Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A is for ALFALFA

The latest from Mary's Heirloom Seeds

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September 27, 2016

We are SO EXCITED to announce a few new (to us)
heirloom seed varieties for 2017 and to share more organic gardening knowledge.
If you don't already follow us on facebook,
Mary from Mary's Heirloom Seeds is volunteering at a local school for their harvest day. 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds will also be donating SEEDS for the kids to plant!  We're so excited!

We also have a few specials available just for this week.  Info is below.  Enjoy!
Using ALFALFA in the Garden  

Just this weekend we added larger quantities of Organic, Non-GMO Alfalfa Meal to our site.
The 3 pound and 5 pound options offer a big savings!

*Yes, we specify NON-GMO since there are gmo varieties of alfalfa* 

From Benefits of Using Alfalfa Meal in the Garden

When added to your compost pile, alfalfa acts as a stimulant. It decomposes rapidly, creating heat which helps the rest of your compost to decompose. And your finished compost will have higher nutrient levels when alfalfa is used. Higher nutrient levels in your compost and soil means more nutrient-dense produce in your garden.  Bonus, Worms LOVE Alfalfa Meal!

As a garden fertilizer, alfalfa meal is used to increase organic matter in the soil and makes an excellent fast and effective soil conditioner. The high amounts of carbohydrates and protein encourage beneficial soil microbes and earthworms that are responsible for quickly breaking down the nutrients and making them available for use by the plants.

We also offer a tutorial to
Make Your Own Organic Liquid Fertilizer using Organic Alfalfa meal

Making a Liquid fertilizer is pretty easy.  I used make Seaweed tea every year but not everyone has access to seaweed.  Now I make Alfalfa Tea.
It's also important to mention that while I call it "TEA,"  I DO NOT DRINK IT!  
Just need to clear that up.
Making Alfalfa Tea
You'll need:

1 - 5 gallon bucket
1 cup Organic Alfalfa Meal

Fill bucket with water, let it sit from 1 to 4 days. The result will be a thick tea. Apply generously to the root area of shrubs and flowers or use as a foliar spray after straining the solids out. The longer it brews, the better it is but the worse it will smell.


Now is the time to purchase Organic Alfalfa meal
We offer big savings on larger quantities!

Your read that right!
We have a discount code available NOW thru September 30th for Coconut Coir Bricks

Save 20% at checkout when you use the code "COCO" at checkout 
Coconut Coir Brick 

**save an additional 20% off our 4 brick option**

Yes, I use
coconut coir too!
BONUS: FREE SEED PACK with every purchase of coconut coir products thru September 30th!
NEW @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds 

In case you missed it, we've already announced a few NEW heirloom varieties for 2017 here...
And now we've added a few more

Dill, Mammoth 

Abraham Lincoln Tomato 

Eva Ball Purple Tomato 

Easter Egg Radish 
We are currently working on new labels and packaging.  If you purchase any of the NEW varieties for 2017, your order may be delayed up to a week.  Please have patience as we are working as fast as possible gearing up for the 2017 planting season.  

We've had quite a few request about what to do with left over seeds.  At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Snowball Self-Blanching Cauliflower contains 200 heirloom seeds. If you don't plant all 200, You can share them with your friends and family or you can store them for next season/year.

For the best germination rates, try to use all stored flower and vegetable seeds the next growing season. Seed health and viability goes down the longer the seeds are stored.

If you save seeds from your own produce, seeds should be completely cleaned and dry before storing.

Paper is the best storage option for seeds.  Packets should be labelled with date of storage and variety of seed.

Heritage Collection Jar *Includes 2 seed packs*
If you are storing purchased seeds they have already been cleaned.  If possible, store seeds in their original packaging to avoid mixing up seed varieties.

This is just a small sampling of the tips, tutorials & videos available on our
Growing Tips & Videos Page

SEED Starting Info
We continue to add more tips, tutorials and videos every week.
If you have a specific request, please send us an email to
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 

Happy Planting,

Mary's Heirloom Seeds, P. O. Box 3763, Ramona, CA 92065

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