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When I was a kid, we got seed catalogs. Now, we can find garden seeds online. Companies still send us a ton of unordered garden seed catalogs. David's Garden Seeds® does not have a catalog because everything we sell can be seen on our website. Our garden seeds online and in our store are fresh. We count them, pack them, and even make the envelope packets right here on the farm. We now have six buildings where all of the work is done. We have 20 team members to take care of all of your garden seeds online orders.
Good Monday morning! David put a lot of thought into the business over the weekend. Of course, he is always putting a lot of time and thought into the business, but this past weekend, he decided that we need a farm manager and a shipping manager to be in charge of orders for garden seeds online. Jay, our manager over almost everything for the past five years, has way too much to do now that we have grown so much.
We (David, me, and Matthew) all picked out the same person yesterday from all of our team members to be the shipping manager. David and Jay talked to him about it this morning and he agreed to take the challenge! Congratulations, Aaron!
David put it out on social media over the weekend that we need a farm manager to be in charge of outdoor work here on the farm. There were no takers on social media. The guy who has been here doing outdoor work the longest declined the position. One of our team members has a family member who was interested. He interviewed for the position this morning and David has hired him. He is supposed to start tomorrow. This will help David clear his plate a bit. I am still in charge of the store with no helper. I am also in charge of social media, building the website, stocking the store, doing some orders, and handling customers. Jay will still be in charge of production. We all report to David.
Also, today, some air conditioning folks came out to see what we want done with the two new buildings. We have to keep our seeds nice and cool.
One of our temporary team members, Seth, is working for us until the Marines call him to go in. They said it would be in August. The USMC changed their mind...Tonight, we received a phone call from Seth saying he will go to be a Marine this coming Monday so he will not be in at all for the rest of the week. Seth, we will miss you. Semper Fi.
We did a lot of personnel moving around today so this is just an extension of it. Some who were pulling orders were moved over to the seed production building and some in that building were moved over to shipping. Hopefully, this will cut down on shipping errors that were being made. Hopefully, having a shipping manager will free up some of my time so I don't have to do all of the website shipping. Selling garden seeds online equals a ton of pulling orders, packing orders, and shipping orders and we must be accurate every time on every order.
Usually, when we cook something that grows purple, it retains the purple color. Today, we harvested some of the purple asparagus that I planted last spring. I steamed it and to my surprise, it was mostly green after being steamed.
If you would like to order Purple Passion Asparagus seeds, you will find them here. Note that for asparagus, it will be a whole year before you can start picking and eating it. The first year, the asparagus grows and establishes itself so you do not harvest it. Then, if you take good care of your asparagus patch, it will last from eleven to fifteen years!
Get your garden seeds online from David's Garden Seeds® and get freshly packed seeds. We have people counting and packing fresh garden seeds all day long.
Today, our new Farm Manager started working. Welcome, Jerry. It was another busy day in the store and on the farm. I spent most of the day restocking the store. I know, I say that every day now but we carry around 1700 varieties of seeds and it takes a long time to restock that many. I cannot keep up.
Our new U-Line rep came out to meet us this morning. He brought me the complimentary yellow sticky pad that we always get.
I also put up a few new signs and displays in the store. The problem isn't what we have in the store. It is that people are afraid to come out due to the corona. Tomorrow, Texas is supposed to open up 100% with no masks and full capacity. However, people all over the state are fighting it. There are many stores that will not allow you in without a mask so nothing much has changed. As always, I will continue to not support businesses that make me wear a Halloween mask. A piece of cloth is not going to protect us.
On Instagram, our David's Garden Seeds account finally hit 1,000 followers. I notice other seed companies have hundreds of thousands of followers. I created this account about six years ago. We should have plenty of followers, but we gain some and then we lose some. If you would like to see extra photos and behind the scenes things, please follow our Instagram account here.
Don't forget to order your garden seeds online from us soon because we are running out of favorites. There are good varieties left to substitute.
Early this morning, I made coffee, fed the indoor animals and started on the garden seeds online orders. I still handle the orders from the Etsy shop. This morning, I went out to the orchard to catalogue all of the trees. There are six rows of trees now. They left a lot of the dead trees in the ground. I guess they are wondering if they will come back but they pretty much are all dead. We will keep an eye on a few but then they have to be pulled up. It is very windy so it took a while but I finally made it through.
The electrician came to wire the two new buildings and they now have power. Matthew went to town and got sheet rock for the new buildings.
Our Go Texan representative with the Department of Agriculture came by this morning with some new things for us. She got to meet the new managers and told us about some things that are going on. She was pleased that we have so many garden seeds online available to order now.
I have been listing more of our garden seeds online this morning. We started off the day with some of the outdoor crew butchering our meat rabbits. This is the first time we have butchered rabbits. David actually would show and butcher rabbits when he was in high school but hasn't done it in many years. All of our new rabbits were taken care of successfully. I have never eaten rabbit but I understand it sells for $16 a pound so it must be a tasty meat.
A few weeks ago, we went to a local nursery to buy a large oak tree to replace a smaller one that did not make it in the cold. This tree was brought out today to be planted by the nursery.
Mike, our construction person, is here finishing out the drywall in the two new buildings. We have had two sets of customers, which we normally don't have on Thursdays since the corona. Interestingly, yesterday, the state of Texas no longer has a mask mandate. However, some of the cities are still forcing masks on people. We are not but both sets of customers had their masks on, even though they are not required. Be free, folks!
I am now restocking the store some more. The garden seeds online orders keep flowing in from all over the country. Again, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our customers. We are happy to serve you, especially during this crazy pandemic time. The food you grow on your own will taste so much better than what you buy in the grocery store. Your favorite seeds are going fast and have been since January of this year. We still have a lot of varieties, about 1,700 right now. If you order your garden seeds online, we will ship most of them out quickly. You will not have to wait 30 days when you order from us, like some of the other seed companies are doing.
Today was one of the busiest days I have had in a long time. The wind blew all day long providing a cooling breeze but it was humid. In fact, the wind has been blowing crazy all week long. Matthew watched the store for a lot of today. Before we left at 9:15am for our shopping expedition, Mike showed up to keep putting up dry wall in the two new buildings.
David and I took off to find the home of a man named James way out in the country, near Hondo. It makes where we live look like a city! LOL! We found his place and it is beautiful. He carries forty varieties of roses. I had Nacho make me a rose flowerbed. James has come into our store to buy seeds so David said we would go to his place to get roses. We ended up getting 18 of them. They are beautiful. Now I have to plant them.
From there, we went to Medina to buy some fertilizer. After that, we went across the street to a meat market and bought some beautiful steaks. Next stop, Heavy's in Hondo. Here, they made us wear a mask, even though Texas is now free. Some people love to hold onto their fears. So I chose to stay in the truck. David went in and bought some good barbecue but I was disgusted that they are requiring masks.
The final stop was Morales Feed in Devine for some hay. They had baby chicks, kinds I did not have yet. Earlier this week, I ordered a radiant heat brooder just in case I wanted to increase my flock this spring. It was due to come today, but it still had not been delivered. I took a chance and bought six Production Reds. They are adorable. They are a cross between Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshire Reds.
We got back home and I put the box of chicks on top of my dryer and turned it on to keep them warm. Then we got the galvanized tub that I used last year for my chicks and cleaned it up. I set it up in one of the sheds where it was very warm inside. I put down fresh wood shavings and got food and water set up. Then I placed my sweet chicks in and hoped the brooder would arrive soon. I went over to our store.
A couple showed up to buy some seeds for their church garden. They came to our San Antonio location last year and I helped them. This year, they saw that we moved and found us. The lady could not come in because she broke her kneecap and was on crutches. So Matthew and I kept taking packs of seeds out to her so she could make choices. That took about an hour.
Shortly after they left, the Amazon van showed up with the brooder and with two new drinking receptacles for the guineas and chickens.
I put the brooder together and plugged it in. The chicks loved it. I put my hand under there and it did not burn.
The well guy showed up to run some sand tests. The bug sprayer showed up to spray the commercial kitchen. Then Matthew loaded up the car and left for the UPS store which meant I had to stay at the store until closing.
I told Matthew to drop by Tractor Supply and they had some different baby chicks so he picked up two more Americaunas so we can have more blue eggs. He also got two Black Sex Links chicks and two Gold Sex Links chicks. Crazy names, right? These are hybrid chicks from two heritage purebred chickens who can be sexed on the day they are hatched just by looking at their colors. Male and female chicks hatch with different colors. Hopefully, all twelve of our chickens are female. Last year, 23 were female but the 24th was a rooster, so yes, we have one rooster.
Remember that if you want to order your garden seeds online from us, our website is our catalog. We don't have a paper catalog.
This morning, my plan was to start planting my roses but when I went out to check on the baby chicks early this morning, the ground was wet. It rained in the night and everything was a muddy mess. So I did things around the house until 10am and then I opened the store. Just a few minutes later, we had our first customers. Then they just kept rolling in, customers and farm tours. I finally had another 30 minutes to go before closing when they stopped. I had just enough time to put out a quick David's Garden Seeds® Newsletter on planting spring carrots.
You can get free shipping with our garden seeds online if you order $20.00 or more.
I was pretty tired from everything I did but we got ready and left the house at 4pm to go into San Antonio for a going away party for our team member Seth who is going into the Marine Corps on Monday. The dinner was at the House of Joy Chinese Restaurant and the place was crowded. The food was decent and we were honored to be invited by Seth's parents to attend. Then we saw Seth's sister, Ariel, who used to work for us about two years ago. She is getting married next Saturday, about three hours away so we will not be attending but we did give her a wedding gift. She is a sweet girl.
We left the party and went by our old store that we are still renting for one more month on Tezel and Mainland. It was destroyed by burst pipes last month because the owner, knowing we moved an hour away and were not using the building, did not have someone turn off the pipes. They were overhead and burst destroying flooring and drywall. They ripped out everything, including our good toilets and sinks that we paid to put in. Nothing cheap about any of it. We have one more month of payment of $3200.00 and we are through. I hope the insurance pays for it because he wants us to pay for damages. Fun times.
We got home in time to see the last 30 minutes of Svengoolie. It looked scary this time--The House of Wax from 1933 I think.
After that ridiculous time change last night, I had to get up at 6:30am and I am so tired. I checked on the baby chicks in the dark, thinking it would be light. They were fine. I fed the dogs and cat. Matt fed the chickens and guineas and rabbits. We left for church by 8:45am which in reality was 7:45am and surprisingly, we were not late. We got back to find our contractor here working on dry walling the two new buildings again. he left around 3pm and just a few minutes later, our accountant showed up to do our taxes. Unfortunately, we still don't have all of the forms from our investment accounts so we cannot complete them today.
Now, I am trying to catch up on work that I did not have time to do yesterday while a mountain of laundry grows on my bed.
We are having our first grilled tri tip meat this evening. I watch men on YouTube smoke tri tip all of the time on Traegers. It takes a good two hours.
I have not had a chance to look at all of the orders we have received this weekend for garden seeds online.
The tri tip was delicious and we will buy it again. The garden seeds online orders continue to pour in this evening. Thank you all so much.
Just before sunset, I went out to look at the orchard and some of the trees that were left in the ground from the first orchard in the fall of 2019 are showing signs of life! I marked them as dead but they are alive!
Remember, if you can't make it out to the farm store, you can order your garden seeds online from us. We will ship them out promptly to you.
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