Friday, December 19, 2014

Rockstars in the Garden - Kale Chard & More

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December 17, 2014
Dear Mary,
Do you grow Kale or Swiss Chard?  Both are delicious and so easy to grow!

Find out why KALE and Swiss Chard are Rockstars in the garden!

Yesterday on our blog we announced a NEW Organic Plant Food option:

What is it?
Derived from leguminous perennial alfalfa plant used for pasture and cover crop. Primary benefit of this pleasant smelling meal is increasing organic matter, although it is also a valuable plant-derived fertilizer.
  • NPK analysis is 2.8-0.29-2.4
  • Contains trace minerals and triaconatol
  • Excellent addition to the compost pile for nitrogen content and absorbency
  • Roses respond especially well to alfalfa meal
  • WSDA Certified Organic Alfalfa Meal
Alfalfa provides many nutritional benefits not only for plant use, but for soil organisms as well. One very important ingredient is tricontanol, a powerful plant growth regulator.
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Just like we offered with the Organic Garlic,  
We are now accepting Pre-Orders of  
Supplies are limited and we expect to sell out very quickly.

About KALE
Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale's flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

Continue Reading               ORGANIC KALE SEEDS

As a rule, the phytonutrient antioxidants in chard also act as anti-inflammatory agents. Sometimes they lower risk of chronic, unwanted inflammation by altering the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes"

"With its very good supply of calcium and its excellent supply of magnesium and vitamin K, chard provides standout bone support."

Continue Reading         ORGANIC SWISS CHARD SEEDS

Plant Food Applications

After we sent out "Do you have Hungry Plants?" we had a lot of questions about nutrient application.

Check out
Nutrients that Give Your Soil a Boost

About Organic, Non-GMO Alfalfa Meal

Each variety of Organic Plant Food includes basic instructions on application.

Plant food can be applied before planting, during transplanting and even monthly during growing season.  "Heavy Feeders" such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Squash and Pumpkins require more nutrients than other veggies.

You might also like to read
Plant Nutrients - Getting Started
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply within a few hours (or less). 
Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Happy Planting,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

REAL FOOD Friday #68 is LIVE!!!

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!

This party will last thru December 30th! 
Please take a moment and follow your co-hosts on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin and/or Pinterest.  We appreciate it!

Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
Tuesdays with a Twist and REAL Food Friday!
Send me an email to

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


Roasted Sweet Vanilla Pecan Butter from Strength and Sunshine

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. Here's a great reference from Food Myths.
 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, bisquik, general mills) then it WILL be deleted.

Time to link up your Real Food posts!  
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Seeds of the Month Club WINNER!

Good morning!  I have just notified the winner of our Seeds of the Month Club GIVEAWAY via email so check your inbox and maybe your spam folder.

In case you didn't win, you can still get your very own Seeds of the Month Club membership from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.

One of the great things about purchasing from Mary's Heirloom Seeds is that we PERSONALIZE each order.  If you want to purchase as a gift we've got you covered!  You can even purchase NOW as a gift (or for yourself) and have the membership start in January or February!  All you have to do is ask!

How does Mary's Seeds of the Month Club Work?

There are 4 options to join the Seeds of the Month Club:

     -The 12 Month SUPER Membership includes 8 seeds packs the first month and 4 seed packs each month for a total of 12 months.
        -The 12 Month Membership includes 4 seeds packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for a total of 12 months.
        -The 6 Month SUPER Membership includes 8 seed packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for a total of 6 months.
    -The 6 Month Membership includes 4 seed packs the first month and 2 seed packs each month for a total of 6 months.

All of our seed varieties are open-pollinated, Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds.  The "SUPER" membership options also includes 4 extra packets of Organic Wildflower seeds with your first month.

Your first 8 or 4 packs of seeds are mailed right away (if your order is place Monday-Thursday).
We ship via the United States Postal Service. The length of delivery time will be based on your location. You can expect your first shipment to arrive within 7 to 10 days.
Then each month you will receive 2 or 4 packs of seeds (depending on membership option)by the last week of the month for your upcoming month.

When checking out: Please let us know the address to send these to, if they are a gift or for yourself, what month you would like your subscription to start. We would be happy to include a note in the first shipment and we always include a card introducing the subscription. 

Seeds of the Month Club membership does not ship internationally.

It's important to mention that although we call this a "membership,"  it does not automatically renew.  There is no need to cancel or worry about being charged for another 6-12 months.  If you WANT to purchase a second time please do so and we will take into account the seeds we have already sent do that you don't get the same seeds.  Like I said....we PERSONALIZE!

Are you ready to get growing?
Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web...Stay tuned for more organic gardening and health related topics.  If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to ask.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Growing GREENS even During Winter

Just because it might be snowing outside doe not mean you can't grow fresh greens.  Try SPROUTS!
This weekend we have a very special offer.  Order Mary's Sprouting Kit and get 6 ounces of Organic Sprouting Seeds! That's 4 FREE ounces!

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In case you're just tuning in, we've been steadily adding to our 2014 Planting Guide.
For your viewing pleasure we've made a special page with all of the growing info in one easy place.
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this weekend and we'll include more FREE SEEDS!
Now until
Monday, Dec 15th ALL orders of Mary's Sprouting Kit will include
6 ounces of organic Seeds!

That's 4 FREE ounces of seeds!

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Sprouted Wheat
Wheat Grass Kits
Fenugreek seeds

If you live in a warmer climate such as Arizona, California, Hawaii and Florida then you might still be growing.  You might even be growing cool weather crops such as Kale, Arugula, Swiss Chard ,
Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli and Cabbage.

If your area is COLD or snowy at the moment then you might try growing SPROUTS in winter!

Do you eat Sprouts?  Do you grow your own sprouts?

SPROUTS grown in a jar do not require dirt or sun, Just Water!!!  It's SO EASY!

I have been growing/eating sprouts for a while.  I sprout "cat grass" which is actually wheat grass, for our 2 cats and they LOVE it.  I sprout Mung Beans, Broccoli and Alfalfa for sandwiches & salads.
Save Money and Sprout Your Own!
Sprouts are nutrient dense and take up almost no space.  If you want fresh GREENS without having to grow a garden, sprouts are the way to go.  
Do you know that a small bag of Mung Beans sprouts (organic) at my local grocery store costs almost $8?
That's ridiculous! 
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Mung Beans

When I sprout 1/3 cup of Mung Beans I usually get about 3 cups (or more) of sprouts after 5-6 days!!!

Most important, by growing your own you are in control of your food.  You can decide when to grow, how much to grow and grow them organically.

Each cup, or 104 g serving, of sprouted raw mung beans provides approx 155 mg potassium.
Mung Bean Sprouts
Each 1-cup serving of raw mung bean sprouts provides 14 mg vitamin C, or nearly one quarter of the daily value for vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin that is essential for proper immune function and wound healing. Another benefit of mung bean sprouts is their 60 mcg folic acid, or 15 percent of the daily value for this B vitamin, which is an especially important nutrient for women who may become pregnant, because it reduces the risk for neural tube birth defects.

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If you are interested in purchasing larger quantities of organic sprouting seeds please send us an email

"Eating broccoli sprouts may be able to protect people from cancer, according to scientists from Johns Hopkins. The Maryland-based researchers found that young broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane in concentrated amounts. Sulforaphane helps the body fight cancer, and may prevent certain cancers from developing. Researchers call this phenomenon chemoprotection. 
Asthma sufferers may benefit from a daily dose of broccoli sprouts, as studies have shown a decrease in inflammation of the airways after eating the vegetable. A study reported in the March 2009 issue of Clinical Immunology reports that sulforaphane, the same compound that can prevent and fight cancer, reduced inflammation associated with asthma and nasal allergies. In addition to broccoli sprouts, sulforaphane is naturally occurring in cauliflower, mature broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage."
Sprout Jar

This one quart sprouting jar is everything you  need to learn the basic aspects of sprouting.   A perfect way to get started.
Grow your own sprouts for a delicious and nutritious meal or snack for just pennies!!!
   Includes SEEDS!

Mary's Sprouting Kits make great gift ideas for all ages.  Sprouting is simple and easy.  Sprouts can be grown in as few as 24 hours and up to 6 days.

These dried green peas have a great germination rate and make delicious, crunchy and mildly sweet sprouts.
A great addition to salads
. Peas can also be used in soups and other recipes.  
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.