My affection for the mailbox in winter started back in the days when the my knowledge of gardening and seed catalogs was mostly limited to Park Seed, Burpee, and Wayside Gardens. My, how things have changed! A huge breakthrough and paradigm shift in offerings came following the appearance of Sheppard’s Garden Seeds. A whole world exploded for the gardening community, literally:
“Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. ” Quoted from her website: http://www.reneesgarden.com/about/reneebio.htm
When I discovered “Sheppard Seeds,” that did it for me! Catalogs, seed starting, and vegetable picking were never to be the same. Also entering an altered state was my palate. I developed a sheer delight in, and taste for the exotic and unusual in food. Sheppard’s Garden Seeds brought, for the first time, vegetable seeds from Europe, Asia and all parts around the globe. Cultivars grown and bred for taste and texture; not how long they could sit in a box or how far they could travel before resembling finds in a petri dish. It was gardening bliss, and continues to be to this day! My affection for the exotic in flowers wasn’t far behind. If I could I would definitely grow one of everything. I love gardening that much!
The latest news in raising vegetables and plants from seeds of course has been the resurrection of heirlooms. This movement is saving the day as far as I’m concerned, as the commercial vegetable production industry is taking some strange twists and turns. It is reassuring to know that our heritage is important enough for a huge grassroots movement to be gaining momentum and is on its way to full stride. More and more people are taking their diet and food choices seriously, and becoming active participants in lifestyle changes to support their own health.
Start planning now… it’s almost seed starting time!
Note: Renee’s Garden Seeds are now sold exclusively online at: http://www.reneesgarden.com