Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seeds Need a Seed Keeper...and You!

What are some of the main ingredients necessary for successful seed planting? Good seeds, like those from Botanical Interests and Renee's Garden. And a good storage and sorting system, like the Deluxe Seed Keeper. And last but not least, YOU! These are just a few of the goodies in my be sure to go over and leave a comment HERE for a chance to win!

TOP: The Seed Keeper Deluxe storage and sorting system.
BOTTOM (L): Seeds from Botanical Interests. (R) Seeds from Renee's Garden.

Let me tell you just a bit more about these great garden items. Let's start with the Seed Keeper Deluxe. It's a whole storage and sorting system in one.  It's very convenient, simple and clever! Look at what's included:

 Includes an innovative collection of 14 unique seed starting, sowing and saving tools & supplies:
  • A to Z and Monthly Dividers 
  • A pair of Garden Gloves
  • Seed Tweezers
  • Seed Picker Uppers (a compact tube of toothpicks)
  • See Magnifying Glass
  • 10 What Did I Plant? Labels for marking seed-starting trays or pots
  • 3 inch Seed Sorting Dish
  • 6 inch Wooden Planting Ruler
  • Utility Clip for hanging gloves, seed packs...
  • Permanent Marker
  • 10 Wooden Plant Markers
  • 10 Glassine Seed-Saving Envelopes
  • 7 x 8 inch Accessory Bag for storing all of the seed-starting tools
  • Hand and Nail Scrubber
  • Rigid Keeper Card fits behind dividers to keep seed packs and garden information upright

Alphabetical and Monthly Dividers to organize all your seeds

Accessory Bag for storing all the seed starting tools

Seed Magnifying glass, Seed Tweezers, Seed Sorting Dish and Seed Picker Uppers

Permanent Marker and Wooden Plant Markers

A pair of garden gloves, utility clip and hand/nail scrubber

'What Did I Plant?' Labels for marking seed-starting trays or pots

Wooden Planting Ruler and Glassine Seed-Saving Envelopes

The Deluxe Seed Starter kit retails for $39.99
Thank you, Kerrie and Carol, for sending me my very own Deluxe Seed Keeper and one to share in my sustainable living project. I have had a ball getting mine organized and am ready to start planting my seeds! I know whoever wins one of these is going to be very happy with it.

Next Botanical Interests is giving away an Organic Starter Garden Seed Collection.
The Organic Starter Garden Seed Collection retails for $14.00
Here's what they have to say about it on their website:

Whether you are a first time gardener or a seasoned professional, you'll find that these basic vegetables and herbs are easy to grow and will provide a delicious and bountiful harvest. Multiple sowings every few weeks will give you tasty home grown produce for the whole season.

In most areas, plan to start the peppers and tomatoes indoors early.
(Peppers: start indoors 8-10 weeks before average last frost)
(Tomatoes: start indoors 6-8 weeks before average last frost) 
Basil Italian Genovese Organic 
Chives Common Organic 
Bean Bush Contender Organic
Carrot Scarlet Nantes Organic 
Lettuce Romaine Parris Island Organic 
Pepper Sweet California Wonder Organic
Squash Summer Black Beauty Organic 
Tomato Italian Roma Organic 

Botanical Interests was kind enough to send me a Container Vegetable Seed Collection to try (pictured below) and I'm excited about getting these planted in pots on my deck. Look how pretty the box is, wrapped with a ribbon. Each package is labeled with beautiful artwork and helpful information, and a brochure is enclosed with "Seed Starting Tips and Information". The Organic Starter Garden Seed Collection will look just as lovely when you receive it, if you are lucky enough to win it!

Renee's Garden sent me a Bonus Pack of 'Native American Three Sister's', a garden trio of seeds, with one pack each of multi-colored Earth Tones Dent Corn, Rattlesnake Beans to twine up the corn stalks and Sugar Pie Pumpkins to cover the ground.  I can't wait to give these a try, as well! And you have the chance to try the trio-pack for yourself if you are a winner in my giveaway!

The Three-Sisters Garden Pack retails for $6.29

More from Renee's website:

According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American farming societies, is a sophisticated, sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet to generations.
Growing a Three Sisters Garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry.
Read more in Renee's article "Celebrate the Three Sisters", with complete historical and planting information.

Many thanks to The Seed Keeper Company, Botanical Interests and Renee's Garden for participating in this Sustainable Living Project as well as sending me individual products to try for myself. Good luck to those who enter. I am sure you will not be disappointed with whatever you win!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *Have you stopped over to participate in the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project? It will be 'open' until April 15th so you have plenty of time. I am giving away over 15 garden gifts including a Rain Barrel and a Composter. Be sure to check it out!

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.


  1. You have the greatest giveaways! What an awesome gift, the organizer. I think all of us gardeners, no matter how experienced, could use as much organization as possible! Thanks for including me!

  2. That looks so organized !
    It sure would make for a nice gift.
    My self...well not so organized.
    The little zip-lock bags are what I use and DH uses small glass vials for storage(he has a cabinet full).

  3. Thanks is really cool. If you would like the chance to win one be sure to go to the sustainable living post following the attached link. This comment doesn't count for the entry, just FYI!

  4. Hi Jan: I had the good fortune to win one of those seed saving kits a few months ago. It has really helped me to stay organized this year. And I love Botanical Interests seeds. Best of luck to everyone, and happy spring. Teresa O'Connor

  5. Thanks for visiting, Teresa;-) The actual giveaway is at a different link, but your comment did go through. The giveaway link is posted at the top and bottom of the blog post...just in case you want to look at all 19 prizes being offered! You probably have all of them anyway!

  6. Dear Jan, Wow! I love this kit. Now I am really glad I did a sustainable-gardening posting. P x

  7. I don't sow a lot of seeds, usually just zinnia and parsley since our early summer storms sometimes crush the seedlings, but it's always exciting to see the new growth pop up. I love your give away! What great stuff! :o)

  8. That seed keeper looks awesome! It would make things so organized!


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