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Monday, February 14, 2011

Seed Giveaway for St. Valentine's Day

On this St. Valentine's Day, when all our thoughts turn to love, I'm excited to pass along my love of gardening and seed sowing by teaming up with Nature's Crossroads, Earth-Friendly Seeds for Midwest Gardeners, to give away six packets of seeds to one reader, chosen by random drawing.

After all, there is no better way to share one's love of gardening than to give someone a little plant or a packet of seeds so they can start their own garden.

You may be moved by this holiday of love to select seeds for...

Love-lies-bleeding, whose red strings of flowers will attract butterflies,

Hearts of Gold melons, an old classic of the garden,

Indiana Red tomato, an ox-heart shaped tomato,

Dwarf Jewel nasturtiums, a real gem of an edible flower,

Or any number of other vegetable and flower seeds.

It's easy to enter to win six packets of seeds from Nature's Crossroads, your choice! Just leave a comment about what you'd love to grow from seed.

That's it! Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:00 pm,  and please make sure your comment includes your email address or leads me to it. Open to U.S. Residents over the age of 18.

Thank you to Nature's Crossroads for providing the seeds for this giveaway.

Feb. 18 -- And the winner is random comment number 27 -- "T from Coldwater"! Congrats, T, and watch for an email on how to get your free seeds and thank you to everyone who entered.

71 comments:

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

You are so generous sharing your seeds on this Valentine Day. Hope you have a lovely day with your love ones.

fairegarden said...

What a great tomato, so full of love! Happy Valentine's Day, Carol!
Frances

Kathy said...

That is a great tomato picture. I love to grow short-season, cold-tolerant (meaning they can take rather cool nights) varieties, any vegetable. A lot of vegetables, like tomatoes, don't like it when it gets below 50F at night in the summer.

karen kennedy said...

I Heart your picture:)

I don't get to grow a lot of veggies from seed since I don't have the best sun conditions for them but I do grow the vine, Spanish Flag which I just love and the hummingbirds love even more.

Diana said...

What an amazing tomato! Every summer, I can't wait to come to Indiana and eat my MIL's fabulous tomatoes. But the seed I really want to grow is the name your own rose seed given to me by my best friend of Christmas. I'm so afraid of failing with it. But there isn't a veggie I wouldn't grow from see - I just love to see those first little leaves emerge!

Dee said...

I would love to grow all the flowers that attract hummingbirds. O and a place for the garden fairies to rest. And all the basil I can find Dee dfal182@yahoo.com

slb3334 said...

sweet corn.

slb3334@gmail.com

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence said...

A heart tomato, you gotta love that!

I would like: Love-lies-bleeding, whose red strings of flowers will attract butterflies. I would wear them a dreadlocks just for kicks.

Hearts of Gold melons, an old classic of the garden and serve to my kids who have an insatiable appetite for any sweet fruit.

Indiana Red tomato, an ox-heart shaped tomato b/c it is a heart, after all.

And the dwarf Jewel nasturtiums, a real gem of an edible flower, b/c my food needs some spicing up.!

H.

vrtish55 said...

From seeds, I love to grow petunias and rose moss, because they never fail. Also love to grow yellow crook neck squash. vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

Gail said...

Happy tomato heart day to you Carol.

Donna said...

I am growing lettuces and herbs indoors from seed but my favorite is flowers...zinnia, cosmos,marigold, larkspur and I have grown my meadow from seed...veggies except for tomatoes and peppers I grow from seed...our growing season is short and it is hard to even start them indoors though I may give it another go...this yrs big one is trying hatch green chilis from seed soon...grown in NM they have a long growing season...

T said...

I've always wanted to grow tomatoes from seed! My email is on my profile.

rambleonrose said...

I would love to grow a variety of chili peppers from seed. I'm intimidated by growing peppers because I don't have good grow lights for seedlings, but as a chili pepper snob I would really like to grow new and rare peppers with which to burn my mouth.

Stacy said...

We are hoping to grow our garden from seed again this year! Onions, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash!

getgrounded said...

I'd love to grow some annual flowers so I could have a mass of them like I always see in catalogs and never buy for myself because I spend all my money on mulch and compost!

Jenna Gayle said...

That's a wonderful list of plants! My husband loves nasturtiums! I just ordered my seeds a few minutes ago and had a last minutes addition... Seminole Pumkins! I'm doing a Three Sisters Garden, too, and saw them one Southern Exposure Seed Exchange's website. After reading a bit about them, how could one not want to try to grow these from seed?!?

Amber said...

I would love to grow a fig tree, butternut squash, carrots, beets and potatoes!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

ValentineGarden said...

I love watching for my nasturtiums to appear. They have such great foliage with bright spots of color. My favorites are bright pumpkin.

mverno said...

herbs mverno@roadrunner.com

Summer said...

There are so many things that I would love to grown. I would like an herb garden, flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies and also a veggie garden.

summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

Commonweeder said...

What a generous Valentine gift from you and Nature's Crossroads. I grow many things from seeds, greens, lettuces, squash, nasturtiums. Many things.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Great tomato portrait, very festive. I like to grow direct sow annuals and lettuce from seed.

Ramona said...

I love your heart-shaped tomato, Carol! I also love to share my love of gardening to anyone who will listen. Happy Valentine's Day!

Earth Girl said...

Being a Hoosier, I just have to try that Indiana Red tomato! Email at theearthgirl at frontier dot com

Patsy Bell Hobson said...

One can never have too many seeds.

Amber Kalb said...

I would love to win the heart of gold melons for the love of my life who loves melons :) Thanks for offering this contest,have a blessed day. Kalbs5402@sbcglobal.net

T said...

Hi Carol,
I keep most of my veggie growing to the community garden where I volunteer. We donated 4500 lbs of organic veggies to our Coldwater area food pantry last summer. But I can't resist snap peas at home. Thanks for the opportunity for free seeds. Happy Valentines Day.
T from Coldwater.

Mahes said...

I would like to grow Sun flowers, black eyed susans, purple coneflowers and veggies.
sona.s2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heather M said...

Hearts of gold Melon and the Straight 8 Cucumber, and Black Beauty Eggplant! And more of course!!

hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

NCbeesnest said...

Love the idea of giving seeds for Valentines Day. You may have started something.

allenaim photography and design said...

would love to finally succeed in growing popppies from seed...

mensa63 said...

I was 7 when my Dad went off to fight in WWII and my Mom, Grandma and aunt planted our first Victory Garden. It served us well during the shortages that were to come. After the war my Dad continued the garden and expanded to a community garden plot which we sued for many years harvesting fruits and vegetables whose flavor you could never get in a store. Now I live in an apartment and still garden in tubs on my back patio. Last year I grew my first abundant crops of upside down tomatoes in planters hung from the porch roof. The ripe ones were lucious and the fried green tomatoes were also. Besides that I grow spring onions and cukes some of which I pickle and bell peppers which I love. Everyone thinks I am wasting time with my make it work gardening until they taste the veggies then they change their minds. I would like to try some asparagus to see it it would grow in a large tub and my neighbor just finished making me two large mushroom tables in my damp basement and I am waiting arrival of the sterile growth medium and the spores. I would like to try any kind of seeds even house plants. I give house plants that I have raised for gifts at Christmas and for birthdays. There is nothing like a mature healthy plant in a nice pot as a gift or at least my family and friends seem to like them.

lifeshighway said...

adorable tomato picture. Good luck everyone on the giveaway!

garden girl said...

Very cool Carol! I just discovered Nature's Crossroads recently, after learning they are sponsoring One Seed Chicago this year. I've already ordered and received several packets of their wonderful, organic heirloom veggie seeds - can't wait to try them. I'm so glad to have a discovered an (almost) local supplier of organic, heirloom seeds!

I've already started some strawberries and peppers from seed in the basement, and will be starting alot more stuff in another month or so, plus direct-sowing more in the garden starting in April.

For gardeners that enjoy starting plants from seeds, the old saying that one can never be too rich or too thin can easily be changed to One can never have too many seeds!

pmry said...

I'm kind of new to seed-starting. My first attempt was Melrose peppers, using seeds I saved from a plant I received from the Chicago Botanical Garden. It was such fun and I loved harvesting all my "babies." Now I want to "graduate" to using a heat mat to help my seedlings along. Thanks for the great info on this blog!

babytrees said...

I would love to have cantaloupe

theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

Timshaun said...

We love growing tomatoes from seeds, but I would love to grow flowers that would attract butterflies.
Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

Kari said...

We grow all our veggies from seed, but only a couple annuals, as there isn't enough room under the grow lamp for much more than the veg. Someday I will get one those fancy multi-tiered plant stands and will get to start all kinds of beautiful annuals...

Sarah said...

I would like to grow some morning glories from seed. Used to do that as a kid and I miss them.

Bumble Lush said...

What a great giveaway! In my own garden, I love growing veggies from seed, but I am torn between picking tomatoes (my favorite) and something that will attract butterflies. Hmmm...

And thanks for introducing me to a new seed company. I've come across several articles lately about safe seeds and earth-friendly seeds, and this is another link that I'll be researching.

bumblelush@yahoo.com

Peace Love and Pets said...

I will plant all the usual "salad" items like Tomato, Lettuce, Cucumber, (that tomato is now on my list, that looks amazing) this year I really want to try my luck with some fruits too, like Melons

sksweeps said...

Thank you! I'm growing Roma Tomatoes, cucumbers, orange and red bell peppers and zucchini from seed this summer!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I would love to grow herbs from seed. Thanks!

dwellenstein at cox dot net

Rich Rennicks said...

Having an abundance of purple coneflowers, I'd love to grow a few of the rarer varieties from seed. I've seen yellow and white, but maybe there are more out there.

My main success each year is growing tomatoes from seed. I have no luck with sunflowers, for some reason, but my eldest daughter has great sunflower karma, so I get her to plant mine for me.

Kylie said...

I love growing carrots from seed, they are just so bright and cheerful popping out of the ground. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Chisum Crew said...

Tomatoes are our fave. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Garden Lily said...

I'm most charmed by their "lemon cucumber" and the oddly coloured and shaped tomatoes.

calvad said...

I love to grow green beans and zucchini from seed! calvad at aol dot com

Leticia said...

I would love to grow vanilla beans (though this might be more from an ordered plant then from a seed).
tishstryker at gmail dot com

Elaine said...

What a great giveaway. I would absolutely love to grow that Indiana Red Tomato from seed!

Anonymous said...

I would like to grow tomatoes.
shawnac68@hotmail.com

candy said...

This will be my first year in several years that I will be able to plant a garden and I would love to be able to plant your Indiana red tamatoes as well as some cucumbers and melons wilcarvic@gmail
[at]gmail[dot[com]]

Amy - Get Busy Gardening said...

I grow all of my vegetables and annuals from seed every year. I use the winter sowing method for most of my seeds. I have spring fever bad and can't wait for the seeds to start sprouting!! :-)

I am also hosting a seed giveaway on my blog if anyone is interested in signing up for that too.

Amy

dancingn27 said...

Most of my herbs

Nancy at fancywithnancy.com

shiloh said...

I get excited when the weeds begin to grow, indicative of all the other beauties that will come for soon. I like tomatoes and yellow squash.

spiersrp at gmail dot com

Darla said...

I love trying all types of plants and veggies from seed.

Gardening in Texas said...

I have never heard of love lies bleeding but would love to try it!

pmj said...

Bleeding hearts and zinnias-love them both!pjames330 at aol dot com

kathy pease said...

i love flowers any perennials like purple cone flower and black eyed susans and id love to try my hand at tomatoes this year i havent for quite awhile

susansmoaks said...

i would love to grow tomatoes
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Chrystal said...

I would love to grow cucumbers from seed.

chrystaljns (at) gmail (dotcom)

katybug said...

I would like to try growing some herbs - maybe chives or fennel. Thanks!

barb hunt said...

Thanks for the great contest!
bahjeep@aol.com

Jenna Z said...

Yum, I'd love to grow some Delicata Squash!!

carolpie said...

A watermelon that is really sweet! So good!
I would love to give this to my wonderful SIL whose birthday is this month-he loves gardening!
Thank you, Carol!


spencer1953 at gmail dot com-carol.

purango said...

I would love to grow tomatoes from seeds. garrettsambo@aol.com

Gianna said...

Melrose peppers, mmm mmm!

Karen said...

I would like to grow some sugar peas and beets.

Diane52 said...

Wow-I would love to attempt o grow tomatos or any plants from seed, thanks for sharing
diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

T said...

Thank YOU and Nature Crossroads. I choose my seeds today. 2 for me 4 for the community garden.
Theresa

SolDucky said...

Gorgeous tomato!

We're doing our first non-container garden this year, and I'm excited to grow our own tomatoes and zucchini.