Renee’s Garden seeds on sale

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Though most of the country is coming to the end of this year’s vegetable gardens, here in California, we’re just turning the page to the next chapter. So now’s the perfect time to cash in on the end-of-season sale by Renee’s Garden, reliable purveyor of extraordinary seeds for the kitchen garden. The list of seeds and sale ordering form is here. Stock up on breakfast radish “Petit Déjeuner,’ French “Rolande” beans, “Baby Bette” carrot and heirloom lemon cucumbers, even “Cinderella’s Carriage” pumpkins, plus handful of basils, smoky bronze fennel and lots of garden flowers, including a dozen or more sweet peas. All at 40% off. Most are $1.67 per packet; some are $1.79.

I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough French breakfast radishes. I just keep planting, every week or two, all year long. Have them with sweet butter and fleur de sel as an apéritif or slice them vertically into a salad as a pretty accent.


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