Thursday, March 4, 2010

Giveaway! Organic and Heirloom Seeds for Spring!

So, yeah.  I did this thing where I overbought seeds.  Already.  Can you imagine!?  There is a wonderful little organic fertilizer company just down the street from our apartment, that finally just switched over to their spring hours- which means that they're open when I'm walking home.  They just so happen to sell heaps of wonderful seeds.  Who am I to resist?


This giveaway is going to be set up a bit differently than the others.  I will be randomly selecting three winners, each of who will get to pick out four types of seeds of their choosing.  I will divide the seeds into individual baggies with detailed planting instructions, to be delivered to each of the winners.  Easy peasy! All of the seed varieties are listed below.  I have chosen varieties that lend well to container gardening, as well as the temperamental summers of the Pacific Northwest.  Most should thrive in other growing conditions as well.

If you're interested in winning yourself or someone else a sweet little mix of organic and heirloom seeds, just in time for spring- all you need to do is comment on this entry- letting me know which four types of seeds you'd prefer.  I will randomly pick three winners next Thursday, March 11th around 5PM Seattle (Pacific Standard) time, and announce them here.  You should be able to comment via your Google account- unregistered users please be sure to include your real name and a means to contact you.  United States and Canada only, please!


Seed List:

Organic Heirloom Genovese Basil from Irish Eyes- easy to grow indoors or out, and most commonly used for pesto.

Heirloom Prairie Coneflower Echinacea from Botanical Interests- potent, and prized for its healing properties.  Yes, this is a flower, rather than a vegetable!

Mixed Combination of Hot Peppers from Irish Eyes- this guy is going to be a bit of a surprise.  The packet contains 5-7 different varieties, that the company changes every year.  We actually had great luck growing hot peppers in Seattle last summer.

Heirloom Siberian Tomato from Seed Savers Exchange- these are a dwarf sprawling variety with early onsets of 2-3" fruits.

Heirloom Combination of Tomatoes from Irish Eyes- this is the same idea as the combo of hot peppers.  A blend of 5 heirloom varieties that changes from year to year. Tomatoes were another winner for us last year.

Heirloom Red Russian Kale from Seed Savers Exchange- beautiful purple-veined blue green leaves that overwinter easily.

Organic Spicy Mesclun Mix from Irish Eyes- another mix!  This one contains: Verte Mar, Sierra and Rouge Grenobloise lettuces, Verte de Cambrai Mache, Arugalu, Red Giant and Kyona Mustard, Tres Fine Endive, and Ruby Swiss Chard.  I can't guarantee which ones you'll end up with!

Udumalapet Eggplant from Seed Savers Exchange- I think these might be my favorite.  Consistent heavy producer of teardrop shaped green and lavender fruits, 2-3" long.


JonClark said...

You are very kind!

I would love the Heirloom Red Russian Kale, Udumalapet Eggplant, Heirloom Combination of Tomatoes, and Heirloom Prairie Coneflower Echinacea!

Thanks Renai!

Ellie said...

hey renai! love your giveaways. i would love basil, tomato and kale to plant with my afterschool program!! ellie

Becca said...

Oh my gosh! This is so exciting.

Okay, I would like: basil, mixed combo of hot peppers, heirloom combo of tomatoes, and kale.

My backyard is going to rule!

Julie said...

Awesome! Man, I hope my luck holds out for another one.
I'd go with...the Kale, Eggplant, Hot Pepper Combo, and...and...Heirloom Combo Tomatoes!

Becky said...

Knowing my wet and shady climate, I'll probably do best with the kale, mesclun mix, echinacea, and the basil. Maybe we'll have a warm spring and sunny summer :)

Carissa said...

Just found your blog, and like it! I checked out your list of foraging and gardening links, and was so excited to see the Wild Food Adventures! I recently moved to Portland and am slowly learning about the edible "weeds" around here... I will totally have to check out some of their classes.

Anyway, I would love to get the kale, echinacea, hot peppers and mesclun mix.

Dawn said...

Yum! Basil, kale, mesclun, and eggplant! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Amy Marie said...

definitely basil, echinacea, heirloom tomatoes, & mesclun. mmmmmm yummy!

smj said...

hello! i discovered your blog via stranger questionland and love hearing about your creative food adventures :) i would looooove some kale, heirloom tomatoes, echinacea and basil. trying to start some container gardening and squeeze some into the dirt part of my yard!

who8mygroove said...


larissa said...

yay for heirloom! mm- eggplant, kale, basil, and echinacea!

Beeswax said...


Heirloom tomato, eggplant, siberian, basil.



Dustin said...

i want basil, hot pepper mix, echinacea, and eggplant

Matthew Eide said...

Hey hey Renai!

My roommates and I are building a HUGE garden in my back yard right now, and I think the Hot Peppers, Combo Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Russian Kale, and Eggplant would be a great kick-off set!

Mike G said...

Cool blog - I'm adding you to my reader. I have a solid 400 square foot garden and am just getting started with some heirloom lemon cucumbers, dragon tongue beans, purple hull cowpeas, and of course the greatest challenge, tomatoes. I don't need any more seeds, just keep writing good gardening stuff?

Stephanie H. said...

Wow, what a great giveaway! I'd love the hot pepper and tomato varieties, plus the eggplant and basil.

KibitzKnitz said...

Found you from, your site is nice; good recipes :^).

I'd take basil, echinacea, kale (which is awesome) and that funky eggplant which I've always wanted to try growing. Have you ever grilled them?

I work for our local community gardening org, so if you ever want to swap seeds, let me know.


Betsy said...

Is this still open? I just found you on the kitchn..Last year I planted tomatoes and peppers, so I would love to continue that this year, with some basil, and maybe the echinacea too? Although all of the combinations sound great!

uhlayna said...

Wow! What an awesome idea! I found your blog from and am enjoying it a lot. I've made it through a few pages and have already made mental notes of dishes to try!

This is my first year planting a 'garden' without having a true garden. I live in a city and will have giant pots out on my fire escape. I would love to try my hand at the Hot Peppers, Basil, Siberian Tomatoes, and the Coneflower Echinacea!! I'm giddy just thinking about it!

Tiffany B said...

I would Love, Love, Love to win the heirloom genovese basil, heirloom combo tomatoes, the mesclun mix and the eggplant...Perfect for a delish salad come summer time!!!

Thank you for the giveaway!!!

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