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I feel the same as KParr. I find it a poor reflection on their business ethics. Not to mention their gardens! I don't know many gardeners who don't have their own photos of their own plants. I still see the photos on the website, and I still would not buy from them.
It would have been very easy to simply ask for permission in advance. There are few web designers who are not aware of copyright laws, and there are many sources of inexpensive commercial photography available for web use. This kind of thing really irritates me. No one accidentally harvests photos from a personal website.
On Aug 22, 2008, The Tasteful Garden responded with:
On Jan 1, 2009 11:02 AM, The Tasteful Garden added:
See reply below. The beautiful raised beds at Skippy's Garden were chosen to show how a small city garden using all raised beds could be used with great results."
This website has stolen photographs from a gardening blog (skippy's garden) and used them on the site. The blogger was never contacted or asked for permission to use her photos.
Therefore: I won't buy from them and I'll be telling my friends.
On Aug 22, 2008, The Tasteful Garden responded with:
On Aug 22, 2008 3:20 PM, The Tasteful Garden added:
We have made contact with this poster as well as the owner of the photos and have resolved this issue. Our policy is to always ask permission of anyone whose photography we use on our site or in our newsletters. This was done in error and we appreciate this poster calling this to our attention."
On Mar 30, 2006, chriszelmer Battle Creek, MI wrote:
negative-just in this instance.The failure I had was with the Creole tomatoes I ordered last year.They just didnt grow.They stayed the same size as when I recieved them.It was like a failure to thrieve.Just wanted to let you guys know.All else was just fine. Thank you--Christine Zelmer
I ordered 16 or so plants from this company this year. I recieved several substitutions - a huge disappointment considering I was ordering specific heirlooms that I did not have seed for or could not get elsewhere and had ordered early to ensure I would get these specific varities.
A few of the plants were healthy and strong. The remainder were very, very small, 3 inches, 4 leaf's, tiny weak stems. NONE were hardened off, although when I called, they claimed they were. It was obvious that they had run out of stock, even though my first order had been placed in early March, and had quickly replanted to meet their orders, but had not done it in time. I have been home gardening for 20 years, and growing heirlooms for 7. I know what I am doing. Only a few of the plants from The Tasteful Garden made it. It was a huge waste of money - since they are a pricey $4.50 per plant, but they were only willing to rebate me for for 2 plants. Their position was basically "well, you live in zone 4, so even though you ordered early, other customers who we ship to earlier get priority." Being small is not an excuse for totaly screwing someone who would have been a repeat, high dollar customer for years to come. I highly recommend you order elsewhere.
On Jul 25, 2005, The Tasteful Garden responded with:
On Dec 5, 2005 1:46 PM, The Tasteful Garden (formerly The Chef's Garden) added:
It is difficult to have plants hardened off in our area when temperatures in Alabama are over 90 degrees. Tomato plants just don't harden properly at that level. Our apologies for the substitutions, keeping inventory is also difficult when temperatures get high. To prevent this problem, we will not ship plants after mid June for 2006. We regret that our far Northern customers will have to either receive plants early or not at all. Our plants are guaranteed, we will be glad to refund the money for any plants at any time however replacements just could not be sent so late. We apologize for the inconvenience. Cindy
The Tasteful Garden
Just as a note, our plants are $4.25 each and are shipped in 4 1/2" pots, larger than any others on the web."
I bought some plants last year from this company. The owner, Cindy, stated they would grow great in any region, that is absolutely not true. We all know not every plant can grow in every part of the region. The tomatoes I received looked good but performed terrible in my location. I also received pepper plants from this company, they were the punniest things I have ever received, definately not worth the money. I do not recommend dealing with this company. I am sure you can have the same luck buying seeds and growing your own at the prices they charge.
On Mar 25, 2005, The Tasteful Garden responded with:
On Mar 27, 2005 2:21 PM, The Tasteful Garden (formerly The Chef's Garden) added:
We offer plants for those that don't have the time or the inclination to plant seeds. Our plants are healthy and strong, however we cannot guarantee that heirlooms will be productive no matter the weather conditions or growing situation. We do make very specific recommendations on using mulches and compost that can improve growing results. That said, we will make sure that every customer is satisfied by replacing any plant that does not produce. Even a year later. Heirlooms are not Better Boys and can be very limited in the amount of tomatoes they produce. They are also without disease resistance which can create problems in areas which are likely to have blights and fungus in wet years. The reward in growing heirloom tomatoes is that the flavor is fantastic which no one will dispute and yes, we believe that all tomatoes can grow in any region as long as they are grown under the proper conditions.
As to our peppers, they did run small last year because of a late start due to germination problems. Our peppers have improved this year but hot peppers are still very slow to grow and should normally be ordered separately to plant later in the season when soil temps are higher. Again, any plant that does not thrive has our 100% guarantee, but in order to replace them we have to be notified that there has been a problem."