New Arrivals – SEEDS – Week of 4/24

As we have new plant arrivals and gardening products at the store (or for special orders), Container Crazy CT highlights them here on for customers’ information and as a resource for any questions you may have.


I’m happy to announce, my favorite seeds are in stock at the BOOK CLUB Bookstore starting this week (869 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT – United Bank Plaza) as part of my showcase of products and plants.

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They are seeds by HUDSON VALLEY SEED COMPANY. I was initially drawn to them when I learned of them at a flower show. Each seed pack is beautiful and celebrates the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards. The seed packs are designed by their various artists. They are beautiful enough to frame and hang on your wall.


In fact, this year, at the Boston Flower Show, the Hudson Valley Seed Company won awards and had a special gallery showcase – which was very nice to see the actual artwork created with the seed packs along side. Some of the plants grown from their seeds were part of their gallery to top it off. Their dedication to visual and growth quality is something I strongly admire.

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Each year, they expand their collection, and so do I. After I sow the seeds, I store the seed packs and plan to make a artsy project with them – perhaps a decoupage type workshop is in order once you get your collection going too. My brain is brewing with ideas on that, and of course growing the plants from their quality certified organic seeds is a treat. I find the quality is excellent each time I sow a batch of them.

By the way, many of their artists come mainly from the Northeast; many are avid gardeners – and you feel this via the way each ART PACK is designed – very colorful and full of creativity – and I love that – Combining Nature with Art is what my small business focus at Container Crazy CT is all about.


My second reason for loving this company is they are very focused on providing 100% “Certified” Organic Safe Seed as stated in detail below. They work hard to provide a beautiful product but a safe one and stand behind their pledge.

As I started growing them, I found the seeds to be of excellent germination rate, and in addition, they have a unique mix of seeds – which I find fun to experiment with.

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Text below from their official website:

“We offer heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for vegetable, flower, and herb varieties. Many of these seeds we produce on our own small farm; the rest we source from other local farmers, farmers in other regions, and from trustworthy wholesale seed houses that are not owned by or affiliated with multi-national biotech companies. We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, and we adhere to Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom. Since May 2013, we are both a Certified Organic farm and a Certified Organic Handler (both certifications provided by NOFA-NY LLC). Thanks to gardeners like you, we’ve been able to expand our catalog of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds every year. Thank you!”

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All Star Kale Mix, Bloomsdale Spinach, Burgundy Okra (I’ve grown in mixed patio pots for ornamental affect), Endless Blooms Cut Flower Mix, Fox Cherry Tomato (I grew their Tiny Tim Tomatoes last year and sold many plants at the market – they were so fun due to their tiny size and pop of flavor), Genovese Basil, Greek Oregano, Lemon Cucumber, Lemon Drop Hot Pepper (hot peppers rock it in mixed patio pots for color pops), Little Gem Lettuce Mix (great in hanging baskets – ask about my COIR sustainable soil alternative when you visit the BOOK CLUB), Moon Flower (wow, wow, wow! I grew these last year and they are spectacular bloomers with big white flowers later in summer into fall – loved them – and many of these seeds, you may harvest seeds after done blooming from your own plants), Moss Curled Parsley (a must have in summer), Salad Savor Mix, and Sweet Siberian Watermelon (guess what? I’ve grown watermelon in pots and let them sprawl on my deck – it works!).

And you know, there were many other types I wanted to order for you, but they run out fast based on season and selection – so grab your’s at the bookstore before they go. Each pack is well-design inside as well – complete instructions and more details about the seed variety are included which is another excellent point about their packaging.

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Spotted a spider on a seed pack at the show – so funny.


We are offering a demonstration on May 25th, Thursday, 5:30 pm at BOOK CLUB, and I am considering adding a lunch time demonstration on an earlier date this month either at the bookstore or another venue. If you feel you would be interested in a lunch time session (noon), please indicate below your choice. Special requests are welcome.



Kits with peat pots (also organic) and well-draining professional soil-less potting mix are available at the store – I call them “fun kits” because they are just enough to get a few seeds going right away, and would be fun to do with children. Larger sized starter kits will be in the store soon.


To learn more about the seeds, please ask at your next visit or give me a ring. I am going to start sowing my favorites this week. And, as I locate my photos of last year’s plants grown from these seeds,  I will share them with you.

Thank you for supporting area local small businesses!

 Cathy Testa

“Combining Nature with Art”

Cathy Testa of Container Crazy CT is a Container Garden Designer and Plant Workshop Organizer located in Broad Brook, CT, with a special focus of combining nature with Art. She recently acquired a permanent showcase at BOOK CLUB Bookstore and More in South Windsor, CT, located at 869 Sullivan Avenue. You may find her on Tuesdays and Thursdays to learn about her workshop offerings, which she has been conducting as part of her own business for over eight years, and plant gifts. She holds a degree in Floriculture from the University of Connecticut and completed the Master Gardener Program. She has been recently featured in the Hartford Courant and Go Local magazine, and regularly speaks at garden clubs, womens’ clubs, and various farmers markets. Learn more about her offerings and plant sales at

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