May
27
2012
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Local Plant Sale

For those of you that are local, I will be having a plant sale on Sat. May 26th, 9-4. Heirloom tomatoes, perennials, etc will be available. Email SampleSeeds@yahoo.com if you need more info.
Hope to see you there!
Remy

Update~ Thank you to everyone who stopped by! Hope to see you next year :)

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Jul
23
2011
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If you have a minute…

Please sign the Survey/Guest book, Click Here. There are just a few easy questions to help us better serve you, the customer. If you want to just leave a note, you can do that too!
Thank you!

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Jun
23
2011
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Buffalo’s National Garden Festival

The festival kicks off this weekend. There will be happenings all summer. Click Here to see the National Garden Festival web site. Part of the festivities will include the Ken-Ton Gardens Tour which I will be a participating in. This will occur Sat. July 23 and Sun. July 24. The information is on the Tonawanda web site, Click Here. When it is closer to the date, where you can pick up maps will be made available.
My garden is not some grand garden worthy of a trip, but the whole day of checking out gardens would be fun. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi! The following weekend is the big shebang, the Buffalo Garden tours with over 350 gardens to chose from.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came to visit!

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Dec
11
2010
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Seed Starting Class

For those of you in the western NY area, I will be teaching a seed starting class at Niagara Wheatfield on Monday March 7, 2011. It will include seeds to take home. For more info please check out the PDF brochure by Clicking Here.
Hope to see you there!
UPDATE: The class was a success. Thank you to those of you attended. I hope you have great success with your seeds and garden this year!

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Apr
26
2010
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Winter Sowing Pics

A little inspiration for those of you who have never attempted this before. Photos are from today. I need to start working on separating all my babies.
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Jan
30
2010
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Winter Sowing Class ~ Radio Interview

The Seed Swap Day and the winter sowing class was a great success! I think a lot of gardeners got inspired to plant seeds.
I was interviewed about it the week before it happened on a radio program in Rochester called Naturally Green with Michael Warren Thomas. If you would like to hear the interview please Click Here.

For those of you near the Rochester, NY area, I will be teaching a class on winter sowing for the Rochester Civic Garden Center. This event is scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2010, 9:45 am-12:30 pm. I’m looking forward to this!
Remy

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Jan
14
2009
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Bubble Envelopes and Promises

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I got thinking about things I want to ensure as I start this business, things I want to promise myself as well as the customer.

  • Great Customer Service~ I want to make sure all email inquiries are answered promptly. I think within 24 hours, less if possible, should be the standard practice. If for some reason I will be away, and no one else can answer emails, make sure it is visibly announced on the web site.
  • Have Seeds offered In Stock~ If for some reason a run on a variety happens like a mention in a magazine article, take care of the problem quickly. I don’t want anyone disappointed in the seed being out of stock after ordering. They should be contacted immediately and offered a solution
  • Customer Information (phone numbers, email, and addresses)~ I promise to only use them for contacting the customer about orders. I will never give them out to other companies. I can’t stand telemarketers and spam mailers!
  • Viable seed~ I will send seed of excellent quality. Seeds that are harder to germinate, needing special conditions or a long wait period, will be listed as such. I don’t want to disappoint the novice gardener.
  • Low Prices~ I will do my best to keep prices reasonable, down right cheap if possible. I think some seeds are way over priced. When I see some of the stuff for sale elsewhere, I can not believe people are paying those prices.
  • No False Claims of Rarity~ I promise to never state something is rare if it isn’t. Sometimes plants are unusual or not found at the popular seed outlets, but that makes it uncommon or hard to find, not rare. If I’m the only business selling the seed in the USA, then it might be rare.
  • No False Claims of Plant Virtues~ I promises to give accurate plant descriptions. I may like certain varieties and think they are great, but they are not the BEST EVER! or TOTALLY DISEASE FREE! or what ever silly claim you might read elsewhere. I also promise to never use a color enhance photo. BEWARE OF PLACES THAT DO THIS.
  • No Making New Names Up or Histories for Varieties~ Unfortunately there are catalogs out there that like to rename plants and/or give some story that is totally untrue to help drum up sales. I promise the names and histories I write to be as accurate as possible.
  • Religion ~ No using biblical references to get you to buy seeds. BEWARE OF PLACES THAT DO THIS. They may be good people, but there are and have been many places that do this that are scammers. Please check the GardenWatchdog before ordering.
  • No Stealing Photos~I would rather go without a photo and have poorer sales than steal some unsuspecting gardener’s pic. It is happening much too often unfortunately. Which reminds me… All photos on this site, be they good or bad, are taken by me unless stated otherwise. You can not use them without my permission.

I’ve probably forgotten a thing or two. Any suggestions of things you hope I do, or hope I never do, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! The more you say now, the better for everyone. You can leave a comment or send an email to sampleseeds@yahoo.com

Figuring I should put a face on this web site for people to know me, here it is. The photo is of my SIL(cactus) and me(butterfly) last year at Plantasia, WNY’s garden show.

You should never feel too old to have fun and be silly!

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Jan
10
2009
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Dreaming of Home Grown Tomatoes

Orlovskie Rysaki ripening

There’s not much that’s more wonderful than a home grown tomato! If you’ve never experienced eating one, I just don’t know what to tell you except you haven’t truly lived yet. Of course ever eating one always seems like a fantasy in winter with the cold and snow outside, but I need to start planning this year’s grow list soon. February vacation will happen before I know it(Key Largo here I come!) and then March will be arrive. I have a tendency to change my mind many times making list after list weighing in on reasons why one variety should be grown over another.
I try to get my seeds planted on or close to St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. Being Italian, I know the story of how praying to St. Joseph saved the Sicilians from starvation during the middle ages. There was a long period of drought. The people prayed to him for rain, and it came. So I pay homage to St. Joseph; I figure his intercession on my crop would always be a good thing.

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Jan
02
2009
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Happy New Year 2009!

Hello Fellow Plant Lovers,
It is the new year, and I am preparing to start this new endeavor, The Sample Seed Shop. I plan to offer quality seeds for the home gardener at an inexpensive price. The seeds will be in small sample size packets. To keep costs low and offer a better price, there will be no paper catalog or fancy seed packets. Cutting costs on the frills does not mean seeds of poor quality, or that the seeds offered will be same seeds you will find everywhere else.  Through this site, I will be offering excellent seeds, many interesting varieties of both vegetables and flowers, and of course great customer service.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am an admitted plantaholic. I love all kinds of plants from annuals to perennials to roses to vegetables,especially heirloom tomatoes, to bulbs. You name it, I love it! I’m also a seed hoarder. I love to start plants, when possible, from seed. The whole process is just amazing. It can even be a healing process. Some people will tell you I am a walking encyclopedia of plant knowledge. It has come from years of growing, studying, and helping other gardeners. (Though there is so much more to know! The world of gardening is a vast one.) All this has led me to this place, SampleSeeds.com.

It seems like mid winter already. There has been lots of cold wind and snow for the past month. I know I must get out there and start setting out my seed containers for winter sowing soon. Some perennial seeds need a cold period or they will not germinate. On another day, I will post pics of this process. It makes difficult seeds seem quite easy.
Hoping 2009 is a wonderful gardening year for you all,
Remy

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