Newsletter: August 2013 Update

August 2013 Edition

“One of my pet hates is hearing people refer lofitily to “real” gardeners as a mark of approval, as though there was such a thing as an unreal gardener. There is no level of skill or performance by which to establish your rank as a gardener. It is a completely egalitarian activity. Gardeners are people who garden.”

~ Montagu Don, The Sensuous Garden

In This Issue-

  • All About Basil
  • Milkweed Seeds Are In!
  • Sprouts – Perfect for Fall
  • New Online Store
  • Farm to School Program


Hello Subscriber!

Aurora the Dalmation puppyWow, August is already almost over! Time sure has flown by for us, how about you? Thanks to you, our continued growth keeps us ever busier year-round. We’ve been busy getting our new and updated online store live, planning for the new Heirloom Seeds catalog, writing articles and working in the garden and playing with our new Dalmation puppy, Aurora.

Thanks so much to all of you who sent in photos, we enjoyed seeing the different approaches to gardening. We will be putting them up in a customer garden section on the website.

Thanks also for all of the reviews, they really help others in making choices of which variety to grow in different parts of the country. We are pleased to congratulate Brenda from Roundup, MT as our August gift certificate winner for submitting a review. She wins a $25 gift certificate, and your chance is as good as ever as we are continuing the drawing through September. All you need to do is send in a review of one of our seeds that you’ve grown and your name is in the basket! To see how to enter a review, see our Late July Newsletter.

We’ve got some great recipes, thoughts and videos to share with you, so let’s dig in!


All About Basil


The intense aroma of fresh basil is one of the hallmarks of summer and a garden in the full swing of production. The Greek name for basil – βασιλικός – also translates as “royal”, showing the regard that it has had for a long time. It is also a symbol of love in Italy, where it is used generously in many dishes.

For the absolute best aroma and flavor, basil must be used fresh – the fresher the better. Luckily for us, it can be preserved through several different methods and brought out in the depths of winter to remind us of what summer was. Read All About Basil for several tips and recipes to keep these flavors until later in the winter.


Milkweed Seeds Are In!


Milkweed for Monarch ButterfliesWe are very pleased to announce that the first batch of milkweed seeds has arrived! We are packing and shipping the pre-orders now. Many thanks to The Xerces Society Facebook page for mentioning our project and the seeds.

This is the result of a year-long collaborative effort between The Xerces Society, Painted Lady Vineyard and Terroir Seeds to grow a regionally adapted milkweed species for the arid Southwest and inter-mountain West climates. For those who haven’t read our article about this great project, including the updates, “Growing Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly” has all of the details, photos and video of the seed cleaning process.

To order Milkweed seeds, click on the link.


Sprouts – Perfect for Fall


Home grown sproutsHave you thought about starting to grow something tasty this fall, but don’t know where to begin? Many people are interested in the idea of growing fresh greens in the fall and winter, but lack the experience, have little to no space or time to start and maintain a garden, no matter how small. Here’s a way to start small, with an excellent success rate. Sprouts are a great example of what can be grown in any climate, at any time of year, with no soil, sunlight or space requirements. Four square inches on a countertop is all that they need. In fact, backpackers will continually grow sprouts during long, multi-month trips to eat and feel better.

Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses- packed with minerals, protein, amino acids and the enzymes needed to digest them. All of this is available in 4-6 days for smaller sprouts or 7-8 days for larger, leafier, greener sprouts, also known as micro-greens. Best of all, they need no soil or sunshine, will grow in any climate at any time of the year and contains more nutrients per calorie than any other type of food.

You can grow them on your kitchen windowsill or in the cupboard with no experience growing whatsoever. They are very inexpensive to get started with and are the easiest thing to grow. For a tasty treat, look at our Sprouting Seeds and Supplies.


New Online Store


As we mentioned in our last Newsletter, we’ve been working on updating our online store and it is now live. It is more secure, easier to use and share with others through social media and email. We’ve worked to simplify it, yet make it more useful and it is now ready for you! Please take some time to look at our new online store, browse around and let us know your thoughts. Many of your suggestions have gone into improving this version, and we’d love to hear how we’ve done.


Farm to School Program


We are constantly talking about and promoting local, sustainable agriculture and the power of an individual’s choice. Many of the things that are going right in our world of agriculture, food, nutrition and health are the direct result of the intersection of local agriculture and an individual’s choice. One such example is the local Yavapai County Farm to School program that is in the beginning stages as a result of Paradigm Permaculture Coalition’s work.

We are pleased to share this with everyone as an invitation to help this particular program, but also to be inspired and invited to work within your local community to create something similar! Please read Farm to School Program – Local Food for Our Schools.


We believe in a world of healthy soil, seed, food and people. Everyone has a fundamental need for vibrant food and health, which are closely linked.

We work to achieve this by challenging and changing conventional gardening thinking, providing successful and unique methods and techniques while inspiring the power of choice and action for the individual.

Our customers are friends that we have not yet met, as you share our interest and passion for growing incredibly delicious foods, preserving heirloom seed traditions and biological diversity for the future through our own home gardens. Sharing this is possibly the most important work, as it helps all of us make a definite, positive impact in our lives and in those that we share.

Thanks for your time this edition, we hope you have enjoyed it! Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions, as we are always working to improve.


Stephen and Cindy Scott
Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens


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