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Today, I’m excited to share news of a free GIVEAWAY that Survival Garden Seeds is having for their Farmers Seed Vault collection, which includes 100 heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You could be 1 of 3 winners!

Survival Garden Seeds is conducting this giveaway in the United States from February 3, 2023, through February 12, 2023, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for some outstanding garden seeds.

Also, in this blog post, I talk about the terrible ice storm we had in Central Texas this week and my plans to rebuild my kitchen garden in 2023.

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Survival Garden Seeds Giveaway

Visit the Survival Garden Seeds Giveaway page to enter their free seeds giveaway, get their official giveaway rules, and learn about their Farmers Seed Vault with 100 heirloom seeds!

I first introduced you to Survival Garden Seeds in my The 3 Best Survival Garden Seed Collections to Buy Now video. I like their heirloom seeds because they are open-pollinated, non-GMO, and non-hybrid. They also have a shelf life of 3 to 8 years, so you can store them in your Prepper Pantry for planting later if you’re not ready to use them during your next growing season.

Best of all, the seeds are available now, and if you decide you want one of their special seed collections, they’ve provided my viewers with a special MARYSNEST discount code to be able to get 10% off any of the three following products:

Although I’m an affiliate with Survival Garden Seeds, this is not a sponsored post. I am happy to let you know about their products, because I think they are high-quality. I will be using their seeds to restart my kitchen garden, especially after the terrible winter storm we just had. Let me tell you about that!

Terrible Texas Ice Storm of 2023

Wow! A terrible ice storm walloped our Central Texas area and home this week. Austin recorded an accumulation of 0.64 inches of ice, which made the area treacherous for traveling and downed many power lines and tree limbs.

Fortunately, our power stayed on this time, but we know a lot of folks in the Austin area who are still without power. Areas with above-ground utilities were especially susceptible to power outages because of the weight of icy tree limbs breaking and falling on the power lines. The electric companies servicing central Texas have been busy working to get the power back on.

Unfortunately, we lost a lot of tree limbs as they fell one by one during the freezing rain and over two days of freezing temperatures. It’s going to take us several days to clean up around our house, but we’ll never see some of the majestic live oaks again, as they are just sad tall trunks without limbs. Regrettably, this is true across much of central Texas.

We were ready with our emergency food supply and the equipment we bought after the terrible winter storm of 2021, and we were able to provide help to our friends and neighbors. Having an emergency pantry and backup power gave us comfort whenever we heard tree limbs snapping outside or the lights flickering inside. You can learn more about the essential Prepper Pantry equipment and food we stocked in the following videos.

Rebuilding the Kitchen Garden in 2023

This terrible ice storm will be a memory soon, and we’ll look to the warmer weather and spring to bring life back again to our garden. Just as with our rebuilding after the winter storm of 2021, I look forward to bringing you along with me as we plant our kitchen garden in 2023.

So get your garden seeds ready, update your kitchen garden library, and gather up those items from your local thrift store, junk shop, and (ahem!) garbage, so we’ll be ready to start our gardens this spring!

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  1. DawnieR says:

    Mary, Thank You for sharing that Seed Giveaway! And VERY happy that this ice storm was not nearly as bad as the last one, for you and your family!!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Dawnie,

      Thanks for your kind comment. Alas. We lost a lot of trees and tree limbs with this year’s winter storm, but yes, at least we had power this year, unlike in 2021! And most important, we are all safe and sound.

      Love and God bless,

  2. Pam says:

    Such a wonderful idea! This is a truly thoughtful prize with the growing season right around the corner. Enjoy the day. Good luck to all entries, An Iowa gardener.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Pam,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I have to thank Garden Survival Seeds for offering to have this giveaway for my sweet friends.

      I hope you have a bountiful harvest! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

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