This week we will see what June garden chores need to be taken care of now that June is upon us. It is hard to believe that our new year is almost half over. It is already June 6 and time to pull up some plants, harvest vegetables, and get the ground ready for fall planting. How is that even possible.
This week, it is supposed to be 100°+ every day, which seems insane. I hate the heat and humidity. It is my least favorite time of the year.
Hello and welcome to Monday. It is 3pm and 103°. The sun is shining brightly and it feels like an oven each time I step outside.
The big news is that this morning, I started a TikTok account for David's Garden Seeds® and so far, I have nine short videos up. If you have TikTok, please give us a follow and some likes. Share us with your friends who love to garden.
It is pay day for us but we don't have our pay stubs yet because of a mix up so we may have to wait until tomorrow to get paid.
Nacho started working here this morning at 6:30am. He mowed and he is working on the greenhouse but the new plastic tarp was not put on correctly so it already has holes in it. What a mess.
The pond has a bunch of new algae. I have been continually treating it and I did so again today. Now I am putting new water in the pond as it is very low again.
One of our seed suppliers is now refusing to sell to us as we are not a "real" customer. We pay him every time so wouldn't that make us a real customer? You know what? There are many other seed vendors and seed types to sell so maybe we just drop that type altogether.
It hit 105° which is crazy. It feels like you are stepping into an oven everytime you leave a building.
It is set to be over 100° every day this week. In Texas, June garden chores include pulling up spring plants because in this horrible heat, many things stop growing or they don't taste good. For instance, we had some gorgeous looking green bean plants, mostly bush beans. They were putting out beautiful looking green beans and we were excited. But when we pulled some and tasted them, the texture was woody, not fresh and delicious like a garden fresh green bean should be. Why? Because the extreme heat here in South Central Texas changes the texture and taste.
Some years in Texas do not get so hot so early but we have been in and out of the 100°+ since the middle of May. We get our best green beans in the fall in October and November because it is just too hot during the summer but every once in a while, we get some good spring beans. This has not been one of those years.
I know if you are up north, you have just planted and you have little seedlings. It won't get hot like it does here so your vegetables will be delicious as always. I personally know this because I have lived up there and have had gardens. Your June garden chores are to water and weed while ours include pulling up plants and watering what is still producing.
The big thing for today is that I got my hair done. My stylist left so Maggie did my hair. It looks great. She did a good job. I have had compliments at work today. The color looks a bit different but she used the same as the other stylist. I really like it.
There have been very few customers lately due to the extreme heat. It got up to 105° again today.
We have been watering our new grass as well as our garden beds but the grass is all brown. The puppies have torn up a bunch of it. What we need is some really good rain. There is nothing like having good downpours from the One who created the earth. Everything seems to grow beautifully then.
Today's June garden chores include harvesting whatever is still alive out in the 100° plus heat that you have not pulled up yet. In normal parts of the country, just weed and water with some fertilizer once a month. David prefers Medina fertilizers and liquid fish emulsion.
June garden chores include keeping your flowers alive and going so you can have lots of pollinators doing their job in the garden.
Good Wednesday morning! I am in the store early today to open for some special customer friends. They said they would be here at 8am. I got ready very early and came over to unlock and open everything. Matt is taking care of the chickens, rabbits, and guineas. I fed the fish.
Our special guests arrived by 8:16am, Maria, the owner of 888 Hair Salon in Devine. She brought one of her daughters and a grandson. She shopped while no one else was there. We had a great visit.
I am excited because we are going to see Maverick, the new Top Gun movie today! I have heard so many good things about it. The first movie came out as we were planning our wedding and we went to see it in 1986. Of course, we have watched it many times since then as it is one of David's favorites.
I heard they are streaming Downton Abbey's new movie beginning this Friday so I will watch it at home on Friday evening. I am excited about that, too!
We left the farm at 9:45am and headed to the Flix Brew House in San Antonio to see Top Gun Maverick. Oh my gosh! This was the best movie. It was so good. This movie was 36 years in the making and I loved every second of it. We ate lunch there while relaxing on recliners. The food was good. The movie was great. I cried, I laughed, and I wished I could talk during the movie.
Now it is 2pm and we are back on the farm. I am in my home office working. If you want eggs, I have 3 half dozen cartons and two dozen cartons in the store fridge. All the rest were bought today which is totally awesome. Come on by. We have fresh dill pickles made by David in the store as well as canned and or pickled green beans, carrots, asparagus, and pickled white icicle radishes.
We still have some fresh veggies from our garden as well, mostly squash is what is left. Come by quickly as it is going fast.
Happy Thursday! It is currently 100° at 4:30pm, and bright and sunny. I have been busy all day long, cleaning up at home and working on the computer here in the store. My help went home early so I have been by myself in the store for the past three hours.
Unfortunately, we have had zero customers today. It is way too hot to plant anything new right now unless it is okra or zinnias. Not much else will grow. Our online business is doing well because we ship all over the country. Back East, a lot of folks are just now planting their gardens.
Matthew harvested and shucked corn today. Every ear had a worm which he cut off. I made some TikToks of the corn and worms. David cooked it and we ate the corn this afternoon. It is so sweet but there isn't much of it. We shared with our team.
Toward the end of the work day, I took something to David in his office. He wasn't there, but our dog, Lucy, was. I took her back to the store with me and she helped me close up.
I closed everything down and opened the store to walk out. A large truck pulling a trailer with round hay bales drove up blocking the whole parking lot. A lady got out carrying a ziplock bag filled with okra seeds. She walked up to me with a man behind her and said "I need okra seeds."
I told her she had a bag of them in her hands. She asked what was wrong with them saying that only five grew from what she had planted. She said she bought her seeds from us last year and they grew prolifically. Then she saved the seeds from the okra she grew. She stored them inside in a cool, dark closet. I did not think about it then, but she must have picked the okra off the vine too early instead of letting it dry on the vine to collect seeds.
She bought another pack. The man told us they were trying to call but could not find a phone number. We did not get a work phone when we moved the business out here because the internet is so spotty and goes in and out. So he said we need to get a land line. No.
As I mentioned earlier, today's June garden chores include harvesting and pulling up plants that are finished growing. Our corn is finished but we will plant more in the fall like we did last year.
Again, watering is vital for any plants that are still growing and producing. I cannot say it enough. Do not wait for it to rain. Water your plants.
Happy Friday! This morning, David and I went into Jourdanton to see the Farmer's Market. Most of the produce was from stores with tags on the fruit. Some of the produce looked too perfect with no blemishes so that came from stores too. Weirdly enough, there were pineapples but I don't know of too many places around here that grow pineapples. Most of the vendors had non food items. We did pick up a few cantaloupes.
It is 4:30pm and 103° outside. We are getting ready to close up. I have been adding some new TikToks and playing around with the effects.
They harvested more corn and asparagus for us today. It is on my kitchen island but I have not had time to take care of it. When I go home at 5pm, I will take care of it and cut up the cantaloupes we bought today.
Locals are starting to ask that we donate for this cause and that cause because we have given to a few. This is our slow time and we have had to take pay cuts. It is too hot to plant things here right now. We had to lay off a few people. This is not the time to be asking us for money we don't have.
June garden chores include deadheading the zinnias, roses and other perennial flowers you may have in your yard.
Hello and Happy Saturday to the world! It is now 3:30pm and 105°! That is insane. The air is thick with humidity and it feels like you are baking in an oven when you walk outside. Imagine living in this miserable heat and humidity without an air conditioner. God bless the man who invented cooling air for the masses!
Hopefully, we will close in 30 minutes and then I have a vegetable ice block to take out to the chickens to cool them down a bit. I have been busy all day long with customers and with designing a brand new Texas Spring Seed Set and a Texas Fall Seed Set.
We are no longer carrying many of the seed varieties that were included in the first sets we made. You know how hard it is to get everything so we have made some changes and we know you will like them because most of the seeds are heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds give you the best flavors and if you save the seeds from what you grow, you will be able to plant the new seeds again next year and grow the same thing you grew this year.
Svengoolie was yet another Frankenstein movie with Boris Karloff made in 1958 but called Frankenstein 1970. Matt grilled steaks and David made potato salad. It was a good time.
Well, today was the hottest so far this year. We topped out at 108° which was horrible. We got in the pool and it was 92°, way too hot for fun or comfort, although Pamela, our swimming puppy, loved it. She kept getting back in.
We got up early, fed all of the animals and did chores and it felt very humid even then before 7am. We dressed and went to church, then came home and ate leftover steak and chicken which was delicious. I was feeling very tired because of not sleeping well at night (so what's new?) so I fell asleep on the couch.
I went outside, fed the fish, collected eggs, and took some veggies in ice to the chickens. I also did a bunch of watering because a lot of plants looked like they were about to give up the plant ghost. Then I went in the pool. David was already in with the puppies.
In the evening, we watched another new episode of Fear The Walking Dead and then David found some new zombie show that was disgusting. After the first episode of that, we put on season 7 of the old TV Mission Impossible.
The only one of the June garden chores that either one of us did was watering. David watered a bunch of trees around the property when we got home from church. We have already gone through a whole week of 100°+ temperatures and now we will go through another. Everything looks like it has been over baked in a very hot oven.
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