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June 28, 2012 - Happy Summer! . . . and save 10% too!
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Summer 2012 Newsletter - Gardener's Almanac, Flower Bulbs (New!), Fall Gardens, Promotional Offer

Hello Friends,

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 family.

Until next time, gardening success to you,


Mike Dunton
Victory Seed Company

Summer is Here - For summer related gardening tasks, check out our July Almanac and August Almanac pages on our website.

Focus On 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 - historical research.

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 seeds or hard goods or books or candy.

Current Promotional Opportunity

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.

Please 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!

Share Your 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 our support opportunity page at  We really do appreciate you taking the time to do this.

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