Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weeds and Seeds

We didn't plant a vegetable garden last year. We were gone most of the spring and then Mr. Dreamy moved the raised beds to make way for the new barn. He scooped up the dirt and dumped it into each of the beds. Last fall, when this picture was taken, the beds were nothing but piles of dirt with lots of weeds. The weeds were even taller this spring.


If you look closely, you can see two of the raised beds
cleverly hiding in the grass! 
There are two more behind those, lost to the weeds!

Upon our return (was that only two weeks ago?!!), we Dreamers dug and discarded weeds, added more soil and prepared our garden beds, dreaming of the frost-free days to come. 


Last year my flower beds went to rack and ruin so this year I have the opportunity to try to bring them under control. I've already begun weeding, but before too much time passes, it will be time to do some seeding!


We Dreamers shopped some catalogs. We ordered some seed. We stopped at the nursery (more than once) and picked up seedling tomatoes and peppers and more seeds. We planted some flats. We planted some cold weather veggies.

Waiting for warmth!

I purchased a packet of seeds from a local shop. When I opened the packet to plant them in a flat, imagine my surprise at finding 15 teeny, tiny seeds. Fifteen?! Really?! Not only was I dismayed at the small number of seeds that I had purchased for $2.99 (doing the math, that is $ .19933 per seed), but worse yet, my interpretation of the instructions stating, "Vinca seed requires very warm temperatures to germinate" translates to "Good luck, sucker!" So, the chances of my getting one little Vinca plant from the 15 seeds in the packet were few and far between.  I would have as much luck getting a viable plant, I am thinking, by planting two shiny dimes! So that night, still a bit disgruntled, I found the "Contact Us" link on the company's Web site and fired off a brief message stating my feelings. I didn't hear back from the company. Well, not until today. Imagine my surprise when Mr. Dreamy said I had gotten something in the mail from Botanical Interests. 


What?! The company sent me two additional packets of Vinca seeds. Wow! Talk about great customer service! They do have a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed policy, and now, I believe it! Thank you, Botanical Interests, a company based right here in Colorado. They'll be getting more of my business, for sure!

8 comments:

  1. When we buy plants we get them at the Farmer's Depot. My wife used to grow things like tomatoes from seeds, but it's been a long time since we did any of that.

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    1. I love buying plants at nurseries. They make me think of the promise of new life, beauty and food. Sadly, I think I kill almost half of what I buy :((

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  2. I'm so looking forward to Mother's Day when most of the danger from freezing is gone!
    ✿♥ღLinda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    1. At our elevation we wait until the first of June. Mother's Day is the target for the folks 'down the hill' from us, but we've been frozen too many times.

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  3. Can't wait to make a trip to Tagawa!

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    1. Ah, my favorite place to spend too much! I know you must love it as I recall all of your beautiful flowers!

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  4. Glad you're safely home and will soon be enjoying the fruits of your labors. If you want to see what one couple have done re: raised beds, check out www.fibermania.blogspot.com. Plus she's a stunning art quilter. Yes, the Miller's have been following your blog and are on our way west. Will be in Cherry Creek SP by the end of the week. Then on to Montrose a week later. Sue and Paul

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  5. I see you have some Snapdragons...and geraniums too! I hope you have good luck with your garden! Good Customer Service at that seed company!! :)

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