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An Heirloom Seed Giveaway to Help Get your Garden Started

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Giveaway to Get Your Garden Started
An Heirloom Seed Giveaway to Help Get your Garden Started

Garden Update Number 2

I wish that I had another wonderful update on my garden for you. (For my first update check out The Best Way to Stick to Your Goals – A Gardening Update.)  But alas, it is still under a foot of snow.  (Although, much more exciting, I do bring a Baker Creek heirloom seeds giveaway to you.)  After having a TON of snow (for our little island) this winter, it finally melted away and we had a couple of beautiful weeks of sunshine, warmth and gardening.  

Then a cold front moved in and we were once again surrounded by a foot of snow.  So, instead of gardening, I am dreaming of gardening, reviewing my plans, and keeping busy with the housework, schooling and the kids.  

 

Snowy garden area in early 2017, come check out my blog post for a full update on what we are doing in the garden and for my very first giveaway! Baker Creek heirloom seeds giveaway! Come enter today.

We are dreaming big this year with the garden.  

Last year I had a newborn baby and we didn’t plant much (honestly I can’t remember if I even planted ANYTHING!).  I had one square foot garden bed 12 ft. x 4 ft. (48 square feet) that I eventually gave over to the chickens as we expanded their outdoor area.  This year I have a new garden bed that is 35 ft. x 17 ft. for a grand total of 595 square feet!  I am in awe that my new garden is over 10 times bigger than my old garden.

New garden area in early 2017, come check out my blog post for a full update on what we are doing in the garden and for my very first giveaway! Baker Creek heirloom seeds giveaway! Come enter today.

With this drastic increase in area comes a drastic increase in the learning curve as well.  I have always done raised beds with square foot gardening.  Before moving into the country, we lived in the city.   I had to be more resourceful with the smaller yard so square foot gardening made sense.  Now, it’s a whole new ball game and we are going old school! 

But, I’m not going to delve too much into my actual plans (that’s my next gardening update!!).

 Today is all about seeds. 

Every avid gardener looks forward to January because amidst all the after Christmas blues that can take over comes the precious new seed catalogue.  We begin to dream of greens popping up through freshly turned soils.  Maybe even envisioning the beautiful salad that will grace our meals filled with delectable treats grown purely by our love and care.  (Okay, maybe that’s pushing it…)

 In the past I’ve used many starters (and they are still my preference for growing tomatoes).  But, because we plan to go big (or grow big) with our garden, it is more cost effective to use seeds.  And there are so many amazing choices when you start from seed!

With my great expectations and lofty visions, I tried to stick to only foods we know we like and eat while we embrace the learning and elbow grease required to plant and care for our new garden area.  

These are the seeds we picked:

  • beans: tricolor bush beans, Taylor horticultural drying beans, Matilda pole beans and Scarlet runner beans
  • beets: a beet blend including Chioggia, Detroit Supreme, Early Wonder Tall Top and Golden beets
  • cabbage: charmant (this is my first time growing cabbages!)
  • carrots: a rainbow blend of orange, white, purple and red carrots
  • cucumber: tasty green english cukes, patio snackers and heirloom lemon cucumbers
  • edible flowers: nasturtiums
  • herbs: basil, borage, chives, cilantro, dill, rosemary and parsley
  • kale: rainbow lacinato and russian red kale
  • lettuce: red salad bowl
  • melons: sugar baby’s (these are Izzy’s pick!)
  • peas: super sugar and sugar daddy snap peas, little marvel shelling peas & mammoth melting sugar snow peas
  • pumpkins: jack of all trades
  • radishes: easter egg blend of white, red and purple radishes
  • spinach: olympia and monstrueux de viroflay (also an heirloom variety)
  • squash: victory butternut
  • summer squash: black beauty (green) and goldrush (yelllow) zucchini & sunburst scallopini

I envision my garden overflowing with leaves, vines and an abundant harvest of color.  And I want is the same for you!!!  So, to help you on your journey, my wonderful friends from the Happy at Home Bloggers Network, and I are hosting a giveaway!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Giveaway

One lucky person is going to be the winner of 10 assorted packets of Baker Creek Heirloom… Click To Tweet

If you aren’t familiar with them, Baker Creek is a family run business.  They now carry over 2,000 varieties of heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables.  They provide seeds for school gardens and other educational projects as well as supplying free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries.   For more information on the company or to browse through their awesome catalogue you can find them at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Make sure to let all your gardening friends know.  Here’s a pin to share with them!

The Happy At Home Bloggerd Network is proud to present its first giveaway! Check out my blog post for entry details and come enter to win our Baker creek heirloom seeds giveaway.

 

A Baker Creek Seeds Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with several bloggers to bring you this giveaway from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We’re all writing about gardening today, so I encourage you to visit each of their blogs for more gardening fun. We might as well feed that spring fever, right? I know we’re all ready for good weather so we can get our hands dirty once again.

Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead
Michelle at Mid-Life Blogger

Michelle at Souly Rested

Kacey at Rustic Ranch Wife

The Inquisitive Farmwife

Crystal at Homemade Happiness

Nadine at Making Her Mama

We’re giving away ten packets of heirloom seeds valued at $49, courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! This giveaway will begin on Monday, Feb 20 at 1:00 am Central Time and end on Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:59 pm Central Time. Open to US and Canada residents age 18 and over. Please note that seed varieties will vary from the photo.

Enter below by signing in with your email address and following the directions for each entry. We’ve given you a free entry to start. After completing an entry’s requirement, use your browser’s back button to return to this page and move on to the next entry.

One winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools after the giveaway ends, and we’ll notify the winner with an email sent to the address they used to enter. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If winner fails to respond, another winner will be chosen. We’ll send the winner’s mailing address to Baker Creek Seeds and they will ship the prize package directly.

 

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  • Michelle says:

    My garden is buried under a foot of snow as well, Nadine, so my family is busy taping dozens of maple trees and making syrup, maple cream, and maple sugar. That should keep us busy for a little while. πŸ™‚ And our seeds are planted in cups in our sunniest room and doing well… can’t wait until May though!

  • I look forward to seeing how you like some of those varieties. I’ve chosen a few new ones to try, too, and will hopefully be able to write about them later in the year.

  • Kathi says:

    Spring seems to be early here this year, but they are predicting a freeze next week so I’m impatiently waiting to plan my cold weather crops. Love the varieties you’ve chosen!

  • Wow that snow was crazy. Your garden is a lovely size, very jealous!
    #kcacols

  • oh my goodness look at all that snow! I have massive snow envy. it hasn’t snowed here in the uk where I live for over four years now. I cant wait to plant some seeds with my boy this year! #KCACOLS

  • Diana Villa says:

    I love having a beautiful garden and more for my little girl that loves flowers so much! ^_^

  • so ready to start gardening but old man winter says not just yet

  • I am beyond excited for spring! I am going to go crazy with flowers of all kinds and and lots of bird feeders! Our Daffodils have already started blooming, but I am not ready to start planting anything else outside just yet. I would love to have a vegetable garden. Last year my neighbor gave me some of his tomatoes! I would love to have my own. I entered the giveaway!

    • Nadine says:

      I LOVE a garden full of birds!! We keep scamming on our neighbours birds. They get the most gorgeous golden finches in their yard!!! Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for coming by πŸ™‚

  • Neha Verma says:

    So many seeds..I can already imagine the next set of greens ready for harvest! I am very bad at gardening but I want to try my hands on growing some vegetables and plants successfully, do you have any tips for beginners like me?

    • Nadine says:

      Hi Neha! Thanks for stopping by. My gardening wisdom is this: start small with what you like to eat, follow the instructions on the seed packets and neglect! LOL 1/2 kidding. My garden has done best when i forget about it, but heres why….constant watering creates shalllow/weaker root systems. Infrequent (2-3 times a week) deep watering encourages deeper root systems. Also sunlight. Find your sunny spots. Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes.

  • A friend of mine who always builds and works on an amazing garden once told me that the snow is very good for what will happen to the soil during harvest. If it is under snow you will have a great bounty; so that’s good.

  • Wow, what a great collection. Grandma does most of the planting for us as it gets trampled on in our garden unless we can make it in pots! Thanks so much for linking it to #kcacols and hope to see you there again this Sunday.

  • Michelle says:

    I would love to start a garden. I will have to start following your blog

    • Nadine says:

      Hey Michelle πŸ™‚ Thanks for your lovely words I hope you do follow along on our gardening journey and that you start one of your own.

  • This is such a great giveaway. I have some family and friends who grow their own gardens. I’ve always wanted to give it a try but I don’t think I’d be very good at it.

    • Nadine says:

      We were so excited when we learned they wanted to donate some of their awesome seeds!!!! You’d probably be better than you think πŸ™‚ The people who have the hardest time are the ones who are over eager and over excited and play with the soil and water too much. Excitement that wains and follows borderline neglect often produces an amazing result in the vegetable patch πŸ™‚

  • Emmmmerz says:

    Awe; sad I missed the giveway deadline! Although I live in a very cold area with a short growing season, I really want to get into gardening since we finally own our own home!
    I need to figure out where, when, how, and then finally what as far as my stuff goes though, lol.

    • Nadine says:

      OH no! I’m sad you missed it oo. It won’t be a gardening one, but there is a giveaway coming up again towards the end of March! Make sure you check back in πŸ™‚

  • Bread says:

    We just started our gardening – been waiting all week for it to be dry enough to dig out and compost the pea patch! #kcacols

    • Nadine says:

      Oh so exciting!! Gardening is so awesome πŸ™‚ We’re lucky that we don’t have to wait to long, between intermittent snow piles.

  • Wow, this is such a great giveaway. I have some family and friends who grow their own gardens and I’ve always wanted to give it a try. Now that my little girl is old enough to understand with the whole don’t eat the worms and flower thing we can enjoy growing our own gardens. #KCACOLS

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I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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