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Free Vegetable Seeds for 2013!

my favorite tomato variety

Possibly a Cornue Des Andes tomato, though I don’t know. These paste tomatoes are fine raw and they grow large on indeterminate plants.

Tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash from my garden to yours! As in some years past, I collected seeds from many of my crops in 2012, and I’d like to share them with my readers. The box titled, What Might You Get? lists the seeds I’m giving away and briefly describes the vegetables that should grow from them.

Here’s how the giveaway works:

I have quite a lot of seeds to give away and will organize them into “sets.” A complete set will include all the types of seeds listed in the What Might You Get? box. I’ll give away complete sets until I run out of a particular type of seed. Then, I’ll give away sets lacking whatever types of seeds I’m out of.

Here are the rules:

1. The seed giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, February 24. No new entries or mailing list bumps are valid after that date.

cream sausage tomato

Fully-ripe cream sausage paste tomato. These grow on determinate plants.

2. Get on the mailing list by leaving a comment on this blog post. I’d love it if you’d tell me something about your garden and make me laugh.

3. Send me an email HERE that includes your snail mail address as well as the email address you use with your comment. If you plan to “bump” your entry (explained below), I’ll need your twitter name and/or facebook name so I can identify when you bump. If you post on your blog about the giveaway, include your blog’s URL in your email.

sweet Italian peppers

These beautiful red peppers were deliciously sweet. I collected a lot of seeds from them.

Completing items 2 and 3, gets you on to the end of my mailing list. I’ll mail seeds on a first-come-first served basis until I run out of sets… but there are some twists. You can move up on the mailing list by doing any or all of the following:

4. If you’re on Twitter, tweet a link to this giveaway that includes the hash tag #skgseeds.

5. If you’re on Facebook, post a link to this giveaway and include the hash tag #skgseeds in the text.

Each day that you Tweet or post on Facebook as explained in items 4 and 5, you’ll move up one place on the mailing list. The most you can move up in a calendar day is two places—one for Tweeting, and one for a Facebook post. Except for a one-time bump as explained in item 6:

neck pumpkins

Three neck pumpkins running from 12 to 17 pounds apiece. Enthusiasts feel these are the best squash to use in pumpkin pie.

6. If you’re on Pinterest, pin the Seed Giveaway photo from the top of this post and include the hash tag #skgseeds in the description of the pin. Again, if I can match your pin to your email address, your entry moves up two spots on the mailing list.

7. Finally, if you mention my giveaway on your own blog and encourage your readers to visit and enter, you automatically receive my gratitude along with a complete set of seeds (but still on a first-come-first-served basis; would that so many people blog about my giveaway, there won’t be enough seeds to go around). I’ll mail seeds to the entire list of bloggers (in the order that they post) before I mail to any other entrants.

At Least Get on the List!

Don’t be overwhelmed by the options. At least leave a comment and email your snail mail address (items 2 and 3). You’re likely to get some seeds (though, when I run out of these types of seeds, if I haven’t gotten to your name on the list, you won’t receive any).

When you do get seeds, please think of me during the growing season. I’d love to get occasional updates—perhaps with a photo. If you let me know when you write blog posts about what you grow from Small Kitchen Garden Seeds, I’ll let my readers know about your posts.

One sad caveat: This giveaway is open only to folks in the United States and Canada.

What Might You Get?

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

Paste Tomatoes— At least 15 seeds to grow the unusual chili-pepper-shaped paste tomatoes I’ve grown since a neighbor gave me seeds. These are delicious in salads, but they’re ideal for making sauce. Best guess: they’re of the Cornue Des Andes variety; descriptions I’ve read online match my assessment of the tomatoes. (I grew these using organic methods.)

Cream Sausage Tomatoes— A paste tomato I grew for my first time last season. These are determinate and have the shape of small chili peppers. They ripen white through-and-through. Yes: I made a batch of all-white tomato sauce; you could too!

Sweet Italian Peppers— At least 15 seeds to grow large, horn-of-plenty-shaped peppers. Sorry, I don’t know the variety of these because I bought the peppers at a farmers’ market. (Almost certainly NOT organically-grown.)

Neck Pumpkin— Five seeds to plant one hill of neck pumpkins. These are descended from a 26 pound squash I bought years ago at a farmers’ market. Collected from fruits running 13 to 17 pounds, the seeds will produce insect-resistant plants. The fruits are similar to butternut squash, but many times larger.


66 Responses to “Free Vegetable Seeds for 2013!”

  • My garden for this year doesn’t exist yet–last year I grew a not very good container garden (and had a 9 lb baby, too!), but I loved it so much I’m planning raised beds this year. I am having surgery for a broken ankle today, and one of the only benefits of my broken ankle is that I think I talked my mom into coming up and helping us put together the raised beds and maybe plant some things. My four year old has requested strawberries and watermelon, my husband likes cucumbers and corn, and I want tomatoes and summer squash and peppers the most.

  • Rwstrom:

    I tried container gardening on my second story deck last year and had a rather bad experience. Not bad due to my gardening skills, bad because a groundhog figured out I had yummies up there. (And of course I didn’t figure this out until he had destroyed most of my planters) This year I will be fencing in my garden!

  • Sandee Hill:

    I grew up with a huge garden, so living in a condo with my husband has been rough the past few years. My tiny gardens there have been fraught with difficulties. The worst of which is the neighbor. He’s overlooked mine for the most part (that I know of, I suppose) but he took my other neighbor’s tomatoes. After she yelled at him for it, he told her a few weeks later that he’d been letting his dog lick the peppers. We’re looking at a place with some land, so hopefully I won’t have to garden there anymore. At the very worst, I’m doing some container gardens this year, because I WILL be moving this year….I’m just hoping it’s early enough to get my gardens in the ground at the new place.

  • make you laugh? wow. okay … maybe I will … maybe I won’t. This actually made me cry at the time … but they say tragedy + time = comedy? You see, I moved from California to Montana a few years ago. And the thing about living in California is … nearly everyone has a green thumb because all you really have to do is put seeds in the ground, water them and things grow. So I arrived in Montana with (shall we say) an inflated sense of my gardening skills … without any real understanding of our 3 month growing season … without the knowledge that snow sometimes arrives on June 23rd. Like the year I arrived, went outside in the beginning of May and planted a LOT of tomatoes and watermelon and squash (all of which I had started inside in March) … So by June 22nd I was feeling pretty good about the growth. And I didn’t have any coverage for those little babies. Nothing. Not a tarp. Not a garbage bag. Not a net. Nothing. So then came June 23rd. It was around 11 am. I had loaded up the little one and the dogs and was heading out to run a few errands. I was no sooner out of the driveway when the sky turned BROWN. And the wind picked up. And the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees. And then it happened … it sounded like gunshots (remember, I lived in LA … so gunshots made more sense to me than large ICE ROCKS pelting the roof of the car … and the windshield … and OMGoodness … the GAAAAARRRRRRDENNNNN!!!!!!!! Back into the driveway. But I couldn’t get out of the car. The dogs were howling. The baby crying. And I was biting my fingernails worrying about the garden. (It didn’t even occur to me to worry about the house … and the East-facing windows being shattered, the siding being pelted and the windshield being shattered. Needless to say, I’m a little more careful with my garden these days … I even had enough tomatoes last year to keep us in canned goods until about 2 weeks ago!

  • Pam Allen:

    What a blessing to stumble on this blog! We purchased our first home this past August and I am ravenous to get my gardens started on land we OWN! :) :) :) I am currently starting many of my seeds this weekend since we live in GA. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • What a great way to share your seeds! I live in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Fresh produce of any quality is prohibitively expensive and shockingly hard to find throughout NOLA but particularly so for those of us without cars in the city’s center. I have a reasonably sized balcony that gets plenty of sun and came equipped with a ton of unused pots, and a small alcove for seedlings and plants in winter/terrible summer heat, and a background growing a half acre veggie garden with my parents to feed our large family. I’ve also collected and grown succulents and carnivorous plants in the past. Last year I started some balcony flowers in hanging baskets, but this year I need VEGGIES. And HERBS. I hope to try some local favorites, like creole tomatoes and mirlitons.
    Last year, when the garden was still fairly new and the heat of summer was coming on full strength, my boyfriend really got into the daily rhythm of watering the plants once the sun set. So much so that he sometimes had a hard time waiting until the restaurant below us had finished serving patrons at the outside tables below our balcony.
    One night he went out at dusk and was fussing around the pots, pulling weeds and tidying up, enjoying the experience. Suddenly he came rushing back through the door “Oh crap!” looking sheepish. I went out to see two romantic diners peering up at our apartment with irritation…he had emptied a container of rainwater into a plant. Directly over and draining into their freshly served gourmet meal.
    This year I hope to offer my restaurant friends some fresh herbs instead of fresh angry reviews as a mea culpa.

  • Our folks lost their homes in the Bastrop County Fires almost a year and a half ago. But hope and green things spring eternal, and this year we are tilling and setting for a nice Spring garden. Would love to include some of your interesting varieties.

  • Dan K:

    To posters Ashley Laux-Shiner and Shelly Brandt: My cure for four-legged garden invaders (and winged ones as well) has been watering both the leaves and base of plants, then dusting them generously with either cayenne pepper flakes or powder. These critters tend to remember where that last snootful of hot pepper came from and they go out of their way to avoid it.
    Hope this helps.

  • Sarah R:

    The seed arrived in the mail and I can not wait to get them started. Thanks for much for your generosity.

  • Shelly Brandt:

    Thanks Dan K.! I’ll try that. I got the free seeds in the mail today and I am so excited to get them started. We had bad weather the day before I got them (as in a blizzard) and I hope that the seeds will grow. I so hope it doesn’t affect them. I’ve been watching homesteading things on gardening as well and found out how to measure soil acidity/alkalinity yourself. Ok with that knowledge, does anyone know what soil the free seeds prefer? I’m going to try and make a real go of it.

  • Jenn:

    Thank you SO SO SO much! I’ve already planted the tomato and pepper seeds last week :-) I am so excited to try out these new varieties!

  • Too late for this year but still want to get on the mailing list

  • So sorry I missed out on the seed giveaway. Would have loved to grow the neck pumpkin. Maybe next time.

  • Susie Johannes:

    I’m mostly likely too late for your generous offer ,but should you have any seeds left, I would love them!
    Susie Johannes
    Rockton, Il

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    Susie: Thanks for dropping by and sorry you missed the 2013 seed giveaway. I try to do a seed giveaway every year (missed in 2012 because 2011 brought biblical rains to central PA) and anticipate running one in January/February of 2014. Not sure what I’ll offer, but I collected quite a few varieties this season. The one standard is the chili-pepper-shaped paste tomato seeds. After that, I’m likely to have neck pumpkin and/or fairytale squash seeds, and sweet Italian peppers… but I won’t know until I sit down to write the post announcing the giveaway.

    That said, please keep an eye on the blog! I’ll post details of the giveaway on the blog, and I’ll announce it repeatedly on Twitter (I’m @cityslipper) ) and on the Small Kitchen Garden page on Facebook – as well as through other social network contacts. Oh, I’ll pin something about it as well. I hope to see you on the list this winter!

  • I have received your seeds! Can’t wait to see how they grow in the garden. Thank you so much for your generosity.

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