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April, 2013 - This page is posted here as a historical reference.
April 3, 2013 - Happy Spring! . . . and save money too!
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April Newsletter - Spring 2013, Gardener's Almanac, Give-Away, Promotional Offer

Hello Friends,

I hope that everyone found time this winter to slow down, relax, rejuvenate and are as excited as I am to start another gardening season.  Although folks in the warmer areas of the country are already in the midst of the Spring season, we have heard several reports from places like Florida and Texas where the weather in March was unusually cold and wet.

The old adage, "the early bird gets the worm," more often than not does not apply to gardening.  If your temperatures have been getting down into the 30s and 40s overnight and you have warm weather vegetable seeds like beans and Southern peas in the ground, they probably will not germinate.  The best case scenario is that they will start popping up when the soil warms up to the proper point.  Worst case is that you will need to replant.  Here is a link to a chart of the ideal soil temperatures for various garden vegetables:

If you think of yourself as a biology geek (like I do) and love to collect informational resources (like I do :) ), here are a couple of links to the most comprehensive plant germination data that I know of:

The average home gardener will probably never need the breadth and depth of the information contained in Dr. Deno's work, but it is interesting and a useful resource to file away.  Even for home gardeners, some herbs and flower seeds have special requirements for optimal germination results that can be found in these books.

Recent Awards

For the fourth year in a row, because of all of your feedback, we have won the Garden Watchdog Top 5 award in the heirloom seed and vegetable seed categories.

And as of this writing, we are currently holding the number 20 position for overall best mail order gardening company out of the  7,598 rated!

Our ranking is a direct correlation between our efforts at striving to be the best with your positive feedback on our review page. Thank you for taking the time to support our seed variety preservation work in this simple but important way!

For all of you who are just getting to know us, and as a reminder to our longtime supporters, if you are interested in keeping closer tabs on what is going on around here on the Victory Seed Company, we have been really trying to use various online services to get the news out.  Along with our blog, Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channel, we recently created a Pinterest board which we are just now starting to explore and populate. Please join in the conversations. More information about these opportunities is located on our web site and at the end of this newsletter.

Although this is our busy time of year, do not feel like you have procrastinated too long to mail order your seeds.  Unlike other companies that have very long delivery times, we have anticipated your needs and have a full and trained staff ready to quickly fill and mail your order.

Gardening success depends on the seeds that you plant.  The seeds that you plant are too important to settle for inferior seed that was probably packed up months ago, transported thousands of miles, only to sit on a rack in your local store.  Order fresh Victory Seeds® today and typically have them in hand in four or five days.  Expedited services are available at check out.

In hopes of encouraging early ordering, listed below is a promotional offer.  Special offers are generally reserved for our slow times of the year so this is a special opportunity.  We hope that you will not only take advantage of this savings offer, but that you will also share it with your gardening friends and family.

Until next time, gardening success to you,


Mike Dunton
Victory Seed Company

Special Spring Cleaning Special Give-Away Offer


Every once in awhile we receive promotional copies of books for our review.  Since we maintain a horticultural library, that is where they usually end up.  However, some time back we received several copies of a book entitled, "Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Made Simple," by Raymond Nones, The Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 2010.

Mr. Nones and I seem to share the belief that the Victory Gardening program of the WW II-era is valid to this day, and that every household should have a vegetable garden.  The author, a lifelong gardener, presents his observations, recommendations and gardening methods.  It is well-suited for beginners as well as for more experienced gardeners who have limited gardening space and are looking for ideas to optimize their harvest capabilities.

O.K. . . . I only have five copies of the book available to give away.  So, if you are interested in participating, be one of the first five people to email with your name and valid USPS mailing address, and we will send you one of the five copies.  The only thing you need to do to qualify is to include the title of this offer as the subject line of the email you send us (Hint: It is the bolded header at the top of this section).

The fine print (Yes, there always is fine print!) . . . This offer is only available to addresses within the US Postal Service. No purchase necessary (although we certainly appreciate your support of our seed variety preservation work with your orders) and by entering you understand that your name (first initial of first name and last name), city and state will be listed on this archived copy of the newsletter

The Recipients Were:

A. Petorak of Pennsylvania
P. Carlson of Indiana
B. Cook of North Carolina
J. Rolli of Florida
K. Bushaw-Newton of Virginia


Spring Garden Season is Officially Here! - We all survived another Daylight Savings time transition and Spring officially began two weeks ago.  For some parts of the country, it still seems like winter.  In other parts, gardens have been planted for some time now.  If you are bored and looking for spring related gardening tasks, check out the April Almanac on our website.

Current Promotional Opportunity

Celebrating Spring! . . . Order at least $20 of seeds, enter spring13 into the "Apply Coupon" field of the cart, and 10% of the seed packet portion of your order will be deducted at checkout.

For instructions on how to use the coupon code, Click here.  This offer expires at midnight PST on April 15, 2013, only applies to the seed packet portion of your order, and can only be used once per customer (so use wisely!).

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 garden with Victory 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.

About 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 fund our plant variety preservation work and to keep rare, heirloom and open-pollinated varieties available to home gardeners.  We are a little different from other seed companies in this way.  Thank you for your continued support.

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When Will My Order Ship?  We are currently shipping orders within 3 to 5 business days from receiving them.

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