Let's talk about the fall garden you will be planting in just two weeks. We have actually talked about it many other times on both of our websites. A lot of people still do not realize that here in Texas as well as in other warm climate states in the South and Southwest they can plant an autumn garden before the frost comes. Also, you can plant a winter garden!
Here is an article about planning your garden this fall on the David's Garden Seeds® website.
David has a beautiful set of 34 varieties of seeds that do well in the fall available for purchase here.
Good Monday morning! I woke up late this morning because it was darker than normal. I no longer set an alarm to get up because we naturally wake up early. It is raining and has been since about 3am. We are so grateful! Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful rain!
It is now 10:30am and it continues to rain, sometimes coming down hard and at other times slowing down but still coming down.
I went over to the store at 9am and opened it. I fed the fish and came back to the house to work. I figured we would not have customers in the rain. About 30 minutes later, my son called asking if we have more than the one dozen eggs in the commercial refrigerator. Yes, but I forgot to carry them over to the store. I had three dozen here at home so Matt came and got them. He said there is a customer who has never been here before wanting seven dozen eggs. The best I could do is four dozen.
The chickens are not laying much in the heat. However, I bet we will get a good number of eggs today since it is so cool. The high yesterday was 87° and today, it will get up to 89°. It is currently 74°. So awesome not to be 100° or more!
We have a break between storms right now so I took the dogs outside for a potty break. I came back in and David got a phone call saying that his older brother had a heart attack and he will be having heart surgery tomorrow. So David has been calling all over trying to find out where he would have been taken. He finally tracked him down but he won't answer the phone and the nurse's station told him they would have his nurse call him back. Someone in his home town told David he was taken to the hospital on August 10, five days ago. By the way, his nurse never called back and he still won't answer.
There is another customer in the Farm Store wanting farm fresh eggs and I have no more to give him. We don't normally run out of our inventory early in the morning on a Monday!
We ended up having four different sets of customers throughout the day. The chickens only gave us ten eggs today so we won't have eggs tomorrow either.
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to plan out your fall garden in Texas and the warmer states. Your fall garden goes into the ground in just two weeks so this is important. Get your beds ready. Make sure there are no plants or weeds. Mix in compost.
Look at your seeds and determine where you will plant each variety in your fall garden. This article on Companion Planting may help.
Good Tuesday morning! The rain is over but everything is wet. Nacho is here working outside. I am not sure what David has him doing out there but one of our guys is helping him.
I went over to the store with the cash and I fed the fish. The store floor is all muddy because someone did not do their chore of mopping the store yesterday before they left. This is unacceptable when the floor is muddy.
Three years ago today, we moved out of our home of 20 years that we built in San Antonio, signed the papers to close on our new home and moved to the farm to live in a shed for almost four weeks until the mobile home folks got their act together and put our double wide together so we could move in. They delivered our home on the side of the road in two pieces. When we got out here after signing the papers, it was sitting on the side of the road close to our property. We had to wait until late afternoon before someone came to bring the two pieces onto our property. Then it took them two days to get it up on cinder blocks and another three weeks to get someone out here to put it all together inside.
It was rough because it was so hot and we had no electricity. We finally paid $18,000.00 to buy a generator and until November, this was the only electricity we had. It took several weeks for them to hook up our water so we had to have water trucked in and stored in a large tank. Oh, the best part (not!) was the lovely and delightful outhouse that we got to use for almost four weeks, even in the middle of the night. What a mess those weeks were!
I am starting to go through rooms and remove unnecessary things that we have, just like when we moved here. Back then, I got rid of a lot, but not enough. We may be having some long term company soon so I need to have a place to put them.
David wants to start planting the fall garden today but I think it is too wet still. He normally plants the final week of August, but I think it will be back to being over 100° by then.
We didn't get any rain today. It got up to 98°. Nacho did a bunch of things that needed to be done around the property. He also left two empty bottles of water on the bar in the backyard and an empty bottle of Snapple on David's truck.
My sister tells me that UPS finally picked up the fans that don't work well. That is good because they cost a lot. Never again...
Well, good Wednesday morning, everyone. It is hot and humid out there already as the sun begins to come up. I have been up since well before 6am. The indoor animals are now fed and I had toast.
David got up and made us some delicious eggs. The eggs have been few and far between as the chickens are not laying many. I thought that the egg production would pick up a bit since it cooled off and rained but the heat is right back up and egg production is down. Someone came in last Friday and bought me out. Then on Monday, I was bought out again. Not enough for any in the store yesterday. I have one dozen in the store today. I only have a few for our home use so they need to get laying again!
So I went into the store this morning. Someone already had unlocked it by 8am and had all the lights on even though we don't open until 9am on weekdays. Also, they did not bother to turn on the cash register so I had to wait for quite some time to put the cash in the drawer. (Our internet is slow out here.) I fed the fish but I forgot to take the eggs over. I need to go do that now.
I noticed a dead animal of some sort out in the middle of the road by our gate. Soon some vultures were enjoying a meal.
It is 11:30am and 88°. It should get up to 99°. The humidity is so thick that it is unreal. I noticed Nacho put some shade cloth on the roof of my greenhouse and he turned some more of our raised garden beds into hoop houses with shade cloth. He is not here today. This was yesterday.
It was hot, humid, and slow as we had zero customers. I put more algae cleaner in the pool and started cleaning up my office in the house.
Good morning. Today I finally get my hair done. It looks really bad. It has been a very long time. I should have gone a month ago but I could not get Booksy to give me a proper time. Each time I set it, it gave me a five minute appointment. I would call the salon and they would say that I could not have that appointment and then give me one in the future. Then I was supposed to go on August 2 but I got sick from the grandkids so I called and this is the first appointment they could give me. I was going every six weeks...
I went to the salon at long last and got my hair done. It is different and I like it. It is shorter and blonder. Looks fuller.
I made lunch and now I am working on the computer in my home office. It should get up to 100° again today. We were supposed to get rain, but that did not happen...
No rain at all. Our chickens put out 12 eggs today. We had one in-store customer who is a semi-regular so it was good to see him again. Matt waited on him as I was getting my hair done. A lot of folks still have their children as school doesn't start until this coming Monday in San Antonio.
I saw Aaron out back planting a lot of flower seeds for the fall. David has decided to add a lot more flowers than we normally grow this season.
I put de-chlorinator in the pond at 5pm and then filled it 30 minutes later. I have been doing a lot of social media posts and planning for our 13th anniversary of David's Garden Seeds® which is on September 1. The discount code starting on September 1 will be HAPPY13 and you will get 25% off when you spend $25 or more on your order.
Starting on Labor Day, September 5, our TV commercial (seen at the top of this page) will start being shown throughout the day on MeTV.
Good Friday morning! I opened the store up early this morning in case we have some special early visitors. Someone told me they may come at 8am so they can get to work on time. If they do, everything is ready.
I am now eating breakfast and am ready for the day. We will be getting my car inspected today since it is almost time for that.
Our special guests did not show up after all so I got up extra early for nothing. Oh well...I could have used the extra sleep. It has been a tough week and I have not slept much. I was sound asleep and dreaming when the alarm went off.
It is another hot and humid day on the farm. The pond has already dropped a lot from where I had it filled yesterday evening. It is weird how that works. The fish are fine.
We have the water going on our trees and some of the garden areas but we just don't have enough pressure. I checked the forecast and we might get some rain next Tuesday through Friday. Leakey, where my husband grew up, got 3.75 inches last night and more is coming today so that is nice but we sure need it here. I think all of Texas needs it badly.
We got the car inspected and bought the sticker for the window for another year. Then we ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Pleasanton. We were supposed to go to Walmart but my head was hurting so we just came home.
We had one customer today and he forgot his wallet in San Antonio so he left without getting anything. School starts next week here and in much of San Antonio. Hopefully then, people will start thinking about their fall gardens.
Going to go to sleep early tonight. Good night.
David woke me up at 7:10am this morning. I jumped up and got dressed and headed for the front to unlock. load the cash register, and feed the fish. Then I ran out back and took care of all of the animals. Back in the house, I got some coffee and ate a quick breakfast bar. We piled in the truck and drove to Devine to pick up our grocery order.
When we were almost to Walmart, Walmart called to ask where we were saying they were tracking us with GPS and we were taking a while to get there. Yes, it does take a while to go from Rossville to Devine but we finally arrived, got the groceries, and got back just before 9am.
Shay got here before 8am and she is out working now. It is 10am so hopefully, she opened the store. I have not gone out to check yet. We have just two dozen eggs for your purchasing convenience so come get them quickly. We have a lot of seeds on sale for 95¢ a pack. Your best bet is to look on the website first for them and then come find them in the store. It will be the same price here in the store.
We had very few customers today. I sliced my finger while doing dishes. Yay! Way to go...Fun times! No mail today although the mailman did show up and took out some orders with him. It is now 4:30pm.
I got one of the shelving units today from Amazon. I put it together. It fell on my when I turned my back and it sort of hurt. It has to be screwed into the wall. When Matt gets here later, he will do that for me.
My sister in El Paso has been getting rain all week including more right now. Here we sit, dry as a bone and at 100° again. It is just too hot to fall garden chores. We could get some rain for a few days next week starting Tuesday. It changed every day and it hardly ever rains here now.
After Svengoolie, we watched a lot of Major Crimes. In fact, we finished season five and started on the last season.
I woke up a bit late this morning because we stayed up until almost 1am watching Major Crimes. We are now on the final season and there are only three discs in this last season.
Happy Sunday afternoon. I got up and got everyone inside and outside fed. Then I made eggs for David and me. Amazon made an early delivery of two printer tables that I got for my office. They stacked both on the front gate. I tried to move them but they were heavy. On our way out of the gate, David put them both in the truck.
We went to church for the first time in four weeks. We ran into two small rain showers. It was a good message about the power of the second beast in Revelation 13. Apparently, there has been a series of messages while we were sick that we missed. Then we came home. My head hurts and David is napping.
I will be making a pot roast tonight. This afternoon, I had leftovers for lunch.
Matt was kind enough to come over and bring the tables inside and now he is putting them together. He is a good son.
Matt spent about six hours here putting these "million piece" printer tables together and finally I sent him home. He will have to finish tomorrow.
The pot roast came out really good. It was quite yummy.
So David has been having Aaron and Matt plant some of his fall garden over this past week. I looked at the two garden beds in front of the store this morning and baby zinnias are growing already. I will still plant some snapdragons and other fall flowers in the beds. I need to do that starting tomorrow.
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