Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Seed Giveaway from Botanical Interests

My cool weather greens from the roof farm

They're here!

Two beautiful boxes of seeds arrived today from Botanical Interests, and they are waiting to be claimed by you in a pre-spring giveaway for edible gardens. (My own fava beans are soaking, prior to planting, as we speak. My seed order happened to arrive today, too. See last year's fava leaves in the basket above, right in front.)

I have grown all these seeds myself with the exception of the intriguing Rat Tails and the sunflower microgreens, which will be new for me this year. I chose these thinking of container gardens, but there is no reason they will not work well in-ground, too, as long as they have good drainage and enough sun.

"Speckles" butterhead lettuce

Two readers will receive the following collection of seeds (a total of 10 packets, each):

Bordeaux spinach - with a pretty red mid rib and veins
Cherry Bell radishes
Chervil - a feathery, cool-weather herb with delicate anise flavour: think omelettes
Fava beans - for their tender tips, and also for the later beans, of course
Lettuce -  Red Sails, a red-frilled leaf lettuce, and Speckles, a butterhead (Boston lettuce) with red spots
Rat Tail Radishes - planted for the harvest of their peppery seed pods
Shelling peas (for their sweet shoots, but you may want the peas, too...)
Spicy Microgreens - my favourite mix of mustard, peppergrass cress, cabbage and radish
Sunflower microgreens - very juicy young seedlings

If you would like to enter to win the seeds, please leave a comment with:

- your name
- a one sentence description of a delicious thing you would make with one or more of your crops. It does not have to be complicated.

Cut off time will be noon ET, March 13th.

After Estorbo and I have drawn the two winners (in our most scientific and objective manner), I'll ask for mailing details so I can send them on as fast as possible.

And thanks very much to Ryan Schmitt and Botanical Interests for providing these seeds. Clearly, I am a fan.

46 comments:

  1. A BLT salad with *all* of the bells & whistles :) Jonquil

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  2. Any pasta dish using fava beans - my favorite last season was fusilli with fava beans and pecorino from Rustic Italian Food. Donna

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  3. Would love to enter your drawing and share in your garden bounty, but in my heart of hearts I know that this is not the year to increase my veggie garden. Well, I do plan to, but not that much.

    Mitchell always plants some tomatoes, okra and hot peppers and then promptly loses interest, so I inherit the care and gathering of "his" harvest. I do plan to put in some potatoes (seriously!) in part of the xeri-garden (which I will now have to water more often)and some mixed greens, but 10 new things? no way, Jose'!

    Can't wait to see how your garden will grow.

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  4. I would make some kind of vegetable sandwich with the best bread and the best butter I could get my hands on.

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  5. Oh my! I would love to win this bounty. I was just reading The Kimchi Cookbook yesterday and would love to try radish kimchi.

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  6. What a delightful giveaway! I would saute the pea greens in olive oil, salt them, and eat them outside while watching them grow back in.

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  7. Saute the radishes, peas and add some scallions in olive oil, sprinkle with salt. My favorite late spring/early summer treat. I've never tried some of the plants mentioned so some new dishes would be tried too.

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  8. Radish and radish pod salad, with a vinegary and peppery dressing.

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  9. A slightly warm salad of crunchy microgreens with freshly shelled peas that have been sauteed slightly in peppery butter and chopped sundried tomatoes.

    These ideas are great!

    PS: Do all beans/pea seeds have to be soaked?

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  10. Lettuce salads made with differently colored leaves are my favorite. Thanks and count me in.

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  11. A big mixed salad with a homemade vinaigrette with shallots from my garden. Yum.

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  12. Starving already from reading these comments. Pasta with the fava beans, salads and sandwiches with the greens and something especially special with the spinach. I'm not good at planning menuse.

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  13. Hi,

    Jake from Calgary (snow here, heading to Victoria for the weekend for a dose of green and flowers). With the harvest I will make the best weekend lunch ever - a chevril omelette, radishes with butter and maldon salt, a garden salad /dijon vinaigrette, fancy goat cheese, a fresh homemade sourdough miche, and an Aviation cocktail or 3. Something Saskatoon Berry (or Rhubarb) for dessert.

    Cheers!

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  14. Hi, Ember from Minnesota here! I would love to use the spinach for stuffed shells.

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  15. Marie what a wonderful idea and I am keeping my fingers crossed!! Each of your posts inspires me daily with new things I must try - and if I were to receive the seeds, I am an open book and would love to explore some of the many ways that you have used greens in your blog. Skol!

    Cyndie from Forney

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  16. a mixed greens salad with sauteed shitake mushrooms added at the last minute.

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  17. What a fun giveaway! I love nothing more than a mixed green salad with a homemade vinaigrette ...with a poached egg from one of my chickens. Mmmmmm.

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  18. I just ordered a juicer so I can get more greens and other good stuff into me. Not sure how high it rates on the delicious scale, but it's going to be really healthy. So, I need to grow lots of greens, and other good stuff.
    Nancy R

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  19. I think these answers are turning me vegetarian.

    Wonderful!

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  20. What a wonderful giveaway but I can't think of anything clever. I'd just prepare with a beautiful vinaigrette made with garlic, lemon juice, herbs, oil, pink sea salt, cracked pepper. Served with a wedge of good cheese, tear of bread, and a bottle of wine. Yummy!

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  21. Wow, this is a great idea! I would start with a quick quiche and a side salad with my grandmother's dressing recipe, before branching out into my first foray using chervil.. maybe in a broth for crab tortellini? Thanks! - Katherine S.

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  22. I would love to roll some home-made sushi with the addition of fava and pea shoots, and add a melange of microgreens. Probably with smoked salmon, and avocado. Maybe even find a way to sneak in a rat-tail pod. (They sound like a furtive ingredient to me... until found out, of course.)

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  23. I would love to make some fresh spring rolls with the raddish, spinich and peas and microgreens! Thank your for the giveaway~ I am excited for Spring!
    Amy
    amylynnbee22 at gmail

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  24. Love the giveaway!

    I would make a simple salad of spinach, feta, and cranberries.

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo

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  25. Well, since the Plant Police down here would go nuts, I'm not in the draw, but I can think of several things to do. The best is probably scoot up to Jake's place for his menu!

    I don't know these radishes, but I used to grow Daikon (long, white radish)and mix it with grated or julienned carrot.

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  26. I would pickle the rat tail radishes! And of course eat lots of salad, Ann M.

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  27. We'd love these seeds because our 11 year old son now likes salad and he loves eating things we grow at home.
    Cecile and Steve

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  28. hi marie,
    i love your blog, and thanks for the giveaway!

    i would saute spinach with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes (my fave way to each spinach!) and cook the fava beans up with some lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh herbs. yum!

    --jen

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  29. Veggie pasta. Mmmmm beatrizbry2 at aol dot com

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  30. I would make a giant salad with a simple vinaigrette and proceed to eat it on the balcony where it was grown!

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  31. Grilled Salmon salad with all the bounty! Thanks for the giveaway!
    jessebfit at gmail

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  32. I would make a fava bean dip! Hope I am lucky!! lynnbulk83{at}yahoo{dot} com

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  33. Lovely give away ! Hope we win here at 29 Black Street. The cats & plan to do some extreme gardening this year. I would make abundant simple salads with baby spinach leaves, radish slices, fava beans, pea shoots .... tossed with my favourite apple cider vinegar, smidge of brown sugar, good olive oil, a good dab of dijon, salt & pepper.

    fingers, toes & paws all crossed here & please kiss Storbie 4 times (at least) from all of us. xoxo Susan , Bleet, Virgil & Oliver

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  34. Jacqueline Manni

    A beautiful, giant salad with home made dressing, then the favas on the side with nice, crusty bread. My stomach just rumbled!

    Thank you and Botanical Interests for offering this give away!

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  35. Here in Vancouver, British Columbia I would use the horse tail radishes with yellow pepper in strips and a little honey mustard dressing.

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  36. I love pickling my radishes, rat tail and red globe. Or maybe just a salad with some nice cheese.

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  37. I most certainly think they call out for a lovely salad - a simple one to make the most of all the lovely colors and flavors. I'd properly sprinkle with some roasted seeds or nuts and add a mild dressing. Any addition I think I'd keep green i.e. cucumber.

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  38. Hi my name is Diana. I am a 7th grade science in Hudson, NY. I started a school garden 3 years ago. Our school uses our greens in the school cafeteria - and the kids eat them right out of the garden! We'd love to have these seeds! Check out our blog... http://henryhudsondiscoverygarden.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!

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  39. Some of the greens would definitely be eaten just after being picked, while standing over their pot, watching the comings and goings on my block through the window. Right now all I have for that "recipe" is arugula.

    Liz

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  40. All those peppery greens would go great with strawberries from the balcony (one plant has survived from last year) and homemade poppyseed vinaigrette. And for adding to smoothies.

    Stormy

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  41. I would make a salad with a lemon vinaigrette and top it with a freshly caught bbq salmon, from our cold waters in the Salish Sea.
    Claire in Victoria

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  42. Pickled radishes are an absolute favorite of mine, but pickled heirloom rat tail radish pods?? Oh. My. Goodness. I must try them!

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  43. I'd like to make a cream cheese sandwich liberally sprinkled with any or all the produce grown from these seeds.

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  44. I would use the greens in a hummus sandwich with multigrain bread and the radishes would be delicious just lightly steamed with salt and pepper.

    Jo
    bvbabybv at gmail dot com

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