Soon it will be time to plant your fall tomatoes. If you are smart, you have already started them indoors so you can get a jump start on the season.
Good Monday! It is already 5:30pm so I won't say good morning! It was a very busy day. First, Aaron came back to work to do indoor work only. His back is feeling better. He was very bored at home.
Second, two new outdoor people started today. Three hours into it, one quit. Not sure if the other one will come back or not. David says they got a lot done so that is great.
If you have been following along, you know we have had Holley and Max, our grandchildren, with us since Saturday. This morning, we packed them up for church camp at Alto Frio in Leakey, Texas. We sent them last year and we sent them again today. They are so excited. Last year during church camp, Holley accepted Jesus into her heart. I will say she has been so much more pleasant to be around over the last year.
During the weekend, I have been talking with Max about accepting Jesus. This morning, when we were eating breakfast, Max said he prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart last night before he went to sleep so that is wonderful!
I went over and fed the fish and opened the store around 8:45am and then the four of us left the farm for San Antonio. I also put some algae killer in the pond again.
David and I had some doctor appointments so we took the kids with us. Then we stopped at Walmart to get Holley a pillow since she did not have hers. She did not tell us while we were at the farm. While we were in Walmart, she found a dress she liked for school so I got her five cute dresses. Then we hit up Hobby Lobby. They were having a 50% off sale on Farm Art so I got a bunch for our home and for the store as we are moving things around and redecorating. I got a beautiful painting for the living room with an old barn with a gold glittery roof.
After that, we went through Cane's for some lunch for David and me. The kids were supposed to be dropped off at noon. We got to the church at 11:30am and Pastor Lamb was already there with others. We dropped off the first kids. We visited with Pastor and his wife for a little while, said goodbye to the kids who were so excited, and then hit the road for a quick Sam's run. We ate our lunch on the way.
We have been out of a lot of things in the store for weeks. We got a bunch of chips and drinks. Now someone has to price them and put them in the fridge and on display.
When we got back to the farm, we unloaded the truck, started laundry, started this morning's dishes up since it was a whole sink full and then it was time to do some computer work. We did not have any customers today. Everyone but Matt went home at 4:30pm. I went to the Farm Store at 4:50pm and saw everyone was gone.
Matt and David are out there still working on one of the broken printers. So more than a week later, we are still trying to figure out how to fix the $16,000.00 printers that were not taken care of.
I have to break down some large packs of meat that we bought at Sam's for our individual meals. It is so quiet and calm in the house and I am so happy right now. Time to cook dinner, chop up some watermelon and relax.
David has been starting fall tomatoes out in the greenhouse with air conditioners on. The temperature outside is over 100° every day since May so it is way too hot in the greenhouse without them. I need to go out there and see exactly what he has growing for fall tomatoes. It has been too hot to want to go out there.
I don't believe the two guys who were here this morning did anything at all with fall tomatoes. I know they were pulling up stuff from garden beds. Most of the stuff is close to dead because of the drought and extreme heat.
Happy Tuesday! I have been over at the Farm Store fixing things. We are moving things around a bit. Plus we did a Sam's run yesterday and everything needs to be priced and put up. I have been dealing with pricing items and making new fall collections which you can find here.
This morning, a lot of our garden beds have been completely emptied. They are being readied for fall tomatoes and other fall vegetables. We are still getting melons.
A lot of our Mammoth Grey Striped Sunflower heads were picked today so we can dry the seeds and cook them. Some people grill the entire head and eat it like they would a steak. Can you believe that?
I am adding to my garden notebooks and journals almost everyday. I have some beautiful back to school notebooks with inspirational Bible verses on the covers now in both college ruled and wide ruled. This morning, I made a small password notebook with 50 pages in it. That means there is space for 700 passwords in this 5 inch by 8 inch notebook. It should be live in a few days. Click here to check the list so you can purchase one of my notebooks off of the Kindle Store in Amazon. You are in the right store if it says Mrs. David's Garden Seeds.
The way it works is I design each notebook individually and put it up for sale on the Kindle Store. These are not to use on your Kindle. You purchase the notebook from the Kindle Store. They print it and send it to you. I earn a commission for designing the notebooks every time one sells. Check out my listings. Right now, I have about 20 but that number will grow as I continue to add to my notebook list. Thank you for ordering my notebooks and journals.
I will also have a few in the Farm Store for purchase this fall. The garden journals will be good for all gardeners and they will make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, anytime along with one of our Spring or Fall Texas Seed Sets or any of our seed sets.
It is now 2pm. All of our Sam's purchases have been priced and put out in the store. I made up the last six Fall Seed Sets that there were stickers for. My feet hurt and I am ready to go home and go to sleep but I am afraid I am stuck here. We have had zero customers again today. It is 99° so we are in a cold wave. It is just way too hot to plant and I know people are buying school supplies and school clothes. Now that gas is so ridiculously high, extra money is going to fill the gas tank. The cost of food is also way up and people would rather eat food than drive way out here and buy seeds. I cannot blame them. It is too hot to go anywhere. I have fits every time I have to walk across the compound.
Hopefully, once school is back in session, it will cool off and rain. Then people will want to grow a fall garden. Our new grass is mostly dead, even though we water it every day.
About five years or so ago, Lucy, our rescued Viszla, developed arthritis in her right rear leg. We have kept it under control with medicated chewies per her San Antonio vet. This morning, she was not walking on her right front leg. We checked her paw for stickers five times and could find nothing. We took her to the vet this afternoon. It turns out she is having a bout of arthritis in this leg now. She received a steroid shot and a whole lot of pills to get this leg under control over the next two weeks. I have already done battle with her trying to get the first dose down just now. I finally won.
I am now added water to the pond as it keeps evaporating in this heat. It is 3:30pm and only 100°.
For fall tomatoes, see how much time you have from now until your first frost date. You can google this or check the Farmer's Almanac. We always buy one. If you can start your fall tomatoes now under grow lights indoors, do so. That way, when you put them out to grow in the garden, after hardening them off, they will start putting tomatoes out quickly.
Well, it has been a busy morning here in the farm store. It is 2pm now and 100°. Lucy is doing somewhat better, putting some weight on her right front leg. I let David give her the pills this morning and she swallows them right down for him with no treat. She won't go down the backstairs to go potty so I have been taking her out the front door to go. She has been resting comfortably and enjoying being spoiled. She is a sweet dog.
I had to make a new Texas Fall Seed Set today because we are out of some of the other seeds. This new Fall set has only heirloom seeds so I know you will love it.
We have new shelving in the Farm Store for the home canned goods. We are slowly getting the store fixed up.
Pastor Lamb has been sending us some photos of Holley and Max at camp. I think they are having fun, although Holley is still wearing her snow boots instead of the new shoes I got her. After all, it is only over 100° each day.
This morning, I sent out a newsletter about monarch butterflies and the milkweed seeds we have for sale. If you want monarchs to come around you, prepare your yard with milkweed, the only plants that monarch caterpillars eat. We have lots of seeds. To read the whole article that I read, click here.
As you may have heard, it has been in the 100s every day since May here. It is way too hot to get good plant growth. As a result of the heat, we will not have fall starter plants. We just cannot keep the temperature down enough in the greenhouse, even with air conditioners. That strong and very hot Texas sun just keeps beating down and killing the plants. So there will be no fall tomatoes or fall vegetable starts of any kind for sale at the end of next month. We really tried but it is just not working. The lack of rain has not helped. We water every day but it is no match for the crazy heat and drought that we are in. We apologize ahead of time.
This evening, I worked on price changes on the website.
Good Thursday morning. Today, Holley and Max come back from camp. What a short camp for $200 a piece! Just three nights. That is nuts. Anyway, I hope it makes a difference in their lives.
I have been doing promotions all morning long. Someone did not do their job so we are overstocked on Sun Gold Cherry Tomato seeds, Supersweet Cherry Tomato seeds, and Detroit Dark Red Beets, as well as Butterfly Hummingbird Wildflower Mix, Encore Lettuce, Boston Pickling Cucumber, and Contender Bush Beans so they are all on sale now for just 95 cents! Just go to David's Garden Seeds® and type the names into the search bar to purchase or come to the Farm Store.
Now, more 95¢ seed packets have been added. Here is the list:
We have hundreds of each pack because someone would not get up and check if we needed more. Someone told us to order more after taking an employee's word instead of getting up and finding the boxes we already had. Stuff like this costs us hundreds of extra dollars that we could have spent elsewhere. We are finding so many crazy things like this. You have to constantly be checking up on your team to make sure they are actually doing their job.
So I have been doing social media promotions and video as well as putting the sale on the websites. I think we will have to drive in to San Antonio this afternoon to pick up the kids. David may send Matt instead. So far, we do not have a time when they will be back at the church.
We just got an ETA at Freedom Church in San Antonio of 12:45pm so David sent Matt to pick the kids up. I cannot believe I paid $400 for a week of camp and they kept them for just three nights.
I am back in the store working now. I need to add some home canned and pickled foods to the website and display them in our Farm Store.
This evening, we watched Home Alone with the grandkids. They had never before seen it. Tomorrow night, we will watch Home Alone II. I cannot believe they had never watched these movies.
Max has a bad headache. I gave him some Children's Motrin and he slept. Holley also slept and wanted Motrin.
Good morning. It is Friday. The pond has some algae and the water is way down again. I have algae killer in it now and later on, I will de-chlorinate and add more water.
The kids are feeling good right now. Holley called her father and asked him to come get them. He said not until Sunday.
David has Max and Holley in the Production Building working. They are emptying old seed packets that we are no longer carrying.
Since yesterday, I have been working on stocking the new shelves in the store for our home canned and pickled foods.
Matt got us Subway for lunch. I spent several hours emptying our boxes of home canned and pickled foods. I priced them all and got them up on our new shelving. We have been selling them bit by bit because we haven't had any room in the store for them. We removed our assistant table and chair and put the shelving there. It doesn't have enough shelving so more shelves have been ordered.
The pond is looking much better today. I put more algae killer in it this morning. It is now 2:30pm and the temperature is 100°.
A man who worked a few hours for us this past Monday came into the store this afternoon while I was eating my Subway and told me that harvesting can be done any time of the day and that the weeding and other outdoor activity should come first. (At this point, I want to say that he is wrong. The experts all say to harvest in the morning hours.) He told me to tell this to Matt. I told him that Matt has nothing to do with the schedule of things to be done. David determines that. This is his company and if you want to work here, you follow what he says. If not, bye bye....
Not surprisingly, he left without telling David what he told me. No matter where we have been throughout our marriage, the complainers always come to me and tell me what we are doing wrong and how we can fix it. Then when I say it is David who is in charge, not me, they just tell me to tell him and they don't have the nerve to do so. I guess they think I am a big pushover.
This was true in all of our churches. People wouldn't like his sermons or the way he did things when he was a pastor. Instead of telling him, they would call me on the phone or come by and tell me to have him change. Ha ha ha! David is not going to change because I tell him to. He is a man and I am not his mommy. If you don't have the nerve to speak your mind to him, don't expect me to make him change.
David's Garden Seeds® is David's company. I am his wife, not his boss. Better yet, just keep your opinion to yourself and let David do what he does best. He has done an amazing job over the past almost 13 years. Most of the people who have complaints have only worked for others. They have not had their own company. We have had a lot of employees over the past 13 years who have told us they have better ways of doing things. They still don't have their own companies, nor do they have a job working for us. When it is your company, you call the shots. This one is David's and he calls the shots. Bye now!
Well it has been a long day and my foot is killing me. We haven't had any customers. With school due to start in the next one to three weeks around here depending on what district everyone is in, I understand why. It takes a lot of money to drive out here now thanks to Joe Biden's America. School clothes and supplies, as well as food, cost way more than they did last year so I don't expect much in the way of customers for the next three to four weeks. Just keep in mind that you need to already have your fall tomatoes started if you want tomatoes before the frost. Everything else will do fine.
I am signing off for the day because I am in pain and tired, not to mention we still have grandchildren here. I think I am getting sick.
We watched Home Alone II tonight but Holley went to bed in the middle of it. She is not feeling well.
We got up on Saturday and Holley said she was sick. We let Jeremy know and he said he would meet us in Fredericksburg so we had to get them all packed up and take off instead of working. Fortunately, Matt and Shay were here at work today so they covered the store and everything else. It was a busy day for the store with a lot of customers.
I started feeling really bad during the trip. We stopped in Hondo so I could buy the kids some back to school clothes. We got to Fredericksburg at noon and met the parents at a Mexican restaurant. After lunch, we got all of the kids things into their truck and they took off. I got sicker on the drive home. I got home with 20 minutes to spare before the store closed. I shut it up for the weekend and felt way worse.
I made some chicken noodle soup and by the time Matt got here for Svengoolie, I was feeling really bad. I slept through a lot of the movie.
Three years ago today, we bought our farm with cash. We signed the papers and paid for it in full. It was a blank canvas of four acres and the only things on it were waist high weeds and wildflowers and one mesquite tree way up in the far left corner by the fence line. Three years later, we have a beautiful entry gate, 130 raised beds, an orchard, six business buildings, two well pump houses, five sheds, a water tank, a chicken house, a rabbit house, a guinea house, two greenhouses, a gazebo with pond, our above ground pool, a carport, and our home.
We need rain desperately and we really want it to cool down about 20 to 30 degrees. It has been over 100° since May making most plants die before they put much out. We are looking forward to our fall garden when it cools down and we get some good plants.
Happy Sunday! David and I both feel like crap this morning. Why do we always have to get sick? I just hope this is over quickly instead of lasting two months whenever the grandkids get us sick.
David smoked a chicken with a sore throat and made some sides while I napped on the living room couch. That was nice of him. Then we ate and watched the final two episodes of The Closer. It is sad that the show is now over. I really enjoyed Brenda Leigh's style of getting confessions.
David is napping and now I am getting some computer work done. I have not been on the computer since Friday when I still felt fairly decent.
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