I received a lovely parcel in the courier this morning from Yates New Zealand. As I mentioned in the gardening section of In the Circle, I was placed runner up for the best use of Yates products in the Yates Spring Veggie Gardening Challenge in 2018. The prize was $200 worth of Yates products. You can see the products I won in the photo above.
For those of you outside New Zealand, Yates is a leading supplier of seeds and gardening products. The Yates family and business goes back many generations. I have great respect for the brand, which is why I decided to enter the competition despite being so busy around the garden in spring. Over the years, people from Yates have helped me tremendously, generously sharing their knowledge and passion for gardening. I’d like to share the thank you letter which I wrote to Yates and sent off today.
10 January 2019
To the team at Yates,
Yates Spring Veggie Growing Challenge 2018
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the Runner Up prize package I received by courier today, for the best use of Yates products. As a newcomer to the Challenge, I was elated with this outcome. The products I have been given will certainly be put to good use around our garden.
Although it was very challenging trying to maintain an interesting and active blog while developing the summer garden, I found participating in the competition incredibly rewarding. Admittedly, blogging was extra work I created for myself, but I actually found that it helped shape the garden. Writing about what I was doing around the garden - and what I wanted to do in the garden – gave me a greater sense of direction. I also learnt a lot from Sarah the Gardener and the other participants. Reading other blogs motivated me to be more active outdoors and to try to make the garden even more successful than previous years.
It’s of course difficult to promise that I’ll definitely enter again next spring because it depends on my other commitments and of course whether the competition will be held, which we shouldn’t take for granted. But all in all, it was a great experience and I will certainly do my best to return to the fold in September.
Finally, I wanted to single out a couple of individuals at Yates and thank them. I’d like to say a special thank you to Chris the Horticulturalist who without fail responded to my numerous gardening queries by email. I really appreciate his advice, which is always spot on. I’m also grateful to Shaun, who I met at the Mitre 10 Gardening Club event at Mitre 10 Mega Manukau last November. Sean helped me resolve a number of issues which had cropped up in the garden during spring.
I have the greatest respect for all of you at Yates because you are true experts in the gardening field (no pun intended) and have developed high quality, effective products which are constantly evolving to address new problems, pests and diseases. I can’t wait to use the products in my prize package – many of which are new to me – and will be sure to follow up on them in my blog, which I decided to continue after the competition closed because I enjoyed writing about the garden so much.
Thank you once again.