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Some of my favorite seed suppliers almost all have fabulous collections of seeds either in single packets or groups of packets. Today I’ll highlight a few multi-pack collections.

Botanical Interests offers several gift-wrapped multipacks, including kids’ favorite seeds to grow, Italian favorites, bountiful harvest, fragrant flowers, and Asian cuisine.

Renee’s Garden’s multi-pack collections include a kids’ garden too plus easy-to-grow collections, more fragrant flowers and cottage garden flowers, and more.

Burpee has a Money Garden collection for those wanting to weather the recession.

Seeds of Change has several collections too, including a Natural Dyes collection and a White House Seed the Change collection.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has tins with giant and smaller collections.  Baker Creek has excellent ratings through garden sites, but I am wary of ordering from them after reading some negative ratings on Dave’s Garden’s  Garden Watchdog, where consumers can rate companies.  It sounds like they are a relatively small outfit that still does things the country way but have not coped well with expansion.

Dave’s Garden’s  Garden Watchdog is an invaluable resource if you want to protect yourself in online ordering!  Be sure to rate your favorite (and most disliked) sites while you’re there.

What are your favorite suppliers’ seed collections?

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If you want to approach self-sufficiency in today’s global world, it’s important to save seeds.  It’s also important, though, to recognize and appreciate the plants that keep on giving.  Tonight we enjoyed a veggie and an herb that planted themselves:  tomatillo and cilantro.  I suppose had I been more picky about “weeding” things I had not planted, we would not have had this meal tonight.

Tomatillo are tart, green goodness encased in an inedible husk.  I planted some in my garden three years ago.  A few got caught by frost then, dropped their seed, and voila!, I’ve had them for free ever since.  This year I picked the last of my free tomatillos right before our deep freeze, but a few fruits that had already dropped will form the backbone of next year’s tomatillos.

Earlier this year my husband planted a single cilantro plant. As soon as it got hot, the plant went to seed.  It dropped some seed where it had been planted, but then he ripped out the plant and tossed it in an area where we’re building up compost and leaves for future expansion.  Now, thanks to rain and cooler temperatures, we have dozens of cilantro plants.  A little leaf covering during our deep freeze a few nights ago gave them plenty of protection.

Together, the cilantro and tomatillos joined with leftover turkey and some remaining chiles in green-chile turkey enchiladas.  Not only was much of our meal home grown, but a big portion of it was free!

I’ll post more soon about seed saving and plants that readily reproduce with little or no help from the gardener.

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