Monday, September 15, 2014

More Herbs and The Health Benefits

It's official...Mary's Heirloom Seeds is a WILDCARD FINALIST 
in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!!!!
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

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CINNAMON BASIL
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September 15, 2014
WE MADE IT as a WILDCARD FINALIST in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!  Voting begins TODAY!  To vote, view our profile and Vote! Then use the social share buttons for Facebook and Twitter.  You can share every day. THANK YOU!
In case you missed it, we have a
September Seed Planting Guide for the US

If you are battling SNAILS in your garden,
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth can help!

We've added more heirloom seed varieties this year then ever!  Mary's Heirloom Seeds now offers over 160 heirloom, Non-GMO varieties.

**If you don't use social media, you can use the "forward this email" option at the very bottom of this email and encourage your friends to vote.**
HUGE Herb Seed SALE

Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is FREE!
$10 minimum order
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.  

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply within a few hours (unless we're at the farmer's market). 
Thanks you and have a wonderful day!
 
Happy Planting,
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

MARY'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY

Thank you for joining us!

Welcome to Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!  
I'm sponsoring and co-hosting in a HUGE bash to celebrate and YOU get a chance to win one of 3 prizes from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
That's "Auntie Mary" on the right!
2 Winners will receive an assortment of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds as well as organic gardening supplies totaling over $60 in value.  Each prize pack Includes (but not limited to) Radish, Golden Beets, Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes as well as Coconut Coir Pellets for seed starting made simple AND Organic, Vegan Plant Nutrients.
**Seed Varieties will be tailored to the winner's planting region*

Mary's Heirloom Seeds
1 Winner will receive the Baker's Dozen heirloom seeds variety pack. 
Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of seeds  for a very low cost.  13 seeds from 13 varieties.  Includes:  Calabrese Broccoli, 5 Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard,  Black Beauty Eggplant,  Waltham Butternut Squash, Tam Dew Melon, Bloomsdale Spinach,  Cal Wonder Bell Pepper, Marketmore Cucumber, Pink Oxheart Tomato, Atomic Red Carrots, Self-Blanching Snowball Cauliflower, German Giant Radish,  Detroit Dark Red Beet.


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, all of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds.  All of are seeds are sourced from small, family farmers and seed growers.  
Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge!

Mary's Birthday Giveaway opens 9/12/2014 and closes 9/20/2014 at midnight EST.  
Open to residents of the US and Canada.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

REAL FOOD Friday #55 is LIVE! #realfoodchallenge

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
Meatless Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist and REAL Food Friday!
Send me an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!


If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.


Here's a great reference from Food Myths:

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Growing a KITCHEN GARDEN

Hi!  My name is Mary and I blog over at Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen.  I also run an online heirloom seed company called Mary’s Heirloom Seeds.  We now offer over 160 varieties of heirloom, Non-GMO, open-pollinated, non-hybrid, untreated seeds.


We try to live as sustainably and frugally as possible.  Growing our own organic produce and helping other grow their own is the simplest way to save money and live “green.”  Have you ever grown your own kitchen garden?  It can be as simple as a few herbs in a container or as elaborate as turning your backyard into a food production operation.  I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to dig up your lawn or spend hours planting and pulling weeds to reap the benefits of your own kitchen garden (unless you'd like to).
Mary’s Heirloom
Seeds

Heirloom Seed varieties are a must for any garden.  An heirloom seed has been saved and passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have been carefully cultivated and are considered a great value to the recipient. Some say an heirloom variety is 50 years old or more.  Some heirloom varieties have been passed down for over 100 years and others for over 400 years.

Hybrids and gmo varieties are not heirlooms.  These have been genetically "tweaked."  We call gmo varieties “franken-seeds” and they are not welcome in our house OR our garden.
I have written about
GMOs many times. 
Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom varieties are often called rare because they aren't "mainstream" and if you do find them in the store (as produce) they're expensive!

  
Heirloom seeds are not necessarily organic but some seed companies, like Mary's Heirloom Seeds, state that their seeds are organic and un-treated.  Why untreated?  Some companies use a chemical anti-bacterial to keep their seeds from growing mold.  Personally, I stay away from treated seeds.  I don't need added chemicals thank you very much!

My top 5 favorite veggies to grow are Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce, Cucumbers and Eggplant.
Mary’s Heirloom
Seeds

That’s not to say that these are the easiest to grow but they’re my favorite.  In my opinion, the easiest plants to grow in a kitchen garden are GREENS: Extra Dwarf Pak Choy Cabbage, Pak Choy Cabbage, Little Gem and Tom Thumb Lettuce.
Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Peppers are a must for a kitchen garden.  Think about how much the grocery store sells certain produce.  My local store charges $3.99 for peppers.  That’s CRAZY!  For $4 you can get a packet of pepper seeds and grow hundreds of pepper plants by saving seeds from each harvest.
 
Tomatoes may not be the easiest garden item to grow but if you use the companion planting method you should have a healthier, more abundant harvest.  Companion Planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.  For example, planting Marigolds, Basil and Borage around Tomatoes will help deter tomato hornworms, repel flies and mosquitoes, and will attract bees and butterflies.
Depending on your tastes, Radishes are a great addition as they are ready in as little as 25 days.

The easiest herb to grow is Basil.  I have grown Fine Verde, Genovese Basil and Dark Purple Opal Basil in the garden and the recipes I have made are spectacular! We also offer unique varieties such as Cinnamon Basil, Red Shiso Basil and Thai Holy Basil.
Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

New Arrivals include 2 more varieties of Swiss Chard: Fordhook Giant and Vulcan.  These are a must in our kitchen garden since we can snip off a few outer leaves as needed and the plant continues to grow.  I make a tasty Garden Veggie Egg Bake with homegrown ingredients and Chard is perfect for this creation.

We've also added 2 varieties of Amaranth (from the 1,700s)



and SO MUCH MORE!

Additional links for getting started:
September Seed Starting Guide for the US by Region

If you have additional questions on how to get started or which varieties to choose please feel free to stop by and leave me a message.  I'm always happy to help!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #54 is LIVE! #realfoodchallenge

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
Meatless Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist and REAL Food Friday!
Send me an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!


If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.


Here's a great reference from Food Myths:

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

VOTE for Mary's Heirloom Seeds #American Made

Here it is...The countdown to the announcement of FINALISTS and I need YOUR HELP!
Becoming a finalist would be one of the best birthday presents ever!  Plus, I LOVE Martha Stewart!
LOVE these kiddos!








Mary's Heirloom Seeds and the
Martha Stewart American Made Award
6 Days Left!
Did you know we've been nominated for the American Made Awards?  YOU can help by clicking our profile then using the social shares buttons for facebook and twitter.  EVERY share counts!
From Martha:
"While our judges are still choosing finalists from among our nominees, you have a chance to make your voice heard and influence who makes it to the next stage of the program."
Over the next 6 days, the nominations with the most social shares will have the opportunity to earn one of 200 wildcard finalist spots. All finalists must be selected by Tuesday, September 9th at 11:59pm.

Martha Stewart asked,
"What Inspires You?"

I answered, "I am inspired by growth. It is absolutely amazing to plant a tiny seeds, feed it and watch it grow. From that tiny seeds we harvest delicious heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and other culinary herbs. Last year I had an opportunity to volunteer and donate to a local elementary school. It was life-changing to see the looks on the children's faces as I explained how a seed grows. Each child planted a seed that day and I am confident that it was a memorable experience for everyone, especially for me. "
Mary's Heirloom Seeds
2104 Tyler Street
Hollywood, Florida 33020

Hello September!

September means FALL, my birthday AND a trip to visit my family!!!  
SO Excited!  Here's what's new at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 

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Did you know that we now offer over 160 varieties of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds?  It's true!

We also offer 5 varieties of Organic Garlic and
17 unique Seed Combo Packs.

Check out a few of our most recent additions here at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

NEW GERMINATION SUPPLIES!!!
 

True professional grade, horticulture seedling starter trays. Flexible, durable soil plugs allow for easy seedling removal.
  • Each cell measures 1.5" square by 2.25" deep.
  • Ideal cell size to transmit room temperatures for optimal root growth.
  • Drain holes at bottom of each cell.
  • Includes plant marker for each tray
**Additional Plant Markers available** 

NEW Heirloom Seeds!!!
CINNAMON BASIL
Smaller than Sweet Basil, this narrower-leafed variety is known for its darker color and spicy, cinnamon-like aroma and taste. Has distinctive cinnamon-colored stems. Great for containers.

RED SHISO BASIL
Red Shiso Basil will grow as a perennial in regions that are frost-free. As a culinary herb, Perilla is a sweet-spicy flavoring that is widely used in oriental cuisine such as stir fries, raw fish, vegetable dishes, rice and soups.  Also a medicinal herb.


PEPPERMINT
This perennial grows to 3 feet tall and spreads rapidly to indefinate widths. The 3 inch smooth, lance-shaped, toothed leaves are tinged with purple around the edges. Oblong terminal spikes of lilac-pink flowers appear all summer. Like other mints, peppermint is extremely easy to grow.

Arnica is a protected species in some countries and is becoming a rare plant, largely due to increasingly intensive agriculture.  Arnica is used in many ointments and liniments to treat strains, sprains, and bruises. It is also a popular remedy for homeopaths for similar ailments.
True Comfrey is the original medicinal herb as detailed in all the ancient literature.  There is a white/cream flowered type and a purple flowered type.  This is the purple flowered type (very pretty, also very good medicine).  The plant grows true from seed. 

The popular, cute, little ears look just like big strawberries, just 2"-3" long. The 4' plants produce 2-4 ears each; great for fall decorations or making delicious popcorn.

A smallish heat resistant zucchini squash that possesses a delicious flavor, Grey Zucchini has been a favorite of vegetable gardeners since the 1950's.   


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Fall is the time to plant GARLIC for best yields and highest quality bulbs. Generally plant in late September-January. In very cold areas, plant by mid-October, and protect your crop with a thick layer of mulch such as straw. Expect to harvest it in June-July. 
One lb of garlic seed equals approx. a 25' row with 4" spacing between plants. For most garlics, expect an optimum 10 lb yield for every pound planted.

Supplies are limited.
ALL Garlic listed is grown in the United States and is
certified Organic. ALL Garlic will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.  You will be notified as soon as your garlic is ready to ship.
Please be sure to provide accurate email and shipping information.  We are sorry for any inconvenience but we are unable to ship garlic outside of the USA. 
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.