As school starts and fall is around the corner, I start dreaming about next years garden. I know that’s crazy. This year’s is still going strong! There’s still time for a fall garden! But as the bush beans and cucumbers fade, visions of seed catalogs dance in my head.
Who doesn’t love the promise of the seed? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. A tiny seed, planted months ago is now going gangbusters in my garden and causing late night canning parties in my kitchen! It really is the gift that keeps on giving. Even when you want it to stop, so you can sleep!
This year, we planted a few experimental things, simply for the fun of it. Candy striped beets? Green beans that are actually purple? Who could say no? The beets grew well and were beautiful. Unfortunately, I was the only one who enjoyed the eating of the beets.
The purple beans added so much fun and visual appeal to veggie platters. And surprise! They turn green when cooked!
Hot kitchen days and late nights spent watching the pressure canner are the inevitable result of the January planning and the February indoor planting. The March tending and the May days spent elbow deep in soil bring us the cucumber abundance that makes our kids beg us, please, can’t we eat a different veggie?
Those hot July days, weeding, are rewarded with cool, salty tomatoes and juicy watermelons. And aren’t we thankful for the hot canning days when we’re eating homegrown salsa in December? Those seeds are the miracle that fills our tables.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a starter pack of those wonderful seeds and grow your own abundant garden next season? You can! The good folks at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed have donated their curated Seed Collection to one of my readers. Here’s the deal: for a chance to win: follow me (@sewmanywildthings) on Instagram, for a second entry: follow Baker Creek (@bakercreekseeds) on Instagram, and for a third entry: comment here telling me what YOU dream of planting. And let me in the comments that you’ve done all these things! Contest ends Monday and the winner will be announced here!
:::EDITED::: And the winner is EMILY G.!! Congrats, Emily! Please contact me with your shipping info, so I can get your seeds to you!
Good Luck and Happy Planting!