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Friday Favorite: Renee’s Garden Seeds

February 22nd, 2019

If you’ve been reading here for a while you know how much I like Renee’s Garden Seeds. Not only does Renee do lots of wonderful things to encourage gardening (like donating seeds to school gardens), her seeds are specifically chosen for the small home gardener.

One of my favorite things about Renee’s is that you can get individual packets of seeds that contain several different varieties of vegetables. This is such a money saver for the home gardener, not to mention it limits the amount of seed you have to store from year to year. You can find a wide variety of options with multiple varieties in each packet. I’ve grown her multi-packs of: beans, zucchini, beets, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, scallions, and carrots.

I’m in the process of figuring out just which items I’m going to be ordering from Renee’s, I’m thinking radishes and beets for sure. The ‘Catalina’ spinach is also a favorite of mine.

Do you like to grow multiple varieties of each type of vegetable?

Multiple Varieties

February 28th, 2017

Every year I get some of my seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds, one of my favorite things about her seeds is that you can get multiple varieties in one packet.

Take for example the packs of radish and beet seeds, each packet has five different varieties. This is such a great thing for those of us that want to grow multiple varieties, but don’t want to spend the money to buy five different packs of seeds. I try to use up as many of my seeds as possible each year, buying seeds like this allows me to do just that.

What’s your favorite seed source?

Friday Favorite: Spring Rolls

April 1st, 2016

Spring rolls are a favorite around here. I love that you can stuff them with a wide variety of herbs and vegetables and you end up with a healthy and delicious meal. Last week, I found a watermelon radish at the farmers market, with the lettuce & carrots in the fridge, nori sheets, herbs in the windowsill, and carrots in the avocado in the pantry, we ended up with a wonderful dinner. I also love to add Maine shrimp or smoked salmon if I have it.
spring rolls 2
Since we love these so much, I got Vietnamese cilantro and Thai basil from Renee’s Garden to plant this year. I’m thinking of having a corner of the potager dedicated to spring roll ingredients. In the summer I love using zucchini noodles in them.
spring rolls 1
Of course what makes the spring rolls is the sauce, I love to mix up ginger, garlic, hot pepper, cashew butter, tamari, fish sauce, and toasted sesame oil.

Are you a fan of spring rolls?

Friday Favorite: Renee’s Garden

March 13th, 2015

I’ve been buying seeds from Renee’s Garden for many years. One of my favorite things about her seeds is that you can get multiple varieties in one package. This year I got the Long Harvest Broccoli that contains three different varieties in the seed packet. This is so handy for those of us that don’t want to buy three different packets of seed but would like to grow a few different varieties. I’m really interested to see how this work, I’d love to have a longer broccoli season.
Renees garden broccoli
The seeds are color coded as well, so you can label them as needed. These were the zucchini seeds I planted two years ago.
color coded seeds
I’m so appreciative that Renee takes the time to develop handy things like this that are so helpful for the home gardener. Her varieties are also selected specifically with the home gardener in mind.

Do like to grow multiple varieties of the same vegetable?

Peppermint Stick Chard

August 5th, 2014

This spring a packet of ‘Peppermint Stick’ Chard arrived with my seeds from Renee’s Garden.  I didn’t think much about it, I just seeded them a flat along with everything else this spring.  They were transplanted in the garden at the appropriate time and I completely forgot about them.  Chard is one of those vegetables that gets forgotten with all the succulent lettuces and spinaches on the market.  Yet it’s a perfect vegetable, able to withstand very severe cold and still produce bountiful leaves when the days heat up as well.
peppermint stick chard (1)Not only is this variety a hardy vegetable to grow, it’s a showstopper as well. Look at those variegated pink and white stalks. They practically glow when you catch them out of the corner of your eye. Chard isn’t one of those vegetable that I grow a ton of, but there are always a few stands growing in a corner of the garden. This variety is quite lovely and is one I will keep growing year after year, even if it never graces my plate.

What is a vegetable you’d grow for beauty even if it didn’t produce fruit you liked?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.