Renee’s Garden Seed Giveaway

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Renee Shepherd

Renee Shepherd

As a result of my membership in GWA, for the past three years I have received a media packet from Renee’s Garden. A free packet of seeds is always included in the mailing, as well as an order form listing every seed they’re selling that year, with an invitation to mark off which seeds you want to try. The first year I just couldn’t believe she was serious, and didn’t send the form back. Last year, I checked off everything I thought I or anyone else living at home would like to try, fully expecting to get my hand slapped for being such a pig. But a very full envelope showed up in the mailbox, with a hand-signed card that said compliments of Renee Shepherd.

This year when I sent in my seed requests, I also included a letter thanking Renee for her generosity and offering to help with a seed giveaway, should she be interested. She was interested enough that she phoned me to work out the details.

Giveaway details

Starting today and continuing until midnight on Saturday, March 7, 2009, you are invited to visit Renee’s Garden and drool look over her offerings. Come back and in the comments tell us all the six packets of seed you’d like to win, making sure you include a valid email address. One commenter will be chosen at random from all received and will receive six seed packets of their choice. In addition, everyone is eligible for the following online order discount: Buy four Seed Packets and Get One Free To take advantage of this offer, go to the Renee’s Garden website. Choose a minimum of five seed packets for your shopping cart. When you check out, enter the special offer code CCG09 in the box provided and one packet is free. This coupon code is valid from March 1, 2009 through March 16, 2009. This giveaway and the coupon code are available to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Trialing Renee’s Seeds at Purdyville

Last year, my family and I had a great time experimenting with the seeds we got from Renee’s Garden. The last time I tried sweet peas, I didn’t have much luck with them. I requested several different varieties from Renee’s Garden, and tried starting some indoors and some direct sown. I concluded that direct sowing about three weeks before the last expected frost (mid-May for me) worked just as well as sowing indoors, and was less work. We have yards of chicken fencing to grow annual vines on.

I planted Jewels of Albion and Perfume Delight, both mixes, and I don't know which this is from.

I planted Jewels of Albion and Perfume Delight, both mixes, and I don't know which this is from.

The chicken fence is also where Cadie indulged her fascination with morning glories. Last year she grew Grandpa Otts, Early Call, Glacier Star, and Scarlett O’Hara. At their base she grew Convolvulus tricolor, which is in a different genus and does not vine, but is called bush morning glory.

Grandpa Otts and Glacier Star morning glories. Photo (c) 2008 Cadence Purdy

Grandpa Otts and Glacier Star morning glories. Photo (c) 2008 Cadence Purdy

Some people say ‘Grandpa Otts’ is invasive for them. We haven’t had that experience. But then, ‘Scarlett O’Hara wouldn’t have bloomed at all if Cadie hadn’t covered it for the first couple of frosts.

Up in the vegetable garden, several children collaborated on a flower garden. They planted everything too close together, but that just meant the weeds had less of a chance to take over. Every day they checked to see if anything new was blooming, and if it was, they dug out the seed packets to figure out what it was.

The scarlet poppies were not from Renee's, but everything else was. Except--not sure if that's Bishop's or Queen Anne's lace.

The scarlet poppies were not from Renee's, but everything else was. Except--not sure if that's Bishop's or Queen Anne's lace.

Owen’s pride and joy, however, were the Sunzilla sunflowers.

Sunzilla sunflowers and children. Owen, standing, is five feet tall.

Sunzilla sunflowers and children. Owen, standing, is five feet tall.

A photo of the seed head is in this post.

We’ve really enjoyed trying out her seeds, but they’re more than just fun. Renee’s Garden seed packets are just as beautiful as Botanical Interests’ and are nearly as detailed. Her website offers an incredible amount of information to help you succeed at gardening, most of which will apply no matter whose seed you are growing. And if you’re planning a wedding, she has a special seed offering to use as guest favors. And if you’re interested in the details of commercial seed production, check out her blog.

We have a winner!

The random number generator picked #26, which is Angie. I just sent her an email with details on how to get her seeds mailed to her. Congratulations, Angie!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Molly March 1, 2010, 12:42 pm

I do not have a comment as of yet but a question. I have tried finding out if the heirloom and open pollenated seeds have any growth hormones involved. I had tried several organic seeds last year and yeilded no crops from them. I am not a highly experienced gardener, but I am not a rookie either. I was very disappointed last year, even though a lot of the people at the farmers market said it was a very tough growing season here in Michigan last year. But they managed, was wondering if you could guide me on this, I have been trying to go more organic due to cancer so I am still researching. Thank You.

Kathy Purdy March 1, 2010, 4:34 pm

What crops didn’t yield for you? It was an especially bad year for tomatoes–we didn’t get any. If you had trouble with organic seeds, it is probably not because they were organic. It could be the weather, it could be the varieties weren’t suited for your region, it could be the seeds were poorly stored. When you say “treated with growth hormone” are you referring to genetically modified seeds?

Laura E. March 30, 2009, 11:11 pm

I had never been there before. I would LOVE to have…

Basil lover collection
Borage, Blue
Beets, “Jewel Toned Blend”
Feverfew, “White Wonder”
Lettuce, Mesclun Salad -“Paris Market Mix”
Watermelon, Icebox ” Rainbow Sherbet”

Maija March 7, 2009, 11:34 pm

Ohhh… what a gorgeous selection of seeds!
I’ve been thinking of creating one of those all white, moonlight gardens. There are some incredible choices in Renee’s catalogue.

Morning Glory: Glacier Star
White Nigella: Bridal Veil
Nicotiana: Jasmine Alata
Moonflower Vine

and then WOW, a vining tomato!

Italian Sauce Tomato: Pompeii
Habanero Pepper: Red Savina

I see a salsa in the making!

Drool indeed!

Johannah Foss March 7, 2009, 8:51 pm

Beans, Pole, Filet “French Duet”
Lettuce, French, “Blush Batavians”
Lettuce, Container “Garden Babies”
Beets, “Jewel Toned Blend”
Eggplant, “Asian Trio”
Lettuce, Container “Ruby & Emerald Duet”


Skye March 7, 2009, 7:08 pm

Oh, this is wonderful and another blog to add to my reader.
1. Ruby and Emerald Lettuce Duet
2. Moonflower.
3. Windowbox Mini Basil
4. Super Bush tomato
5 White Ice Lavender
6. Delicious Duo Scallions

BJ March 7, 2009, 7:07 pm

Someone in twitter linked me to your site and the offer. I adore gardening, esp. things easy for older physically challenged gardeners.
If I was picked to win the giveaway, I would appreciate anything really.
But here’s the veggies I liked, it was hard to choose because you have so many wonderful things.

1. Super bush tomatoes
2. Peas, Edible Pod, “Super Sugar Snap”
3.Sweet Peas “Queen of Hearts”
4. Tomatoes, “Rainbow’s End Heirloom Mix”
5. Zinnia Granny’s Bouquet
6.Sunzilla Sunflowers

Kat Wolfdancer March 7, 2009, 6:55 pm

OH! here’s my choices, and *drool* I did indeed!

Mini Windowbox Basil
Sweet Green Basil
Cat Treats Gourmet Mixed Greens
Dukat Dill
Summer Peaches Alyssum

Can you tell I have a new herb box? And the Hobbit Kittens have asked for their own plants.

*grin* OH pick me pick me!


Julia March 7, 2009, 6:37 pm

I’ve already started my garden, but there is always room for more:
1. Chard – Scarlet Charlotte
2. Tomatillos
3. Beans – Improved Roma
4. Eggplant – Italian Trio
5. Leeks – Baby Primor
6. Tomatoes 0 Heirloom Summer Feast.

Can hardly wait!

Shibaguyz March 7, 2009, 6:31 pm

How generous of you to do this! Thank you so much! Here are the six we would like to win. 🙂
1. Jewel Tone Blend Beets
2. Round Romeo Carrot
3. Bush Slicer Cucumber
4. Little Prince Eggplant
5. Crispy Winter Salad Greens
6. Delicata & Butternut Squash Duo

*offerings to the goddess Tyche… just in case you’re listening. 🙂 *

Deborah Beisel March 7, 2009, 6:29 pm

Ok, I’m totally hooked. What great choices you have and I didn’t even look at the flowers! Here’s my list:
1. Beans, Slenderette
2. radishes, Crimson Crunchy Red
3. Squash, Summer Scallop Trio
4. Squash, Delicata and Butternut
5. Cuke, Green Fingers
6. Cuke, Endeavor

thanks for the opportunity!

Diana Hayes March 7, 2009, 6:11 pm

1. Asian Baby mix
2.Super Sugar Snap peas
3.Super bush tomatoes
4.Sunshine Mix carrots
5. Italian Pesto basil
6. Crimson Carmello tomato

I love Renee’s stuff.

Dawn March 7, 2009, 3:34 pm

I am just getting back into gardening after over a year off and seeds are at the top of my list!

1. Corn, Early, Bi-Color, “Bon Jour”
2. Peas, Edible Pod, “Super Sugar Snap”
3. Globe Amaranth, “Mardi Gras”
4. Nasturtium, Climbing, “Spitfire”
5. Nigella, Love in a Mist, “Mulberry Rose”
6. Sunflower, Edible, “Snack Seed”

Beatrice March 7, 2009, 11:37 am

I have a very small area for gardening and this will be my first attempt at growing veggies, both in ground and in containers. Looking forward to trying it out and Renee’s website is excellent for helping out with container gardening.

Glad I came across this site and able to submit my last minute entry!

My seed wishlist:

-Broccoli Raab
-Arugula, any variety
-Greens, Renee’s Stirfry mix
-Beans, Bush French
-Pak Choy
-Lettuce, Mesclun salad

Debby March 6, 2009, 11:32 pm

WOW, I just love both you & Renee’s websites Kathy! As an avid garndener myself, I love finding new seed, tips & idea sites! I am a PROUD member of the Great Sunflower Project and want to do all that I can to help repopulate the bees….so my choices are but only one times 6:

Sunflower, Lemon Queen x 6

And I would keep one for myself & give the other 5 packages to my fellow gardeners/neighbors so they too can help make a difference in the bee population.