Thursday, March 18, 2010

Drought Tolerant Seeds Giveaway

Since I grew up in Southern California and now live in Utah, I am used to drought.  I enjoyed the time I spent working as an assistant horticulturist at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District's Demonstration Garden.  They show that you don't have to sacrifice beauty for drought tolerance.

I've got a stash of drought tolerant seeds that I want to give away to one lucky winner.  These come from Plants of the Southwest, a New Mexico company that focuses on drought-tolerant native plants..  They are a bit older, but should still germinate just fine.  I've been saving them for a special occasion, and I can't think of a better way than to help someone else make their yard more beautiful while conserving water!

What seeds are included?
  • Wild hyssop (Agastache cana) - good for hummingbirds
  • Pink nodding onion (Allium cernuum) - edible blossoms
  • Chocolate flower (Berlandia lyrata) - smells like chocolate
  • Indian ricegrass (Orzyopsis hymenoides) - a light, airy grass
  • Jacob's ladder (Polemonium foliosissimum) - very pretty blue flowers 
  • Little bluestem (Andropogon scoparius) - changes colors in the fall 
  • High Desert Mix - 1 oz with at least 17 different wildflowers
Mandatory Entry:  Leave a tip listing your favorite drought tolerant plant(s) or ways you save water in the garden.  1 tip per person.

Extra Entries:  
  • Follow this blog on Google Connect (or leave a note that you already follow)(+3 - leave 3 comments, Google connect name)
  • Blog about this giveaway (+5 - leave 5 comments, link to giveaway)
  • Tweet (leave a link)
This contest will end on Thursday March 25th, 2010 at 11:59 PM.  Make sure I can reach you somehow - email in your profile or in your post.  Open to all countries 13+.  Void where prohibited.

Good luck!

Photo of Jacob's ladder by Flickr user travelingwild

72 comments:

slb3334 said...

water later in the day so water doesn't evaporate as fast.

idahomom said...

Water in the morning before it gets to hot.

Anonymous said...

Always water first thing in the morning.
debp
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Annette D said...

I try to plant native plants, so that they are naturally more drought
tolerant.
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Annette D said...

I am following via Google Friend Connect!
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Anonymous said...

If your garden is planted where there is a ot of shade, plant vegetables and flowers that prefer it- you'll save water that way also. gcgranny72@hotmail.com

Kristen said...

My favorite low water plants are penstemons!

Elsie said...

I am just learnig to be a better gardener, and I appreciate the tips and suggestions on this site and blog!

i hope to attract hummingbirds and butterflies in a natural setting, and to give them a healthy and peaceful garden to visit! This giveaway is as good as gold to me!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

sksweeps said...

I'm using drip and soaker hoses to water, and have replaced my lawn with drought tolerant natives. I'm always on the lookout for more pretty plants that don't take a bunch of water! Thanks!

Joannie said...

I save water in the garden by catching rainwater, and by saving water from washing and rinsing dishes, etc. and use it to water garden plants.
hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

Sharon Harmon said...

I love yucca plants. :)
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Bebemiqui said...

Get a rainbarrel...they're a great way to better distribute water!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah said...

I like hostas.

Anonymous said...

Great idea - the chocolate flower sounds like something I'd like in our yard! To save water we use a rain barrel and water our plants from that!
greenlancer at comcast dot net

Deborah said...

I save water in the garden by mulching. asthenight at gmail dot com

E said...

Using a drip hose on a timer is the absolute best- it gets done really early in the morning and you are good to go!

Kowanda said...

I like the purple cone plant. Every garden should have a rain barrel. I learned this from Grandma Iola. :)
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Kowanda said...

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bison61 said...

last year I planted a lot of natural grasses that I love in my flower garden-I save rain water also

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Anonymous said...

Using a water efficient sprinkler (uses 30% less
water) check at your garden center.

Candice
MIBirdbrain50@aol.com

Renee G said...

The best drought resistant plants are those that are native to your area.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

daer0n said...

We water our plants later in the afternoon, but you can also use self watering pots, the water doesn't seem to evaporate as fast!

Nury77 at live dot ca

daer0n said...

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daer0n said...

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Sue said...

I love Phlox. Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I certainly wish I could find a m ethod to enter your giveaways...but I don't have a Google Account.:-(
My favorite drought resistant plant is Rosemary, I planted it in full sun, in the desert and it thrives with very little water.

Miss Nessa said...

Aw anonymous poster, you can still enter as long as you leave me some way to contact you later! The Google account makes it easier, but you can leave an email. I have a separate email just for giveaways myself, so it's easier.

I love Rosemary also :)

ReeCh said...

We use drip irrigation in the early morning to conserve water.

jennifer57 said...

We always water early in the morning

jennem said...

We have rainwater bins, and use a cardboard/newspaper substrate under the soil to retain more water.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

jennem said...

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jennem said...

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Melissa B. said...

I save water by only watering after the sun goes down. That way, none of it evaporates.

Elizabeth said...

I try to water in the late afternoon, if there's rain in the forecast I don't water at all and let nature do the work.

Secret Life of a WAHM said...

We have a rain barrel

Kyndra said...

We save water for the garden by placing our garden downhill from the rain spouts of the house :)

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NL6369 said...

Water near the base of the plant not the whole plant.

NL6369 said...

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NL6369 said...

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Julie said...

We use rain barrels

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Happi Shopr said...

We collect rain water for later use and plant indegenious plants. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Jenn's Cooking Garden! said...

Hi nessa,
We have rain barrels around our yard and use those to water our veggie gardens. We also have a compost bin to fertilze the earth we grow in! I love drought free yards. Our entire front yard is drought free! We have rock and bark and alot of shrubery that requires less water. Ice plants are also very drought resistant, and some have pretty flowers and foliage! I also posted this on my facebook fan page and follow you on google reader!
Happy gardening
Jenn

Erin said...

My fave drought-tolerant plant at the moment is the skunkbush we planted in one corner of the yard. Thanks for the giveaway!

emhagedon at gmail

Anara said...

I save water by letting DH water the plants - 'nuff said.

maxfate said...

My favorite for dry conditions is the Persian Carpet Zinnia.It has done quite well for me, a real trouper, blooming through the hottest days of summer!
We have rain barrels under the downspouts,and use that for much of the watering.

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Lisa H. Taylor said...

Succulents, lavenders, artemesias and festuca.

Gianna said...

Cactus

purango said...

I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for outdoor use.garrettsambo@aol.com

Donna said...

Collect it in a rain barrel.
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Wulf said...

I save water by never watering, but the juniper outside my door is still alive somehow. I'd love to win seeds, but I'm in zone 2, and also don't have a garden. Consider me out of the contest. Just wanted to say I enjoy your blog!

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