If you've ever been undecided about how you can plant herbs in a container or which ones are suited to grow together, your problems have been solved for you. I've had a long association with Burpee so I know that they know their business; as a matter of fact, they've been in business since 1876! That's plenty of time to figure out what works and what doesn't in the gardening world.
Did you know that Burpee was started in Philadelphia by an 18-year-old with only $1000 in his pocket? It's still a family-owned business to this day, now owned and operated by George Ball, Jr.In the aftermath of the Civil War, America was in a great depression, but still most people were full of hope for the future. W. Atlee Burpee was one of them. His family expected him to become a physician, but as a young man, only in his teens, he had a love of all things relating to farming. Burpee's father actually enrolled him in medical school, but his spirit and drive to do what he loved most convinced his mother -- who was a little more lenient toward him -- to allow him to take a different path. She agreed to give him the start-up money he needed for his agricultural business. And the rest is history!
In our economic situation today, growing our own vegetables and herbs is almost a must for some of us. We need to keep the faith as Americans did in 1876 and other years of hard times. We need to follow the example of Burpee and find a way to follow our hearts. Good times will come again; but in the meantime planting our own produce, culinary and medicinal herbs is one way to help our families get through it all. Burpee is right there with us, ready to help us out.
Wow, are we lucky or what? If you love the idea of growing your own herbs, here's your chance to win another wonderful item from Burpee. It's the Complete Garden Herb Kit. This all-in-one kit comes with an environmentally friendly container made from compressed rice hulls, soil for planting, and seeds for four herbs; Greek Oregano, Italian Parsley, Genovese Basil, and Common Chives. And the best part is, Burpee is offering FIVE of these kits, so your odds of winning just went way up.
Here's how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment after visiting the Burpee web site, about what your favorite gardening item would be, or how you would use their plants and seeds.
2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.
3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.
4. For a fourth chance to win, subscribe to the Burpee email newsletter at the bottom of their site, then come back and tell me that you have done that.
5. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.
Open to US residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on ............Sunday, Febraury 21, 2010 at midnight EST
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