Comment Contest With a Great Prize from Botanical Interests

by Fern on December 7, 2009

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In case you haven’t heard, Botanical Interests has come out with 16 gift collections, one of which is a collection of container gardening seeds. Each collection contains seed packets that are packaged in a nice box with a festive bow. If you want to inspire someone to garden (or help feed an existing passion), one of these boxes just might be the perfect gift this holiday season.

The good news is, one of you is going to win the container gardening gift collection, and it couldn’t be simpler to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post, any post, between now and Sunday, December 13th at 5pm Pacific Time. I’ll select one comment at random to win the container garden seed collection. Obviously, the more you comment, the more you increase your liklihood of winning. However, I’m not going to count comments like “great post” for purposes of the contest. That would be too easy. ;-)

Due to the import and export laws of the U.S. and other countries, seeds cannot be shipped outside of the U.S., so I’m afraid you must have a U.S. address to win. If the person selected lives outside the U.S., I’ll select another winner.

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bright and blithe December 7, 2009 at 5:38 am

They have a wonderful collection of heirloom seeds. Thank you for hosting this. I’ll be sure to post about it one day this week. The more the merrier (although selfishly I’d love it if no one else found out!)


Louise @ Buddy Garden December 7, 2009 at 6:13 am

Hi Fern, I love the new look of your website. I’m not sure if it’s just my computer but I’m viewing your site on a 21-inch monitor and the background image only covers the two thirds of the screen. It’s like there’s a thick border around the bottom and the right. It’s hard to explain but I can definitely send you a screenshot if that’s easier.

I just want to encourage everyone to participate in this contest because Botanical Interest really has good quality seeds.


Carolyn Edsell-Vetter December 7, 2009 at 6:28 am

Fern – The new site looks great to me! (Using Firefox on 17″ laptop) The “new?” tab and topic archive should also help people find their way to the most relevant content. As with the old site, I like not having to hunt for your Twitter link, but I’m glad you got rid of the sidebar.


Kylee from Our Little Acre December 7, 2009 at 7:14 am

LOVE your new look, Fern! It’s gorgeous! Makes me want to redo mine! :-)

I would LOVE to win this seed collection! Count me in!


Liz from Seedlings Gardening December 7, 2009 at 8:07 am

I like the variety of different collections they have. It makes me want to buy them for everyone. Or plan ahead and make my own next year. You should have the winner do a guest post when they get the seeds producing veggies on their balcony.


Tiffany Green December 7, 2009 at 8:24 am

Neat! I try to grow heirloom vegetables, particularly tomatoes and herbs.


Bob December 7, 2009 at 8:41 am

I have already started dropping not-so-subtle hints to my partner that this is what he should be getting me for the holidays.


Donna Brown December 7, 2009 at 8:51 am

Longtime lurker… first time commenter! Eee! I wish I had enough to rant each day till Sunday to increase my winnings! Gushing is valid, yes?
But aside that, ever since I’ve seen the link for Botanical Interests I’ve been adding packet upon packet of seeds that I need to order from them [once the snow melts]… and oh, what lovely gift collections these are! The Basic Bounty/Container Garden is predominately my “to buy” list! haha!


Monica the Garden Faerie December 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

Hi There! I love BI seeds and grow a lot of my veggies in containers. The next time I’m visiting my niece in CO, I’m going to see if I can get a tour of the BI headquarters! :) (Seriously.)


Fern December 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Monica–If they let you, you have to post the pics on your blog. I would love to see and insiders perspective of BI headquarters.

Mary C December 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

I looked the collections up as soon as I saw them post it on their Facebook. I’m thinking of the Asian veggies collection for a friend’s family… It’s a very unique kind of gift!


Cat December 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

Great new look on LOTB, love it!

I’ve already been hinting around that I’d like this as a stocking stuffer, but you never can have too many seeds. Great contest idea.


Miriam Goldberger December 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm

New site design is so very tasteful and restful and lovely!
Looks like a great contest idea. Good on you!


MrBrownThumb December 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm

“I’m not going to count comments like “great post” for purposes of the contest. ”


I was just looking at their seed collections when I was writing up seed gift guide post on my “Chicago Garden” blog and was impressed. I like it when things I grouped easily for me like this, saves me from having to think.

(btw, don’t count this comment as an entry. It is just a regular comment)


V. Higgins December 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I’ve been wanting to start a container garden for a while but haven’t made the time for it… maybe this will get me started. ^_^


Fern December 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm

V. Higgins–If you don’t win, you could always gift the set to yourself as a New Years resolution gift. :-)

Vertie December 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I’m trying to turn my sister onto gardening–and to eating more organic vegetables. This collection would be a great start for her. It would also help me by taking care of her Christmas present.-)


Fern December 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Good luck Vertie! It would be a great gift to light a gardening spark in someone.

Samantha December 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Just wondering if it counts for the contest if I comment on this entry… I hope it does, because those seeds look super cool!

Keep up the good work!


Fern December 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

LOL Samantha. Sure, I’ll count that comment. ;-)

Shari December 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Hi Fern! The new site design is beautiful! [I use a little Acer netbook with Firefox to access the blog.] The clean lines and simple layout are nice and restful, inviting me to poke around in the archives more, which I really had not done much of previously. Great job!


Jane December 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

Great gift idea, to give nicely packaged seeds to gardeners!

Constructive suggestion apropos of the video review of the P.Allen Smith card deck: inexperienced gardeners watching the demo might not realize that when transferring plants out of nursery containers, rootballs should always be checked, and in most cases, need to be gently loosened at the bottom so roots can more easily spread down into the new container’s soil. (Realize that the video was designed just as a product review, but it’s an important step to ensure the success of the new arrangement!)

Congratulations on your blog – it’s very nicely done.


Fern December 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Jane–Regarding rootballs of nursery plants, I don’t subscribe to the line of thinking that requires people to loosen the rootball before planting. There have been a couple of studies that have found no difference in plants that had their roots loosed before planting and those that don’t. And the risk of damaging the roots seems to me to be more likely than any negligible harm done to the plant by not loosening their roots before planting. The only time I think it is worthwhile is when you are planting a tree or other plant with a large root that has circled the nursery pot. In that case, I think it is worthwhile to disentangle the roots to prevent the large root from choking the rest of the plant.

Sonya Guerra December 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

Beautiful new site!! love the look of it. A really nice contest too??? I am so excited to hear who wins!


Stephanie December 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and have really come away with lots of ideas for my patio next year! Thank you.

I also really like the new layout — tres chic.


Lisa December 9, 2009 at 5:35 am

I would love this prize! We just moved to a house and cannot wait to start a small garden in the spring. I had not seen your beautifully updated site! Its looks great!



Steven Hirschauer December 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Would love to win this set – have been trying to do as much green living as possible with renting…


kristi December 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Hi, I really like the new layout of your website. It’s so bright and clean. I think this is a great gift for a sibling of mine and her son who I gave the gardening bug to last Christmas. Happy Holidays!


MayneKitty December 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

I always order some of my seeds from Botanical Interests. They have a good selection and the shipping charges are reasonable.


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