So, I wanted to do something special because I now have over 150 followers and you guys are awesome! So I decided to do a giveaway!


  1. You don’t need to be following me but 1st prize will only go to someone who is. 
  2. Only reblogs count as an entry!
  3. Must love gardening and be willing to post pictures of their garden progress if they win!
  4. Also an open inbox would be great so that I can message you if you’ve won and figure out all the shipping details :)
  5. *Must live in the United States

1st prize wins two hand-painted pots and four organic/heirloom seed packets (pots and seeds of your choice)

2nd prize wins the last painted pot and two seed packets (your choice from whatever the winner doesn’t choose)

3rd prize wins two seed packets! (your choice out of the three remaining)

*all who win pots will also win enough soil to fill the pot!

List of Seed Packets:

  • Tomato (Sweetie) Organic
  • Tomato (Beefsteak) Organic
  • Tomato (Beefsteak) Heirloom
  • Lettuce (Gourmet Blend) Organic
  • Pumpkin (Early Sugar or Pie) Heirloom
  • Sweet Pepper (Chinese Giant) Organic
  • Watermelon (Black Diamond) Heirloom
  • Garden Bean (Top Crop (bush)) Heirloom
  • Pea (Karina) Organic

You can reblog as many times as you want! Good luck guys!

Giveaway Deadline = April 23rd! 


Truly, Hound is a noble beast.

Kevin’s friend Ana is a Thai chef, and she grows her own peppers in pots for the sauce she makes. When she found out that Kevin’s new wife was a gardener, she brought me one dried pepper. I split it open and started the seeds, since you’re supposed to start peppers and tomatoes indoors and planted them out, and they did terribly and I was convinced I’d killed them all.

I don’t mind killing plants for the most part–gardeners slaughter plants right and left, it’s part of the process–but these were special. She’d brought them from Thailand decades ago, and you can’t exactly go out to the nursery and buy a beloved variety given as a gift to an old friend’s wife. So I was sad. I also hadn’t started any other peppers this year, because I didn’t want them to cross-pollinate.

And then Kevin looked in exactly the right spot and there it was. One of the ones I’d planted out and which had turned to a tiny, dying nubbin, and I had given up. But I hadn’t planted anything else in that planter, in case the planter was the problem, and apparently it pulled through and has been quietly growing all this time.

Kevin ate one and turned colors and assured me that yes, it was one of the Thai peppers. If I dry all these, I might get enough seeds to grow them with slightly less panic next year.