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Gearing up for spring | New World Seeds & Tubers

HEY, WHERE’S MY ORDER?!

We’re down to the last 11 of the initial flood of orders we got hit with when we opened up shop. If yours is one of the last 11, apologies for the wait. We’re a two-man operation and can only pack about 5-6 orders a day. We could do more than that if the seed were already pre-packed, but it wasn’t because Tom’s long illness put us behind schedule…not to mention that we’re always pressed for time anyway.

The backlog prompted a number of customer service inquiries. When we’re answering them, we’re not packing, so, ironically, it adds to the problem.

Tom has long been generous with his time to talk about potatoes. At this point in his career, time spent consulting with specific people, especially as regards pedigrees, specific genes, and other detailed information, takes time away from packing seeds, packing orders, planting a new crop, and everything else we need to do to serve the rest of our customers.

If you do have a need for customer service, please either use our contact form, or send mail to

help “at” (name of this domain) dot com

Sending customer service requests to

  • Tom’s or my personal email
  • Post comments
  • Forum posts (on any of several different forums…)
  • Forum PMs
  • Facebook messages or posts

ties us up and makes your wait even longer. Time spent copying inquiries from inappropriate venues to customer service forms, so that credit card numbers and other private information doesn’t appear on a public web-page, or simply fall through the cracks, is time not spent filling orders.

Thank you for your patience with your order; we intend for all of them arrive in time for starting your seedlings. We understand that some folks live in hot climates and need to start them early. It would have helped if we were open for business late last year (we weren’t), and we intend to start earlier this year. Our ultimate goal is to have inventory on hand ready for shipment year-round.


At the moment much of Europe is frigid and the eastern USA has turned cold. We’re lucky to have mountains betwixt us and the cold fronts, though in recent years sometimes they burst right through the Columbia Gorge to the south and the Frasier River Valley to the north.

Better not turn too cold, as late winter blossoms are starting to show up. Some of them are pretty sturdy, like this snowdrop. It could turn pretty cold without significant damage to it. They’re built for cold weather, as are a lot of winter-bloomers.

Less sturdy are these Tazettas. They beat even Rejnveld’s Early Sensation which normally blooms this time of year (and isn’t quite open yet!). The Rejnveld’s Early Sensation is in my front yard, inches from the sidewalk, and unfortunately attracts thieves. The Tazettas are safely in my back yard, with a “hortcultural fleece” standing by in case it gets too cold for them.

Their fragrance is just wonderful. Not just typical Tazetta scent; these have some more exotic overtones. They’ve got some wild Tazetta genes in their backgrounds. I thought they might have some Narcissus viridiflorus genes in them, especially since they’re primarily autumn bloomers (which, like everything else in my life at the moment, got a late start), but no, they don’t. Ironically, the one that does have some N. viridiflorus background, doesn’t bloom in the autumn. Still waiting for that one to show her lovely face and spread her fragrance.

The Tazettas are next to a bed I prepared for Green Mountain Multiplier onions. Had to bring the survivors from the farm to my back yard, to rescue them from the deer. A surprising fraction of our inventory comes from my urban back-yard, because our farm is poorly suited to anything that needs to overwinter (or for that matter, is a deer-magnet). The low-lying riverbottom ground is too wet in the winter (indeed, it floods), and the higher ground has thin, gravelly soil that dries out in summer! Hard to grow things at the farm that need to be in the ground a long time.

When I’m not packing orders, I do a little digging in the back yard. Still need to transplant some Brassicas. We’re going to expand our Brassica selection.

In the mean time, more varieties of more seeds will show up before spring. Stay tuned. Now, back to work for me…still time to ship some orders for Saturday pickup.

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