Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for seeds. Lots and lots o’ seeds. And one of my favorite suppliers of seeds is a small heirloom house called Baker Creek, headed by Jere Gettle and his wife, Emilee.
This homegrown operation has a feel-good family vibe to it, and since we’re all family here, I want to share this awesome and generous giveaway from Baker Creek with you!
You’ve probably seen Baker Creek mentioned here and there on my blog — I grow plenty of their offerings, from the traditional to the exotic. But mostly the exotic. I love the selection of seeds at Baker Creek, which comes from over 70 different countries. Thumbing through their beautiful catalog of 1,400 seeds is both delight and torture at the same time — delight because I want to grow everything I can get my hands on, and torture because my garden simply isn’t big enough.
Baker Creek specializes in non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated, and non-patented seeds. This is about as pure as you can get. Their seeds come from small farmers and seed growers, and not from Monsanto-owned Seminis, which supplies many of the big-box stores. When you buy from Baker Creek, you’re not only supporting a family business, but also taking a stand against GMOs.
In my experience these last few seasons with Baker Creek seeds, I’ve had close to 100% germination and a garden full of healthy, productive plants. Since they’re open-pollinated, I’m also able to save many of my own seeds from the plants I’ve grown. My personal seed vault contains over 250 packets filled with thousands of seeds!
Want your own seed vault? How about one that comes in a nifty, sturdy bucket, brimming with over 25 different vegetables — 60 varieties in all — chosen for your specific climate?
For one lucky winner, Baker Creek will be giving away their Large Seed Collection (retail value $99), tailored for northern or southern climates. The assortment includes several types of vegetables, flowers, herbs, cover crops, and fruits and berries, and will keep for up to 10 years if stored properly. That’s 60 heirloom seed packets to start your spring off right! Incredible, yes?!
How to enter: Simply leave a comment below and tell me which Baker Creek variety you love, or would love to try this season! To receive an additional entry, follow @theGardenBetty on Twitter, and leave a second comment below indicating your Twitter username. You have two chances to win!
The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 23, 2012. Winner will be drawn at random and announced the following week. Good luck!
- Sweepstakes begins March 19, 2012 and ends March 23, 2012.
- No purchase is necessary. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.
- Only US residents ages 18 and older are eligible to enter.
- Two entries allowed per person.
- Odds of winning are based on number of entries received.
- Winner will be drawn at random.
- If winner does not respond within 48 hours after time of contact, that entry will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.
Disclosure: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is kindly providing the prize mentioned in this sweepstakes. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
(Image above: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.)
Update: A BIG thanks to everyone who entered!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been announced here.