Seeds. I love growing seeds. Seeds remind me that winter will end and spring will come.
Do you enjoy planting seeds? If so, this giveaway is “the one” for you. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from 2020 it’s this: expect the unexpected. And be prepared!
Planting seeds helps us prepare. The act empowers us by taking us off the grid and making us more self-sufficient.
Best of all, planting seeds is such a fun activity to indulge in with the kids and grandkids. Kids love seeds. The anticipation of waiting for them to germinate and sprout. So exciting for us all!
So I’m thrilled for the 4 winners who get to choose their own seed kit from the remarkable Clovers Garden.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN!!!!
Just fill out the easy SweepWidget form at the end of this post! Green fingers crossed that YOU win!
Growing seeds with Clovers Garden Kits is marvelous!
Clovers Garden evidently invested a lot of time and effort into designing these seeds kit collections. Not only in the seeds included for each kit but in the quality of the seed.
The four separate kits are specific to one’s gardening interest. So buying a packet that targets what you want to plant is easy and economical. The packets range from $40-$50, quite reasonable when you consider the quantity and quality of seed you will get.
What I appreciate the most is that you get 25 seeds of each variety in each kit. This is ideal for home gardeners like you and I. You want enough seeds to plant and perhaps a few to share, but you don’t want to be overwhelmed.
I’ve made the mistake in the past of buying seed packets in humongous quantities only to discover that I didn’t have the space to plant them all.
So without further delay, let me tell you a little more about each kit to help you decide how many you need!
1.) Veggie Garden Favorites
The Veggie Garden Favorites kit is the multi-purpose seed packet for the veggie gardener who wants it all. With 29 varieties of seed, this kit is the seed packet MVP of seed packet collections.
This collection gives you lots of seed staples like the super sweet 100 tomatoes, the market more 76 cucumber, the contender bean and black beauty eggplant.
But you also get many unique varieties that you may not have tried before.
How about dwarf grey sugar snap pea, table queen acorn squash or a hearts of gold cantaloupe? Have you ever tried a dixielee watermelon, rainbow blend carrots of Long Island Brussel sprouts?
Maybe this is the year to try something new. Grow a new vegetable or herb unfamiliar to you and try a new recipe with it. Life is meant to be lived!
2.) Herbs & Leafy Greens Collection
I need not remind you how important is it that you are eating your greens in abundance. But growing your own greens is invigorating.
With 20 varieties of seed in every green shade under the sun, this collection is sure to impress. Not to mention enhance the good cook in you!
So you get all the basics needed for cooking like thyme, broadleaf sage, chives, sweet Italian basil and coriander. But there’s some surprises, too!
I have never grown my own chamomile and now plan too. Should I harvest the leaves and steep my own tea? And dinosaur kale? Never heard of it but I’m sure it’s healthy so I’ll put it in my green smoothies.
You also get your spinach, collards, arugula and romaine for a powerhouse of green health.
And let’s not forget about the lavender lemon balm which is going to repel insects on your patio while keeping that space smelling so nice!
3.) Tomatoes & Peppers collection
Tomatoes and peppers are two of my favorites and I can’t imagine not growing tons of varieties of each. Growing the biggest and best tomatoes is a huge priority over here.
You get 25 seeds of many of the tomatoes you probably already grow and some you must try this year! No doubt you already grow the big boy tomato, mortgage lifter, big beef hybrid tomato and the wonder pepper.
And I won’t insult your intelligence about how many super sweet 100 tomatoes get planted in your garden. For us, it was 18 plants last year!
But have you tried the Cherokee purple tomato, the Brandywine or black krim tomato? I did last year and they were fabulous! Just delicious.
It’s crazy how tomatoes varieties can taste so different, but they do. It depends on whether you are grilling, roasting, sautéing or just snacking on them. You haven’t lived until you’ve made a tomato pie!
You also get a wonderful mix of hot and sweet peppers, both are needed to cook with and to share with family and friends.
Picklers, Canners & Salsa Collection
This is where the party is at, the picklers, canners and salsa collection.
2021 is the year to grow your own adorable salsa garden and make your own homemade salsa. Nothing beats fresh salsa, you’ll never go for the inferior salsa in a jar again.
Confession time: I have grown few seeds in the past from this packet so I am eager to try these varieties.
And canning. In the past, I’ve bulked at canning. But this is the year, folks. Let’s can together! Let’s do it.
Not only to preserve our produce for the future, but to eat healthier during the winter months when fresh produce is more scarce.
So you’d be correct in guessing that this is the year I vow to pickle some cucumbers. My kids love pickles and I strongly suspect we will have a lot of fun making pickles together.
Growing seeds trends for 2021
So if you follow garden trends, you probably already know that growing an immunity garden from seed is one of the hottest trends for 2021.
It just makes sense to grow your own food from seed to live a healthier lifestyle.
Don’t you appreciate knowing exactly where your food supply comes from? Isn’t it wonderful to eat fresh, organic and “real” food grown in your yard. Food that hasn’t traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles before arriving on your plate?
Besides, growing from seed gives you more choice about what you want to grow, how much of each plant you want and even the quality of the seeds to sow.
So let me say it again. The quality of the seed you’ll get from Clovers Garden is the best of the best. Always remember that quality food starts with a quality seed.
In 2020, gardeners experienced shortages in seed supplies. Some of my favorite seed varieties were sold out online, and store seed racks were riddled with empty slots. Now is the time to start planning.
And it appears that 2021 will follow this trend so make sure you order now before Clovers Garden sells out!
Final thoughts about growing seeds with Clovers Garden….
There’s a few other tidbits I must divulge you before leaving you.
First off, these seed kits come in mylar bags which are perfect for storage. Seeds stored in mylar bags last longer because they creates a barrier between your seeds and the environment. Light, humidity and any dampness destroy seed.
So make sure seeds are stored in a dry, dark place between 40 degrees and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
It says on the packets that these seeds can last for up to 7 years! Germination rates might go slightly down as time goes on, but still, that’s pretty amazing!
Finally, I think it unique that all the collections come with marigold seed. Marigolds are famous for being a natural insect repellent. Over the years, I have found that they have deterred insects and bugs from my plants.
Do you like to eat herbs with holes in them? Nope. Me neither. So the marigolds are a nice added touch to keep produce bug-free and therefore hole-free.
Moreover, even veggie gardens like to have a little pop of color. Agreed? The orange and yellow marigolds add some hue to a veggie garden while keeping the bugs at bay.