March, 2011

Enter Our Gourmet Kitty Photo Contest

Send us a photo of your kitty enjoying our Cat Treats and enter our 2011 Gourmet Kitty Contest to win a $50 gift certificate. The winning photo will be featured on our website.

Our extra-fancy Cat Treats blend of organically grown seeds for fresh rye, oats, barley and wheat grasses offers multiple sowings of fast growing kitty treats.

Available in two sizes: The extra large Bonus Packet provides 10-12 sowings for consistent fresh greens. The regular size packet provides enough seed for up to 2-3 sowings. Buy either one now at 20% off.

To Enter:  Send up to 3 photos of your kitty with cat treat to:
Include your name, mailing address, email, and descriptive comments. Enter by May 31, 2011

Can You Caption This Kitten?

courtesy of Genevieve Schmidt

"Tamir" the kitty clearly has something in mind! Write a caption for this picture and we will reward our favorite entry with a $25 gift certificate.
To Enter: Send your caption, name and mailing address to: Put "caption" in the subject line.
Enter by April 1, 2011

March In the Trial Garden
by Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manager

This is a busy time of year for indoor seeding here at Renee’s Trial Garden, and our greenhouse is filling up quickly. One of the most important things that we do is to rigorously test the germination of all of our seed stock to make sure that we are providing top quality seed to our customers.

Every time we receive a new batch of seed from our growers, it is first sent to a independent lab to test the germination rate. If the lab test results show a germination rate that is different from what the grower provided, we will test it again ourselves in soil to verify the results. We often conclude that the seed viability is just fine, but if we do find that the germination is lower than our standards, we will not use the seed in our Renee's Garden packets.

The month of March is also the perfect time to start tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos. These South American natives require very long growing seasons, and in most US climate zones, they need a head start on the season by being sown early indoors. We sow the seeds in flats of sterile germination mix. When the seedlings are large enough to handle and have 1 or 2 sets of true leaves, we transplant them into individual containers, usually 3 or 4 inch plastic pots full good quality potting mix. Once the danger of frost is past, and nights are evenly in the 50°F range, we will move the seedlings outdoors into a sheltered spot to "harden off", or acclimate to outdoor conditions for about a week. Then we plant them out into the garden in well-amended soil.

Recipe of the Month

Bow Tie Pasta Sautéed with Chard and Toasted Almonds

This dish tastes like freshly sauced ravioli without all the work. The chard, nuts, herbs and cheese all go beautifully with bow ties.

Starting from Seed -
It's Easy and Satisfying

Growing from seed is not complicated and it's wonderfully satisfying to experience the whole growing cycle as you watch baby seedlings grow into sturdy plants. Visit our Growing Info and Help for articles and how-to guides for success with seeds.

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Please visit our website to view all of our new 2011 introductions, monthly feature articles and complete online catalog. Ordering is quick, easy and secure. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes,
Renee Shepherd


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