Summer 2012 Newsletter -
Gardener's Almanac, Flower Bulbs (New!), Fall Gardens, Promotional
Happy Summer! I
hope that your gardening season has gotten off to a good start and
that those of you in the warmer climates are reaping the rewards of
your earlier efforts.
It is shaping up to be
another tough growing season; a year of extremes and record setting.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, it is about the third year in a row
that we have experienced cold, wet springs that are just now hinting
at giving way to summer. At the same time, we are hearing from
our gardening friends in other parts of the county that drought and
excessively hot temperatures are what they are getting
All that any
of us can do is what our ancestors have all been doing since the beginning . . .
adapt. We roll with it and try and work with, not against, nature.
What does this mean? Basically it means that we must take on the attitude
that like everything in life, it is a learning experience and we can either give
up or learn. Try different varieties. Try drip irrigation and
mulching. Try season extenders when the weather starts to change. Take a
risk and plan and plant a fall garden later in July and August. Take
copious notes and photographs. Learn and adapt.
If your spring planted garden has left a little to be desired, as mentioned
above, it is getting close to planting time for fall gardens. In hopes
of encouraging early ordering for the fall gardening season, listed below is a promotional offer. We hope that you will not only take advantage of the
savings offer, but also that you will share it with your gardening friends and
next time, gardening
success to you,
Victory Seed Company
Summer is Here - For
summer related gardening tasks, check out our
July Almanac and
August Almanac pages on our
Our Work - If you have read our mission statement, you know
that we do not exist as an organization to sell seeds. We sell seeds
to support our seed variety preservation work and keep rare, heirloom
and open-pollinated varieties available to home gardeners. This is a
newsletter segment where I highlight one aspect about the work that we
do that sets us apart from other seed companies. This issue -
We get a lot of positive comments from
folks about how they enjoy our variety descriptions. When I started
the company back in the 90s, I did not want to follow the common trend
in the garden seed industry and present a lot of fluff and marketing
hype. I don't know if you have noticed, but a lot of seed catalog
descriptions often sound vague and surprisingly similar from one
company to the next.
My goal has been to present
observationally based descriptions coupled with historical research
using primary source material. This means that we grow out varieties,
document the results, compare to the historical documentation and
report it back to our gardening friends and supporters. This research
often leads to information about the lineages and pedigrees of the
varieties as well as the people and companies that bred and released
them. These are the kind of discoveries I love to dig up and share.
An ongoing effort, I am continually
updating and improving the descriptions as additional documentation is
uncovered. This does involve a considerable commitment of both time
and money, but it is my favorite part of our seed variety preservation
efforts. I believe that this commitment to accuracy has also helped
to raise the bar for other seed companies. I see more and more of
them now using a similar format to mine and in some cases, even
directly borrowing my research.
While on this subject, I would like to
put out a request. It is a way that you can actively participate in
supporting our historical research. Do you have old seed catalogs
kicking around that you no longer need? Perhaps a collection of old
seed related documentation (seed catalogs, seed company documents, old
agricultural bulletins, etc.)? This type of documentation is a
critical part of our research work. We do have a limited budget for
acquisitions, and donations are always greatly appreciated, so please
keep us in mind when cleaning out the closet or while visiting garage
sales and thrift shops.
Someday, I hope to get our archive
available to folks in a digital format. More information about that
project is located at
Check out the
promotional opportunity below to save on your next purchase. By
using the special code, the discount will be applied to your whole
purchase whether you order
hard goods or
Looking forward to the gardening season? .
. . Enter spring2 to earn 10% off of your next
order. For instructions on how to use the coupon code,
Click here. This limited, one-time use offer expires at midnight PST
on March 31, 2012.
DO forward this email offer to all of your gardening friends and family.
Your word-of-mouth recommendations help promote
our seed variety preservation work and are our primary form of
advertising. Thank you!
Experience and Make Our Site Better
- Although your orders are what keep our bills paid and directly
support our seed variety preservation work,
there are other ways that you can help. For example, if
you grew our seeds, you can make the site more useful to everyone by
sharing pictures, your experiences and writing a review. Reviewing a
variety is simple. Just revisit the variety's product page and look
for the following link [
Review this item].
For more ideas on ways to help that not
only don't cost you money but may even earn you store credit, visit
support opportunity page at
www.vintageveggies.com/support.html. We really do
appreciate you taking the time to do this.