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Vegetable Seed and Corona Tools Giveaway 2015!

Please note this giveaway is closed. Follow this link to learn who won the prize.

The Quickest Way to Enter

The quickest way to enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post that shares an entertaining gardening experience.
  • Send an email that includes a mailing address and the email address you used on the comment form. Click this link to send the email.

Read the rest of the post for instructions on how to increase your chances of winning the tools and receiving free seeds.

This giveaway ends on Friday, February 15 at midnight.

2015 Seed giveaway

This year’s seed giveaway once again features the chili-pepper-shaped paste tomatoes descended from two fruits given to me by an area farmer some seven years ago. These have very little liquid and they taste great raw or cooked.

Winter break is OVER! From Thanksgiving until last weekend it seems I made at least two road trips a week. We had kids returning from college, kids heading off to other countries, kids returning to college, and kids coming back to school in Lewisburg. I also visited my Dad in Ithaca along the way, and participated in a few trade shows. I hope your holidays were as fulfilling!

And now for the annual seed giveaway – with a chance to win two excellent pruners from Corona Tools!

My Food in Your Garden

I love to share things that grow in my garden. To that end, I’ll package and mail seeds to as many people as I can – until I run out from last year’s harvest. I’ll write about the seed varieties in the box titled, A Seed Set Package. Happily, this year I’m also giving away two pruners from Corona Tools. Corona generously gave me these pruners and It’s great to be able to pass them along to one of my readers.

Corona Tools pruners

Corona Tools is very generous and engaged with the online gardening community. They provided me with several sets of pruners, and I’m happy to be able to pass some along to readers of Your Small Kitchen Garden. I use both styles – always slipping one into a pocket when I head out to the garden – and would recommend them even without the generous gift from Corona.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

How to Enter the Small Kitchen Garden 2015 Seed and Tool Giveaway

There will be multiple winners of the seed giveaway but only one winner of the Corona Tools pruners. Each winner of seeds will receive a set of seeds as explained in the box titled A Seed Set Package. Between January 22, 2015, and February 15, 2015, I’ll build a mailing list of people who request seeds. After February 15, 2015, I’ll mail seed sets to each qualified entry according to the list order until I run out of seed sets. Entrants influence the list order by participating according to instructions under the title, The Rules below.

The Corona Tools prize will go to the person whose comment most entertains the judges – the judges being Daniel and his wife. Note: Stories about failed or damaged crops risk being seen as sad rather than entertaining. Just sayin’.

Completing steps 3 and 4 are critical for entering the giveaway!

Neck Pumpkins included in the 2015 Seed giveaway

Neck pumpkins are popular in central Pennsylvania. These are essentially giant butternut squashes though with a slightly milder flavor. The one in front weighs about 18 lbs and is a descendent of a squash that weighed 20 lbs. The giveaway includes five seeds from this family line of squashes.

The Rules

1. This giveaway ends on Friday, February 15 at midnight. As of February 16, no new entries or mailing list “bumps” are valid.

2. To enter the giveaway, complete items 3 and 4. That’s all it takes; you can stop there if you don’t want to read the rest of the rules (though all the rules apply whether or not you read them).

3. Secure a spot on the seed mailing list and enter to win the Corona tools by leaving a comment on this blog post (use the comment form below). Share an amusing gardening experience in the comment – the more amusing the comment, the better your chances of winning the tools (note that stories of crop failures and other gardening losses may sadden the judges rather than amuse them). The Corona Tools pruners will go to whatever garden story most amuses the judges (Daniel and his wife Stacy). ALSO COMPLETE STEP 4!

4. Send an email with a mailing address AND the email address you used on the comment form (so I know which is you). That’s all you need to do for a chance to get seeds and to win the tools! Click here to send email.

If you’ll be “bumping” (explained below) your free seeds entry, include your twitter handle and/or facebook name in the email so I can spot your bumps. If you decide to post on your blog (see below), include a link to your blog so I can have a look.

There is one prize of Corona Tools pruners. Submitting a comment and emailing your address enters you to win the tools; no further activity affects your chances of winning that prize. Read on if you want to improve your chances to receive a seed set.

2015 Sweet Pepper seed giveaway roulette

Sweet pepper roulette! I grew terrific orange bell and sweet Italian peppers in 2014 (the photo shows that even the bugs liked my peppers). I saved seeds, but the labels got mixed up so the only way you’ll know what type of peppers they came from is to grow some to maturity. Fun, yes?

Doing steps #3 and #4 gets you onto the end of the mailing list for seeds. With no further rules, I’d deliver first-come-first-served until I’m out of seed sets. That’d be too easy. Here are ways to improve your odds of getting a seed set (again, doing any of these things in no way affects your chances of winning the Corona Tools pruners):

5. Tweet a link to this giveaway (on Twitter) that includes the hash tag #skgseeds15.

6. Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook and include the hash tag #skgseeds15.

7. Post a link to this giveaway on Google+ and include the hash tag #skgseeds15.

A single daily post on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ moves you up one space on the mailing list. So, posting on all three services in a day moves you up three slots; you cannot move up more than three slots in a day except for a one-time bump explained in item 8:

8. On Pinterest, Pin the photo of the tomato from the top of this post that includes the 2015 Seed Giveaway title. Include the #skgseeds15 hash tag in the pin’s description and you’ll move up 2 slots on the mailing list. THIS IS A ONE-TIME BUMP. While I’d love for you to pin the photo on multiple boards, I’ll count only a single pinning within the giveaway period toward your position on the mailing list.

2015 heirloom tomato seed giveaway roulette

This table was covered with heirloom tomatoes in my dining room all summer; I harvest tomatoes when they just start to ripen and let them finish indoors. For each seed set I mail, I’ll select one variety from this table and include at least eight seeds. I especially like the Moonglows, the Emerald Greens, and the Stupice tomatoes and will try to write about them soon in another post. I also have a story to tell about my Cherokee Purple tomatoes (one of my plants produced red tomatoes last year) and another story about green sausage tomatoes.

I’ll monitor the #skgseeds15 hash tag on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. If I can match your posts to the email address in your original comment on this blog, you’ll move up on the mailing list.

8. Here’s a shortcut: Invite your blog’s readers to this seed giveaway with a link from your blog, and you’ll have my gratitude. Also, I’ll move you to the front of the mailing list after any other bloggers who have already posted on their blogs. I’ll mail seeds to all bloggers (in the order that they post) before I mail to anyone else on the list.

At Least Get on the List!

Sure, it’s complicated… but not so hard if you stick to steps 3 and 4: leave an amusing comment here, and send email with your mailing address. TO RECEIVE SEEDS, YOU MUST PROVIDE A POSTAL ADDRESS!

Keep in Touch

After I mail out seeds, I’d love to hear from you. Please take photos or write descriptions of what you grow and post them in a comment—or link to them, or email copies. With your permission, I’ll share your progress updates with my readers.

This giveaway is open only to people in the United States and Canada.

A Seed Set Package

A complete seed set for the giveaway described in this post includes the following:

Paste Tomatoes— At least 8 seeds to grow exceptional chili-pepper-shaped paste tomatoes. Some six years ago, a local retired farmer gave me two of these unusual tomatoes. He told me to save and plant the seeds and I’d be glad I did. I am glad, and I enjoy sharing these delicious and versatile tomatoes with anyone who will grow them. These may be Cornue Des Andes tomatoes.

My Choice of Tomatoes— Have a look at the photo of tomatoes on a table (above). I’ll select one heirloom variety from among those tomatoes and include at least 8 seeds in a seed set.

Sweet Pepper Roulette— My seed labels got mixed up so I don’t know which of my saved seeds are for Sweet Italian peppers, and which are for Orange Bell peppers. I’ll include at least 8 pepper seeds in each seed set. The seeds may produce all Orange Bells, all Sweet Italians, or some combination of both. Either way, they grow delicious sweet peppers.

Neck Pumpkin— Five seeds to plant one hill of neck pumpkins. These are descended from a 20 pound squash I bought five years ago at a farmers’ market. Also called Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash, Neck Pumpkin resembles butternut squash on steroids. It’s a regional favorite in central Pennsylvania and favored for pumpkin pies.

 

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37 Responses to “Vegetable Seed and Corona Tools Giveaway 2015!”

  • I am the sole gardener for this family of (now) 5. Being a “stay at home” wife/mother, I am also in charge of the home, dinner, you name it. When I get out in the garden for “maintenance” work, weeding, pruning, and the like, I usually pack all that work into one day. I work like a mad (wo)man, trying to get everything done before dinner needs to be started and the crew gets home. Lo and behold on those days, I invariably lose my pruners somewhere along the way. I have two pair, one dark green, one black – both the same colors as my plants and mulch. After weeds and cuttings are collected and composted, the search begins…backtracking my day trying to find my tools. If they are not discovered that evening, then unfortunately I am a bit like my chickens and “every day is a new day” and I often don’t remember the next day that the pruners still need to be found. I come across them as I tend other duties in the garden including such places as the bird feeder platform, on top of the a/c unit, the electric meter, landscape border, and once even found left hanging in the last tree I pruned. rnSo, the Corona pruners in your possession, with their bright red handles, would help me keep those same pruners in my possession much easier – they would be immensely easier to find at the end of the day…

  • My uncle gave us city kids a pumpkin when I was in high school. He told us to save the seeds and grow our own. I did, starting a plant in a paper cup. My mom was an old hand with seeds and gave me a lot of help. We transplanted the start in our suburban back yard. I checked it every day. There was a starry orange blossom one day and then I lost interest until the day my mom let out a squeal. I ran outside, thinking she’d seen a snake, but she proudly pointed out the green pumpkin at the base of the blossom. That was the sole crop. I harvested my pumpkin, cleaned it up, and weighed it on our bathroom scale–28 pounds! I proudly displayed it on the front porch and wrote a composition for English class, which I still have.

  • Kimberly R:

    My grandson and I were planting the garlic. He is 2 and could not seem to understand we had to cover the cloves with dirt. So finally I said they have to go to sleep for a little while so lets put their blanket on . Then he did just as his papak asked. Then we watered them and he loved giving them a drink with his new watering can. A week later he went to the garden with daddy and told him ALL about his babies being ninite and being very tirsty My son said it was about a 20 minute lesson on how to plant garlic in mostly 2 year jabber. When he heard daddy telling his story to me he repeated it for me . I love gardening but all the more with my little man.

  • My first foray into seed growing started in the basement of our house, under grow lights. I planned on just growing a few of this, a few of that…but suddenly, I had 60 varieties of heirloom tomatoes (with many of each variety, of course), as well as peppers, fraise des bois, herbs…which began creeping out onto shelves in the garage, with more grow lights. I’m pretty sure our neighbors thought we were growing something illegal. My poor husband feared for our family’s health, thinking we’d have mold in the basement from all the humidity, so he surprised me with my first “real” greenhouse. (I’d had a couple portable ones, too.) We now have edibles all over the property, incorporated into the landscape, as well as a traditional kitchen garden, potager, chicken coop, tea garden, and two greenhouses (8 x 10 and 10 x 20)–all in our backyard, on less than an acre. Did I mention we live in a subdivision with an HOA? Our gardens are often included in the SC Farm Tour, so people can see how a normal yard can produce a lot of food. The greenhouses got their seasonal scrub down last weekend, and today I’m planting the first seeds for the season–woot woo! My favorite time of year! (Well, until tomato season, that is!) :-) Thanks for the fun giveaway. I’ll be sharing so others can learn about your generous seed sharing!

  • Helen:

    I had recently gotten back into organic gardening and thought it would be fun to involve my nieces. Lol. I learned quick you need to watch them closely! The 9 year old pulled all my sea shell cosmos and marigold I had interplanted because ” they looked like weeds”. The two year old came right behind me after I planted 10 tomato plants at her home and yanked them out…because she wanted to plant them again :) surprisingly none of the tomatoes were worse for the replant and produced fine.

  • Susan Calhoun:

    We were working in the garden last spring and my husband was startled by a snake in the compost pile. He was going on about this snake and I said “oh come on, it’s just a tiny snake.” He said “no, it’s a python”. I just laughed and said “so we will name him Monty, Monty Python” and called him/her that from then on. Monty hung around the compost pile for most of the spring but when summer heat came he moved to cooler ground and we only saw him/her once in a while but hope when spring comes there will be someone familiar in the compost pile.

  • Jani:

    I only started gardening last year and made a lot of mistakes. Hoping to learn from all forums and blogs I keep trolling the net for all gardening related articles (particularly vegetable gardening). rnrnBeing a first time gardener, I should have kept it small, and that was the advice everyone gave me. Me being me, I just planted all varieties of vegetables I like and ran out of space, so I planted them so close to each other, by the end of the summer i couldn’t tell which plant was producing what. I learned my lesson, this year, I plan to expand the beds so I have sufficient space to grow them the way they are supposed – with sufficient space, water, light and everything else they need.rnrnWish me luck – I hope I do better this year.

  • susan bentz:

    hello I have had matts wild cherry for years self seeding. I take tons into work for snacks. On day a coworker came by to get her supply of tomatoes with her 3 year old son. When i took them out to my garden her son said’ oh good more tomato candy. ‘ My thoughts excatly

  • Carol Yemola:

    I grew up watching my Dad start veggies from seed every year. I guess you could say that he is responsible for my love of gardening. I get such a rush from being able to take a tiny seed and producing an abundance of plum tomatoes and then making my own spaghetti sauce from them. The only problem with starting my own plants is that I cannot bring myself to thinning out the smaller seedlings and throwing them away. I almost feel like I am committing murder! Instead, I painstakingly transplant each and every one of them and then give them away to friends and family. I guess you can say that I like to share the wealth!

  • Sherri Goodner:

    This is awesome!

  • barbara:

    We have peppers coming up.Me and the grand kids are getting ready for the garden.Its nice to watch their faces as things grow and then produce.especially the small tomatoes as they are out there everyday eating off the bush.We enjoy our garden.

  • ele':

    I love to garden. I plant to share with my neighbours and the needy. It is a wonderful loving feeling to help those in need. Any seeds would be appreciated and put to good use.

  • diane:

    One year I was growing pole beans in the corn next to the fence. The beans grew up the corn and piggybacked on to the fence. When they started ripening, I could not reach the ones on the other side of the fence. I told the neighbor to help themselves! I had to explain what they were and how to cook. That’s my suburban garden!

  • Kirstie:

    I love gardening and have one in my back yard as well as another large garden down by my Dad. While I happily toil along in the gardens plucking weeds, trimming plants and squishing bugs while awaiting the bounty of the season, there is one creature that sends me into cardiac arrest…….snakes! Last summer I was checking on the tomatoes in my garden lair and a huge snake slithered out from under one of the plants…..(I will forever proclaim that it was the size of an anaconda however my Dad says it was only a garter snake)….I am pretty sure the neighbors are convinced they have a mentally unstable neighbor because my basket of tomatoes went sailing through the air and I ran screaming for cover in my car. It is my one gardening weakness and I hold my head in shame.

  • Not sure if this is entertaining or not – but I had 400 varieties of hot peppers growing in my front yard. I was sending out free seed and enjoying spreading the heat (and sweet, or mild as peoples preferences go). Then I was hit by a tropical storm which flooded my land, my house, car and garden. The car was fine, though rusty, and the floor of my house stayed a mere inch above the water (so waves still hit it and came indoors). However it too survived with minimal damage. The garden however was submerged under a foot of saltwater for about 8 hours. Only one plant survived, and I haven’t had the heart to grow on that scale since. I have three pepper plants, with plans for about a dozen more at the moment, and am looking around for tomato seeds. Oh the joys and perils of gardening in Florida.

  • Melissa:

    I had a chipmunk in my garden last year, he was so cute and didn’t do much damage so I let him stay. I didn’t see him for all of July, and when the tomato harvest was over in September I saw him waddle into the bushes behind the house, he had doubled in size!

  • BJ Seem:

    This is a great idea. I really hate to step on or get rid of any type of insect in my garden until I came face to hand with a tarantula. Not sure who moved faster- her or me.

  • Ebony Arnold:

    This just happened yesterday LOL: (C stands for Cornelius, he’s my husband)rnrnC: I’m craving chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, and peas for dinner. I thought I would cook it.rnMe: Oh that’s why you took out the cube steak. That sounds good, don’t cook too much you know how I am with digesting beef.rnC: Ummmm Eb, where are the potatoes? I felt four potatoes in the basket yesterday.rnMe: Oops, they had sprouted really good so I planted them in one of my raised beds this afternoon.rnC: You did what?? I can’t believe you planted those potatoes!!! Go outside and dig them up!rnMe: LOL xDrnC: This is not funny!! What am I supposed to eat with my steak? You and that garden!!!rnMe: BAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Daniel, I still couldn’t send my contact info via email, even with trying to respond to your message. It thinks my email is spam, apparently. I shared via Garden Delights FB page, @garden_delights on Twitter, Google+ (Julie Adolf) and pinned (Julie Adolf.)

  • Sheryle G:

    One late summer Sunday afternoon the grandkids were playing in the yard and my grandson came running to the house screaming and crying saying his mouth hurt. The only thing we could think he might have done was to try licking the barbeque grill since we were getting ready to make burgers. A few minutes later my granddaughter started crying saying her eyes and mouth were burning. We asked them what they did and they said they ate some candy. We couldn’t figure out what was going on since none of them had candy. We decided to walk to the back yard where they were playing. Walking back there I saw, laying on the ground, a bunch of habanero peppers with some bite marks on them. And, my other granddaughter standing off by herself being awful quiet. I quickly realized what had happened. Apparently granddaughter number 2 told them the peppers were candy so they decided to eat them. In her defense though she didn’t know they were hot (she was only 3 at the time). I can’t figure out why she didn’t eat some of that candy though. They pretty much picked most of the peppers off the plant too. Since then I haven’t had any problems with them picking my vegetables or messing around with my plants.

  • Heather Ellis:

    an amusing story is hard to come by in my garden. My chickens think my raised beds are for dust Baths though and I spend as much time chasing them out as I do weeding I think!

  • Jenn Bane:

    I’ve got a good one! When I was pregnant with my second son 1 1/2 years ago, I had a home birth. I labored around the house and went walking around my garden and pool area trying to pick up contractions. My mom and mother in law were picking my zucchini since I spotted a huge one growing. The ended up finding two huge ones and one ended up being larger than my 9lb son who was born! We have a picture of him laying next to it :) Gotta love gardening when your pregnant! Lesson learned… get the husband to pick the zucchini when your prego belly is too big to :)

  • So the year was 2011, we had just purchased the cheapest house in the Seattle area for $89k. That’s right, $89k. It had a leaky roof, asbestos floors, a whopping 672 square feet of luxurious, mold-crawling-up-the-wall living. rnrnBut you know what that house had that our condo did not? 1/5 of an acre of land. rnrnSo immediately, I bought Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book, and set off building a 4×16′ garden bed in the front yard. The only place that got any sort of sun.rnrnWhile the house was being renovated, I started my seedlings at the condo. I immediately fell in love with Seed Savers Exchange, and spent hours deliberating between types of seeds. The most important decision for me was the type of tomato.rnrnEventually I settled on the Stupice. I nurtured those seeds like they were my babies.rnrnWhen the time came to plant them outside, they were about 12″ tall and growing wonderfully in 4″ pots. When it came to move the prize tomato from the condo to the new house- a perfectly formed specimen more vigorous than its siblings- I gathered it in my arms like a child and proceeded to walk down the stairs.rnrnAnd that’s when I tripped. rnrnI had never fallen down the concrete stairs before at that complex until that point. I’m not sure if I was paying too much attention to my Stupice plant and not enough to my footing, or exactly what happened. I arrived at the base of the six stairs with a half dollar hole ripped out of my jeans on my knee, profusely bleeding, and my arms wrapped tightly around my tomato plant.rnrnIn my flight, I hadn’t bothered to attempt to break my fall- my arms were apparently only to be used as tomato protection devices. rnrnBruised, banged up, bloodied, my husband helped me back up the stairs and we surveyed the damage. I had received the brunt of the fall- while the tomato broke a single branch.rnrnThat tomato survived and pumped out more tomatoes than any other plant that year, seemingly in gratitude. My knee healed, although I still have the scar to prove it. rnrnIn my humble opinion, Stupice tomatoes are worth falling for.

  • Jane McLaurin:

    Would love some seeds to share with my son and family who are trying to grow their own food. Mom makes baby food from harvest.

  • Kevin S:

    I’ve been gardening for several years now, and enjoy producing a portion of my own food. I have also started to work on breeding my own plants. Looking forward to this upcoming season and would love to add paste tomatoes to my garden.

  • Kathy:

    It’s a great question. I have so many happy/amusing thoughts about our garden… the neighbor girls who supposedly aren’t veggie fans but love to come over and nibble on kale; the teenage girl walking by who stopped to ask me what a particular flower was (she looked up a picture she’d taken of it a few weeks before on her phone so I could make the ID because it wasn’t blooming anymore when we spoke); a businessman who stopped his car and walked over to where I was working in the yard just to say how much he liked our garden; little kids passing by who want to visit with the chickens or try a pea; the image in my memory of my then-toddler son plopped down by the strawberry patch with only a diaper on, munching and mumbling “Eat red strawbbers!” as the juice dribbled all over chin and tummy. The garden is a wonderful place indeed and I’ve been so happy how it has blessed our family and made unexpected connections with passersby and neighbors. I’m not sure if those examples count as “amusing”, but they definitely inspire joy in my heart and (almost) motivate me to get out there for some early weeding.

  • Valery Guptill:

    I am just getting back into gardening. I seem to have a green thumb, at least I used to, so we will see. I am gardening at my home and my daughter’s home. We will see what we reap.

  • LaJuana Dunn:

    My garden is always an entertainment to me. Like last year when these gorgeous iris’s came up and I mentioned to a friend that I didn’t remember ever having these colors before. She reminds me that I had bought some the previous spring from Mrs. Powell in Princeton but didn’t get them until fall to plant. I promptly planted them and forgot all about them! rnrnEvery gardener needs a friend with a better memory than theirs! ;)

  • tami:

    My husband and I built our dream home 2 years ago on an acre of land. I started in the spring of 2013 with nothing but dirt. I’ve been collecting plants, cruising the plant clearance rack at the home center, digging, building and planning for two years now and it’s finally starting to pay off. I’m looking forward to see what the garden transitions into this year. It’s always an ongoing project.

  • Kelly:

    One year when I was just starting to garden, I spent weeks sowing a beautiful pepper garden, only to find out when they began to grow that the seeds I planted were actually squashes (clearly I knew nothing about seeds). I love peppers, but squash are my least favourite thing to eat. So to avoid getting in trouble for wasting food, I picked them and gave them to a friend’s mom, and told my parents that birds ate them.

  • Susan Hoyt:

    We had just moved down south into a new subdivision with no top soil. Mom knew she needed to get the soil ready before she could plant her garden. The circus was coming to town and to our delight Mom took us to the circus. Little did we know that we were expected to go ask the roustabouts for elephant manure! As teenagers we refused, undaunted she requested a load of manure with 3 embarrassed teenagers in tow. They filled the trunk of my Dad’s T-bird with fresh dung. Imagine 3 teenagers with our heads hanging out the windows gasping for fresh air as Mom is nonchalantly driving home. In short order she had the most gorgeous soil and had a prolific garden for food preservation. 20 years later as I am getting ready to start my own garden I found myself at the loading dock of the circus waiting for free elephant dung to be loaded into the trunk of my VW……I was proudly my mothers daughter.

  • Well, I really cannot leave a comment about gardening as far as good goes. I’ve never grown anything edible. Lol! I can say, I can remember back when gramma & papa would plant forever long rows of tators, brand, okra, corn, tomatoes, peas, you name it. I was a little thing but loved going with them to dig up tators & help in the garden, it was amazing how sooooo much good could grow like that. I would love a chance at a seed packet to plant in my new raised garden this year. I have no clue what to grow, so gotta start somewhere, thank you for even a chance! God bless!

  • Theresa N:

    My grandfather helped me to plant my first tomatoes when I was young. We found a place in the yard dug wholes and planted them, they were the best tomatoes I’ve ever had.

  • Lara Ruiz:

    Almost 9 years ago after battling thyroid cancer (and winning) my friends and family came together and helped my begin my rose garden. One friend laid the cement print border. My parents, my husband and my children all got together and weeded out all the grass by hand; prepared the souls and planted about 7 roses. All to remind us that life is just like a Rose beautiful but thorny at times. Even today everytime I dead head a Rose or pull a weed I think about everyone involved, how life mimics the garden and most of all how love can support even the scariest things we overcome.

  • The first summer after our 2nd dog, Luna, joined our family revealed the unfortunate truth that in this yard two gardeners is one too many. The beginning of this revelation was the day I first decided to transplant some seedlings into the main garden. The dogs did dog things in the yard while I worked my way down the first garden row. Part way down the row, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned in time to see Luna, seedling in mouth, paw at the grass, toss the seedling joyfully into the air, watch it fall on the ground, and pounce on it. Several of the seedlings brethren had been stolen and ‘replanted’ in similar fashion and littered the backyard in various states of smashery. Ever the optimist, I thought it would be cool to teach her to gently plant seedlings. I don’t even need to illustrate for you the many ways in which that was a stupid idea. So I decided to teach her to pull weeds. She was great at this and really enjoyed it! Unfortunately, she really stinks at distinguishing weeds from not weeds and sees no reason to wait to be instructed to pull something. Not my Luna. She’s proactive! These days, she is banished from the garden (she ignores this rule) and is only allowed to play with the weeds I toss to her (she ignores this rule too).

  • Rachel:

    I would love to get the free seeds most of all!

  • Our story is odd, evolving with my health. About 10 years ago, i suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury. I could not return to my former occupation. Nor could I manage in an urban setting. My family and I moved to rural Kentucky where I started our first garden to help put food on the family table. Years later, that small garden has grown into two acres where we specialize in some of the worlds hottest and rarest peppers. Things like the Ghost Pepper, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, and Carolina Reaper are on the top of our list due to their demand but we also grow some of the oddest things you can imagine, always trying to expand our selection.rnrnGradually we moved towards selling seeds as well, but our focus remains fresh peppers.

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