Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend with EARTH DAY right around the Corner!

It's time to plant those seeds if you have not already.  Grow your own Organic produce and save a bundle!


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- Marigold 
-Bachelor Button
-Butterfly Garden
-Lupine Arroyo Blue
-Purple Coneflower
 
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Make wonderful homemade salsa fresh from the garden!

 One packet of each.  Includes:
-Mortgage Lifter Tomato
-Jalapeno Pepper
-Anaheim Pepper
-Red Burgundy Onion
-Cilantro

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-Amana's Orange Tomato
-German Giant Radish
-Anaheim Pepper
-Detroit Dark Red Beet
-Jalapeno Pepper
-Tom Thumb Lettuce
-Blue Lake Bush Bean
-Purple-Top Whiteglobe Turnip
-5-Color Silverbeet  
Swiss Chard
-Marketmore Cucumber 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

REAL Food Friday Party 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 posts. Thank you for sharing!

A few HUGE events are coming up...
This Saturday at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in booth #281 I am hosting a FREE seed-planting event for the kids to celebrate Earth Day!
Easter is this Sunday!  EARTH DAY is Tuesday, April 22nd!
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th and we just announced 
"Mother's Day Gift Ideas" @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds
Food Revolution Day is Friday, May 16th!

We're your hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Janine @ My Lamp is Full  
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 

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

FEATURES:

Homemade Yogurt from Simple Life Mom

Food Revolution Day is Coming from Juggling Real Food and Real Life

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.  These are garbage ingredients.  Sorry...Not real food.

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite? Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

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.

Growing Herbs from Seed (part 1)


Mary's Heirloom Seeds Newsletter
Growing Herbs from Seed






EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!
Join us at the
Yellow Green Farmer's Market

BOOTH #281
this Saturday,
April 19th
11am-1
for a FREE seed-planting event for the kids.

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ALL Seed orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped within 24 hours, except for holidays. 
 

How is your garden growing?  I know I've shared links for growing many varieties of veggies but herbs are some of my favorites (especially the easy ones).  Many varieties take up very little room and require minimal attention to flourish.
Growing Anise Hyssop from Seed
Anise hyssop can be started indoors 4-6 weeks prior to the last frost of the spring.  
Transplant outdoors after the final frost of the season, once plants are approx. 3-4 inches tall and show their first true leaves. 
Anise will grow in partial shade as well as full sun.
The plant grows to 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide and reseeds freely.  Anise Hyssop is an excellent addition to your garden as it is bee-friendly and edible.  Attracts bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds

Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Harvest: 60
Growing Basil from Seed
Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.

Basil has few pests, but occasionally pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and Japanese beetles will feast upon it. I use a spray bottle of water or water with neem oil to detach aphids.
Grow in full sun (6 hours or more).
 
Germination: 5-7 days
Days to Harvest: 45-75
 
Growing Borage from Seed
Companion plant for Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, Strawberries and more
 
 
Sow seeds indoors on surface of soil. Can also be directly sown outdoors two weeks after the last spring frost. Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil. Divide every 3-4 years.
Growing Catnip from Seed
Catnip grows as a loosely branching, low perennial. In a flowerbed, you can plant catnip in front of purple coneflower, which blooms about the same time. The plant bears tiny, white blooms that are not very showy. You can also grow it in containers.Set out transplants in the spring after the last frost. Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear.
Germination: 7-10 days
Days to Harvest: 80 
Growing  Dill from Seed
Dill is a very easy herb to grow and can be grown indoors or outdoors. 
 
Dill enjoys full sun, and flourishes in average to fertile soil with good drainage.Sun can damage dill if it has too much of it. However, you will want sun shining on it at least six hours a day.
If you have some moisture in the air this is great. But if you struggle with moisture in the air you will want to mist your dill plant from time to time.
 
 
To plant dill, place seeds over loose soil and cover about a half inch deep. Keep soil moist but not water-logged.
Growing  Lavender from Seed
 Lavender can be grown from seed or from cuttings.  Lavender can be difficult growing from seed but not impossible.

Make sure that you plant lavender in warm weather. It should be in the late spring or Early summer. Lavender needs lots of sunshine. Make sure that it will not be in a great deal of shade."

Soil is very important.  Drainage is important and should include loose compost.   Lavender can be grown both in the ground as well as in containers.  The larger the container, the larger the plant may grow.
Growing  Tarragon from Seed
Sow four or five seeds per pot in moist potting soil.   Cover them with compost or soil to exclude light. Keep them indoors at room temperature.  Planting in Peat Pellets will make transplanting simple and ensure the roots are not disturbed.

When the seedlings begin to show, move them outside, out of direct sunlight. Thin them to one seedling per pot. They are ready for planting in their final position outside when the seedlings are 4 inches high.

 Tarragon can be grown in containers for two or three years with no special care.  They can also be over-wintered indoors if you have a sunny windowsill.

Tarragon prefers well-drained soil which is not too high in nutrients. It will do equally well in full sun or partial shade. 

When Transplanting: dig the soil well before planting and add a handful of bonemeal per square yard at the same time. If the soil is not well-drained dig in as much well-rotted organic material as possible to open up the soil - I use rotted leaves.

Choose a position where they can remain undisturbed for two or three years. You may not think that Tarragon is not a very pretty plant (depending on who you ask), so consider this when choosing a position. Mulching with organic matter in October will help them over winter if your area has particularly harsh winter weather.   
That's all for now but there is more to come!!!
Do you have room for more herbs in the garden?
 
Happy Planting!                   Like us on Facebook
 
Mary
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison 
 "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

REAL FOOD Friday 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 posts. Thank you for sharing!

So sorry I'm Late!  I was teaching another "Grow Your Own" Workshop!

Are you growing your own veggies this year?
We'd like to hear from YOU!  Please feel free to share your organic, non-GMO gardening posts here @ Real Food Friday! 
Today a customer brought me a HUGE bag of organic Collards.  She was so excited about how well they grew with very little pest issues since starting to use Diatomaceous Earth in her organic garden.
I used a pen to show how HUGE these leaves are!
Check out
 Using Diatomaceous Earth for Safe and Organic Pest Control

We're your hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Janine @ My Lamp is Full  
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 

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

FEATURES:

Zucchini Buckwheat Peanut Pancakes from Strength and Sunshine

Mushroom and Kale Flatbread from Health & Home & Heritage

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.  These are garbage ingredients.  Sorry...Not real food.

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite? Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

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.