Wanted: Good Home for Seeds

“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

tomato seeds

tomato seeds

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.


Beedy’s Camden kale

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’.”

Red Ursa kale growing in cold frame bed

Red Ursa kale growing in cold frame bed

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.

kale seed in containers

kale seed in containers

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.

Calendula flower

Calendula flower

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)

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20 Responses to Wanted: Good Home for Seeds

  1. Susan Mrenna says:

    I am interested in the two kales and the golden leaf purslane. Thank you!

  2. Sharon says:

    I grew your Beedy’s Camden Kale this year and it did beautifully! Huge, gorgeous, and delicious! plants. If you have any extra Black Cherry tomato seeds I would love to try them.

  3. Norma Chang says:

    My Beedy’s Camden kale did very well, thank you. What did you do to prevent your 2 kales from cross pollinating? Would love some of your seeds will e-mail you a list.

    • Dave says:

      Norma, I only let one kale go to seed each year. Last year it was Beedy’s Camden, this year the Red Ursa. I don’t let any other kales flower, except the one I am saving seeds from.

  4. Mimzy says:

    I like to try Beedy’s Camden kale and Red Ursa kale and calendula.
    I can get it from Lynda one day at the library. Please don’t spend money on postage.

    Can’t wait for some of your revised soap recipes!

  5. fraley smith says:

    I am most interested in your calendula. but if your pepper seeds can be used for chilli powder I would like some of that. could I send you postage and try a little of all the other seeds too?

  6. Debbie Patrick says:

    Hi! I would LOVE to have some of the kale seeds, and the black cherry tomato. I would also be interested in anything else extra you want to get rid of. I’m expanding my garden this spring and am planning on doing a LOT of experimenting with new things! Thank you so much!

  7. Vanessa says:

    Hello, I live here in Evansville and I would love some of your leftover seeds! I have a little family of garden helpers and follow your blog for inspiration and advice. http://nessaandmichael.blogspot.com/2013/06/first-harvest.html I grew up in Montana, so gardening is so different here. We recently built a little cold frame following your design! I would sure love some kale, arugula, calendula, and peppers, but would be happy with anything you have to share! Thank you so much for the offer!

  8. I am still building a stockpile of seeds, so I would appreciate any that you would be willing to send my way. And I would really love a way to say thank you – please let me pay postage!

  9. Darlene says:

    Your seeds will be happy here! Also, it will give me a good head start since I plan on looking at your reviews before ordering seeds for next year. 🙂

    -One of the Kale, arugula, tomato, pepper (all 3), calendula can I send you postage?
    Thanks so much!

  10. Jeannine says:

    If you still have seeds available, I would love to try both kinds of kale, the Vinson Watts tomato, the Trinidad Perfume pepper, and the Aji Angelo pepper. Thank you!

  11. RICHARD HAYS says:

    Really enjoy your blog. Would love to try some of these seeds.

  12. keren says:

    Really? you’re just giving them away? I would love to try both purslanes and the Calendula, if you have any left. Thanks for being wonderful like that.

  13. I would love to try and grow the black cherry tomatoes!!!

  14. Glynis Rosendall says:


    I have two cold frames in which I try to winter over some greens. If you have any of the kale or the rustic arugula seed remaining I would welcome the opportunity to try it. Your site and the information you provide has been very helpful to me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your love of gardening with us.

  15. Dave says:

    To all who have responded so far, I will begin emailing you later this week. I will divvy up the seeds and see how far they can go! I already know that I will run out of the Vinson Watts and Black Cherry tomato seeds, and the Trinidad Perfume pepper. I still have quite a few of the other seeds though. 🙂

  16. Hsin says:

    How do you over-winter the kale so it doesn’t die? How do you cover it or protect it? If you have extras for both types of kale and arugula, I would love to try them! Thank you for the generous offer!

    • Dave says:

      Kale usually survives the winter here in Southern Indiana without being covered. In colder areas, covering with row cover material like Agribon will usually give enough protection for the kale.

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