Before you start your garden, plan a backyard garden design. Plot where you want to plant each item and how. Will you used raised garden beds or direct sow? Maybe a combination of both? We do both.
Hello and happy Monday! Today, we were overwhelmed with a ton of orders from the weekend. No one came into the store on Saturday, but you sure ordered a ton of seeds on our website! Thank you.
It took all day with several people pulling and shipping orders but we did not finish them all from the weekend. It was payday but we could not pay our people today. We had the money, but our accountant was so busy that he did not get our payroll stubs sent over to us until 6pm, an hour after everyone left.
I went out to the greenhouse and planted several things in starter plants. I have to do more soon.
I wrote all of the paychecks this evening and I will pass them out first thing in the morning.
Happy Tuesday! I passed out all of the paychecks and started on more orders. Then at 10:30am, David and I left to meet some friends at our favorite Salt Grass in San Antonio. We had a wonderful visit and then made our way over to the East Side to visit Phanick's Nursery where we bought a lot of new orchard trees.
Nacho will have to go pick them all up on Wednesday and bring them out to the farm. We do not have a trailer. Also, they did not have any avocado trees or citrus trees except for two orange trees, which we bought. It is possible that they will get some in this Friday. If so, we will go back and get them.
Good Wednesday afternoon. We just finished a terrific potluck at work and the food was so good. I spent a good deal of the morning making jalapeno potatoes for the potluck and then I had to clean everything up. They came out great!
We are again dealing with a lot of orders. They just keep coming, which is wonderful. Thank you to everyone who is ordering seeds from David's Garden Seeds®!
Nacho arrived just a little while ago with all of the trees we bought as well as the metal pieces for the roof over our new deck.
Draw diagrams of your backyard garden design in your vegetable garden planner. Then you can make it happen just the way you want in your backyard. If you don't like it, you can change it up for next season. We have changed a lot of our backyard garden designs in each yard we have been in.
Right now, we are keeping the hoop houses but we built an all new greenhouse this year that looks like a high tunnel.
Today, the temperature hit 80° Fahrenheit! Can you believe that? It was very hot for the beginning of February.
I did a lot of work in the house before going over to the store. Then I did a lot of online updates. After that, I helped with sending seeds to Amazon to sell. We had so many to send up that the FBA team needed extra help. I stayed late to help get them done.
All week long now, we have had zero walk in customers so I am beginning to wonder what is going on. For all of January, we have had customers. I would imagine it has something to do with corona...
Phanick's Nursery called to say they got in some of the trees we wanted like citrus and avocado. We will send someone out tomorrow to pick them up.
We are changing up our backyard garden design this year. Most years, we change our backyard garden design. Sometimes, we leave it like it is and then just add more. Other times, like this year, we tear some or all of our backyard garden design down and start over.
This year, we left the hoop houses but we tore down the greenhouse as it was too short and kept trying to collapse. This year, we tore the greenhouse down and rebuilt it using larger PVC piping. It is now very tall, like a high tunnel. We like the backyard garden design much better.
I had a rough night as far as my breathing was concerned so I finally put on a nose strip. The strip worked because I woke up late, at 7:15 am. It was cold, in the 50s and the high was only 58° Fahrenheit. The chilliness never went away.
Today was a long day. One of our seed room team members quit. She was a good worker. She needed to be replaced immediately because we are getting a ton of orders every day now. So David made the decision to take away my helper in the store to replace her. My helper does many other things besides helping watch the store. Now I am alone again in the store and I get to do all of the social media postings again, as well as many other jobs. But that is okay. My motto since David started this business has always been "whatever it takes".
Matthew and Phil went into San Antonio to get more trees for our orchard. They brought back a bunch of them. And wouldn't you know that it will be down in the 20s for three days in a row next week. I sure hope the cold doesn't kill my orchard this year like it did last year in February when it was 23° for two nights in a row.
A few rows of trees went into the ground today. Now the weather has changed so hopefully, we won't lose any trees to cold.
Late this afternoon, a customer came in, the first one all week long. He has been here two other times.
I did not get much time to look at our backyard garden design today. Of course, the store was open from 10am until 2pm and people came throughout the time it was open to shop. After that, I pulled seed orders to make Monday morning a bit easier. I should have gone home to do laundry.
My feet were killing me by the end of the day because I pulled orders for hours. I won't do that next weekend. I will leave it for our staff to do on Monday morning. Last week, we did not finish orders from the weekend until Tuesday afternoon so I tried to avoid that this weekend.
The chickens are starting to heal up. One of them has regrown all of her feathers on top but her bottom is still naked. Tiny feathers are emerging on most of the hens.
Meanwhile, the guineas are missing bossing the chickens. They like their pen and the neighbor guineas can't get to them, although they still continue to visit. If they would stay home, our guineas would behave better.
I watched church online today and I filled seed orders for most of the day. Then I took my new metal detector out for a test spin. It kept going off but we never could find anything in the sand. LOL! We grilled steaks and watched Shark Tank in the evening. It was fun until I fell asleep on the couch.
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