So many of you say, "I wish there were garden seeds near me," not realizing that if you live in South Central Texas, San Antonio or the surrounding area, there are. In fact, David's Garden Seeds® was in San Antonio for ten years. Two years ago, we moved out to the country in Poteet, Texas where many of you come each spring for the strawberry festival. We are not far away from the Texas Hill Country either.
Good and busy Monday morning! David and I are heading off to San Antonio for doctor appointments. My toe is still hurting.
Good news, the doctor says my toe is healing up just fine. He messed with it a bit again and then fixed some of the nail inside the big toe of my other foot. I think we will have the same surgery on that foot soon. David had some ingrown nail again. Amazingly, the doctor pulls the nail out with no blood. I always draw blood.
After the doctor visits, we headed over to Water Garden Gems, picked up eight new baby koi fish, some more koi food, and some de-chlorinator.
Then we went on to Pleasanton to get a belt for our John Deere riding mower.
We got about five minutes of rain again, just like we did on Sunday but we will take whatever we can get.
We got home and I floated the baby koi fish for 15 minutes in their bag of water and then we let them loose. They are so cute.
Today was payday so next on the agenda was to write payroll checks and pay some bills.
David decided the store was not looking much like a store with desks for Linda and Matt in here, so they both moved out to other work stations. I am alone again, but not for long. Our people come in every little while asking questions or looking for seeds for mail orders. I did not get much computer work done today.
Are you near San Antonio or Poteet, the Strawberry Capital of Texas? If so, you can say there are garden seeds near me. David's Garden Seeds® Farm Store is located at 5029 FM 2504 just outside of Poteet in a small town called Rossville. Come by and see us soon for all of your seed needs.
This morning, David and I were out back, cleaning out the animal feed shed. I went outside and saw a utility truck come in through the gates. It was Encino Pest Control. Yay! They did their normal monthly spraying and then came in the house. I showed them where the latest mouse portal is and they put up some metal hardware cloth over the dishwasher and under the counter, filling in the space left by careless builders.
I cannot believe the builders left holes in the cabinets and below the counters, above the appliances for mice and such to enter. It is so disgusting. Thank you, Palm Harbor Homes again for your not so good service back in 2019 and now for allowing mice in whenever they feel like it. I never noticed the gap before. Hopefully, this is the last of it. The pest control guys will bring mouse pellets next time at $100 a pop but totally worth it if they kill the vermin!
We have Nacho and his team out here today planting trees and doing other things that need to be done. Thank you for bringing our new orchard trees out and for bringing out six extra bags of chicken feed from your dad. Our chickens appreciate it!
We have had two different sets of customers today which has been refreshing. They bought a lot of seeds.
The baby koi fish are doing well, having fun swimming around. One made it to the other pond, swimming the connecting river to the big koi fish.
One person who did not show up today is our computer guy. He was here setting up our new Shopify pay system on Friday and said he would be back today. It is now lunchtime and I still have not seen him.
The sheriff came by today to examine the lawn mower parked in front of our buildings. He said he knew who left it and would go by his place to tell him to come get it around 2pm.
Finally, at 3:26pm, the owner of the lawn mower that has been here for seven weeks, showed up with another man in a big truck and they got the lawn mower. I do not understand but I am glad it is gone.
A lot of people wonder, "Are there garden seeds near me aside from those at the big box stores and hardware stores?"
For ten years, we were there in San Antonio but most gardeners did not come by often. I think there are so many stores where people can buy seeds, especially cheaper in the bigger stores that they just got them there. However, those seeds may be sitting on shelves for a few years before they are displayed in a store. Ours are freshly packed. We are counting and packing seeds every day.
Out here in Poteet and the surrounding towns, most people get their seeds at the feed stores. They don't bother to wonder if there are garden seeds near me. Many drive by, find us, and then come in telling us, "There are garden seeds near me. I just didn't know it."
Today is Yom Kippur. G'mar chatima tova to all of our Jewish friends and customers.
This morning was cool and crisp and 67° Fahrenheit but that won't last long. It will be 97° by this afternoon. Looks like our baby koi survived the night. Yesterday afternoon I got some more snake repellent sticks. I put them together this morning and they are now at our side fence line where we know the snakes come from. Next to the gazebo is the fence and on the other side is a huge oak tree and a whole lot of messy vegetation and underbrush that needs to be cleaned up so the snakes will go away. However, it is not our property.
David said a man emailed him that "I am looking for garden seeds near me so I am coming to the farm with my wife today." They want a complete tour. Hopefully, they don't show up late in the day when it is too hot or when we are eating our potluck meal today. Yes, we are having a potluck. David is making his famous chicken gizzards right now.
Flavio never showed up yesterday and so far, he has not shown up today to finish up our Shopify pay system. David was in here at closing time yesterday telling me how cluttered the counter is and that I need to clean it up. Yes, it is cluttered because the person he hired to do a job last Friday left early and still has not returned to finish it so I have two payment systems on the counter right now...
I just got a call from our primary care physician's office in San Antonio. We cannot get in to see our doctor unless we bring covid test results with us that are from a test given within 72 hours. How incredibly ridiculous is that? So I wake up sick one fine morning but I can't see the doctor because I did not know that I should take a covid test within the past 72 hours? We have noticed that all of the fear is coming from the big cities in Texas. Out here where we live, most people don't even think of it. My sister says it is the same way in El Paso. So now we have to find a primary care physician outside of San Antonio, which we probably should have done two years ago when we moved here.
The next time you hear friends and/or family say, "I wonder if there are good garden seeds near me," you can say, :Yes, there are." Or you can say, "There are some Non-GMO garden seeds near me so next time you visit me, we will go there." David's Garden Seeds® is not that far from where you are if they live in the San Antonio area or out in the country, an hour or so. We have a wonderful farm store where you can pick out your garden seeds, some preserves, and some farm fresh chicken eggs.
Remember, we are located at 5029 FM 2504 near Poteet, Texas. If that is too far, there is always our website. Our new website is user friendly and we ship the seeds out quickly. On orders of $25 or more, you get free shipping (as of today, September 15, 2021. This is subject to change in the future as the price of postage continues to soar.)
It is 11:20am and I just came from our work kitchen which smells amazing. Shayleigh is in there, heating all the food for the potluck. I am hungry. There are Italian dishes and good food all hot and ready. Time to go eat it all up!
I got my first plate and went back to the store just in case. Good thing I did because a couple drove up shortly thereafter! They shopped and left, very nice. They were in here back in the spring. Then they drove off and as they did, a blue car turned in. I know this because I went to the door to go get more food. A friendly couple living in San Antonio came in. The wife told me they are both Yankees. I whispered not to tell anyone, but I'm a Yankee, too. She is from Long Island and he is from Maine. So we had a good visit and then I called Matthew to give them a tour. The other couple said they had a tour back in the spring.
They left and I got up again to go get a plate. The mailman came in. Finally, after he left, I ran next door but a lot of the food was already put away by then. I did get some dessert. The food was very good from the potluck.
After that, it was time for Dawson to go home but his truck would not reverse. Our resident mechanic said he had two busted hoses and something else. The truck is staying here for a while. Matt drove Dawson home and then came back to fill up our pond, which is getting pretty low. I de-chlorinated it and it is filling now. The new fish seem to be getting along and we have some new frogs hopping around out there as well.
David finally heard from Flavio, the man who was setting up the new Shopify pay system. He had an emergency yesterday which he is still dealing with today. He said he won't be back until next Tuesday, September 21. So I guess the clutter on the counter will be around for a while.
Next time you have the urge to ask, "Are there garden seeds near me?", even if there aren't, David's Garden Seeds® ships across the United States so you will get them pretty quickly.
So as you know, we bought new trees this past weekend because some of our orchard trees were dead. Why? Funny you should bring that up. Because they were never watered. David designed a watering system so PVC pipe would run along each row out in the orchard, with a sprinkler head put at every tree. Remember that David was ill so he could not get out there and see what was going on. Instead, he relied on two men he trusted to build the orchard watering system correctly.
We paid them $16 an hour, eight hours a day. They let the PVC pipes go right by eight trees without adding a sprinkler head. Each tree base was then covered with a black circular piece around the bottom of the trunk so by looking, you would think the tree had its own sprinkler head. They never said that the trees are dying because we didn't add a sprinkler head for it. They just let them die because they did not add a sprinkler head at eight stations. Our orchard has a lot of room between trees so there is no way that two trees could share a sprinkler head. We are taking seven to twelve feet in between trees.
Nacho came out to replace the trees and every dead one did not have any watering system. So then we had to check all of them. Here we are spending thousands of dollars buying trees only to have them planted to die because the watering system was not put together correctly.
If you hire someone to help you do something, do not blindly trust them. Check and verify yourself that things are being done correctly. We completely wasted money paying people to do things that they did not do. David is still playing catch up, fixing things that should have been done in other areas, namely the garden beds where they refused to do what he wanted done.
So this evening, I was cleaning up the kitchen, washing pots and pans and looking out the kitchen window. All of a sudden, an Amazon van went by, driving up to the top of the hill where we have a tiny white shed. He stopped so I thought he got stuck in the sand as others have been. David's phone rang. It was the Amazon driver asking him if the house in the next yard was our house. He was going to drive across our property to deliver our four packages to our next door neighbor but there was no gate for him to go through, just fence. He backed back down the non-existent driveway and did not get stuck in the sand.
David told him on the phone to go to the parking lot and drop the packages off at the loading dock. He did not. He came to the front porch of our home so all four dogs started barking and howling. I somehow squeezed out the front door without the dogs following. He told me what he had been attempting to do. I told him next time to just go to the parking lot and unload at the loading dock where the sign clearly states "deliveries". I also mentioned that he is lucky he did not get stuck in the yard. He said he would never get stuck in sand as his grandfather told him that you drive fast on sand and you will never get stuck.
I was amazed by the young man standing before me. Eventually, he will get stuck in that huge Amazon van if he keeps driving across properties out here because it is all sand. So far, we have had 20 people think they couldn't get stuck. Why doesn't anyone just stay on the driveway?
Good morning, everyone! It is 68° and lovely outside. I unlocked the buildings and fed the fish as the pink sun came up. However, I forgot my phone in the house so I don't have the photo to show you. All four of the original fish are still there in the covered portion of the pond this morning and all of the babies are under the water lilies.
Then I went out back to feed the chickens, guineas, and rabbits. Everyone is well and I enjoyed it because it feels so wonderfully nice outside. Matt showed up and we discussed some animal things. Then I came inside and made eggs. David is headed out back to work out in the back, making sure things are fixed and done well now that he is better.
Hopefully, more folks will ask today, "Are there garden seeds near me?" And then they will Google it and find us. Yesterday, one of the customers asked her husband, "Are there garden seeds near me?" Then she told me she found us by looking on Facebook. They live in San Antonio but had never come by our San Antonio store.
Interestingly, we had zero customers come into the store today. We had nothing going on the whole day. No contractors, no potluck, no meeting, and no customers. They seem to show up when we have a million things happening or when I am about to eat...
I am attending a virtual event on the computer at 6:45pm with Christy Wright as her new book comes out this week. I still have not received my copy. I thought we would have it by the release date which was Tuesday but it still has not left Nashville according to tracking, even though they mailed it out on Tuesday. If you don't know, Christy Wright is one of the Dave Ramsey personalities to help build a business. We think their whole organization is awesome and we have been at many of their live events. I am looking forward to it.
Well, the Christy Wright Live Event was good. I still have not received my book. It is just sitting at a DHL in Tennessee awaiting USPS and has been for several days.
Good morning! It is still dark out so I am working inside until the light breaks. I am afraid of snakes and spiders outside in the dark. This morning, we are driving up to Kerrville which is about two hours away. My father-in-law has a doctor appointment there and then he and David's siblings are all meeting up there for lunch so we are going too because it is my father-in-law's birthday.
My Christy Wright book is on its way to USPS because DHL texted me early this morning. My book is now in Hebron, Kentucky. It has been sitting in Kentucky for most of this week. I honestly thought I would have received it several days ago.
We left at 10am to meet David's father and siblings at Cracker Barrel at noon. Happy birthday, Dad! We had a good visit. The photo above was taken before Reba got there.
We got back to the farm around 3pm. There is a lot to be done as usual, especially when we have not been here most of the day.
The hummingbird feeders were filled today so the little hummingbirds were buzzing all over the place. I took a video of some of them.
The little fish all came up to eat this afternoon and I took a video of that. They are so cute.
This morning, we received several emails asking, "Are there garden seeds near me?"
"Yes, but we are closed on the weekends." When we are open, folks don't come on Saturdays. We go to church on Sundays so we are never open then.
It was a nice morning and I got a lot done today. All of the adult fish are in the covered pond and the babies are over by the falls. They are loving to eat. After feeding the animals, I put fresh wood shavings in the nesting boxes. David added an automatic waterer in the guinea coop so that was a nice surprise.
David actually did a lot out in the back forty so we both had productive days.
I organized a lot of papers and things in a cabinet in my office. I did a lot of laundry, folded it, put it away, and changed the sheets on the bed. I did dishes and I started a new sourdough start. For a while, I was making sourdough bread and then I stopped. So I put the starter together and it is doing quite well. For the recipe, please see this page.
I boiled some of my farm fresh eggs and made a delicious chicken salad for lunch. I added chopped sweet pickles that David put up along with black olives. It was seriously good!
I watched a video on making compound butter. I think I would like to give that a try. It sounds pretty good.
This evening, the Svengoolie movie is the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi so you know it is going to be fun! Matt is bringing some baked chicken from Churches. Hopefully, it is good and not dry.
Happy Sunday. Today, I dismantled the bookshelves in my office. I redid them and got a lot of stuff put elsewhere. It looks much better.
I made my first sourdough bread but the dough was not wet enough. I should have added more water, but I did not. I refreshed my starter and will try again tomorrow, this time, adding more water if the dough needs it.
I found a huge chicken egg this afternoon, as I have done in the past, maybe one a week. These are almost always double yolked eggs. I will crack it in the morning and find out.
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