You might have read about Burpee's super-size 'SteakHouse' hybrid tomato that can grow fruit up to three pounds. Seeds to grow this tomato, billed as the world's largest beefsteak variety, go for $6.95 for a 25-seed pack at Burpee.com and in stores that sell the brand's seeds.
But try them free with other Burpee seeds in a Garden Starter Kit of five seed packs that we're giving away. Included seed packs:
SteakHouse hybrid tomato: Despite its hefty size, Burpee promises a tomato "loaded with true heirloom tomato flavor and head-spinning fragrance." Seeds must be started indoors about six weeks before planting time (usually mid-May) for New Jersey growers and grown in full sun once transplanted into the garden ($16.95 for three plants).
'Big Kahuna' garden bean: Giant string beans up to 11 inches on compact 2-foot plants that are perfect for containers or small-space gardens (regularly $5.95 per seed pack).
Burpee's best hybrid summer squash: This zucchini offers an earlier harvest for one of the garden's notoriously productive plants. Spine-free plants yield plentiful full-size 6-8” deep-green fruits, according to the company (regularly $6.95 for 20-seed pack).
Organic sweet basil: Burpee guarantees that synthetic chemicals were not used to make these certified organic seeds. Grow them for food and fragrance (regularly $5.95 for the 400-seed pack).
'Thunderbolt' hybrid sweet pepper: Huge Marconi sweet peppers are Burpee's largest at 13 inches long. They turn from green to red and are said to be good, disease-resistant producers. (regularly $6.95 for 20 seeds/$16.95 for three plants).
Win the seeds: For a chance to win the Garden Starter Kit, use the "Contact Us" tab at right to send us a message that includes your name, address and phone number by April 15. Make "seeds" the subject.