from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Thank You, Gardeners!

Harvest results from one of our testers, Lucinda Trombly, who lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Deborah Miuccio works in the test gardens here in Burlington, VT.

As Product Testing and Research Coordinator, I test, test, and retest our products in the backyard of our headquarters in Burlington, VT, to make sure they work for our customers.

I also coordinate our nationwide program, which gets gardeners from around the country involved in testing. We want to make sure that our products perform well in different hardiness zones, climates, elevations and situations. We also know that it is risky to do all the testing in one place because diseases, such as late blight, could devastate our test crops, leaving us with a summer of no results.

Lucinda Trombly

Lucinda Trombly, one of the gardeners who tested our products this year.

Just like our customers, our testers come from all over the country, and range in ability from novice gardener to professional grower. The enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work of our national testers have been outstanding. Because their results have confirmed our own findings, we will be launching several new and improved products in 2012.

Learn more about this year’s team.

Deborah Miuccio, Gardener’s Supply

 

25 Comments

  1. tj
    October 24, 2011    

    …Ooo, do you need a tester from Missouri? I would love to be one. What a wonderful thing to do!

    …Thanks for sharing!

    …Blessings :o)

  2. Anonymous
    October 24, 2011    

    As a novice gardner in my latter years of life, I have to thank Gardner’s Supply for teaching this old dog some great new tricks! It has truly been a joy to participate in this test program. My results have been wonderful and very tasty!!! What a great idea Gardner’s Supply had – to understand the needs of different localities makes it possible for them to help MANY growers have success.

  3. October 25, 2011    

    Looks like you have an awesome garden! I’m kinda bumned winter is here, I have to wait to get my garden going. I have everything ready to go though!

  4. October 25, 2011    

    I have been gardening for a couple of years now but still think I have so much to learn. I took part of this year’s test, working with tomatoes, and I GOT TO LEARN A LOT. Thanks to this program, new products will be out for everyone next year and we, the testers, get the chance to enjoy them ahead of time! Thanks for a great chance!

  5. October 28, 2011    

    I have taken up gardening a while back. It now takes up a substantial portion of my yard now. Gardener’s Supply makes me anxious for next year.

  6. Anonymous
    November 2, 2011    

    I enjoy paging through the catalog on your site, and dreaming of what I can grow – if you need a sunny south Florida tester with an eye towards accessibility, drop me a line.

    rainbarrel@m*******.com (I’m in your mailing list database)

  7. November 2, 2011    

    I would love the chance to be tester, we have plenty of room, and lots of time to grow things in South East Texas. I took a MasterGardeners class this past year and still have lots more to learn but I love every bit of it. please email me at

    cowgirlfirefighter@yahoo.com

    if you need more testers, many people of my age have very little interest in gardening but I think its a great way to be healthier, and beneficial as far as know. The most wounderful part is meeting new people and to learn from them as well. Thanks for your ideas and support in being a better gardener.

  8. lesliesfarm
    November 2, 2011    

    I have been ordering products from you for very many years and I always tell friends “I’ve always been happy with every product – never had to return anything and all the products were durable.” Now I know why. Testing, huh?

    I am in Central Texas and gardening through the worst drought since the early 50’s, and I managed to keep everything alive and well, right through the dog days of summer. (Well, I had to let the strawberries go, but this winter & spring, with perfect compost and shade cloth….)Maybe it’s because I’m from up North. I see sunshine and I want to grow something – anything! So, if you want something tested in hell, y’all c’mon, as we say down here. I’m ready. lesliesfarm@yahoo.com

  9. Anonymous
    November 2, 2011    

    More testing needs to be done to provide more information about deer repellents and how to prevent them from eating your gardens to the ground. HELP!!

    haha (It is tough to fight mother nature)

  10. Anonymous
    November 2, 2011    

    I am a master gardener in north Atlanta.
    Let me know if you need any testers in my part of the country.
    Thanks for all the good information.

  11. Anonymous
    November 2, 2011    

    Thanks for the info – love the newsletter. I live in south Florida if you need any testers in this area, please let me know.

  12. November 2, 2011    

    How very cool! I’m learning the ropes from reading your blogs, recommended books, and family members. however, unfortunately my garden came under attack by squirrels early on this season – one of which I’d like to lovingly refer to as “Gordito Roethlisberger.” ;-)
    If you ever need a tester for zone 9-10, I’m down here in Southern California. :o)

    Many happy growing wishes to you guys!

    - Lindsey

  13. November 2, 2011    

    Fantastic idea to have testers of your products. We have started a new community garden in Rockport TX and I would love to have some testing of your products in our area. We have a high wind and salt air situation because we are about a mile from the coast and can see the water from the garden. Please let me know if you would like our community garden to test for you. We have a website with a blog we could utilize while testing. Thanks, Connie

  14. November 2, 2011    

    I’m sure you’ll get a zillion or so emails but —– Are you kidding me? Who wouldn’t want to be a test gardener for you?
    Seriously cool. I live in Tall Grass Prairie area of Minnesota (west central).
    You do great work and you have great products that give me many hours of enjoyment. Winter is long here but I can always dream big from your web site!

  15. Maryanne
    November 3, 2011    

    I am a Master Gardener in Carroll County, MD.and have been for quite a few years. I use and recommend your products to the new MG’s every year. Your products are of the highest quality. We use them at a lot of our sites we plant and tend also.
    If you ever need a tester from this area I am an avid gardener. Your products would get really hard use.

  16. November 3, 2011    

    I’m an avid flower gardener in Northeastern Minnesota and would love to be a test gardener for you! Your products would get a great workout with me using them!

  17. Marcy
    November 3, 2011    

    I would love to be a tester. I have a huge garden area and sell produce, eggs, and jam made from our own fruit (starting last year). I also have extensive flower gardens and a greenhouse. 30 years ago I grew and sold herb plants.

    I have been a Gardener supply customer for years.

    I am also disabled (MS). Many of your products are very helpful for the disabled and it might be good to actually have a disabled tester!

    marcy.canavan@gmail.com

  18. November 3, 2011    

    I garden on 10 acres (out of 108, mostly wooded) and have been at it for almost 60 years. Veggies get interspersed with my perennials, trees, shrubs and water/bog gardens. We have both shade and sun. I’d love to test some new things. Deer are our biggest problem here most years. Drought is a problem some years when we have tried probably every sprinkler known to man.

  19. November 3, 2011    

    I would love to test products for Gardeners Supply; especially anything which would help families grow food in a limited space. I transplanted myself from northern California and the redwoods to Utah zone 6B. I have been gardening for 36+ years and never get tired of learning new skills or trying out new seeds and plants.

  20. November 3, 2011    

    Thanks, everyone, for your interest in our testing program. As I work on the plan for 2012, it’s good to know there are so many enthusiastic and willing gardeners out there.

    –Deborah Miuccio, Product Testing and Research Coordinator

  21. November 4, 2011    

    I am the Ministry Director for Faith Farm, a therapy garden in OK. We work with those in life crisis situations & recently changed much of the city lot sized garden to areas accessible to people with mobility impairments. We grow produce, herbs & small fruits and run an on-site market to help fund the program. Your products have been very helpful dealing with our heat & wind. We, too, would enjoy being part of your testing!

  22. November 28, 2011    

    How does one become a tester anyway? Do you just randomly pick from customers of yours or do you outsource the search to a different company? Always wondered how those lucky testers get elected. I’ve always joked I’ll get a greenhouse when I get to be a tester for one. Ha! Do you publicly show testers notes besides just results of something being good??

  23. November 28, 2011    

    We assemble our crew of testers by starting with connections we’ve made in the gardening industry. Many are contacts we’ve made through gardening friends; some are longtime customers. Occasionally, we get help from former employees who’ve moved to other areas of the country.
    We’ll be launching some new products in 2012, so stay tuned for more posts on our testing discoveries.

    -Deborah Miuccio
    Product Testing and Research Coordinator

  24. Anonymous
    December 30, 2011    

    I have been a Master Gardener for over ten years and would love to help out if you need someone to test your products here in Michigan. Keep up the great work! Greg

  25. January 3, 2012    

    I see a lot of tomatoes and tomato plants in your photos. We’ve been having troubles with tomatoes. Too much plant and not enough tomatoes. Also, problems with rot on the bottoms.

    One of our local garden centers in our area recommends NOT watering tomatoes after July 4th. Is this something you agree with? Do you have any products that help with these issues?

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