My blog celebrated its third birthday last week; nearly 600 posts, and 547,332 lifetime views as of this morning. More than 25,000 readers check out Plant Talk every month (thank you!) - which are good numbers for a gardening blog, if not so much for a cooking blog. As my editor at Pacific Northwest memorably told me when I was vying for space with the food coumn..."Everyone eats, you know Val, but not everyone gardens"....really?? I guess she's probably right.
So as Plant Talk moves forward into its fourth year, with increasingly confusing and rapid changes in the publishing world, I've decided to take on some partners. I guess you could call them advertisers, but since they're hand-picked people who are friends, I think of it more as their stepping up to support my work here on the blog. Sounds better than monetizing, doesn't it? But that's what I need to do, and thank goodness some really fine horticultural businesses are partnering with Plant Talk - I think you'll love seeing their ads, I hope you'll click on them and patronize them (if I didn't totally believe in what these companies are doing they wouldn't be on my blog).
I absolutely promise no pop-ups. Ever.
My debut partner is:.....Renee's Garden Seeds, a California company owned by Renee Shepherd, with a mission of education as much as selling quality seed. How can you not love a company whose tag line is "Set the Table From Your Garden"?
Renee is a fine cook and horticulturist...she exudes enthusiasm and expertise. I've long bought my sweet pea, lettuce and nasturtium...oh, and sunflower....seeds from Renee. When I recently asked her about what she's most excited about this spring she answered "As far as new varieties worth mention, I really love all the new things we introduced for 2012, so asking me to pick favorites is almost impossible. That said, I love the Edible Landscaping lettuce, Rhapsody butterhead lettuce, the Baby Napa Cabbage, the Wasabi Arugula and the Cup of Sun Nasturtium and the Raspberry Sorbet Zinnia."
Even though Renee lives in sunny Felton, California, her sister and webmaster Sue Sheckett lives here in Seattle, so Renee is very familiar with our climate...which never hurts when you need info on vegetable varieties. Whether you're looking for recipes, advice, heirlooms or just beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables, Renee's is a reliable source...and I hope you'll thank her for supporting Plant Talk by checking out the website....can you imagine a more beautiful ad to launch this partnership thing?