Giveaway: Cubits Organic Herb Seed Trio

To kick off garden week on the right foot, we have an amazing giveaway from one of my favorite shops on etsy, CubitsCubits is an organic seed shop with a passion for heirloom species and quality homegrown food.  Laura runs the show while staying at home with her beautiful daughter.  She is also an avid urban gardener.  Her blog is so inspiring.  I love watching her veggies and herbs go from seed to plate and how beautiful they look every step of the way.  Laura and Cubits were also featured in a video for Foodland Ontario.

This week you have the opportunity to win a trio of organic herb seeds including moss curled parsley, bouquet dill and genovese basil.

Laura is so sweet and FULL of gardening know-how.  She was kind enough to offer some seed shopping tips and insight from her own garden.

What are you looking forward to growing and cooking with most this coming season?
Tomatoes are my absolute favourite thing to grow and therefore eat. I tend to go overboard and grow at least 10 varieties each year (ok more like 16) but there really is not much better than a picking a gorgeous heirloom tomato that is still warm from the sun. This year I am going to grow San Marzano Tomatoes and then make my own jars of tomato sauce for the winter. So Canning from seed, should be fun. I’ll be photographing and blogging about it as I go.

Many of my readers are apartment owners or don’t have land for a large garden. Any produce recommendations for container gardens or small gardens?
I really believe that people can grow produce no matter where they live. Herbs and greens are a really simple place to start with as they will grow on a window sill. Really as long as your container is big enough and you water frequently (containers dry out much faster than typical gardens) you can grow anything from carrots to zucchinis in a variety of containers. I grow potatoes and other root vegetables like carrots and beets in an old claw foot bah tub each summer. It actually gives me an advantage as I can really control the soil composition.

Any veggies that are new to your garden this year?
This year will be the year of the bean in our garden. I am trying chickpeas for the first time and have 6 different heirloom beans that we will also be growing for the first time. These are not varieties that we are selling yet but rather some rare varieties coming from exchanges and the populuxe seed bank.

What is your #1 tip for first time or beginning gardeners?
The best advice I can offer is to start with what you love and to start small. If you buy tomatoes every single time you go grocery shopping then they are a good candidate. You certainly don’t need to grow 16 varieties either, maybe start with a variety for sandwiches like the classic Brandywine along with a cherry type for salads.

I also recommend picking up a copy of either of Gayla Trail’s books; “You Grow Girl” or “Grow Great Grub“. They are an excellent resource that are written specifically for unfussy urban gardeners.

To enter:

  • One Entry by “Liking” Laura’s grant application on facebook.  She’s applying for a grant to help jump start her business and spread the word about heirloom, organic and urban gardening.  Please leave a comment here after clicking “Like” over here.
  • You can get a second chance to win by tweeting or blogging the giveaway and leaving another comment with the link to the blog entry or your twitter name (be sure to include @lost_and_fawned in your tweet so I can verify you tweeted!).
  • Giveaway is open to US or Canadian Residents ONLY.
  • Please also remember leave your email so I know how to contact you!

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, April 18th at 9:oo PM EST.  I will announce the winner right here the next day.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed.  A winner will be announced tonight.  Thanks for entering!

Comments

  1. I love fancy seeds! I am super excited for gardening this year. I “liked” Cubits on Facebook.

  2. Amazing giveaway! Love to garden, and basil, parsley and dill are essential!

  3. Just voted for Laura’s Grant Application! :)

  4. Christian says:

    Also voted, what a cool store. I love heirloom seeds and never thought to look for any on etsy.

  5. What a cute store. I could really use gardening help this year!

  6. I voted and commented over at the contest – best of luck to Cubits!!!

  7. I am so happy to see Cubits comes from Toronto my neighboring city!!! Go Canada Go! I have voted for Laura’s grant and ‘Liked’ her on facebook!

  8. Clicked “like” with pleasure. Could use some garden starters this year!

  9. I ‘liked’ on facebook. :)

  10. I “liked” and voted for Cubits grant application!!

  11. I tweeted about the giveaway! Here’s the link: http://twitter.com/#!/MCSCandG/status/57618248237199360

    My twitter name is @MCSCandG

  12. Oh, and my email is mountaincreekscg@gmail.com . Thank you!! =)

  13. I liked on fb!

  14. I REALLY want to try growing something this year but it is just so intimidating!! I’ve never been taught how to grow anything and feel like I just don’t know where to start. Are there any super awesome tutorial videos that give all the beginning basics? I’d love that even more than a book…!

  15. I liked and voted for Laura’s application – good luck Laura!!

  16. I liked your grant application – our whole garden (most of our backyard) is heratige veggies and fruit – I love that more and more gardeners are seeing the sence in this. Good for you, and good luck to you! They do taste the best, and look amazing to :)

  17. I like Laura’s grant application and hope she gets it! My FB name is Amanda Moore!

  18. I voted for Laura several times :)

    Here’s my tweet about the giveaway, I’m @AmberGoo:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/57871984989712384

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  20. I commented over there (Alys) :)

    Awesome project. I’m looking forward to a good garden this year!

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  21. Voted for Laura’s grant

  22. Little Miss Sunshine says:

    I liked the grant application. These seeds sound great – I love growing herbs!
    Lmsunshine33ATgmailDOTcom

  23. would LOVE to win this! i liked the grant application/commented.

  24. and i tweeted! @christenstrang

  25. My mouth is watering already! I “like” Cubits Organic!

  26. Tweeted!

  27. I liked the video, voted, and commented!
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  28. Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster says:

    I LIKE (on Facebook) and voted for Laura’s Grant application
    (Jesselyn Andersyn on FB)

    I also shared/posted it on my Facebook Page/Wall.

  29. Valérie says:

    I liked on facebook and voted for Cubits grant application!

  30. I-liked-(Tara-Pantera.)

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  31. Oh, what a great thing she is going for. Hope she gets it, she deserves it!

    Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

    I voted for her!

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