One Seed Chicago 2011

One Seed ChicagoVoting for One Seed Chicago is now underway. The event, now in it’s fourth year, is designed to unite Chicago area gardeners through planting a common seed. The three candidates this year are radish, eggplant and swiss chard.

All Chicago area gardeners are eligible to vote for one of the seeds. And there are prizes! Everyone who votes receives a free packet of seeds in the mail and one gardener will be randomly selected to win a TB57 Lithium Ion Battery Cordless String Trimmer / Weed Trimmer provided by the very generous folks at Troy-Bilt.

I’m voting for the eggplant. This is probably the most challenging of the three seeds. The growing season in Chicago is not long enough to sow eggplant seeds directly into the ground so they must be started indoors and moved to the garden after the danger of frost has passed. They can also be grown in a container on a patio or balcony. Radishes are too easy and I’ve successfully grown swiss chard many times, so eggplant is my choice for 2011.

Voting for One Seed Chicago runs through April 1st, 2011.

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