“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
–Henry David Thoreau
As I was doing my annual seed inventory last month, I noticed I have a lot of seeds that I saved the last couple of years. As anyone who has saved seeds themselves knows, many plants produce loads of seeds, and it is easy to collect way more than one person can use before the seeds lose their viability.
For instance, I still have hundreds (if not more) seeds from Beedy’s Camden Kale that I saved last year. I had a giveaway for them last year, but I still have way too many. I hate to see them go to waste, so they are going on the block again this year.
This year I saved seeds from Red Ursa kale. I didn’t get quite as many seeds from it, but I still have enough for several people to try it. I got the original Red Ursa seeds from Wild Garden Seeds, where Red Ursa is described as combining “the broadleaf frills of ‘Siberian’ with the color of ‘Red Russian’.”
Both of these kales are great performers here in the garden, and usually make it through the winter with a little protection. If you want to know more about these two varieties, I did a spotlight on the Red Ursa kale earlier this year. And I did a feature on the Beedy’s Camden kale last year.
I also have saved seeds from greens like arugula and purslane, and a few extra tomato and pepper seeds. I have two batches of arugula, one of the ‘regular’ leafed kind and one a mix from ‘wild’ types like Rustic and Sylvetta arugula. Most all of these seeds have been tested and have been true to type, but it is always possible that a tomato or pepper crossed with another plant. The pepper seeds came from three varieties I grew this year: Aji Angelo, Aji Dulce #2, and Trinidad Perfume. They are all mildly hot peppers, and you can read more them in my Pepper Roundup Part 1. I also have seeds from the heirloom beefsteak tomato Vinson Watts, and the popular and productive Black Cherry tomato. Rounding out the list are some seeds from our 2013 crop of Calendula flowers.
Here’s a list of the seeds I have to share:
- Beedy’s Camden kale
- Red Ursa kale
- regular arugula
- rustic/sylvetta arugula
- green leaf purslane (Portulaca oleracea sativa)
- golden leaf purslane (P. oleracea sativa)
Black Cherry tomato Vinson Watts tomato Trinidad Perfume pepper (Capsicum chinense) Aji Dulce #2 pepper (C. chinense) Aji Angelo pepper (C. baccatum)
- calendula (mixed)
If anyone is interested in trying any of these seeds, just leave a comment here indicating your interest and I will get back to you via email. Or you can email me directly. Either way, I will be happy to send them out to you, while supplies last. It’s a great way for me to share my love of gardening, and the joy of growing things from seeds.
(Due to potential custom issues, I am going to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only)