JUST GROW IT!!! Big Seed Giveaway from Botanical Interests



I have deleted all the non-entry comments so as to get a more accurate count of the entries…  Just a note:  I tried to contact most folks who put all their entries in one comment to ask them to return and create multiple comments — one comment for each entry, as per the rules.  If I wasn’t able to contact you, I’m sorry!!  All winners chosen through a random number generator (from http://www.random.org).  Oldest entry is #1, newest is #323.  First selected gets first choice.  I will post both on my Facebook page and on here as I select winners.

  1. The first winner is comment #64, Melissa K!! The entry that won it was for her subscribing to the Botanical Interests newsletter. She wanted the Can You Dig It? Children’s Gardening Kit for she and her children to use in their new home! (The kit was by far the #1 choice of winners!)
  2. The second winner is comment #173, Vickie!  She said that she would like the Can You Dig It? kit as well, which was the choice of the first winner… So I have sent an e-mail out to Vickie asking her what her second choice would be.
  3. The third winner is comment #165, Cindy in GA.  She also wanted the children’s kit.  After Vickie (winner #2) chooses, Cindy will get her choice of the remaining prizes.
  4. The fourth winner is comment #303, Alex.  Alex will get whichever prize remains after Vickie and Cindy have chosen!


I want you to try your hand at gardening, even if gardening means putting a few seeds into a windowsill pot and hoping they sprout.

I have found that most people, when they find I love gardening, say something like, “I’ve always wanted to do that…”  Or, “My mother had such an amazing garden.  I wish I could…”

There are so many rewards to gardening!!  I dearly want to help you overcome the typical reasons I’ve encountered for not gardening, like…

  • Not enough space.
  • Intimidated by lack of experience.
  • “I don’t have anyone to teach me!”
  • “I know a lot of people who have tried to garden and failed.”
  • Not enough time.
  • Not enough money to invest into a garden.
  • It just seems like a huge hassle…

Honestly, I’ve had to battle my own gardening challenges and disappointments.  The home into which we moved, July 2012, has ample space for a really big garden, but we decided to prioritize remodeling the indoors before we tackle the yard.  We live on nearly half an acre, but as I recently blogged, it takes a LOT of work to prepare the soil to grow things, here in the Phoenix area.  You can’t just scatter seed and expect it to do something.

So, for the time being, I’ve resorted to container gardening.  I have some raised boxes that are currently growing some veggies and herbs, and some containers that are waiting for my indoor starts to be ready to transplant.  This almost doesn’t feel like “real” gardening to me, when my previous garden looked like this:

Garden on 69th Lane

My old garden…. I miss it…

But…  I am often encouraging friends to just grow SOMETHING.  Just try.

I want to equip you to try your hand at growing something.

I was recently thinking about how much I love Botanical Interests.  They’re a seed company whose home is just outside of Denver, Colorado.

  • They’re family-owned.
  • All of their seeds are non-GMO.
  • Many of their seeds are organic.
  • Many of their seeds are heirloom (Meaning you can collect, save, and re-plant the seeds from the veggies you grew from the originally-purchased seeds.  With hybrids, this is not possible.  Being the cheapskate that I am, I save as many seeds as I can, though I have much to learn about seed-saving!!)
  • I love that I can find Botanical Interests’ seeds locally.
  • They have fabulous customer service.
  • The art on their seed packets is gorgeous.
  • The information on their seed packets is second-to-none:  It is detailed, helpful, and educational.
  • I love that their seeds are reasonably priced, even the organic ones.

Having a wee bit of a brainstorm after not winning this giveaway, I thought that perhaps Botanical Interests would sponsor a seed giveaway on MY blog.  Happily, they quickly agreed!  In fact, they agreed to a BIG seed giveaway!!

There are FOUR separate prizes which will go to four winners and TEN ways you can enter.  Yes, you can enter ten separate times.  But, you can only win one prize.

First, the prizes (click on the titles for more information from Botanical Interests):

  1. Can You Dig It?  Children’s Gardening Kit.  This retails for $29.99 and is a package that includes a colorfully illustrated instruction book, garden supply list, planting map, horticultural glossary, a reusable harvesting bag and garden markers.  The seed packets included in this collection are:  Carrot Baby Little Finger, Tomato Cherry Gardener’s Delight, Lettuce Butterhead Tom Thumb, Bean Bush Blue Lake 274, Radish Cherry Belle, and Marigold Dwarf Lemon Drop.  This would be perfect for a homeschooling project, a weekend family project, or as a project to do with your preschoolers!  You and your children can learn together!!

    Can You Dig It? Kit

    Can You Dig It? Kit

  2. Water-Wise Flower Mix Two large packets of seeds, enough to cover a total of about 500 square feet with water-wise color, both annuals and perennials.  It contains a mix of 20 different flowers like Arroyo Lupine, Sulphur Cosmos, Orange California Poppy, Moss Verbena, and Pink Evening Primrose.  Retail value:  $9.98.

    Water-Wise Mix

    Water-Wise Mix

  3. Container Vegetable Seed Collection This collection retails for $15.00 and contains eight packets of seed, all selected to grow well in containers or other small spaces.  Included are:  Carrot Tonda di Parigi, Cucumber Spacemaster, Kale Dwarf Blue Curled, Lettuce Mesclun Farmer’s Market Blend, Onion Bunching/Scallion Tokyo Long White, Pepper Sweet Cherry Blend, Spinach Lavewa, and Tomato Bush Better Bush.

    Container Vegetable Collection (and yes, it comes in the cute, beribboned box)

    Container Vegetable Collection (and yes, it comes in the cute, beribboned box)

  4. Karen’s Selection for February-March planting in the Phoenix area.  With a (small bit of) knowledge of what is likely to grow well in the Sonoran Desert, and using the reliable, indispensable University of Arizona Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County, I have personally selected a eleven varieties that are perfect for late-February and/or March planting.  Of course, you don’t have to be in the desert to plant these gems, but the seeds, some good compost, some water, and the spring Arizona sunshine should net you some great veggies in a couple of months, right about the time that most people in cooler climates are starting to plant!  Nine of the the eleven varieties can be direct-seeded:  You plant them directly into the soil of your garden;  no need for starting them indoors.  Included in this package are:  Organic Greek Yevani Basil, Heirloom Pencil Pod Yellow bush beans, Organic Heirloom Gourmet Blend beets, Heirloom White Stem bok choy, Spacemaster cucumbers, Organic Heirloom Hearts of Gold cantaloupe, Heirloom Tokyo Long White green onions (scallions), Organic Heirloom Early Jalapeno peppers, Organic Heirloom Cherry Belle radish, Heirloom Tatuma Calabacita summer squash, and Organic Heirloom Italian Roma tomatoes.  (Approximate retail value $23.00.)

    Tatuma Calabacita -- this WILL become your new favorite summer squash.

    Tatuma Calabacita — this WILL become your new favorite summer squash.

Now… here are the TEN DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN ENTER!  Please leave ONE comment for each entry.  Yes, that means you may end up leaving a whole bunch of comments.  That’s OK.  There is no maximum number of times to enter;  I would be tickled if you did every single thing on the list.  Also, if the entry requires you to take some action, do it BEFORE you comment.  In each comment, tell me what you did.

  1. Post a comment below telling me which prize you’d most like to win, and why.
  2. Like Only Sometimes Clever on Facebook.
  3. Like Botanical Interests on Facebook.
  4. Post a link to this contest on your personal Facebook profile.  (Shortlink:  http://wp.me/p1wkS-Z2)
  5. Post a link to this contest on your Facebook page — other than your personal profile (for instance, if you own a company, or have a blog, or moderate a group that has its own Facebook page).
  6. Post a link to this contest on Pinterest.
  7. Write a little blurb and include a link on your personal blog.
  8. Send out a Tweet promoting this contest with a link.
  9. Download a PDF catalog or request a print catalog from Botanical Interests.
  10. Subscribe to Botanical Interests’ eNewsletter.  (Enter your e-mail address in the box on the right-hand side of Botanical Interests’ home page.)

Contest ends at midnight, Mountain Standard Time, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.
Four winners will be selected at random on Thursday, February 14.  I will contact the winners by e-mail, so make sure you include a valid e-mail in your comment registration.  First selected will have first choice, second will have second, and so on.
If winners do not respond within three days, I will select a new winner (or winners) at my discretion.  All prizes will be awarded.
Giveaway open to legal United States residents aged 18 and over.
Odds of winning depend on how many entries are received.
Winners agree to have their first names and locations published here on Only Sometimes Clever.
This contest is being sponsored by Botanical Interests, and the prizes provided by their generosity.  However, I am not being compensated for this in any way!!  It really is because I want you to GROW SOMETHING!!!

Sponsored by Botanical Interests, Inc.  660 Compton St., Broomfield, Colorado, 80020


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Arizona, Contests, Desert Gardening, Facebook, Free stuff, Giveaways, Homeschooling, Life in the Desert, Loving Nature!, Organic Gardening, Summer Plans. Bookmark the permalink. 325 Comments.

  1. I’ve been a friend of Botanical Interests on Facebook for quite some time now.

  2. I’d love to win the veggie collection (Karen’s picks). I recently moved to a different area of the country where I can now grow warm weather crops. Can’t wait to grow peppers and squash!

  3. I posted on my Facebook page, The Real Happy Homemaker.

  4. I pinned this link on Pinterest at The Real Happy Homemaker on the A Walk Through The Garden Gates.

  5. I already got my catalog from Botanical Interests. Love it and ordered too.

  6. I already get Botanical Interests new letter. Love it.

  7. I need a catalog

  8. I am homescholing a grandson & we would love the opportunity to win these seeds for our earth science unit and for the unit on being self suffient>

  9. Wow I would love Can You Dig It? Children’s Gardening Kit to give my nieces so they can learn to plant and take care of a garden. They are home schooled and this kit will be very educational for them.

  10. I would love to win the Children’s Gardening Kit. I work with a regional food co-op in Richland,WA. We have a bunch of pallets in front that have been converted to garden spaces, and we plant them up in the spring so people can watch what grows. We encourage people, especially nongardeners, to pick what grows there to eat themselves, so they can see that they too can grow food. How awesome would it be to have this kit so we could get a group of kids together and have THEM plant the pallets and take ownership of THEIR garden???

  11. Our @Orange Blossom Community Garden could really use any of the Botanical Interest prizes. The “Can You Dig It? Children’s Gardening Kit would be great for our neighborhood kids.

  12. Jennifer Shipley

    I would love to win the children’s gardening set. I am a homeschool mom to 3 boys and this would be a fun project to do together. I liked both pages, ordered a catalog, shared this link on my Facebook page and pinned it.

  13. I am a Master Gardener Intern working in Youth Education! This would be awesome to win anyone of these kits!

  14. I’d love prize #1 for our homeschooling!

  15. I would love either #3 or #4. Both have some great selections in them!

  16. Liked your page on FB

  17. Liked Botanical Interests on FB.

  18. Pinned to Pinterest!

  19. Signed up for the Botanical Interests email.

  20. i would LOVE to win Karen’s Selection for February-March planting in the Phoenix area because it has everything i love in the mix! what a wonderful opportunity. i have a teensy area to garden, but still manage to can salsa and jams. i am hoping to somehow expand what i grow, this season. keeping my fingers crossed!

  21. Downloaded the BI Catalog

  22. I would luuuuurve to win the “Karen’s Selection for February-March planting in the Phoenix area” pack.. I live and garden in containers in Austin, TX and these pack would be ideal for my environment, as well..
    Plus, gotta go organic/heirloom! >=)

  23. I have two small boys that would love the children’s gardening kit! We’re trying to expand our garden this year and use more seeds. My toddler in particular enjoys working outside with us! He needs his own shovel too!

  24. I have 6 children so the kids packet would be wonderful. They love to watch seeds grow and as a homeschooling family this would be wonderful. The kids love to get their hands dirty(and I let them) with plants. 🙂

  25. I’d like to win Karen’s selection for February -match. I have gardened before, but never this large of an undertaking. And of course I am very happy to try non gmo for the first time!

  26. Gardengal Bevy posted your link which led me to your page, Thank you for taking the time to put all this information out for the world to see. I have learned a lot from all the info lately, just adds to my knowledge bank. I would love the container garden, it would compliment my current garden and allow me more options for the unused space on my deck. I also liked both pages and subscribed to the e letter and requested the catalog. I also shared the link on my Facebook.

  27. Second comment ;p this really is a great giveaway!

  28. Oh and a fan on FB and signed up for everything else 🙂

  29. Sharing the contest ! Good Luck Everyone !

  30. I signed up for the newsletter!

  31. I posted your link to this contest on my Facebook page!

  32. I would love to win the vegetable kit because I love growing practical foods!

  33. Becky Starkweather

    I would like the children’s kit. I already like you on fb. I liked Botanical Interests on fb too. Thank you for sharing! I have gotten books in hopes to hrow a garden now that we have a house again.

  34. What a cool idea for a giveaway! I would love to win the children’s gardening kit. This is the first year on our homestead and our daughter gets to select her own spot and manage her own garden. That would be an excellent beginning! Regardless-thanks for your blog. It’s lovely!

  35. I would like prize 2 to bring benefitual bugs into the garden and prize 3 to have my own garden. Food is good.

  36. Liked Sometimes Clever on Facebook.

  37. Liked Botanical Interests on Facebook.

  38. Shared this contest on my facebook page

  39. Posted this link to this contest through Pinterest.

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