We’re always looking for ways to improve our products, so we test, test and retest in our “backyard” here in Burlington, VT. It’s a great way for us to review existing products and develop new ones.

Ginny's tomatoes

Tomato Success Kits, thriving in the heat of Sun City, AZ.

Virginia Adams of Sun City, AZ, one of the many gardeners across the country who are testing our products.

We’re always looking for ways to improve our products, so we test, test and retest in our “backyard” here in Burlington, VT. It’s a great way for us to review existing products and develop new ones.

As product testing and research coordinator, my goal is to make sure our products work in your backyard, so I work with test gardeners all over the country. Virginia Adams, a gardener who lives in Sun City, AZ, is part of the team that’s using the Tomato Success Kit. Living in Arizona, she was able to plant her tomatoes back in March, and she already had plenty of fruit by mid-May. Nothing ripe yet, but she’ll be the first.

“Most of my growing is done in planters on the patio,” Virginia says. “Too hot in the open sun. Currently, I have sweet potatoes and yams in the Potato Grow Bag, zucchini, carrots, onions, garlic, sage, a tomato plant, peppers, beets and sunflowers in the ground and test tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, carrots and spider plants in planters on the patio. I keep busy just keeping them all fed and watered!.”

Meanwhile, our test gardeners in Wisconsin and Michigan are just getting started. I’ve tried to find testers in diverse locations, from a rooftop in New York City to a high-altitude garden in Colorado. I’m also pleased to have a mix of experienced gardeners and folks who are just getting started.

This fall, we’ll review the results of this season’s tests and I’ll share what we learn.

In the meantime, if you have feedback on any of our products, be sure to send a comment.

Deborah Miuccio
Product Research and Testing Coordinator, Gardener’s Supply