My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seedy Saturday: Free Garden Seeds

Yellow/white Heritage Beet
This is the first of my Seedy Saturday, free garden seed giveaway. You must comment directly on this post to be eligible for the drawing for free seeds. Read all of the rules here.

This weeks give away is for seeds for the yellow/white beet shown here. Back around 2003 or 2004 I ordered a packet of mixed Heritage beets from Bountiful Gardens. When I grew them out there were a couple of really huge white beets and a large slightly pale yellow one (as near as I remember now; of course I didn't write anything down at the time....). I saved seeds from these beets in 2005.

Beet Seeds

So the seeds are on the old side, but they had good germination this fall. I would like to get these out into the world so others can enjoy them.  I would plant them a little thicker than you would fresh seed. Most of the seeds will sprout, but they will only sprout one plant, not multiples like when they are really fresh, at least that is what happened with my planting this year. There is some variation in the color of the beets, some are more of a pale pink. But they usually grow pretty large and are very sweet, not nearly as 'earthy' as some varieties. Also, even when large the tops are sweet and yummy also.

Hopefully whoever receives these seeds will also save some seed and send them out into the world. I am sending out a good size handful of seed, about half of the seed I have left from 2005. I'll be planting more myself and collecting some fresh seed next year.

I am thinking about getting one of those linky widgets to add to the Seedy Saturday posts so that if you also have some seeds to give away you could join in with me. If there is any interest in doing this then please let me know. I envision lots of us with extra seed sending them out into the world and spreading and saving valuable varieties of vegetables, flowers and fruits from extinction.


  1. Ohhhh...YAY! The first Seedy Saturday post! I'd love some of these beet seeds! I've only ever planted Early Wonders and have been fantasizing about a different color of beet! My fingers are officially crossed!

    I like your idea of adding the Linky thing. I'm sure I have some extra seeds but might need a little push to get them moving out into the world ;-)

  2. OK Bee Girl; don't forget to check back on Monday for the winner announcement!

  3. I've never grown beets, and am not sure that I would use them, except as a natural dye...

  4. I would love some free seeds, I am starting a garden this year for the first time.

  5. Hi, I found your blog through Squidoo. Love what you have to say about gardening. I have subscribed through Google Friend Connect. (My blog has a little about my gardening, though in this season I am talking more about my kids. Gardening didn't go very well for me last year. I am hoping for a better year this year. I'll keep trying and blogging about my attempts. :) )

  6. Shannon, while beet red seems permanent it really isn't....

  7. #cmread and #Crafty Cristy Welcome to the Edible GArden, glad to 'meet' you!

  8. I got my seeds today! THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited to grow a new beet!