Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mushrooms for Christmas

I know, funny title right?  Since my husband doesn't usually read my blog I think I'm safe sharing this here.

My husband has been learning so much about growing.  
When I first started Mary's Heirloom Seeds almost 4 years ago,
 he probably figured it was just a hobby.  Something to keep me busy.  And boy has it kept me busy!!!  Growing heirloom veggies in my organic garden, educating people about growing and managing almost every aspect of Mary's Heirloom Seeds has become a FULL time job.

What does any of this have to do with mushrooms?  Well for starters, my hubby isn't really a dig in the dirt and plant stuff kinda guy.  He'll build stuff and haul dirt when I need him to but that's about it.  He's LOVES sciencey stuff.  
Yes, I just said "Sciencey."

I'm thinking about getting him a Mushroom Growing Kit for Christmas.  I think it's something he'd find interesting and doesn't require going out in the yard.

The first kit I'm looking at is very simple and gets rave reviews.

Back To The Roots Mushroom Farm

This kit also gets good reviews and should offer a bigger harvest!

Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit - Premium Edition

Here's a much larger Kit

Seasonal White Button Mushroom Growing Kit

How BEAUTIFUL are these Mushrooms?  They're BLUE!

Blue Oyster Mushroom Growing Plugs ~ Grow your own mushrooms for years!

Another BEAUTIFUL variety of Fungi!

The Reishi Mushroom Garden Patch- Indoor Mushroom Growing Kit - Grow Edible Mushrooms & Fungi. Easy & Fun Mush Room Grow Kits

I have read that Mushrooms can be grown in these kits in as few as 10-14 days.

I'm also considering BOOKS about growing Mushrooms.  The cool thing about growing your own is having FRESH food available.  Mushrooms are grown INDOORS so even for those of you living in cool or cold climates, you can still have fresh mushrooms.

Disclaimer: Links above are affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase using these links I might make a very small commission.  Every little bit helps!

Take A Walk

I used to walk every Saturday and Sunday with my friend and walking partner until I started working weekends at the farmers market. 
Picture taken last week
Now that I'm not working the local farmer's market 
and I've opened my own Seed Shop I have started walking again!

Picture taken this morning
Walking the beach early in the morning when the sun is rising is an amazing way to start the day.  There are so many benefits to walking, especially in the morning.  Here are a few:

Reduce your Health Risk.  From Livestrong, "The metabolic syndrome is a constellation of risk factors that increase the possibility of developing cardiovascular disease. These include high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, and insulin resistance. Andreas Katsiaras, Ph.D., states that even those who engage in as little as three hours a week of aerobic exercise such as walking are 50 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome that those who remain sedentary.
Funny sign outside a local establishment
Walking burns calories so if you're looking to lose weight, walking is a great start.

Stress Reduction.  From Good Relaxation, "Morning walks also give you the added time to meditate and reduce stress. Morning is generally quiet and calming and your brain is functioning at a higher level. Better decisions can be made and a start to your working day is enhanced."
Amazing stress-relief

It's Easy.  Walking does not require any extra equipment other than a good pair of shoes.  No membership, weight machines or even "hip" exercise outfits necessary.

It's Free.  I choose to get in my car and drive 4 minutes to the beach and then pay $1-$2 to park.  I like the beach because I get amazing sea air and the beauty of the sand, waves and broadwalk.  I could easily walk around my neighborhood and it would be free.

That's 5 great reasons to get walking.
I'm off to get ready for the day.  What are you up to?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Small Business Saturday Hours & SALE!

Join me for Small Business Saturday!!!


This Saturday...
Join us in our shop and online for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov 29th
2104 Tyler Street in Hollywood
HUGE savings are available NOW
on our website!

FREE SHIPPING on Heirloom Seeds!  

FREE Sprout Seeds with Purchase
Sprout Jar
Mary's Sprouting Kit

 NEW Combo Pack: 
Includes 6 full packs of seeds!  

Thai Holy Basil Tincture Kit

with Purchase of  
Baker's Dozen combo pack 


Order a Half-Pound of Food Grade DE and we'll DOUBLE your order to 1 whole pound!

Order 3 or more Germination Trays and we'll  
DOUBLE your order!  
*Includes plant markers* 

Save up to $28

Don't forget to check out our GROW KITS and 
while they're still available. 

All of these "Weekend Seed Specials"
for Small Business Saturday are
available NOW.  
Sale ends Thursday, Dec 4th at 11:59pm

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.  
What we offer at Mary's Heirloom Seeds is not the latest and greatest in technology. 
What we offer is food security in the form of heirloom seeds which have been saved for generations.  We offer growing tips and a wealth of knowledge to help you on your journey of becoming more self-sufficient (if that's what your looking for).  For small, family growers we can help you get started or offer tips for growing in small spaces.

When you shop at Mary's Heirloom Seeds, you help a small enterprise offer free educational classes in the community and to the world.  When you shop at
Mary's Heirloom Seeds, we are able to donate more seeds to schools programs
as well as expand our selection of heirloom seeds, which in turn allows our farmers
to grow more food to feed their families and communities. 
Thank you!
- Mary
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