It’s a Survival Seeds Giveaway!

by heather

Herb GardenSo, you longtime readers of The Greenest Dollar have probably heard of Hometown Seeds before. They sponsored an awesome giveaway last year, and I also used their Survival Seeds in last year’s garden.

Sadly, no, that picture on the left is NOT my Medieval herb garden. Mine was far more romantic and mysterious looking than that one.

Anyway, the Survival Seed plants I managed not to kill due to my inexperience thrived incredibly well last year. And I was able to harvest a lot of seeds for this year’s garden. Trust me when I tell you I’ll have an influx of Lincoln Peas come July.

Well, Scott over at Hometown has graciously offered to sponsor another giveaway here. Lucky you!

First, if you have no idea who Hometown is, or what Survival Seeds are, here’s a quick rundown.

Hometown Seeds

Hometown Seeds is an online seed business that rocks. And they sell high-quality seeds…everything from flowering perennials to Seed Banks containing over 24,000 seeds.

One of their most unique products are their Survival Seed Packs. Survival Seeds are seeds that you can harvest again and again.

See, 99% of the time when you buy a packet of seeds, you’re only going to get one growing season out of them. The seed companies did this so you’d have to keep buying seeds year after year, which means they make more money off of us.

Yeah, it stinks.

But Hometown Seeds sells Survival Seeds. These seeds produce plants whose seeds can be harvested for next year’s crop. So, no more buying seeds! It’s really cool, and definitely worth the money to invest in Survival Seeds.

The Giveaway

So, what can you win?

Scott is graciously giving away 2 Survival Seed Packs, worth $40/each. Here’s what you get:

  • Lincoln Peas
  • Detroit Red Beets
  • Provider Bush Beans
  • Yolo Wonder Pepper
  • Champion Radish
  • Swiss Chard
  • Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Waltham Butternut Winter Squash
  • Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach
  • Scarlet Nantes Carrots
  • Long Green Cucumbers
  • Rutgers Tomatoes
  • Golden Acres Cabbage
  • Romaine Paris Island Lettuce
  • Golden Bantern Sweet Corn
  • Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion

Each pack has a shelf life of 5 years (10 years if frozen). And, you get over 22,000 seeds.

How To Enter and Win

The contest will run from Monday, January 3 through Saturday, January 8. I’ll pick two winners on Monday, January 10, using

How can you enter? Super easy.

1. Visit Take a look around. Come back to this post and let me know which flower or vegetable you’d most like to plant this year.

2. Spread this contest on Twitter. Come back here and let me know you’re spreading the word (and leave your Twitter handle so I can Follow you back!)

3. Spread this contest on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you spread the word!

Every comment counts as an entry!

Good luck everyone!

(Photo Courtesy: Jim Linwood)


emily January 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm

i want larkspur as an annual to help embellish my perennial garden i planted last year!

Ashley C January 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Oh how I love me some Brandywines! I see they have seeds for the pink variety, those would have to be one of my favs 🙂 although Id be eager to try the Rutgers included in the giveaway, Im always up for something new! Survival seed banking rocks my socks lol

Ashley C January 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I also shared on my Facebook page 🙂 Ive converted quite a few apprehensive souls into green thumbs so Im sure theyll be as excited as I am for a chance to start their garden off with free seeds!

Matt January 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Zucchini! I love it (especially grilled) and ours wimped out after producing about 5 last year… so I’d really like to make sure we get a good bunch this year.

Jodi January 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I’d be interested in trying the Lincoln peas but any type of peas get eaten around here, including the sugar and snow.

Katherine January 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Definitely the sweet big red peppers – I love them, but they’re so expensive to buy!

Sylvia January 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

Hybrid broccolli seeds. Yum!

Tammy C January 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

Along with the survival seeds, I would love to plant some Oriental Poppy’s. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

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Bobbi January 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

I would like to try growing (and eating) the chard. I know, I am probably the last person on earth to try it, but that is what I would like to try. I twittered this (bobster126) and also posted on Facebook. Thanks!

Julie P January 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’d like to plant the Sugar Buns Hybrid corn seeds. If my husband had his way, I wouldn’t plant any other vegetable seeds – he just loves his corn.

Jenna January 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

I want to successfully grow beets this year…I love them roasted up with some maple syrup but last year my beets got attacked early on by some nasty beetles!!

Jacq Bazik January 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

I am looking forward to growing lettuce this year! Fresh salads, I can not wait for spring! Facebook post

Surviving and thriving on pennies January 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

My birthday is January 10th so what a cool birthday gift that would be if I won!!!
What a cool site. I would pick asparagus because they look difficult to grow. I’m already awaiting seed catalogs and this would be so cool to win!!

Beth Brown January 4, 2011 at 10:47 am

I don’t think I could choose just one! But if I had, I would like to try the Little Marvel Peas but then I saw the other posts for chard, sugar buns corn and I’m going to have try them as well!

Beth Brown January 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

I twittered it 🙂

Beth Brown January 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

I added it to my facebook page!

Lisa Z January 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

I would plant the Hollyhocks. I’ve always wanted some in my flower garden.

Tammy January 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’d really love the parsnips, turnips and eggplant….and zucchini, squash….I love growing food to sustain my family and friends!!! =)

Tammy January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Shared on my fb page… =)

Dave Doctor January 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What are the steps to harvest the seeds for another year?

clayton January 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Here is what I just ordered from Hometown Seeds!
1 x Peppermint – Herb Seeds (PEPPE)
1 x Basil, Purple Ruffles – Herb Seeds (BPURU)
1 x Broccoli, DiCicco Organic Sprouting Seeds (SBWALT)
1 x Radish, China Rose Organic Sprouting Seeds (SRCHRO)
2 x Gourmet Mix Lettuce Seeds (LLEMI)
1 x Swiss Chard, Bright Lights Seeds (SBRLI)

These Broccoli and Radish sprouts are unbelievably delicious… and a great way to garden in the winter… Anyone can put a jar or two of sprouts in the kitchen and enjoy fresh greens even when the ground outside is frozen… I’m just saying!!

clayton January 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Oh yeah, BTW folks…
Don’t freeze your seeds!

Stacy January 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I want cilantro!! For all that guacomole! YUM YUM!!

Liberty Hedricks January 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I want to plant some Oriental Poppies, so so beautiful.

Sammi January 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

poppies – I love the way they look in my front yard

Gayle January 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Im so excited! I was just about to order their Survival Seed package today,when I saw this post. Now I will wait till Monday. I would love to plant the Brandywine Tomatoes and Amish Paste. Hope I win one of these, but if not, I will continue with my order.

rose January 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Roma VF Tomato Seeds for sure. Love to cook with Romas!

Walt January 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I’m very interested in the survival seeds package, as it is hard to buy any seeds that are not a hybrid these days.

Stephanie January 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

So many seeds to choose! I’d love to see if I can successfully grow tomatoes and lettuce this year. The package would give me the boost to try again.

Elizabeth Brunner January 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Fairy Tale Eggplant. My favorite vegetable. So pretty too.

Meghan January 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

I’d like to grow *every* vegetable!

Okay, not really practical, I guess. Push come to shove, I’d have to go with either the pink Brandwines or the Black Beauty eggplants–I love them desperately and can’t imagine having too many of them.

Sarah January 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I can’t decide. Either the Rutgers Tomatoes or the Golden Acres Cabbage. We’re really into cabbage right now. LOL

ivonia class January 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I’d like to plant rutabaga seeds.

salman January 6, 2011 at 11:14 am
Erin January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I would love to try the cantaloupe seeds because my sons love to eat the fruit with yogurt in the summer. The Sweet Pea Knee Hi Mix looks beautiful. I love sweet peas, and the bush type would look beautiful in front of my kitchen window.

Erin January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

The cantaloupe seeds look great – my kids love the fruit with yogurt. And the Sweet Pea, Knee Hi Mix would look gorgeous outside my kitchen window!

kateri January 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I just shared your link on facebook. Looks like a great mix of veggie seeds. I must get some of those iceland poppies. 🙂

Heather January 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’d love to try some beets, basil and poppies in our mountain garden!

Merle January 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I would most like Utah Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion. Thanks for a great contest. Keep up the good work.

Tirsa January 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

I would like the Wheat, Hard Red Organic Sprouting Seeds. They sound great!

Dee Lynch January 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’d love to try the gourmet lettuce mix. There’s nothing like picking your dinner salad out of your own garden.

Lori S January 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thank you for your latest wonderful find (or at least new to me!). I will spread the word throughout my circle, but do not Twitter. The Survival Seeds are a WONDERFUL idea. My fiance and I are avidly working toward self-sufficiency in the event of misfortune/disaster, and it had never occurred to me to have a Seed Bank! Thank you and thank you to Hometown Seeds.

I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Nancy H. January 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I have been having horrible luck with my gardening. Apparently I have a black thumb and I am only using container gardens! (Earthboxes). I guess the seeds I have gotten have not been good ones. I even tried Seeds of Change. I actually have planted pea seeds that are growing, but should have sprouted a pea by now and I only have 5 foot tall growths! All of the seeds at this website look great. I think I will be ordering from them now to see if I get any better luck. Thank god we are not trying to live off my growing techniques as we would have starved along time ago. By the way, I think your articles are great!

Sylvia January 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

I got my seeds and I can’t wait to plant them! A good friend of mine is going to grow some in her garden while I grow some in mine. We are going to start canning and preserving these veggies together. Thanks again for a great win! I’m planning on ordering some flower seeds in the spring as well!

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