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. Every year I have amazing opportunities
to volunteer and donate to local elementary schools and youth groups.
It's life-changing to see the looks on the children's faces as I
explained how a seed grows. Each child plants a seed and I am confident
that it was a memorable experience for everyone, especially for me.
Heirloom Seeds is a "mom and pop" small business created out of a
desire to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient. Our
customers know that we are a simple phone call or email away. Most
importantly, we are happy to share growing advice freely. We include
free seed packs with most orders. Education is Key to a successful
organic garden. Many of our customers are first time, backyard
gardeners and it gives us great satisfaction to help them grow
successfully. Year after year, customers come back to Mary's Heirloom
Seeds for their organic gardening needs because of our High Germination
rates and superior customer service. Heirloom Seeds and growing organic
isn't just our business, it's our passion
To Celebrate, we're offering another HUGE Seed Sale!!!
We've just added Organic California Poppy at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Adding poppies to the garden adds color, food for bees and can help deter pests!
From Mary's Heirloom Seeds, This
brilliant orange wildflower is California's state flower, but it will
grow in a variety of regions. Satiny petals grow on multi-branched,
slender 8"-24" stems. Finely dissected leaves are blue-green. Blooms
close at night or on overcast days. Grows with little maintenance and
re-seeds heavily. Flowers: Deer resistant. Blooms spring to late summer Attracts: Attracts bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects Soil: Prefers slightly acidic, well drained soil Native: California USDA Zone: 3-9 Plant In: Fall or Spring Planting Depth: 1/16" Days to Germinate: 15-30 Days Height At Maturity: 8"-24" Sun/Shade Requirements: Full Sun Water Needs: Light Water
Why Plant Poppies? For the BEES! Flowers are an excellent additional to any garden as they attract pollinators. Growing organic flowers will help save the bees and butterflies. Attracting pollinators to your garden can increase crop yields.
To deter Rabbits, The Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture suggests planting poppies, geranium, iris, narcissus, yucca or meadow sage.
New growth begins in the fall when temperatures are cool and getting
colder; new shoots sprout from the sleeping roots. Foliage unfurls until
it forms a mound. This mound of green will stay there through the
winter. It won’t grow much, but it won’t die, either.
In spring, the growth begins again and the clump sends up long stems
of bright flowers. By July and August, the heat is too much for the
delicate foliage. Oriental poppies are supposed to go dormant in
midsummer. In fall, when the weather cools, they come back stronger than
before. The clumps will become larger each year, but will never be
invasive. So, based on their growth habits, spring and fall answers the
question of when is the best time to plant oriental poppies and the rule
of green-thumb is spring where the winters are cold and fall where the
winters are warm.
Seeds should be sown in spring, or for hardier annual varieties such as
those included in the California poppy family, early to mid fall. These,
providing that they are kept sheltered and frost free throughout the
winter, will mature earlier than their spring sown counterparts,
ensuring an early bout of flowering. After approximately 14 to 28 days
depending on the variety, poppy flower seeds will start to germinate,
sending up tiny spindling green shoots. At this time, when seedlings are
large enough to nip with fingertips, it is important to ensure that
numbers of thinned out to ensure that a few strong, healthy plants
develop instead of large numbers of weedy plants which will ultimately
not flower well.
Pests and Diseases Poppies are seldom bothered by pests or diseases.
Their resistance to pests or diseases is advantageous because they often react
adversely to sprays. The best solution is prevention. Space plants so they have
good air circulation. Do not over water. Plant them in soil with good drainage. Aphids may attack young plants in bud. Wash them
off with a hard spray of water from the garden hose or, in severe cases, use an
insecticidal soap spray.
Four-legged creatures such as ground hogs may
find the plants tasty. The only protection against them is a humane trap that
allows you to capture and transport the animals elsewhere.
Downy mildew, a fungus, can be a problem for
young plants. Its symptoms include yellow blotches on the upper sides of leaves
with a gray mold on the undersides. Because of their sensitivity to sprays,
chemical or otherwise, your best cure is prevention, as noted above.
From Health Guide Info,
Benefits of California Poppy
was a poppy field that Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz fell asleep in
while crossing to reach Emerald City. Although California poppy does not
act that strongly, it can be helpful in mild cases of sleeplessness
without causing morning grogginess.
combined with magnesium salts and hawthorn, California poppy can help
treat mild to moderate anxiety without the side effects of many
California poppy was commonly used to treat tooth pain by applying the juice from the roots on the affected area.
- See more at: http://www.healthguideinfo.com/herbal-medicine/p59825/#sthash.p7vaIQxr.dpuf
It was a
poppy field that Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz fell asleep in while crossing to
reach Emerald City. Although California poppy does not act that strongly, it
can be helpful in mild cases of sleeplessness without causing morning
combined with magnesium salts and hawthorn, California poppy can help treat
mild to moderate anxiety without the side effects of many medications.
poppy was commonly used to treat tooth pain by applying the juice from the
roots on the affected area.
benefits of California poppy...
poppy has also been used to treat colic, bedwetting, headaches, muscular pain,
high fever, persistent spasmodic cough, ADHD, and memory and concentration
problems in the elderly. It is used externally to treat cuts and scrapes and to
eliminate head lice.