One of the fun of gardening is trying out the different seeds and being surprised by the results. I love trying local, Tasmanian seed companies, and when I discovered a store selling Rangeview seeds I had to try them.
The first thing I noticed was that they don’t have all the information that other commercial seed companies provide on their seed packets… such as a diagram showing when to plant, and different zones. This is not a problem, as if you are trying a local seed you would have enough common sense to look up any outstanding information in a book or the web. Rangeview doesn’t have a huge range of seeds, yet some of the ones they have to offer are unusual, which I think is a great direction for them to market. The larger companies often sell the more common varieties, with the smaller companies like Rangeview catering for the niche market.
I did encounter a problem with my seeds… I bought a packet of Cherry Belle Radishes. I wanted to see how they germinated and grew, and I selected the seeds with the shortest grow time in order to see results. When I opened the packet I noticed the amount of seeds appears lower than normal. The packet listed 300 seeds, yet within (when I counted them) were 209 seeds. I know this isn’t a big deal, yet it was very irritating (also a breach of Consumer Law). I immediately went online and contacted the company to alert them to this issue.
I was contact very quickly by Peter, who appeared to be the manager. He swiftly apologised and offered to send me a new seed packet and any other packet of my choice as a gift. I chose Soupwort seeds… one of their interesting offers, as I had not seen them in person and I very much wanted to try them. The replacement seeds arrived very quickly and I was very happy with this response from the company. I feel that it is very telling how a company deals with its mistakes, and Rangeview definitely impressed me.
The radish seeds I planted have performed as expected, with an almost 100% successfully germinating. The radishes which I have harvested (while a little earlier than I should) taste amazing, with a real radish tang. They are exactly as expected.