Thursday, January 5, 2012

Win a Beginner's Garden Seed Set!

It may be the middle of winter, but that isn't stopping those of us with seed catalogs on our coffee tables from dreaming. I am already planning my gardens for next year, and how to best grow herbs, flowers, and vegetables to add to the farm kitchen and pantry next season. I'll be installing a south-side facing mini greenhouse on the farm house's outer wall to start Kale and other greens soon as the below zero temperatures fade. I can't help it, soon as the Holidays are behind me I just want to get back into the dirt...

Want to get dirty too?

Annie's Heirloom Seeds (that's some of the Annie's Heirloom Seed family in the photo) has agreed to try out a sponsorship on the blog for a month, and in the spirit of our collective cabin fever, has offered up to the blog a wonderful giveaway! Annie's is offering five Beginner's Garden Collection Seed Sets to the readers of this blog. The collection includes five easy-to-grow vegetables you'll never find in the produce isle of your supermarket. They include: Contender Bush Bean, Boothby's Blonde Cucumber, Black Beauty Zucchini, Annie's Lettuce Blend, and Annie's Radish Mix. In a few months you could have your own salads under cold frames, radish heads poking out of dark healthy soil, and bean and squash seeds started indoors. By this Autumn you could have beans saved in your freezer, special pickles in jars, and have had enough roasted Zucchini to write a ballad about it.

What makes these seeds "beginner" is they are easy to grow, without much fuss or special needs. Besides some good soil and well-seasoned compost in a raised bed, all you need is a trellis for the cucumbers to climb. That, and some water, weeding, and critter vigilance and this could be the year you finally get some food out of your backyard! Find a little time, and get those hands dirty.

To win one of five Beginner's Collections, leave a comment saying what other heirloom vegetables you are planning to grow this summer? They can be ones you discovered on the Annie's site, or ones you have saved for years and years. One entry per reader please. But, if you are willing to share a link to this contest on Facebook, you can come back and write a second comment that says "SHARED!" to double your chances for winning!

Winner picked soon, enter away!

274 Comments:

Blogger Andrea said...

I would love to try Annie's favorite heirloom tomatoes pack!

January 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger S.e. Hardy said...

I want to grow more heirloom tomatoes (I'm allergic, but my husband loves them, and they are so beautiful!)
My favorite thing to grow, though, has to be sugar snap peas - I'm hoping to try a few different types of heirloom snap peas this year

January 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I have some heirloom Cinderella pumpkin seeds that I'm hoping to start this year. They are fantastic!

January 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger JizzleK said...

Lacienato kale! It's by far my favorite variety of kale. And this year--wait LAST year--I also discovered my new favorite variety of squash: Buttercup! And now I'm going to go look at seeds....

January 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Alissa said...

I want to grow more heirloom tomatoes. And cucumbers...especially the more unusual varieties like lemon cukes.

January 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

This will be my first season growing from seed and I'm really looking forward to beautiful Italian Heirloom and Beefsteak tomatoes!

January 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

I'm looking forward to trying Carouby de Maussane peas again in Newfoundland - they did pretty well when I lived in Toronto.

January 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Casie Duberstein said...

Last year was my first try at starting my own plants under lights in our basement. Things went surprisingly well and I plan on doing it again this year. I love the Kentucky Wonder beans and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes I grew!

January 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I plan to try more heirloom tomato varieties.

January 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Kristi C. said...

I have been using heirloom seeds the last couple of years, and the Asian mix looks pretty tasty!

January 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Shared the link on Facebook. =)

January 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger ScottS said...

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January 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger ScottS said...

This is Scott from Annie's.

S E Hardy: There's only one kind of heirloom snap pea that I know of - Amish Snap. It's a good one though.

January 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

I'm planning on branching out to tomatoes this year with my standard herb garden...

January 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I just moved to a farmhouse (built in 1750!) and am starting a vegetable garden for the very first time this year. I took a look at the Annie's website and their Favorite Tomatoes collection looks great, as do some of their companion flower collection-- what a great idea!

January 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

I would love to be able to grow heirloom tomatoes

January 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger emma said...

Saved some seeds from fancy-schmancy heirloom pumpkins this year, gonna guerilla garden them in the alley behind my house

January 5, 2012 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Shared!

January 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I've got heirloom tomatoes lined up, as well as zuchinni and sugar snap peas!

January 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Oh, tomatoes! I grew only heirloom tomatoes last season and they were amazing. I'll only grow heirlooms from now on!

And squash!

January 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Mommyto3 said...

This year will be my 3rd year planting, and I hope to plant cukes, 4 types of tomatoes, onion, garlic and green beans. This also should be the year we get to harvest some blackberries and strawberries!

January 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

I want to try some heirloom melons this summer, I like the sound of the Noir Des Carmes and Sweet Granite! Yummy :)

January 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'd like to try planting heirloom lettuce this year.

January 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I am going to try and grow lettuce from seed. It is from my neighbor who has been growing the lettuce from her mother. This has been going on for over 100 years! That is going to be some good lettuce!

January 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I am going to try and grow lettuce from seed. It is from my neighbor who has been growing the lettuce from her mother. This has been going on for over 100 years! That is going to be some good lettuce!

January 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

I plan to grow German Johnson and Cherokee Purple tomatoes. They are both hardy and favorites of mine.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Diane in North Carolina

January 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

I love reading everyone's picks! Last year I planted too many different kinds of tomatoes (is that possible?). Want to pick a few, nice heirlooms, but more plants, so I actually get enough to can, dry, make sauce, paste, etc, etc. I had an awesome time last fall with the pie pumkins and plan to do that again, along with potatos, bush beans (my fav!), round zucchini (have you tried these?; awesome!) and the usual lettuces, onions, various peppers and herbs. These all grow really well in Colorado.

January 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

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January 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

SHARED!
https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1416711689

January 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

I always grow Alma paprika peppers because I'm of Hungarian descent and, well, we love our paprika!

January 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger melody_cir said...

Disappointed in hybrid tomatoes last year. This year I want to try Tiny Tim and Sweet Pea Current tomatoes, along with those Amish Snap Peas. Just ordered a catalog from Annie's.

January 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I've been yearning to grow a medicinal herb garden, but lack the space and money to start one. I have some kale seeds that I might start in Feb., though.

Was looking at the Annie's Seed website, and looks like they have a lot of really cool seed collections. They even have seed banks. How cool!

Also, if anyone is looking for a garden planning application, I just found a really nice one: http://www.herbcompanion.com/garden-planner/food-garden-planner.aspx
It's $25/year, but looks really useful nonetheless.

January 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

SHARED!! :)

January 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

I may try tomatoes once again, if I can figure out why they didn't do so well the last couple of years. I'd love some "easy" veggies, 'specially ones that grow well in large pots.

January 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Catharine said...

I recently got a seed pack of Thomas Jefferson's favorite herbs and the kitchen garden seed sampler at the Heritage Harvet Festival at Monticello! I'm moving to Sandpoint, ID in May and am going to try my hand at homesteading - a garden seed set of Annie's favorite heirlooms sure would brighten my move and get me off to a good start!

January 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I am planning on moving to a small community homestead near Asheville come June so...all the heirloom goodies they will be growing. I also saved heirloom pumpkin seed from a farm I worked on last summer.

January 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I grew some Black Beauty Zucchini last year from a plant purchased at the Master Gardeners sale. Maybe this year I will have a go from seed!

January 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I saved some Brandywine seeds from a very prolific starter I bought last year and can't wait to get them in the ground again. They were the best tomatoes I've ever eaten.

January 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Lorlee said...

These are not heirloom vegetables but heirloom poppies. I take walks in my neighborhood and about 25 or more years ago I would talk to an elderly woman working in her yard -- reputed to be very crotchety. But we shared a love of gardening and she shared with me the poppy seeds she had bought in 1918 when her husband came home from WWI where he had seen the poppy fields of Flanders. So these seeds are coming up on 100 years old.

I still plant them and harvest the seeds on my highway garden -- a patch approximately 200X20 that I have appropriated from the Highway Department where I plant mostly fruit and nut trees.

January 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger ScottS said...

Dana, if you like Brandywine, try Thessaloniki. Oh man, that is a good tomato. :)

By the way, we have a section called Annie's Favorites where we list all of our favorite varieties, both in taste and in performance. If you're looking for good heirloom varieties, those are the place to start.

January 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

Sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, multiple varieties of lettuce, parsley, thyme, and basil are staples in our garden.

January 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

I plan on trying some of the heirloom tomato varieties. My 5 year old son wants to plant the Cherokee Purple variety because it's what the "Ininans" ate.

January 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I am going to grow several heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo which is actually an heirloom bean company for beans to consume which makes them priced very reasonably to grow. I am growing my favorite which is Rio Zape which is a pinto like bean with essence of coffee and chocolate. They are yummy.

January 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

I get so intimidated when I read, "raised bed, compost, healthy soil..." I haven't a clue but really want one. I thought I was cool drying herbs that were already growing in our garden, but just don't know anything about starting said garden - and living in an apartment - can one do this in containers or a windowsill? I did grow Basil from seed so I guess I'm not totally clueless.

January 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Karen L. said...

Looks like a lot of people want tomatoes and that would be my choice too. It would be a nice addition to the greens from the beginner set. I grew up in Southern NJ which to my mind, grows the best tomatoes ever due to the soil, I presume. Campbells Soup used to buy tons of tomatoes from the farmers who trucked them up to their processing plant in Camden, NJ. Some days if the wind was right, you could really smell them. Rutgers University is always working on "producing" better tomato plants. Yep, love having tomatoes on my salad and pizza.

January 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Sitakiana said...

I love Amish Snap heirloom peas. Snap peas in general are my favorite. So quick and easy to grow. Fresh off the vine, there is nothing tastier.

January 5, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
OpenID roseandphoenix said...

I am going to try for some sweet peas and heirloom lettuce this year, one for beauty, one for eating.

January 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Please enter me. Had a small garden last year and trying again this spring. Last year was so hot in Louisiana and so dry that the garden didn't do well, except for the cherry tomatoes. Had a lot of those.

January 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger whitnjoey said...

I went to the tomato tasting event this year at the Seed Saver's farm in Decorah, IA and bought tons of packets of heirloom tomato seeds...yum!

January 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
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January 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I love heirloom veggies. I did get some old purple hull peas from an old farmer at the market a few years back. I love them. And a few others they didn't know the names of. It's so fun to get old seeds passed down from families. What a great give away. Thanks, Annie and Jenna.

January 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger leafonatree said...

This will be my third season as a "gardener". During my first year, I grew just 4 herbs. Last year, I grew 6 herbs and 2 heirloom tomato plants. This is slow growth, I know, but that's how I roll! I just moved, and I now live across the street from someone who hosts a community garden. I would love to step up my game and dig in the neighbor's dirt! Thanks for the opportunity.

January 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger TransFarmer said...

I'm looking forward to growing heirloom tomatoes and later on, some pumpkins.

January 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

Ooh! I plan on heirloom tomatoes, old-fashioned pie pumpkins, and maybe corn (if I can get enough space ready for it). I would love to have a chance to try out Annie's heirloom veggies!!

January 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

I intend to try Long Pie Pumpkin (suggested by Cold Antler Farm). Also Blue Hubbard Squash and Improved Long Green Cucumber. Maybe Kentucky Wonders, which grow well in the South. I already grow Black Beauty Zuchinni and Yellow Crooked Neck Squash.

Our household does A LOT of vegetable preservation and the heirlooms are superior.

I browsed Annie's site and would REALLY like to have the Garden Set. May try some of her cucumbers and flowers.

The Phony Farm, in a tiny hamlet in TN.

January 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

SHARED!!

January 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger DivaHick said...

Heirloom Tomatoes!

January 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Dr Martin Lima Beans, I love these and have saved seed for many yrs now.

January 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger DivaHick said...

Shared!

January 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Oooh, I love heirlooms! I'm hoping to successfully grow some Chioggia squash this year, and maybe some Chioggia beets.

Someday I want an entire garden planted with just German heirlooms, in honor of my German ancestors. :)

January 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Caitlin-Cats Critters said...

I'll be growing a type of tomatoes which I can't remember the name of (it's french) which translates to something like "bunch of grapes" and I'm going to be trying to make the rest of my garden a heirloom as possible.

January 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger L. said...

The two things I'm most looking forward to (I could never pick just one!) are Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce and Juliet Tomatoes. My Juliets last year were ridiculous. From one plant I got 6 quarts of tomato sauce in addition to many dozens of meals with them in it. My lone plant was over six feet by six feet and about four feet tall, and each cluster had over 20 perfect little tomatoes in it. It was a monster! But the tomatoes were delicious. Lets hope its another good tomato year!

January 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Joy in California said...

Would love to give this a go......only heirloom around here is a stack of seed catalogs from last year......but this is the year. We would be very grateful for a gift of starter seeds......thank you.
Joy

January 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Yes, please! The Purple Peruvian potato :)
-Jaime

January 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

The new heirlooms I want to add this year are spinach and squash. I want to do heirloom melons, too, but I have to find room first. :)

January 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

i absolutely love heirloom tomatoes and would love to grow as many as possible!

January 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

I decided I want to try to grow corn this year. Annie's has a sweet corn called Fisher's Early that looks just right for our area.

January 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Anja said...

Well funny enough I was out yesterday buying seeds :), I will focus on potatoe, tomatoes, salad, radish and onions this year, maybe try carrots too.
I will leave the beans and pea out, I tried themlast year and they were great but I don't have much space and would need to have much more to get a good amount, so will focus on the above.

January 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ooh!! Onions, garlic, and pumpkins!

January 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm planning on growing an heirloom variety of french green bean this year. I've saved the seeds after harvesting for the last two years, and they have started without fail in the spring. It's pretty exciting to save my seeds and have them sprout at the beginning of the next season! :)

January 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

I have a small vegtable garden all year long. I love heirloom vegtables and this summer had heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. I was able to save some seeds so I will plant them again. I am going to try this year to only use heirlooms so I can continue to save them for the next season.

January 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Last year in our garden we had all heirloom veggies! The best growers were the tomatoes and the squash

January 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Oh, thank you for the opportunity!

This year will be another year of Brandywine tomatoes (among other veggies). Brandywines, to me, are the best tasting tomatoes. I love Cherokee Purple as well, but they can be a little fussy and I like the taste of Brandywine better.

I am like you. I like to hit the ground running with garden plans as soon as I get over New Year hump.

January 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Tracy P said...

Snow peas, and hopefully carrots if they survive the winter :)

January 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

we have a purple russian kale that just keeps coming back! treevt80 at yahoo

January 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'm a total gardening newbie; last year my veggie garden was an epic failure, besides some tomatoes that withstood my inexperience.
This year I'm starting my planning now, and learning all I can, mostly from reading various Storey books like Basic Country Skills.
I would love to win this!

January 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

SHARED!

January 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger kelly adele hatfield said...

Bought heirloom seeds as a Christmas gift for my hubby this year. We will be growing Green Zebra tomatoes and Purple-podded pole beans for the first time in our tiny, rented, Toronto backyard. Wish us luck!

January 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I'm excited to grow Moon and Stars watermelon this year! Or attempt it, as past history suggests... :)

Would love to win one of the seed sets!

January 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger karental said...

We will be planting heirloom tomatoes, beans, watermelon, pumpkin, carrots... I usually get them from a different company, but I will try out Annie's Heirlooms for this year. I have many saved but that doesn't stop me from getting more!

I will share this on Facebook, but please don't put me in the contest. Someone else needs them more than I. But thanks so much for including your reader's in this!

January 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

Shared!!!!!

January 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM  
OpenID theminddoeswander said...

Definitely tomatoes. Probably some heirloom butternut squash. MOST definitely Island red garlic, so delicious.

January 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Lots of heirloom tomatoes and I would love to find heirloom asparagus. This is my first year with a garden and the plans are starting this weekend. I can't wait!

January 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Shared!!!

January 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

The Detroit Dark Red Beet fought my eye. Sounds so good I can almost taste them!

January 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

I would like to try Annie's heirloom tomatoes pack!
And pumpkins green beens and sugar snap peas

January 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger CarolG. said...

I buy some Brandywine tomato plants or seeds every year, depending on how organized I was.

January 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger CarolG. said...

I buy some Brandywine tomato plants or seeds every year, depending on how organized I was.

January 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
OpenID peihome said...

I've never tried heritage seeds. Would LOVE to try growing heritage pumpkins, though, as they are my favorite vegetable to grow!

January 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

My favorite heirloom is currently provider bush beans or oregaon giant sugar snap peas or...ok I don't have a favorite!

January 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger shea said...

My favorite heirloom to grow is Cherokee Purple tomatoes. A close second is cushaw squash...it created a wonderful, all natural deer fence around our Stoll's Evergreen Corn and Purple Podded Pole Beans.

More heirlooms...yes, please and thank you! :)

January 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger The Weekend Homesteader said...

I am a huge heirloom seed fan. Some would call me an addict, so to name one is so hard. One I'm trying for the first time this year is Zucchino Rampicante because I've read squash vine borers leave it alone.

January 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

We plan to grow heirloom bell peppers and spinach this year!

January 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I grow Petit Gris de Rennes cantaloupes and Red Tomate de Montlhery every year, I love that I can save seed. While I grow lots of heirloom veggies, this seed collection contains varieties I haven't tried yet.

January 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger nese said...

I try to use heirloom varities of everything that I can. Thinking of expanding the garden a bit and adding a beehive.

January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger CK said...

I can't wait to get back in the dirt too!
I'm intrigued by the chrysanthemum greens I saw on Annie's site. Would love to jazz up my salads this summer.
Thanks for hosting such a great contest!

January 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I want to grow lentils this year, but I'm having a hard time finding the seeds for sale!

January 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I can't wait to eat fresh greens again

January 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Mine will be Waltham broccoli. All four of my children love broccoli and we all love it more when it comes from the garden. I can't wait to get some seeds started.

January 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Does saving my sunflower seeds count as heirloom? Probably not, i would love to win Annies seed pack though~

January 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I will be planting my fave tomatoes- Brandywine. They are so yummy. Also, Sungold cherry and ground cherry husk tomatoes. I grew them last year for the first time and I am hooked! Karen from CT

January 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Dayle said...

I've been growing the same habanero peppers for 25 years. Save the seeds from the best plant each year. I can't remember where I got the original seed, but they weren't as good back then as they are now. I don't know if that qualifies for heirloom, but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

January 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

Shared!!

January 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger jim said...

think maybe will try "fishers early corn" we'll see- corn did not do good here last yr

January 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger City Sister said...

Provider green beans...they do just that...provide enough beans for a family in a small patch of dirt.

January 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Rwienhold said...

I am hoping to grow some heirloom tomatoes, as well as some beans.

January 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger kathy harrison said...

I'm growing Oregon Sweet Meat Squash. Yum

January 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger alice said...

I've grown tomatoes for a few years and this past summer, started gardening in raised beds for the first time. This coming summer, I have so many goals! Heirloom tomatoes again, along with hot peppers and herbs (which I've also done before), but also some cucumbers and ... well, probably dozens of other veggies! Yum!!!

January 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I would like to try the Jenny Lind Melon...I am going to try to grow it in a container, since I plan on moving mid summer. Diana
igneousidol AT gmail.com

January 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Moon and Stars Watermelons!

January 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Moon and Stars Watermelons!

January 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger jennybeast said...

I'm going to try chiogga beets again. I've tried the last couple of years, with poor results -- more sun I think, and more water needed -- some day I will triumph!

January 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

We're moving to a farm in February and will be planning tons of seeds, we're hoping to stick with all heirloom seeds as well as heritage livestock. This year we're looking at purple haze carrots, black krim tomatos, and russian blue potatoes to name a few. We're always looking for new varieties are so glad to hear about Annie's!

January 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

I will be planting several verities of heirloom tomatoes. Mmmm, canned tomatoes!

January 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

Oh, SHARED!

January 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Helois said...

well I was planning on trying some Black Diamond watermelon this year, but after checking out annie's site I think I mite like to try some Moon and Stars Watermelon can't wait.

January 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

There's a heritage yellow pear tomato that I love to grow. The fruit is small, but very sweet and tasty. Those the ones that I eat right off the vines. (My husband doesn't like tomatoes, so I get to eat them all.) Last year a friend of mine gave me a Heinze tomato plant and it was very prolific. The fruit was nice and red and golf ball sized. I also grow potatoes from True Potato Seed, so get all shapes, sizes, and colors. Also, there will be a new garden plot developed this year just for squash (butternut, delicata, hubbard, buttercup).

January 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

There's a heritage yellow pear tomato that I love to grow. The fruit is small, but very sweet and tasty. Those the ones that I eat right off the vines. (My husband doesn't like tomatoes, so I get to eat them all.) Last year a friend of mine gave me a Heinze tomato plant and it was very prolific. The fruit was nice and red and golf ball sized. I also grow potatoes from True Potato Seed, so get all shapes, sizes, and colors. Also, there will be a new garden plot developed this year just for squash (butternut, delicata, hubbard, buttercup).

January 5, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Heirloom tomatoes are on the top of my list! I also have a thing for growing pumpkins, they are damn sexy! Lemon cukes look pretty fantastic also. Oh my mouth is watering just thinking of how wonderful gardening is!

January 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Heirloom tomatoes are on the top of my list! I also have a thing for growing pumpkins, they are damn sexy! Lemon cukes look pretty fantastic also. Oh my mouth is watering just thinking of how wonderful gardening is!

January 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna.
I grew some heirloom lettuce last year. I would be very excited to win a garden seed set! :)
Lisa in Maine

January 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

I saved some of my favorite red bell pepper seeds from last years garden, and I have a pack of Box Car Willie Heirloom tomato seeds! Can't wait for them!!

January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Babbling Daisies said...

We are looking forward to trying out various heirloom tomato plants as well as heirloom lemon cucumbers.

January 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Laurie F. said...

My mom always gives us some heirloom tomatoes - so colorful and delicious!! So I would love to try to grow some this year. I just discovered kale this year so I hope to grow some of that this year too (and full disclosure - it will really be my husband who does this since he does the food plants and I do the flowers - gotta have both!).

January 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Last year my CSA had a fantastic yellow tomato that I still dream of on dark wintry nights, but we moved away and can't be members this year. FORTUNATELY, we have land now, so I get to try my hand at my first garden and I think I'll have to add the Hillbilly or some other lovely yellow tomato to my little plot.

January 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
OpenID lemoineau said...

ooh, what a lovely opportunity - thank you!! i would absolutely love to have a set from Annie's!

last year i grew several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, the plants purchased from a vendor at my farmer's market. one "illini star," two "golden nugget" {amazing, I have to say!}, and a "giant belgian pink." i have to say, the names always draw me in...

i was just browsing Annie's site, and this one caught my eye: "Cuor di Bue Grosso Cabbage." my eastern-european, cabbage-loving husband would go nuts for this one. :)

January 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
OpenID lemoineau said...

...and SHARED! :)

January 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Oh wow, that violet of sicily cauliflower on Annie's website is beautiful! I'd love to try that one out in the garden.

January 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger JD Lynn said...

I really, really want to grow those purple dragon carrots!

I am building a hoop house (high tunnel) this spring!

Can. Not. Wait.

January 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

SHARED!!!

January 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Lettuce and pumpkins!

January 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

Sweat Pea Cherry Tomatoes look just right for my urban oasis. I'm hoping to make my tiny front yard into a garden, but if the landlord nixes that idea I can at least container garden.

January 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

Sweat Pea Cherry Tomatoes look just right for my urban oasis. I'm hoping to make my tiny front yard into a garden, but if the landlord nixes that idea I can at least container garden.

January 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I have some heirloom potatoes that have been grown on a farm near me for 74 years. Last year, I grew them, and have some to try again this year. I'm also planting some Japanese Indigo from seeds I harvested last year; I'm excited for my second year's attempt at gardening!

January 5, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

--and SHARED!

January 5, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
OpenID adogafarmacanvasaquilt said...

We are planning to plant some Beaver Dam Peppers from Seed Savers Exchange. I couldn't resist buying them since I'm a 'Sconnie girl and these are 'Sconnie peppers!

January 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I have been given some tomato seeds from a coworker that was grown by his great grandfather in Italy. His family has grown them in Iowa and most recently in San Diego. I'm going to try them in Canada although if climate has anything to say about the success of said plant I may be taking a long shot.

We love heritage seeds and will check out the gracious sponsor of this contest.

Thanks,

Doug

January 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The seeds came from Italy. The coworker grew up in Iowa but moved to San Diego for the beach and ocean.

January 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Tomatoes. I remember as a kid, what is now called 'heirloom' were the seeds that were culled and dried and placed in a cool dark place to wait until next year....they made some of the ugliest, mishmoshed tomatoes that were ohsogoooood. To this day (and I'm mumblemumble years old) I still think in heaven there will be big ol' Mater sammiches waiting for me.

January 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Tomatoes. I remember as a kid, what is now called 'heirloom' were the seeds that were culled and dried and placed in a cool dark place to wait until next year....they made some of the ugliest, mishmoshed tomatoes that were ohsogoooood. To this day (and I'm mumblemumble years old) I still think in heaven there will be big ol' Mater sammiches waiting for me.

January 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Shared!!!

January 6, 2012 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Elli M said...

I am ALL OVER THIS. :D I just had my first semi-successful garden last year from plants, and wanted to try seeds this year and have been obsessing over the heirloom varieties. Right now, all I've ordered is black tomatoes (no, seriously), and I'd LOVE to try Anne's stuff for newbs like myself. :D

January 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

Heirloom tomatoes definitely! Last year I purchased 2 heirloom tomato plants along with 3 other varieties, but my husband mixed all the plants up when he put them in the garden. I never did get any heirloom tomatoes. I'm not sure what happened. This year I will make sure I know exactly what he plants where!

January 6, 2012 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger Nerissa said...

I'm getting 'Amish Pie' squash for my pumpkins this year. Hopefully with success. Last years traditional pumpkins only flowered, a lot.

January 6, 2012 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We usually grow as many heirlooms of all types as we can but find the cucumbers and pole beans the easiest to grow. We always have lots of heirloom tomatoes, too, and have found the Chocolate Cherries easiest to grow without splitting. Thanks for the giveaway1

January 6, 2012 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I shared on FB!

January 6, 2012 at 4:07 AM  
Blogger April said...

I'm commenting but don't pick me since we will probably be moving this summer and I won't be planting my container garden this year... but I think this is a wonderful prize and I would chose sugar baby pumpkins to grow. I love using fresh pumpkin in my baking and soup and casserole and pie and curry ummm.. etc etc LOL

January 6, 2012 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger PurrfectPetSitting said...

Maters, maters and more maters! Oh how I miss just being able to go out and pick a fresh one for lunch!

January 6, 2012 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

Cherokee Purple tomatoes and Fish peppers.

January 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Elsie said...

Tomatoes, peppers, chard, carrots and winter squashes. Love them all!

January 6, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Bev said...

So far, I have been very unsuccessful growing heirloom tomatoes, but I'm not giving up. Maybe this summer will be the one that works!

January 6, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I'm looking forwrd to planting some heirloom green beans. Thanks for the chance to win one of these wonderful seed packages.

January 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I'm looking forwrd to planting some heirloom green beans. Thanks for the chance to win one of these wonderful seed packages.

January 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Joe and Jeannie Family said...

I would love some heirloom tomatoes!

January 6, 2012 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger mush said...

Brandywine tomatoes....I dream about them all winter!

January 6, 2012 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Farmin in WV said...

I have my catalogs in hand. I want to grow all heirloom/open pollinated seeds this year. Paste tomatoes are high on my list. Great in all types of sauces and dried!


Shared!

January 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM  
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January 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

This would be amazing. This spring, we are going to plant (hopefully) enough vegetables to sustain our family for the entire year. All plants are heirloom varieties. Our back yard is very sloped and we are trying to figure out how to tier it properly!

January 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

You know it's January around our house because of the stacks of colorful gardening catalogs! I can pore over them for hours savoring the names and pictures of all the luscious fruits and vegetables I want to to grow. These year I am planting several heirloom varieties but the one I am most excited about is the Mayflower bean. It's supposed to have been brought to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. My English ancestors came over on this ship and the idea of being able to grow a piece of living history that can nourish my family is amazing to me.

January 6, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I plan on growing heirloom snow peas and squash...have the heirloom garlic already planted and can NOT wait to taste it all!

January 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I must admit, the cherokee purples are my favorite too, I feel like I only get one a year!

I am really interested in a small wheat patch this year, a reader sent me some braided wheat and my heart raced, it was from her 2x3ft field!

January 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Babbling Daisies said...

Shared!

January 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Rouge Vif d'Etampes Pumpkin looks so great! We have a huge pumpkin festival in these parts and these would be a hit!! Love the Annie's website, thanks for sharing it!

January 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Had a chance to check out Annie's Heirloom Garden Seeds site this morning. She has a great selection of heirloom seeds and also some hard to find varieties of Asian vegetables. The site offers some great how to gardening/food preservation books too.

January 6, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

SHARED!! ~ via FB THANKS!

January 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM  
OpenID thisbountifulbackyard said...

I'm planning to grow lots of heirloom tomatoes this year. I haven't bought the seeds yet. Maybe I'll try Annies!

January 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM  
OpenID thisbountifulbackyard said...

I'm planning to grow lots of heirloom tomatoes this year. I haven't bought the seeds yet. Maybe I'll try Annies!

January 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm going to plant zucchini from last years seeds. I didn't have much success last year after the critters got in there. I live in the village of Cambridge and have incredibly bold deer. What they didn't eat the skunks, squirrels, and crows got into. Lol I was so mad at those deer I asked the neighbor for snares. I was gonna kill them! I don't get a lot of daylight anywhere in my yard as I am surrounded by enormous maples. The garden was here when I moved in and is located right under a huge hemlock. This year will be better. I have new tricks up my sleeve for those bad animals. I'm putting small plots all over the yard to catch better light, and get away from the hemlock. I can't wait to get diggin' :)

January 6, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Green Zebra Market Garden said...

I tried boothby's blonde last year and it was really tasty. This year I will also be growing many varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

January 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Miss Peach said...

I want to grow the Beefsteak tomatoes. There is nothing like a homegrown beefsteak in mid-summer. Add a dash of salt and to me, you simply have perfection.

I've been really wanting to grow my own garden and this would be the perfect start!

January 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Oh my, we're having a warm spell here and the smell of earth has me dreaming, too, of Annie's heirloom tomatoes!

January 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Miss Peach said...

I would grow beefsteak tomatoes. Not only are they a favorite of mine, but nothing is better than a slicing up a beefsteak in mid-summer, adding a dash of salt and enjoying simplistic perfection.

I've been wanting to start my own veggie garden for a while now. This would be the perfect beginning.

January 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

SHARED!!!

January 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger DustySE said...

Heirloom eggplant = the best. I have seed I've been saving a while...don't know where it came from!

January 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM  
OpenID dropoutwannabe said...

Moon and Stars melons...yum!

January 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger dancing dog farm said...

I would like to try growing some heirloom eggplant and jalapenos. Would absolutely LOVE to win this beginner set. Never commented before - love your blog!

January 6, 2012 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

NOT entering the contest - I have loads of seed for now and have to dramatically scale back my planting this spring (boo!) due to my ever increasing size. :) Just wanted to drop in and say YES, I am positively DYING to get my hands in some dirt again! It's really hard here, because we're enjoying a string of 60's and 70's days. It's easy to be fooled into thinking winter is over, but deep down I know it isn't, even for us.

January 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger dancing dog farm said...

I would like to try growing some heirloom eggplant and jalapenos. Would absolutely LOVE to win this beginner set. Never commented before - love your blog!

January 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

Tomatoes!

January 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

Shared

January 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger 2houndnight said...

Heirloom tomatoes!!! I would also love to find a strain of heirloom summer squash and cucumbers....

January 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger 2houndnight said...

Heirloom tomatoes!!! I would also love to find a strain of heirloom summer squash and cucumbers....

January 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

@Goat Song - we LOOOOOVE Chioggia beets! They're our absolute favorite. I just wish I had better luck with them. Mine always come out the size of marbles. :(

January 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

My goal this year is to plant almost exclusively using organic, heirloom seeds. Among the many varieties I will try is the Black Krim tomato.

It's funny how the seed catalogs have poured into my mailbox over the past 2 weeks. I must have nearly 20 sitting on my kitchen table....all of which have been paged through.

January 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger EV said...

I think I'm going to start simply with a couple heirloom tomatoes. What a great giveaway!

January 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger EV said...

Shared!

January 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger EV said...

I think I'm going to start simply with a couple heirloom tomatoes. What a great giveaway!

January 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Amish Snap pea sounds wonderful! I'd love to grow more heirloom tomatoes too, but the ones I've tried so far have not done well under my difficult, gruesomely hot and humid growing conditions.

January 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger auntgrandma said...

I am planning on planting a lot of heirloom rainbow carrots. I also have Cinderella pumpkin to raise.

January 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger auntgrandma said...

I am planning on planting a lot of heirloom rainbow carrots. I also have Cinderella pumpkin to raise.

January 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger auntgrandma said...

Shared on facebook!

January 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I did so badly on my garden last year that I think I need to go back to beginner basics! I'd also like to try some heirloom tomatoes this year. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

January 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger EricaBee said...

I grew a heirloom eggplant last summer and it was fabulous. I will be trying to grow it again this year.

January 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger 17th stitch said...

I've got some heirloom tomato seeds and some mysterious winter squash that is probably also heirloom. Both are going to get featured in my garden next summer!

January 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

Oh, this sounds awesome! I'm FINALLY putting in a garden this year, and my plan is to do all heirloom varieties, so this would definitely help out!

-Autumn

January 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I want to venture into heirloom tomatoes!

January 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Williams said...

In honoring my Pennsylvania location I will be growing Brandywine tomatoes. Taking a trip to Amish country and hope to pick up a few more plants there at a mud sale in March. :)

January 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Williams said...

oh and SHARED! :D

January 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger KirstenJL said...

I would like to grow heirloom tomotoes if I can find a sunny enough spot!

January 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I've always wanted to plant Brandywine tomatoes. I think this is the year!

January 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

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