$75 Cubit’s Seed Package Giveaway!




In this house the fella mainly just grunts when I discuss my seed wants. Unless he thinks I’m referring to a different kind of “seed”.  In which case he grunts and then smiles.

There’s something about picking out seeds that makes me all swoony.  And the seeds you can get through actual “seed” stores is impressive.  Sure you can get seeds at your grocery store. They usually haul out the dust covered carousel of 3 year old seeds around April. With such tantalizing offerings as “Tomato”, or  “Radish” or “Cucumber”.

Go to an actual seed store, either on-line or in person and what you’ll find are things like …


Organic Purple Tomatillo Seeds



Organic Watermelon Radish Seeds


Organic Lemon Cucumber Seeds

You must admit, just a *tad* more interesting than a plain old tomato, radish or cucumber.  Of course, you can also get regular old tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers from seed stores, but they’ll have the benefit of being fresh seeds with a really good description of what variety it is which will determine the taste, germination rate and growing season.

I’ve grown cherry tomatoes for years, but only “Sweet Baby Girl” tomatoes because they’re among the sweetest cherry tomatoes you can find.  Now, if you go to your garden centre and buy seeds or even a small cherry tomato plant, you usually have NO idea what variety it is.  That’s why growing your own from seeds that you select is the best way to go if you can when you’re starting your garden.

The other thing to consider when you’re picking out your seeds is whether or not you’re going to enjoy eating it once it’s grown.  Yeah.  I know it sounds stupid but those seeds and plants can look really tempting even if you don’t like eating them.  I also like to grow things that will keep either in a root cellar or dark cupboard.  Things like winter squash, potatoes, turnip, beets … stuff that you can grow and store for months.  Unlike cucumbers or tomatoes which don’t keep unless you preserve them in some way.

Another thing you want to consider when planting your vegetable garden is where you’re gonna plant this stuff.  It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye from a rogue squash plant you don’t really have room for.  If you don’t have a huge yard that gets at least 8  hours of sun a day you CAN still have home grown vegetables.  A lot of vegetables do well in containers or in small spaces.  Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers are all small garden/container friendly.  Among about a billion other things.

My final tip on seeds is to buy some heritage varieties. These are also known as heirloom variety.  What is an heirloom plant?  There are a few definitions, but basically an  heirloom tomato or carrot is one that has been around for several generations, and has not been genetically modified.  It hasn’t been hybridized with anything else to alter it.  BECAUSE of this, if you grow an heirloom plant, you can take the seeds from the vegetable you grew, plant them again next year and you will end up with exactly the same fruit/vegetable from it.  If you save the seeds from a regular hybridized seed and plant them again the next year you’re never really sure of what will sprout up.

O.K.  Lesson is over for today.  I pass things over now to Laura from Cubits Organics and the $75 giveaway she’s kindly offered The Art of Doing Stuff readers.

Laura’s a rockin, gardening mom in Toronto who runs the wildly successful Etsy shop, Cubits, Organic, Rare & Heirloom seeds.


Cubit’s, Organic, Rare & Heirloom Seeds

She’s giving one lucky reader this $75 package which includes a hand forged garden tool, wood plant markers and 12 packets of seeds.

The best part? She’s letting YOU pick out whatever seeds you want.

To enter, just go to the Cubit Etsy site, have a browse around and decide what your favourite seed is. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what your #1 seed pick would be.

Contest closes March 6th at midnight, winner announced March 8th. (winner will be randomly selected by automated computer program)

Good luck!

This contest is now closed.


  1. dulci says:

    rouge vif d etampe pumpkins have been on my seed wishlist for so stinkin’ long now…

  2. Terri Simmons says:

    Definitely the Cherokee Black Tomato! Perfect for my new container garden! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jillian says:

    How do I just pick 1? I love to garden and especially anything edible. (I like flowers, too) Huge lover of root veggies and the colorful carrot mix made my mouth water. We cut off the tops still leaving some green, cut in half and dredge in olive oil, celtic sea salt, fresh ground pepper and paprika. Lay them out flat on a large cookie sheet and roast until golden brown, soft with a bit of a crunch. OMG! Heaven melting in my mouth. YUM (works for store bought organic but not as yummy) Thanks Karen!

  4. Celine says:

    Voted 🙂 Good luck!

  5. cred says:

    I loved the Ryan Gosling quote- it was so hot! And he looks like he could plant his seed all night.

    It would have to be rainbow carrots- I love them and must grow them again. But the crystal apple cuke is interesting, it’s the only variety that I haven’t seen before.

    If you haven’t already, you should grow ground cherries- lovely, sweet & self-seeding. These are sweet like fruit- yes, I know tomatoes, cukes, peppers, etc are technically all fruit too but this one you eat like fruit. (for snacking, preserves, topping for dessert) Plant them in a perennial herb or flower bed and they will reseed & come up the next year without effort.

  6. pat hunter says:

    Old Ivory Egg Tomatoes are my pick

  7. lisa smith says:

    I think my favorite would be the Organic Delicata Winter Squash – Last year was our first year for butternut winter squash and it has been Great and I had so much i could share and it lasts so long! So trying a new squash would be fun!

  8. Leesa Brinkley says:

    the heirloom carrots seeds in memory of grandma; who was herself an heirloom!

  9. Delores says:

    The Fractal Romanesco Broccoli are beautiful and sound tasty.

  10. carol says:

    I love lettuce, so I would get the freckle lettuce! just for the name!

  11. Natalie says:

    Oh, look at the bulls blood beets! I love the red leaves. I like to eat beet leaves (and did so just last night!) And I usually start seeds for veggies, but end up buying herbs late in the season from whoever is selling them cheap. So I miss out on spring cooking with copious amounts of herby goodness. I should start some herbs from seed this year.
    I also think I’m going to focus on climb-y viney things, so I can make better use of space by growing peas on my fence, for example.
    Oh seeds how I love thee. Especially during this snow storm.

  12. Kelly B says:

    I love the Watermelon Radishes … how pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jen says:

    Fractal Romanesco Broccoli – it is so sculptural.

  14. Bridget says:

    My pick would be Organic Rainbow Swiss Chard Seeds – so gorgeous! Haven’t ever eaten it, but would love to see those colors out my window.

    Karen, you have inspired me to start a tiny indoor greenhouse with your previous postings on how to grow seeds from scratch! I started the sweetie tomatoes and can’t wait to see how many develop. I am waiting a bit longer to put the darlings in the ground since it is still before the last frost date here. It is like magic seeing these little babies pop up out of the ground.

    I never would have attempted it without your helpful posts. So, a big thank you! Wish me lots of luck and sunshine in NC for my first real garden full of tomatoes, green peppers, carrots!, and green beans.

    Bridget, the newly avid gardener

    • Karen says:

      Good luck Bridget! ~ karen

    • April says:

      I grew those last year, they are just as beautiful as the picture but they were so bitter my family would not eat them. No matter how I cooked them I just couldn’t get them to taste good. But they did make good alpaca treats 🙂

  15. jen says:

    aunt molly’s ground cherry — delicious and prolific — i’m all for it!

  16. Anita says:

    Organic Crystal Apple Cucumber. They are so pretty and I don’t know what it is. I am fascinated by a hellow cucumber.

  17. Andrea @ 101 Life Lessons says:

    I ordered a bunch of seeds from her last year. Would love to do the same this year! She’s got lovely tomatoes – any of them would make me happy.

  18. Erika says:

    Watermelon radishes! How fun!

  19. Mary says:

    Organic Sumter Cucumber seeds!

  20. Amber Tabone says:

    It’s hard to pick just one! I would go with the Organic Purple Basil because I eat basil like no tomorrow, AND it looks beautiful!! I’d grow it in the pots on my deck. The purple will be a nice visual accent on the deck and a pleasant surprise in the dish. Thank you for this opportunity!

  21. Jocelyne says:

    My favourite seed would be the black zebra striped tomato seeds, although I am also intrigued by the yellow and purple tomatillos!

  22. Traci says:

    Every variety of tomato!!! YUM!

  23. Mary says:

    Waltham Butternt Squash. Because, I want to grow squash in a cage.

  24. Rose says:

    Organic Early Wonder Tall Top Beet Seeds. Beets grow really well in my terrible Florida yard, which is fortunate, because beet greens are the best food.

  25. Karen says:

    organic red fig tomatoes. I remember my neighbor growing these when I was a kid. I was intrigued by their shape.

  26. I would totally get fennel. So yummy and such a fragrant addition to a garden.

  27. Julianne says:

    Mine would be the good, old “Organic Watermelon Seeds – Sugar Baby Water Melon”. Watermelon grows well in our climate and I absolutely love watermelon..could live on the stuff during the hot summer months! :O)

  28. Mallory says:

    I would love to try growing the habanero peppers.

  29. Phyllis says:

    It was a bad idea to read what others had written!…had to go back and check what some looked like…watermelon radish to be sure is my pick! Thanks!

  30. Amie says:

    I live in the most isolated city in the world. No, I’m not exaggerating; look up Perth Western Australia & you will see that I’m not telling porkies. Subsequently we don’t get many varieties. I have been searching for the past 16 months for Heirloom Carrot seeds! Thanks for sharing! x

  31. Maria says:

    Those rainbow radishes look awesome! Great giveaway!

    Also, I’ve happened on your blog before (through google), but after looking at the homie nominations I found you again, poked around and am now a follower 🙂 Awesome blog!

  32. Kathy says:

    Golden Detroit Beets– we actually grow a lot of vegetables and I would love to try this one.

  33. Carol-Anne says:

    Can’t decided between the Beet Trio or the Watermelon Radishes – surprise me 🙂

  34. Rebecca says:

    I have to win this! This is my favorite giveaway you’ve had! Fordhook Swiss chard or purple tomatillos.

  35. Barbara says:

    I haven’t had much luck with radishes lately—I’d try the belle radishes,

  36. Judy says:

    Gosh, so many choices….. I have never seen Fractal Romanesco Broccoli before, and it looks so beautiful I would have to try that!

  37. farquist says:

    Colourful carrot mix, please. I would need that hand forged garden tool to tame my Manitoba gumbo garden.

  38. Alecia @ ChickenScratchNY says:

    I love lemon cucumbers, they are so pretty and taste amazing, they are also the only ones I’v ever managed to grow and get a decent crop out of

  39. Elizabeth Davidson says:

    The purple carrots. What beautiful and color dishes I could prepare if I had purple carrots growing in my garden. I would be the envy of all my neighbors.

  40. Wub says:

    I’d love to try growing the White Icicle Radishes. My guy loves radishes. Me, not so much. And I don’t love that he loves them. Makes his burps smell like something died inside him… Ugh! Maybe the White Icicles will clear up that problem for me… I mean for him. Thanks!

  41. christina says:

    holy Hannah – Cinnamon Basil?!! want that – would be perfect for sauce for Pastitsio, or Greek lasagna!

  42. Kirsten says:

    The Sweet Baby Watermelon seeds would be my pick. I’m just starting to get into gardening, and watermelon is something that will never ever go to waste in this house.
    Thank you so much for sharing this – I never thought that etsy would have seeds, but now I have a brand new resource for my budding (ha) hobby.

    • Kirsten says:

      Except I call them gooseberries, for whatever reason. They’re really hard to find and expensive here!
      Also, you’re in the lead! c:

  43. Alison says:

    Organic Beet Seed Mix…not only will I make the the beet pear salad with goat cheese but it will be backyard local with these seeds! Take that grocery store! Must now find a goat…

  44. Jessica says:

    I’d go for Rouge Vif D Etampes, a.k.a. the Cinderella pumpkin. Because I love fairy-tales. And because I’ve read that it tastes great, aside from just being a pretty squash.

    Awesome picture with Ryan Gosling. It had me full-out laughing. Which had my boyfriend ask what was so funny. I showed him, and he got a worried face, kind of like an “uh-oh, should I pay more attention to your seed wishes?” kinda look.

  45. Debra says:

    Who can resist purple carrots? Purple carrots!!! Not my 3 year old. I bet they are carrots fit for a princess! (being purple and all) Yummmmm!

  46. Deb Hornick Gotham says:

    Moon and stars watermelon! SOOOOOO Hard to choose..what an awesome shop!!! Thanks so much for this opportunity!!!

  47. Wendi says:

    My favorite would have to be the Cilantro Coriander Herb Seeds. I am OBSESSED with cilantro right now! My hubs makes a killer corn salsa that has loads of cilantro in it…Oh, great! Now I’m craving salsa! :op

  48. Mary says:

    Voted btw. My favourite seed to try would be the Italian Noire Tomato Seeds Organically Grown.

  49. Jennifer says:

    What is not to LOVE about Broccoli that is both a left AND right side brained. Chartreuse Fractal Broccoli!

  50. Elle says:

    So many lovely seeds to choose from!

    I know *my guy* would choose the Habanero, while I would choose Italian Noire Tomato

    no, wait…

    I would choose Organic Red Fig Cherry Tomato

    no, wait…

    I would choose the Organic Colorful Carrot Seeds Six Pack Collection!

    so hard to be decisive. sigh.

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