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October 12, 2016

Happy Fall!

As we announced last week, NEW stock for 2017 is available on our website.  In case you placed an order over that last week or so (especially during the sale), those orders are processed and shipping.  As we stated originally, it took about a week to complete the packaging changes.
*Email notification sent on shipped orders*
And yes, they are fresh 2017 seed stock with our new labeling and packaging.

A few of our customers expressed their concerns about our instruction labels and how they would tear when the package was opened. So we made a few changes.  You ask, and we did it!!!

But that's not all. We've added another batch of new (to us) Heirloom Seed varieties
AND we have a flash sale just for this week!
Details are below.  Enjoy!

Here's the BACK.  The bottom is our old packaging.  The top is the NEW.

You'll have to wait til your seed arrive to see the font!
Your Questions Answered

Recently on our facebook page, we asked the following questions:

-What is your most difficult issue in the garden?
-Do you feel that your soil is lacking "something"?
-What "other" varieties of heirloom seeds are you looking for?

Over the next couple of weeks I will be addressing the responses and sharing them here in our e-newsletters.

If YOU would like to answer these questions via email, please reply to this e-newsletter or send us a separate email to 
SOIL Basics

If you haven't already had a chance to read it, I suggest starting with our article The Importance of Living Soil

It's not enough to just add fertilizer to your dirt and grow food.  A healthy, living soil will produce better, healthier yields.

From our article Mycorrhizae: The Fantastic Fungus
What is Mycorrhizae? Mycorrhizal fungi include many species of fungi, like mushrooms. They all have long filaments that resemble roots, and they grow near plants with which they can share a beneficial relationship. They seek out plants that have tiny bits of food dripping from their roots. They then attach themselves to the plant and extend their filaments into parts of the surrounding soil that the plant can't reach.
A plant would soon exhaust its small area of surrounding soil of nutrients, but with the help of mycorrhizal fungi, plants benefit from nutrients and moisture found further from home. In addition, they produce glomalin, a glycoprotein that helps stabilize the soil.
Not all plants respond to mycorrhizae. Vegetable gardeners will notice that their corn and tomatoes thrive when there are mycorrhizal fungi in the soil, while leafy greens, especially members of the brassicas family, show no response. Spinach and beets also resist mycorrhizal fungi. In soil where these resistant plants grow, the mycorrhizal fungi eventually die out.  CONTINUE READING

From our article Feeding Your Plants-UPDATE

If you're growing a veggie garden or you've ever grown a garden then you probably know that nutrients are very important.  Sun and soil (and SEEDS) are also important. Nutrients play an integral role in plant health.
Plant Nutrients-Getting Started
Most "all-in-one" type of fertilizers have an "NPK" rating.  NPK stands for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium(potash). 

What does each nutrient do? 
In addition to other properties, Nitrogen helps plant foliage to grow strong. Phosphorous helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Potassium (Potash) is important for overall plant health.

Minerals are also VERY important to healthy plant growth.

Calcium is a component of plant cell walls, and it's needed for enzyme formation and nitrate uptake. Oyster Shell is ground up into a powder and used as a natural and organic source of Calcium!  Organic calcium can also be used to help neutralize excessively acidic soils, which is especially important when you're growing green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. CONTINUE READING
*While Supplies Last*    

**$4 OFF regular price** 
 Full of trace Minerals, Carbohydrates and Amino Acids, helping create a strong root systems and makes a very healthy plant

Great as a liquid feed.  Our recipe:
Kelp Tea Recipe for your Garden

**$4 OFF regular price**
**It is important to mention that our Alfalfa Meal is Organic and Non-GMO**  If you are looking to avoid synthetic pesticides and gmo derivatives, Organic and Non-GMO is the way to go.
When added to your compost pile, alfalfa acts as a stimulant. It decomposes rapidly, creating heat which helps the rest of your compost to decompose. And your finished compost will have higher nutrient levels when alfalfa is used. Higher nutrient levels in your compost and soil means more nutrient-dense produce in your garden.  Bonus, Worms LOVE Alfalfa Meal!
Make Your Own Organic Liquid Feed recipe

**Available in 2 and 4 ounce options**
Mix 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water and keep agitated to guarantee even distribution. One gallon of mix will treat 50 one gallon pots. Best to apply twice per year, once in spring and fall 
Benefits Include:  
Reduces Drought Stress
Reduces Watering
Reduces Transplant Shock
Increases Yields
Increases Overall Plant Hardiness
Promotes Rooting
Promotes Nutrient Uptake

Calcium carbonate is used to help prevent the spread of various diseases, such as powdery mildew, black spot, and blossom end rot. Other benefits of calcium include, protection from heat stress, increases metabolic functions in plant cells,  leading to a greater intake of other nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus.  Natural, organic source of calcium is used to correct Ca deficiencies and raise pH in acidic soils.
Growing Tips, Tutorials & Videos   

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 


Happy Planting,