This week, we will talk about planting and growing fall zucchini. Yes, you can grow zucchini in the fall if you live in a warm climate. Here is a link to our zucchini seeds.
Good Monday morning! David has been cleaning out the Fulfillment building all weekend. He has found a lot of duplicate seeds that we did not need to order, some varieties are in four different bags. Hundreds of dollars unnecessarily wasted when we already had the same seeds but people would not look for them even though they said they had. You can imagine we are not happy that some of our people did not do the jobs we were paying them well to do.
So things are being reassigned. David has had to move his desk down to Fulfillment to run it and get it back into shape so we can find things and stop wasting thousands of dollars each month buying what we already have.
Matt is now running the Production building. Over there, hundreds of seed sets that we don't need have been found but the sets we need never got made. How is all of this possible?
I no longer have store helpers and I won't be doing orders. All orders are back down in Fulfillment. I will be running the store, doing social media and marketing in between customers and in my spare time.
We had several customers in here throughout the day. My helper moved out of the store and down to Fulfillment. She will pull orders and ship them from down there. This is what the Fulfillment Building was designed for. The guy in charge down there could not keep up so we took over the website orders. Now they are back where they should be so our retail store can actually be a store, not a shipping station. Soon the extra table and chair will be out of here and we can put displays in its place. We just don't have enough room in the store for office space.
Thirty-six years ago today, David and I went out on our first date. That is a long time yet it has flown by in just a few minutes, or so it seems...
We also invited one of our part time temporary workers from this spring back to help us right now. He is already here working and we so appreciate it.
There are many varieties of zucchini. Some grows better in the spring. There are some fall zucchini varieties that you should try this fall in your garden. Black Beauty and Tender Grey are the best fall zucchini varieties to grow. Black Beauty is ready in just 50 days. Tender Grey, White, and Fordhook are also ready in about 50 days.
Cocozelle Italian Zucchini is tasty. It takes about 60 days. If you plant it the last week of August, you can expect it to be ready around the beginning of November. If you live in Texas, no problem for most of the state.
The Round Green Zucchini is ready in just 45 days. This makes it the least risky in case you get a very early cold snap. Here in South Central Texas, it can get cold with frost sometimes in November or December but usually, we don't start wearing jackets until January. The past two winters have been an exception. Notice, I said "jacket" as in hoodie or windbreaker, not winter coat. The last two winters, we had to break out the heavier jackets for a short amount of time, but it does not happen often.
Good morning! I was looking out the kitchen window into the back 40 early this morning and it looked like we hit a geyser in two places. It turns out Aaron, who has been handling the field work, did not turn sprinklers off in two places yesterday. At 8am, Aaron went out to the back to start pulling up corn plants. Soon he called David. I looked out the window again and Matt and Brendon were back there, looking at the ground and talking to it. At least that is what it looked like. I asked David what was going on. He said Aaron was injured.
I went out there and Aaron was sort of sitting, in a lot of pain with a pinched nerve and he could not get up. I sent Brendon to get some Motrin and water and Matt began helping Aaron to change positions. It was so hot out there, too hot for him to lay there and wait it out for sure. Aaron took the pills and after a few minutes, we got him lifted and on his feet. Matt and Brendon let him lean on them for the long walk back to civilization.
He was resting comfortably in Production for a few hours and now he is in Fulfillment, helping with orders. I think he will be going home early today. We will need to take him because he drove a standard to work this morning. Poor guy. I think he will be taking some time off. He is in quite a bit of pain.
Nacho is here working today and it is his birthday. Who knew? So we are circulating a birthday card because everyone here knows him. So he will have a nice surprise with a new Benjamin Franklin bill to spend in his card.
Meanwhile, we just met a new pastor who was wandering around the property looking for David. I found David and he gave the pastor a tour and took him out to lunch.
It is bright and sunny and blazing hot and humid. I sure could use an early fall now. It is noon and only 96° but it feels miserable out there. I have been out there quite a bit today.
So far today, we have had no customers but that is good since we are transitioning and cleaning up.
We actually ended up having one couple from down the road. They bought one pack of seeds. The internet did not work well at all in the store today so I could have worked from the house in a comfy chair but now there is no one to work in the sore when I am not there. We have restructured everything.
David found a new out door guy, part time temporary and he will start on Monday for about a month until school starts, maybe longer. Meanwhile, since we don't expect the guy whose back was hurting this morning to come back for weeks. That means Matt will have to do that and manage Production. When the other guy does come back, he will work indoors.
You can expect to get anywhere from 15 to 20 fruits on each of your fall zucchini plants provided that the pollinators, especially bees, are out and about doing their job! Poor fruit development usually indicates insufficient pollination.
Here in South Central Texas, the bees are out all fall long because it is usually warm and there are many flowers to feed them. Last October, I was out in the back watching the bees buzz around the flowers on my luffa gourds. They were so prolific. I never thought that in October, the bees would still be so busy but they were.
Good Wednesday morning. I told David what a horrible time I had yesterday with my computer and the internet. He cleaned my cache and it seems to be working now. I am still in the house. I am completely ready for work but I am getting a few things done in here. I need to be cleaning as we are having company.
It is currently 82° at 9am but should reach 106° again today soon. No rain clouds in sight. Just plenty of humidity and heat.
Linda and Matt did the harvest this morning. Right now, Linda is watering the plants on the porch of the store. Most are for sale, just not the hibiscus or the hanging plants. Those are for decoration. They found zucchini, eggplant, a few asparagus stalks, cantaloupes, and watermelons.
We have two scallop aka Patty Pan white squash for sale in the store and about a dozen large Texas 1015Y onions left. I have four dozen chicken eggs, two jars of dill pickles, some green beans, carrots, asparagus, and white icicle radishes, all home canned by us. Oh, I also have some Poteet strawberry preserves.
We have pecan coffee in six varieties, pecan snacks, pecan fudge and candy. Come on by the store this morning and pick some of this up along with seeds.
Also, some of our seeds are marked down to $1.45 and $1.95 as they are overstocked so be on the lookout for them.
Our pond water is looking clearer. We removed the top rock and removed the sponges and have been cleaning them out all of this week. Plus I keep adding algae remover and new water.
Nacho was here again today for a while.
With fall zucchini, you want to plant a variety that can be ready in 50 days or less just in case a sneaky early frost hits but how often does that happen? Not very often in Texas except for the last two winters.
Good morning! It is Thursday and my house is a wreck. I need to stay home this morning and get it straightened up for sure. If I could be home for a bit each day, I could get it looking good but it is always the store. Now I have zero assistants so I don't even get a lunch. Yesterday, I ran to the house and nuked a personal pizza. I got texts and calls telling me someone had gone into the store. So I go running back with my hot pizza.
A couple is in there asking me questions. At first, I think they want to buy the seeds they are asking about. Then they say they already have this and that growing at home. Of course, I cannot eat. Finally the man says he wants his wife from Thailand to work here at the store and continues to ask questions about our business. I told him this is our slow time and we are not hiring. He won't leave. My pizza is now stone cold. The guy finally leaves after many more questions. I felt like I was being interviewed by Barbara Walters. Only he did not ask what tree I would like to be.
I just unlocked the store and put the money in the register. I also fed the fish. The parking lot is filling up with our team members. I am going to clean the house this morning for a bit. David will be in the store doing some more reorganizing.
I was cleaning the house when I got a text from the pest control company saying they were done spraying and wanted payment. I had to come out and take care of it because David was not in the store. I then went back to cleaning for a bit. I came over to the store to work at 12:15pm. I feel like I got a lot done in the house and in the store. I repriced all of our seed sets both in the store and online.
This morning, I thought we might get rain because heavy clouds moved in. But they are gone and there are very hot blue skies. No rain. It is 4:30pm and 101°. We have had zero customers all day but it is way too hot to plant anything. People are on vacation and they are buying back to school things for their kids.
We are still getting summer zucchini from our plants. Soon, they will be pulled up and we will plant fall zucchini and start all over again. I think the fall zucchini will grow faster because there will be less heat on the fall zucchini.
This afternoon, there was a White House press conference saying Biden has Covid. How when he has been vaccinated and has had two boosters? Oh, right, the vaccines don't work, just like we already knew. The reporters just kept asking the same stupid questions over and over. Who cares? I finally turned it off and went about my business.
Linda transplanted most of the plants that were in the grow tower yesterday. Today, she cleaned it up and refilled it. She will probably do some new planting in it next week.
Good morning! It is already Friday! It is noon and the temperature is 94° now. I have been folding laundry in the house and finally finished. I am tired and my feet are just killing me. I need to bake a cake tonight for Max since we will be celebrating his birthday when he gets here tomorrow. We will be leaving tomorrow morning to go get the kids so I won't have time to bake it then.
The kids are going to church camp with our old church in San Antonio. When I was a kid, church camp started early Monday morning and finished on Saturday morning. This camp is way too short. The kids will meet at the church at noon and drive two hours. That means it won't start until Monday afternoon and the kids leave camp on Thursday morning. Two full days and a few hours for $200 a kid. That is ridiculous.
The part came in today for one of our two large printers. Production has come to a halt this week because both printers are down. Someone did not do his job like he has been warned over and over so there is no printing labels or envelopes. This means we cannot make any new packs of seeds. Hopefully, David can get the part on so we can start printing again. This is totally unbelievable that it has happened again to our company because people in charge don't do their jobs. Did I mention that they had a part rubber banded in this machine instead of ordering a new part? This could have been fixed months ago if a part had been ordered instead of trying to McGyver the $16,000.00 printer with a rubber band.
I have a lot of computer work to do so I had better calm my rage and git 'er done!
It is now 4:45pm and 101°. We had one customer this afternoon. I still have four dozen eggs for tomorrow.
I created 12 inspirational notebooks to sell on Amazon. Each cover has a beautiful Bible verse and photo to help you to remember that God is with you always. There are six different designs and each design is available in wide ruled and college ruled for back to school, prayer journals, or just a daily notebook to use at home. Amazon has to approve them so I do not have a link for you yet. You will be able to find them where you find my garden journals here.
Linda and Matt were out in the back harvesting this morning. A new person or two will start with us on Monday to work outside. We will see how long they last. It is just too blessed hot out there. Our regular outdoor guy who will no longer be working outdoors when he gets back, is still out with an injured back.
Everyone have a lovely Friday evening and stay cool. I have to back a cake and finish getting my notebooks uploaded for back to school. Time to go home!
Happy Saturday! I got up early and fed all of the animals and I opened the Farm Store. Then David and I left Matt and Shay here to work and we drove to Fredericksburg to meet the grandkids. We are sending them to church camp up in Leakey starting on Monday.
We met Jeremy around noon at a Mexican restaurant and ate lunch. Then we got the kids and brought them back here. On the way, we stopped at Walmart and got some things. We got back before the Farm Store closed. We had one whole customer today in the store. It is just too hot and too dry to plant anything right now but fall is coming and everyone should be buying their fall seeds now. It will cool off and it will rain. We just don't know exactly when.
Matt grilled steaks and we had a good dinner while watching yet another Don Knotts movie. We celebrated Max's birthday with him which was a few weeks ago. Then they got ready for bed. I showered and fell asleep watching The Closer after the kids went to bed. I woke up around 11:30pm and went to bed.
This morning, I got up and made coffee and cinnamon rolls. David made bacon and eggs. I fed the indoor and outdoor animals. We got new hanging chicken waterers so I filled them with water and the chickens seem to like them. I was drenched with sweat when I was through. I got inside and had to change and clean up for church.
We took the kids to children's church and then sat in the sanctuary for just the second time at this church. We liked it. The kids liked it.
We went out to Chili's but it was packed. We ate and now I have heartburn. Their chairs are just awful.
After Chili's, we went to Walmart to get more stuff for the kids to take to camp. Holley did not pack any shoes except for some winter snow boots. I am confused on that one. I got her sneakers and sandals, hats, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, toothbrushes, and medicine.
Remember, it will soon be time to plant fall zucchini and other fall veggies so get ready now by planning and buying your seeds.
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