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February 20, 2017

My Very First Garden, and a Baker Creek Seeds Giveaway (Giveaway Ended)



When I was about eight years old I planted my very first "garden."

We had recently moved to a new house in a new subdivision in southern California. My father spent months leveling our sloping backyard with nothing more than a shovel, and for some reason I decided I'd plant some seeds in a corner of the yard next to the doghouse. Dad "helped" me dig out the nine or so square feet and plant my seeds of choice.

What did I plant? Carrots. I wanted to feed them to my horse, who lived at my grandparents' one-acre "ranchette."

Somehow, in spite of the horrible soil in our backyard, those little carrot seeds sprouted and grew little ferny tops. I remember watering them occasionally but I'm sure Dad spent more time watering them than I did. How we kept the dog from digging them up, I don't know.

When the time was right, we harvested the carrots. They were short, fat and twisted. They looked nothing like the carrots from the grocery store, but I was hooked. I could make things grow! Mom washed them and we had a few for dinner, then the rest were delivered to the horses at the ranchette.

That was just the beginning of my adventures in dirt. Although I haven't always had space for a garden, or the time to enjoy working outside, when I could I did! I love planting seeds, pulling weeds, and gathering the harvest, however big or small it might be. My dad did his best to encourage that in me.

A Baker Creek Seeds Giveaway (Closed 2/26/17)


I've teamed up with several bloggers to bring you this giveaway from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We're all writing about gardening today, so I encourage you to visit each of their blogs for more gardening fun. We might as well feed that spring fever, right? I know we're all ready for good weather so we can get our hands dirty once again.


Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Michelle at Mid-Life Blogger

Michelle at Souly Rested

Kacey at Rustic Ranch Wife

Angela at The Inquisitive Farmwife

Crystal at Homemade Happiness

Nadine at Making Her Mama



Win ten packets of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in our giveaway.


We’re giving away ten packets of heirloom seeds valued at $49, courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! This giveaway will begin on Monday, Feb 20 at 1:00 am Central Time and end on Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:59 pm Central Time. Open to US and Canada residents age 18 and over. Please note that seed varieties will vary from the photo.

Enter below by signing in with your email address and following the directions for each entry. We’ve given you a free entry to start. After completing an entry's requirement, use your browser's back button to return to this page and move on to the next entry.

One winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools after the giveaway ends, and we'll notify the winner with an email sent to the address they used to enter. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If winner fails to respond, another winner will be chosen. We’ll send the winner’s mailing address to Baker Creek Seeds and they will ship the prize package directly.

Good luck!







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21 comments:

  1. Baker Creek Seed Catalog = my fav mail day!! <3

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  2. I enjoyed reading how you got "rooted" in gardening!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm sure we all have a first garden story!

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    2. Thank you for sharing a sweet glimpse of your childhood.

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    3. You're welcome, Cindy, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. This reminds me of helping my mom and grandfather in their gardens when I was a child. I started young too!

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    1. We learn a lot more than gardening when we "help" in the garden as children, don't we, Kacey?

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  4. What an awesome story!!! I remember gardening with my dad - or more precisely playing in the yard while my dad gardened. These memories have driven my love for gardening! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my walk down memory lane, Nadine.

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  5. I am ready to plant!! Send those SEEDS my way...thanks a million.

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  6. That is such a sweet story. Can we just say thank you to all the older family that taught us to learn to love dirt under our fingernails? There are certain scents that can transport me to my great-grandmother's garden in an instant.

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  7. What lovely memories of your first garden, Kathi. I remember gardening with my Dad when I was little. It's so important to start children off in the garden young to instil a lifelong love of gardening. Thank you for sharing this post with us at Hearth and Soul.

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    1. I'm glad you have similar memories of gardening with your father, April. We learned a lot more than how to grow plants in the garden, didn't we?

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  8. I got bitten by the gardening bug when I found some old seeds in my grandfather's shed. I sowed them and whilst some didn't grow, others did and I have been gardening ever since! 💚 #WasteLessWednesday

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    1. What a great story! How fortunate that some of those seeds sprouted and grew. :-)

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  9. Reminds me of my kids and their gardens. They are just so happy to put the seeds in the ground, and when it actually grows... all the better!

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    1. Good for you, for nurturing your children's interest in gardening. They'll have fond memories to look back on.

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