Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #226 LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

My AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE is also available

In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
This is a big deal for us


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  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!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #225 LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

My AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE is also available

In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
This is a big deal for us


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
Add our button if you've been featured!


The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  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!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesdys with a Twist #224 LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

My AUGUST PLANTING GUIDE is also available

In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
This is a big deal for us


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
Add our button if you've been featured!


The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  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!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Planning a Fall Garden? You Might Want to Check this Out




  
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August 4, 2017

I know...Fall is still a month and a half away! We like to give you the tools to plan ahead in the garden.
In cooler Climates that means Garlic and other cool weather crops.  For warmer area like Florida, It's time to plant LOTS of seeds!
 You'll find loads of helpful planting info and 
99 Cent Seed Deals below.  Enjoy! 
BONUS:  Orders of $10 or more will include a 
FREE extra seed pack!

Plant A FALL Garden & Save 



Depending on where you live, many of you are planting FALL Crops.  This is a great way to extend your growing season and save money!  If you have never planted a Fall garden but you would like to, this is a great opportunity.  If you're on the fence about planting a Fall garden, this is definitely a must-read!

Let's get started!
RADISH everywhere!!!  Yes, I'm that excited about Growing Radish.  From Seed to Harvest, many Radishvarieties are ready to harvest in 23-35 days.  Longer & larger varieties such as the Japanese Minowase Radishcan take up to 70 days. 
 
 
From our tutorial Growing Radish from Seed to Harvest,
"Sow radishes in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before average date of  the last frost in spring. Sow succession crops every 2 weeks in spring and in autumn. Two or more crops can be grown in spring. Radishes require 22 to 70 days to come to harvest. Warm weather can result in small roots. Long days may also cause radishes to flower; plant radishes during the shorter days of spring and autumn. In mild winter regions, grow radishes in late autumn and early winter. Radishes can withstand frost. 
Cost Breakdown:
1 pack of Purple Plum Radish = $2.00 for 100 seeds
1 "bunch" of organic Radish from the store = $1.99 for  6 radishes
**That means you'll spend almost $25 for 100 radish!!!
Don't like raw Radish?  Try Pickled Radish!
ARUGULA is another great Fall Crop.  From seed to harvest, Arugula is ready to start eating in as few as 40 days.  You can harvest the entire bunch or just a few leaves at a time.
 
 
"Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist soil.  It is best to sow lettuce or spinach seeds thinly in rows spaced about 1 ft. apart or simply scatter the seeds in blocks. Cover lightly with soil, firm in place and water well. Keep the soil moist until germination. Once the plants have a grown their true leaves, you can begin to thin the plants to about 6" apart."
Cost Breakdown:

At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, a packet of Arugula seedsis $3.00 and contains 200 seeds. Even if only 90% of those seeds germinate (almost 100% of mine grow!), that still leaves 180 plants!
For this comparison, we're going to share a very economical option for growing greens (especially if you don't have a yard or much room to grow)
Grow Your own: 
Sterilite 18 gallon bin: $9 
Organic Potting Soil: $9 a bag 
Arugula Seeds: $3
Total: $21 for 180 Arugula Plants (much more than a bunch)
   
Purchased at my local store, organic Arugula is about $1.99 per bunch. Let's compare:
   
180 homegrown bunches of Arugula $21
Only $3 if you already have to supplies!
   
180 store bought bunches of Arugula $358.20
If you save your seeds...The savings are incalculable!

BEETS are another easy Fall crop.  From seed to harvest, beets reach maturity at approx 55 days! **Leave them to grow longer for larger beets**  BEETSare a "double-duty" crop for us. 
When we harvest beets, the greens are used raw in salad or sauteed with garlic and onions (just like spinach). The actual beet has many uses!  We roast them with garlic & olive oil, shredded over salad and even pickled!
 
From our article Growing Organic Beets From Seed to Harvest,

"Beets are fairly frost hardy and can be planted in the garden 30 days before the frost-free date for your area. Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. Start successive plantings at 3 to 4 week intervals until midsummer for a continuous supply of fresh, tender, young beets. Irrigation assures germination and establishment of the later plantings."

Cost Breakdown:

1 pack of Beet seeds = $3 for 100 seeds

1 bunch of Organic Beets at my local store is $1.99 for 3 beets



We have decided to offer our 
Florida Garden Starter Kit and our 
FALL Garden Starter Kit on sale 
thru August 12th.  
We also have a few more 99 Cent Seed Packs

COCONUT COIR PELLETS

Big savings on seed starter pellets thru August 12th

99 CENT SEED PACKS

CHERRY BELLE RADISH
*New arrival.  Does well in clay soil*








  

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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