April Newsletter - Spring 2013,
Gardener's Almanac, Give-Away, Promotional Offer
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
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.
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
we recently created a
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
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.
next time, gardening
success to you,
Victory Seed Company
Special Spring Cleaning Special
[ THIS OFFER HAS CONCLUDED
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with
your name and valid USPS mailing address, and we will send you one of the five
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 VintageVeggies.com 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
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!).
DO forward this email offer to all of
your gardening friends and family. Your word-of-mouth recommendations help
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
www.vintageveggies.com/support.html. 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.