Our Backyard Farm In Winter

There is a lot going on in our backyard farm this winter. Of course, we are in Texas so there is not much winter happening here. No ice, no snow, no sleet, not much in the way of cold, although we did get down in the 20s for two nights a few weeks ago. Right now, it is 62° Fahrenheit at 1:40pm and the low tonight will be 52°.

David, our son Matthew, Matt V., and Phil are putting in raised garden beds, planting seeds, and transplanting seedlings for this spring. On Friday, the high tunnel people will be looking at our application for a grant so we can extend our growing season. If we get funding, our backyard farm will look a lot different than it does now.

Update: We did not qualify for the funding as our business makes more than the USDA allows to get funding.


Our Backyard Farm This Week

Monday, January 20, 2020

The staircase where I accidentally skipped a stair today in the backyard farm area of our property.I never should have turned off the porch light.The staircase where I accidentally skipped a stair today in the backyard farm area of our property.I never should have turned off the porch light.

This morning, we got up early to leave for work by 6:30am. I was all ready to leave and I grabbed my brief case and my purse, turned off the outside light, stepped outside, locked the door, and proceeded to walk down the good stairs on the side of the house. It was pretty dark out there. I went down six stairs and I thought the next step would be the landing. Turns out it wasn't. My foot skipped the final stair and somehow I landed in a heap on the outside of my right ankle and my left knee.

I just stayed in the position that I landed in for a long time. David came to see what was going on. He was mad that I turned the light off. I was mad that I turned the light off, too. I continued to stay in position. My ankle was dying. My knee started feeling better. David went to his office to get something. When he came back, he offered a hand. I struggled to get up but finally did. We got in the car. My ankle was hurting a lot. I kept going over the fall in my mind.

We made it to work at David's Garden Seeds® office in San Antonio and I struggled to get around and get to a desk. We got home from work around 4pm. I took off my shoe and the ankle swelled up like a balloon.

My sprained ankle with my socks and shoes on.My sprained ankle with my socks and shoes on.
My ankle after I took the sock and shoe off.My ankle after I took the sock and shoe off.

I put my foot up in a recliner in the den for the evening with ice. It was very painful when I had to get up.

I am afraid our backyard farm did not get much attention today because of my foolishness.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

This morning, I woke up late with a fat, painful ankle. I slept surprisingly well with my painful ankle. It is a beautiful day and four men are outside working on the backyard farm, putting in raised beds and planting. I have been working on the couch in the den with my ankle up most of the day.

My ankle on Tuesday morning. It is still pretty big.My ankle on Tuesday morning. It is still pretty big.

Some new raised beds were put in today for my new honeysuckle and jasmine plants. I think it looks great! It is outside of the backyard fence so the plants will grow over the fence. Then I can smell those heavenly smells of honeysuckle and jasmine, just like I did in my backyard in San Antonio for the past 18 years.

My new raised garden bed for honeysuckle and jasmine plants.My new raised garden bed for honeysuckle and jasmine plants.

It was sort of chilly all day and the wind blew all day long. The sun finally came out later in the afternoon.

The wind kept rippling the plastic on our greenhouse, left, all day long. To the right is one of our five hoop houses covered with shade cloth.The wind kept rippling the plastic on our greenhouse, left, all day long. To the right is one of our five hoop houses covered with shade cloth.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A view from the back porch. You can see it is raining. Also, you can see the new raised garden bed just outside of the backyard farm fence.A view from the back porch. You can see it is raining. Also, you can see the new raised garden bed just outside of the backyard farm fence.

This morning, I woke up at 4am to the sound of rain pouring down. I went back to sleep and woke up a few hours later and it was still raining. The sky is whitish grey and it is raining off and on. No visible sunrise was there today.

David told everyone to go to the office in San Antonio instead of coming out here because of the rain.

My ankle is still swollen and hurting but not as much as it was yesterday. I am able to get around a lot easier.

Here are some recent photos of our backyard farm, some in the greenhouse and others in the hoop houses.

One side of the greenhouse on our backyard farm. It is filled with a lot of different plants. Some will be transplanted into raised garden beds. Others will be sold in pots.One side of the greenhouse on our backyard farm. It is filled with a lot of different plants. Some will be transplanted into raised garden beds. Others will be sold in pots.
Red lettuce and other plants in the greenhouse.Red lettuce and other plants in the greenhouse.
Strawberry plants are getting bigger in our backyard farm raised beds.Strawberry plants are getting bigger in our backyard farm raised beds.
Pretty red lettuce growing in our raised beds.Pretty red lettuce growing in our raised beds.
Garlic growing in raised beds in our backyard farm.Garlic growing in raised beds in our backyard farm.
Carrots are growing in our raised garden beds.Carrots are growing in our raised garden beds.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Today, we left the farm at 7am to go to some appointments in San Antonio. This time, I did not fall down the stairs. By the way, my foot is still hurting and my knees are bruised so who knows what I did when I fell. I still can't believe I actually fell.

We went into San Antonio for the David's Garden Seeds® monthly birthday celebration at Salt Grass Steakhouse. We had a good crowd of team members and some of their family members. It was a lot of fun. I tried the double pork chop, an item I have not had before and it was pretty good.

Here is a photo of our three birthday boys: Rock, Garrett, and our son, Matt S., along with our manager, Jay, right at Salt Grass!

Our three birthday boys: Rock, Garrett, and our son, Matt S., along with our manager, Jay, right at Salt Grass!Our three birthday boys: Rock, Garrett, and our son, Matt S., along with our manager, Jay, right at Salt Grass!

After the luncheon, we went home to the backyard farm and got to work. It was a beautiful afternoon.

It's a beautiful day. Just look at the sky!It's a beautiful day. Just look at the sky!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Some of the carrots growing on our farm.Some of the carrots growing on our farm.

Today, we went to see about applying for the High Tunnel grant for our farm. Turns out our business makes too much to qualify so we are not eligible.

Then we picked up some groceries, got home and cleaned up the house a bit. I got a package and it was a new planner from Christian Planner. This one is purple and the dates are in the correct order!

Today is our son, Matt's, birthday and some of our team members are coming over to celebrate with him this evening. Happy birthday, Matthew!

Below are the guys: Matt, DJ, Rock, and Jay in our living room this evening. It is nice to have a lot of laughter in our home.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sunrise on the backyard farm this morning was just gorgeous.Sunrise on the backyard farm this morning was just gorgeous.

This morning, in our backyard farm, it was overcast and grey. We transplanted seedlings, getting them ready to sell when we open our farm store, which will be this spring. I also planted a lot of varieties of mint seeds for selling. I planted pineapple mint, licorice mint, as well as other varieties. Each year, we sell a lot of mint plants in the spring. A lot of seedlings  got transplanted in the greenhouse.

Mint seeds are tiny.Mint seeds are tiny.
Planting licorice mint seeds in CowPots.Planting licorice mint seeds in CowPots.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Such a colorful sunrise!Such a colorful sunrise!

Happy Sunday. The sky is just beautiful now, so colorful and pretty! It is going to be a gorgeous day on our backyard farm. Nothing of any interest was done on the farm today. We took a day of rest.


Return from Our Backyard Farm In Winter to Our Small Farm


David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!

We are David's Garden Seeds®. If you need great seeds, we've got about 1500 varieties to choose from.

Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.