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Heirloom varieties, disease-resistant tomatoes,
catnip and tulsi herbs, and more!
Summer transplants for your summer garden
It's not too late to reserve M R Gardens plants for your summer garden. The following varieties are currently available:
Disease Resistant Slicers: Defiant, Iron Lady, Mountain Merit
Heirloom and Disease Resistant Slicer: West Virginia 63
Other Slicers: New Girl
Paste/Sauce: Roma (Open-Pollinated)
Heirloom Paste/Sauce: Amish Paste, Yellow Roma
Disease Resistant Paste/Sauce: Plum Regal
Cherry: Sweet
Disease Resistant Cherry: Matt's Wild (Open-Pollinated)
Ground Cherry: Cossack Pineapple (Open-Pollinated), Aunt Molly
Hot Pepper: Conchos (Open-Pollinated), Early Jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax Chile
Heirloom Sweet Peppers: Sweet Big Red, Corno Di Taro
Sweet Pepper: Golden Summer, Olympus
Eggplant: Long Purple, Rosa Bianca (both varieties Open-Pollinated)
Culinary, Medicinal, Beneficial, Attractive for Borders: Bronze Fennel, Florence Fennel
Email me at or call 828.333.4151 with the name of the varieties and number of plants you'd like, and I'll put the plants aside for you.
Or find me at:
M R Garden's Plant Wagon, Onteora Blvd. in Oakley: 10:00-2:00p.m. Saturdays May 3 through May 24 or as long as I have plants available.
Oakley Farmer's Market, 607 Fairview Road: 3:30-6:30p.m. Thursdays May 8, 15, 22
Pick up by Mother's Day
Thanks to those who participated in Pre-Season Prep. Your plants are almost ready and I'll be getting in touch with you very soon to schedule a pick-up date before Mother's Day (May 11). I typically like to plant my tomatoes once the Weather Channel is no longer predicting lows in the 40's in its 10-day forecast. As of right now, that could be as soon as Monday (May 5).
I'm so pleased at the high return rate of Pre-Season requests year after year, and I'm also glad that a handful of new participants are willing to give this service a try each season. Your involvement is crucial to the success of the nursery. It helps me a great deal to know which plants you need before I seed them, and I hope it encourages you to do pre-season planning, which should add some ease to your life come planting time. You've helped a local business build a solid foundation since 2011, setting up M R Gardens for returns in the long-term, which subsequently means gains for our community, our landscapes and our health.
Yet more benefits to heirlooms
I heard something interesting at the Mother Earth News Fair at the WNC Agricultural Center in mid-April. According to workshop speaker Jere Gettle, founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, lab tests have shown that dark-colored and yellow tomatoes, have more nutritional value than the typical store-bought tomatoes. He says that these heirlooms have the ability to take up a greater quantity nutrients from the soil. Gettle has collected ancient heirloom seeds preserved in indigenous communities in the far corners of the world. Since these varieties have evolved with the ecosystem over time, they have superior pest resistance.
We typically don't associate pest and disease resistance with heirlooms, but in fact they do exist as the original seed collectors selected the plants that did the best despite any challenges. In fact, I'm growing an heirloom variety that West Virginia University Professor Emeritus Mannon Gallegly, now in his 90's, saved year after year due to its good blight resistance: West Virginia 63. I still have a few of these plants left if you'd like to try them.
Read more about the differences between heirlooms, open-pollinated varieties and hybrids, which each have their benefits, on my website.
Why I garden: My growing list
I've been adding to this list of the ways gardening has added to my life since I started my blog in 2011, and new entries still easily pop in my head. Like this one:
My diet becomes more and more diverse as I try unique and lesser-known edibles.
When I worked at a Community Supported Agriculture farm for the first time in 2003, I had barely even heard of some of the vegetables we were growing, such as kale, pac choi, celeriac and parsnips. Since then, they have become staples in my diet. I continue to try growing several vegetables new to my pallet each year. This growing season, I'm adding sorrel, radicchio, and ground cherries to my garden, as well as an oldie but goodie: Brussels sprouts.
I've also planted several trees that will further diversify my diet in years to come: aronia (flower pictured above), serviceberry, elderberry, goumi, paw paw, American plum and persimmons. Most of these edibles also have medicinal qualities as well! Nutritionists are continually talking about the benefits of a diverse diet full of vegetables and fruits of all sorts of colors. As my landscape's health improves, so does my own.
Contact Megan at 
M R Gardens
M R Gardens is in the outskirts of Oakley in Asheville, NC
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About the grower
Click here to read about my interesting background in horticulture, sustainable agriculture and experiential education. 
M R Gardens business values
Sustainable Systems
Garden coach
Some activities require someone by your side to really grasp them, and gardening is one. When you are shown how to set up a bed, plant the crops and harvest them, you are much more likely to remember how later. It's also important that you set up a system that fits your lifestyle, schedule, goals, personality and work style, so that you stick with the activity over time. In addition to working with you a few days your first season, I can provide you a garden plan specifically for you, as well as spreadsheets, timelines and growing tips to make your life in the garden manageable. Read more here.
Edible landscape
I serve individuals, families and business owners who want to improve their properties and the well-being of their customers with edible gardens. Using primarily edible and native plants, I tailor designs to the client's unique needs, with the goal of creating an aesthetically pleasing, therapeutic and useful area that raises quality of life and property value. I incorporate themes of traditional design (such as texture, levels, line, unity, balance, simplicity, color, and ease of maintenance) with the principles of permaculture design (such as microclimates, useful vegetation, and the smart use of the sun's and the gardener's energy). I aim to create a vision, alongside the property owner, that is both extraordinary and practical, so the landscape can realistically be implemented and maintained. Read more here
Work trade for
plants, produce or
Gain new skills, try out something new, learn about my unique approach to gardening, or just enjoy the physical activity in the outdoors. As we work together, tidbits of information seep into conversation that you otherwise might not think to ask me. In return for your work, you can choose between seedlings, produce, or a tutorial on something in particular you want to learn about. Read more about all the opportunities at M R Gardens this year.
Peppers at M R Gardens
Hungarian Hot
Golden Summer
Corno di Taro
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