In addition to the full catalog, Renee’s Garden website offers ideas, photos, planting and growing information, Renee’s blog and a forum for feedback. Gardeners can also sign up to receive a monthly e-newsletter. The website is easy to navigate and offers a complete Gardener’s Resources page.
Starting from Seed
The pint-sized baby cabbage called “Pixie” is geared to grow in small spaces. Renee says these small cabbages are just the right size for an everyday meal. Add the fun seed mix of three colorful carrots (white, bright orange, and purple) from “Circus Circus”, to make a beautiful coleslaw.
New Offerings for 2011
Tea lovers may want to grow and dry their own Hibiscus to brew pots of herbal tea.
Renee’s also offers many container varieties of dwarf-size plants that grow full-size fruit and flowers. “Sweetie Baby Romaine” is a container romaine specially bred for its petite vase-shaped heads and crisp texture.
Renee’s Garden has added 10 new veggie varieties and leafy greens to its 2011 catalog and it seems there’s a little something to match the taste of every gardener.
When I first heard about Renee’s Garden a few years ago I imagined that a gifted gardener named Renee had started a business selling specialty seeds she’d grown in her own garden.
Another new addition to the catalog is an early white corn called “Sugar Pearls” for those who garden in short seasons or who prefer an early harvest.
Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee’s Garden, goes to extraordinary lengths to offer gardeners high-quality vegetable, flower and herb seeds.
Cinderella’s Carriage Pumpkin – Unable to resist the romantic pull of a fairytale pumpkin, this one is on the list for 2012. We’ll see how it does up next to our delicata squashes and other favorites.
Iris Candy Tomato – Okay, we already have way too many tomato seeds, but this one captured my heart. A cherry tomato that is sweet but savory, with marbling of red and yellow. I have my reservations about growing tomatoes in our coastal fog, but we’ll give it a try.
One of the wonderful and often surprising things about being a blogger is that every once in a while companies send you free stuff. They hope that you’ll review their product and spread the word. Let it be known, if it isn’t already, that I never promote things that I don’t completely believe in, and I don’t get paid to wax rhapsodic about them.
Portuguese Kale – Did someone say kale?! Any time I can find another variety to add to the collection, I’m game. I’m a little confused because the printed materials I received state that this is an heirloom variety, but the packaging on the website clearly says F-1. Ordinarily I’m not inclined to buy hybrids (because the saved seed doesn’t breed true to type), but I’m taking on chance on this.
That said, I was delighted to find a Media Kit from Renee’s Garden Seeds in my mailbox today, in which the company offered to send a few packets of seeds (of my choice) to try out this year in the garden. Imagine my joy to find some interesting heirlooms for the Gardenerd Test Garden:
Gourmet Golden Beets – We’ve already established that I hate beets, but so many people have said that golden beets are less “beet-y”. So I’ll give them a try. Plus they don’t bleed, so it makes giving them away easier.
Renee’s Garden Seeds doesn’t have a printed catalog, but you can browse their website easily. You can sort by heirloom variety, or any other category you wish. We’ll be adding Renee’s Garden Seeds to our Links page later this month, and we’ll report our findings on how each of these grow out this spring and summer.
Watermelon Radish – now that we’ve found a delicious way to roast radishes, there is a renewed vigor about planting them. These are too beautiful to pass up.
Have you grown any of these varieties? Share your experiences with us here.
One of the wonderful and often surprising things about being a blogger is that every once in a while companies send you free stuff.