Increase your Yields!April 28, 2015
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-ALASKA and HAWAII will be added to our next Seed Planting Guide....Sending out tomorrow!
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What's the Big Deal about BEES?

Have you heard about CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder? "Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, the term colony collapse disorder was first applied to a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in North America in late 2006. Colony collapse is significant because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees."
English Lavender
One possible theory...
Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticide:
New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds.    Source

FREE Seeds for the BEES  
From a customer,   "Monarch Butterflies are about the be placed on the Endangered Species list (thanks Monsanto!).  If we all bought at least one package of these (Milkweed) with every order maybe we could help."
AWESOME idea!!!  Mary's Heirloom Seeds wants to help save the BEES and the BUTTERFLIES! 
From NOW thru May 3rd, ALL orders
will include a FREE PACK of MARIGOLD
or Butterfly-Garden Mix...Your Choice!
Just leave a comment with your order!

**Order with COCONUT COIR PELLETS and we'll include 2 Free Seed Packs**

**Minimum $10 Order with free shipping on heirloom seeds within the 50 United States and US Territories**

What to Plant and WHY?

The simplest way to increase crop yields is to encourage pollinators to your garden.  It's simple to do, easy to grow and eco-friendly.

BASIL and BORAGE produce flowers and are both companion plants for Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash and Eggplant.

Marigold is another companion plant AND it deters nematodes!

MILKWEED is the perfect addition if you're looking to attract Bees and Butterflies.

HERBS: Lavender, Lemon Bee Balm, Anise Hyssop, Caraway, Chives, Chamomile and Yarrow are all Flowering Herbs and what I call "Double Duty Herbs."  These "double duty" varieties encourage pollinators to your garden AND are useful in herbal home remedies as well as home-cooking recipes.   

SUNFLOWERS are an excellent addition to your garden for the bees and other pollinators.  For multiple flowers, try Mexican Sunflower!

Nasturtium is another edible flower that attracts pollinators.  Pretty flowers with a delicious flavor!  As a companion plant, Nasturtium deters Squash Vine Borers! 

For a basic list of Crops and Companion Plants, read Top 10 Crops with Companions.

For a detailed list, read  

We found a helpful article: 
"The critical importance of pollinators is exemplified in a recent study out of the University of California, Berkeley. Not only do pollinators help increase crop yields, they may be even more important than fertilizers, according to the study suggests."

"Scientists concluded that an almond tree can compensate for the lack of nutrients and water in the short term by storing the nutrients and water in the fruits instead, but cannot compensate for insufficient pollination"  

Have you seed our VIDEO?
Many of you have asked for information we have been sharing during our free workshops in our local community.  Here's the first of many!
*Click the picture below*

Seed Starting Made Simple
Seed Starting Made Simple

More Helpful Links:

SEED Terms Explained


MORE Nutritional Info on Sprouting


Susan@Organized31 said...

I find watching bees fascinating and would love to encourage them in my yard. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

LA Murano said...

We get so many butterflies here, I would be heartbroken if they went away! I planted some more lavender this year and lots of marigold and basil!

Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! We'd love to have you back again this week!