High Mowing Seeds Giveaway

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting

High Mowing Organic SeedsCold climate gardeners save themselves a lot of grief and aggravation if they purchase their seeds from companies in similar climates who grow, or at least trial, at their location all the seed they sell. If a company has successfully grown a seed in its cold climate, you can be pretty certain it will do well in your cold climate. And it will save you from poring over catalog copy looking for the short season and cold-tolerant varieties, because the catalog will be full of them. When I attended Buffa10, the garden bloggers’ meetup last July, I was introduced to a Vermont seed company I’d never heard of before, High Mowing Seeds. High Mowing Seeds has been growing all their seed organically since 1996. That’s a track record few other seed companies can match. I was intrigued, and I offered to do a seed giveaway to help them get the word out.

Garden Starter Collection – Great For Newbies!

Garden Starter Organic Seed CollectionHigh Mowing Organic Seeds is giving away their Garden Starter Organic Seed Collection to one commenter chosen at random. This is a very good collection of seeds for the beginner, because they can all be sown directly in the soil. No fretting about the proper way to start seeds indoors, or wondering if your window gets enough sun. Even better, they have teamed up with Eating Well magazine to provide you with a bunch of recipes that use the vegetables in the collection.

Cold Climate Varieties

I asked my contact at High Mowing Seeds if there were any of their seeds particularly suited to growing in cold climates. Turns out they have a list of vegetable varieties that do especially well in cold climates, and you should add Nautic Brussels sprouts, Impala cabbage, Magenta lettuce, Bandit & Tadorna leek, and Ripbor kale to this list.

How to Enter

To enter the giveaway, comment below by either 1) telling us what recipe from the recipe page you’d like to cook, 2) telling us a seed variety from their website you’d like to try, or 3) asking a question about cold climate vegetable gardening. High Mowing Seeds would like to answer your questions for an upcoming article on their site. One comment per person please, and you must have a U.S. mailing address and be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 13th at midnight Eastern time. Winner will be notified by email on Monday.

The Winner: The random number generator picked the number 4. The fourth commenter was Julie. Congratulations, Julie. The giveaway is over and comments are now closed.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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marnie March 11, 2011, 10:26 am

I’d love to try the spinach stuffed pizza, or the chicken & fruit salad!

Kima Traynham March 10, 2011, 8:34 pm

I’d love to try the Red Burgandy Okra! I’ve been growing Okra in containers here in Northwest Montana for a couple of years – success varies with the season’s weather, but as an ex-southerner, it is one of my favorite veggies adn worth the extra effort!

Mich RyCo March 9, 2011, 10:51 am

I am interested in the Heirloom, Chard in particular, as it does great in our Central NY cold pocket climate.

Jackie Dietz March 9, 2011, 10:44 am

I would love to learn more about using a cold frame for starting cool weather veggies early and growing them laster in the season. It’s really stinky to nuture something all season long only to have the frost get to it just as its really cookin’!!

Heather March 9, 2011, 9:14 am

I’d like to try making the Borscht. Three of my kiddos are adopted from an Eastern European country and I still can’t find a recipe that makes them happy 😉

Gen March 8, 2011, 7:31 pm

The Roasted Beet Crostini looks very interesting. I’d love to try that recipe.

Solducky March 8, 2011, 1:10 pm

The tomato gratin recipe looks like it would be great!!

Emily March 8, 2011, 10:41 am

I would like to try growing the tadorna leeks in winter. What are some of the best companion planting options for a successful crop of cold weather plants?

Kenzie March 8, 2011, 9:51 am

I’m drooling over the Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pizza! Sounds awesome and pretty easy to make!

anash March 8, 2011, 6:36 am

I want to try the sauteed mushroom salad. i love mushrooms and I love cooking with things from my garden- yay cant wait for the warmer weather@ thks for the giveaway

Kriss Marion March 7, 2011, 8:32 pm

LoVE these guys! Just met them via their blog and then heard Tom Stearns speak on the future of the food system at MOSES Midwest Organic Farming Conference in WI. He was amazing! I want to grow the Hungarian Black Pepper for my CSA this year.

Kristen Gutierrez March 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

I would love to see an article about organic moss control and mildew in my garden (Pacific Northwest). I lose a lot of plants in the fall.

Becky March 7, 2011, 3:03 pm

I’m mainly interested in seeds that haven’t been treated with pesticides. I am also a beekeeper and wish to provide lots of pollen/nectar bearing plants for them, while also keeping them (& me) healthy. Do you have suggestions on good veggies & flowers to attract bees and make good honey? Many catalogs list butterfly & bird plants, but not honey bees.

patsposies March 7, 2011, 2:03 pm

I’d like to try the recipe for the Wok Seared Chicken & Vegetables and try their new seeds for Organic Midget Watermelon. Site says it is a very early producer, which would be exciting, since our season is hardly long enough to get many melons to ripen. Great site, that I always look forward to reading!

Carla James March 7, 2011, 1:51 pm

Oh, I am going to make the Chard and Feta Tart. I make my own cheese
with the milk from my Nigerian Dwarf goats and this sounds so yummy..:-)

Happy gardening!


p.s. I LOVE High Mowing Seeds!!

Laura F. March 7, 2011, 12:35 pm

Just picked up two old storm windows from a freecycler; any suggestions for the best, most space-efficient cold frames I could build out of these? I want to make sure my plants have plenty of light!

Kathy Purdy March 7, 2011, 12:49 pm

This old issue of Organic Gardening had a great cold frame. Good luck finding it, though.

Amy March 7, 2011, 12:27 pm

I’m thinking of constructing an unheated hoophouse for this season. What kind of vegetables do well in there?

Virginia March 7, 2011, 12:23 pm

I want to try High Mowing’s calendula resina to make my own salves with!

Kristi March 7, 2011, 10:56 am

The Chili-Roasted Carrot recipe just caught my eye!

Kathryn Vanderminden March 7, 2011, 10:44 am

Would love to try the Summer Vegetables Crepes! LOVE savory Crepes!

Lori Parker March 7, 2011, 10:39 am

I am going to make the quick chili dilly beans. There were so many recipes and I am sure I will be trying more than just one. What a great idea!

Shannon Pytlik March 7, 2011, 10:37 am

I would love to try the Roasted Beet Crostini! I know beets r geat fo you bt never know whatto do witht hem and this recipe looks good.


Donna March 7, 2011, 10:31 am

I’d like to try Quick Chile Dilly Beans because the name reminds of a recipe for brining beans. Brined Dilly Beans are quite awesome and can be used for anything you would use a pickle for! I have had brined beans on hamburgers, in tuna and egg salad! yummy!

Kimberly M. March 7, 2011, 10:30 am

I just placed my very first order with High Mowing, and I can’t wait to start growing their tomatoes (and everything else I ordered…which was A LOT).

Terri Coleman March 7, 2011, 10:25 am

I wouldn’t mind trying the new Traviata eggplant. I already buy some seed from High Mowing. I love the Black Hungarian pepper plants, and noticed a lot more seed companies are offering the variety this year.

Gg March 7, 2011, 10:17 am

Hi! First of all, let me say how much I LOVE your seeds. NONE of them have ever failed me…none. I am planting non-stop, all over Central America. Go figure. I would like to try your Rocky Ford melon seeds.
It will be interesting to see how it fairs in Guatemala, seeing as I have not found any honeydews there.
Thank you so much for taking so much care with our Food!
(I have a US address!)

Renie March 7, 2011, 10:12 am

Steak & Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce!
We have two feet of new snow. Snow continues to fall without ceasing. The sap buckets (re-purposed tofu buckets) are hung on the tree with hopes that Spring will soon be here! There are 54 clove of garlic of garlic in the ground waiting under more than 3 feet of snow. The green shoots growing from the onions in storage shout that Spring is coming. Can you imagine now, a summer garden? The smell of tomato vines? The pungent smells of cilantro and basil in the warmth of summer sunshine?! Oh, for some fresh cilantro and the grill fired up. I’ll try Steak & Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce!

Bob March 7, 2011, 10:04 am

I have to try the Summer Vegetable Crêpes.

Rebecca March 7, 2011, 10:00 am

I would love to make the Borscht, my grams always made it when we were kids.

Liz Lawrence March 7, 2011, 9:57 am

I would love to try your Nautic Brussel Sprout seeds! Liz Lawrence Tilton, NH, Coordinator of the ‘Greater Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition’ (HEAL) Find us on Facebook!

Liz Winterbauer March 7, 2011, 9:51 am

We’re continually trying to find ways to eat fresh greens locally throughout the winter. I’ve been reading about forcing endive and this year we’re going to try your Totem variety! We plan to grow it in the garden this summer, then store the roots and hopefully have some success forcing indoor leaf growth next winter.

Tracy Wells March 7, 2011, 9:45 am

Is there a way to grow bell peppers successfully in this cold climate? I have tried a few times, but my peppers were bitter and thin-walled. Is there a particular variety that grows well here in upstate NY?

Chris Middings March 7, 2011, 9:44 am

Chili-Roasted Carrots

Rob March 7, 2011, 9:42 am

Lamb Chops with Lebanese green Beans!

martha rollo March 7, 2011, 9:41 am

I have never had a garden before. I would love to be successful with my first attempt. I am not even sure what I want to try but I am reading and trying to educate myself.

Marianne March 7, 2011, 9:41 am

Will be trying the Nautic Brussel sprouts. New house turns out to have a 6 week growing season. Only my High Mowing seeds and plants from local organic grower gave me any yield. Thank you High Mowing!

julie March 6, 2011, 10:35 pm

Lemon Dill Green Beans

j. wilder March 6, 2011, 10:34 pm

The Lemon-Dill Green Beans sound wonderful!

Bonnie March 6, 2011, 1:50 pm

summer vegetable crepes – always make dessert crepes, never thought to make them filled with veggies!

Lori March 6, 2011, 7:03 am

I’ve set my goal to be a better gardener this year. I’ve always had a hit or miss garden, because I think I’ve just been too lax with it. I think I will try the starter seed collection. As a lazy gardener, the idea of sowing the seeds directly in the soil is appealing. My problem then, it keeping them safe until harvest.

Extrasuperkk March 5, 2011, 8:42 pm

Carrot cake, of course! 🙂

Jean March 5, 2011, 8:02 pm

Roasted Beet Crostini

Richard & Virginia Cross March 5, 2011, 4:43 pm

We are innkeepers at Deep Creek Lake in the mountains of Western Maryland, always looking for interesting and colorful hors d’oeuvres. Roasted Beet Crostini should work perfectly.

Estyn March 5, 2011, 3:51 pm

Sesame maple roasted tofu. Yum!!

Erin March 5, 2011, 12:45 am

I’d be interested in growing the Jaune Flamme Tomato–I love growing a wide variety of tomatoes, and have never tried that kind.

Donna March 4, 2011, 11:54 pm

Was thinking abut growing Brussel sprouts so the Nautic intrigued me…I am happy to learn of this cold climate company and will definitely be using them more…thx Kathy

Trent March 4, 2011, 11:13 pm

Coincidentally, I was looking at High Mowing’s web site yesterday. I was looking at the two varieties of Purslane they have, which I will probably be buying soon. I have an attraction to any strange or unusual plants and such, but if you knew me that would be no surprise 🙂

Matriarchy March 4, 2011, 11:03 pm

I have not tried growing melons before, but my youngest daughter would like to try them, and I would like her to enjoy gardening more – so, melon it is! The “PMR Delicious 51 Melon” look s good to me – an early variety, so my daughter sees the rewards of her labors sooner.

Scherrie March 4, 2011, 10:30 pm

I think the cucmber and black eyed pea salad sounds interesting!