Now is the time to plan your fall garden. It will be time to plant very shortly. Once you have planned it on paper, go ahead and order your seeds so they get to you on time. Of course, David's Garden Seeds® has all the seeds you need.
That is right. We are a full service seed company with wonderful vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds that you will love. Most of our seeds are heirlooms. We have a few disease resistant hybrids and some open pollinated seeds. Heirlooms are our favorites. You get your best flavor with heirloom seeds and when you grow heirlooms, you know you can save the seeds and get the same wonderful plants with them. Delicious food, homegrown goodness from your backyard.
Cauliflower grows beautifully here in South Central Texas in the fall. Time to plan your fall garden now.
Broccoli grows beautifully here in South Central Texas in the fall. Time to plan your fall garden now.
Good Monday morning, everyone! It has been such a busy day and it is only getting busier. I came out to the business at 7:20am this morning to unlock things and as soon as I did, a truck pulled into the gate and said they were ready to hang lights. A group of men from a company called TrimLight arrived. Now when you drive by our farm at night, you will see pretty colored lights across the store and kitchen buildings facing FM 2504. They are to let you know that we are here!
A group of five men installed the lights quickly. Unfortunately, the store internet was down again, just like on Saturday. We finally got hooked up temporarily and tested it. I will play with them tonight when it gets dark. Now the embarrassing Christmas lights that we have hung on the fence can come down. Yay!
We have been going through a lot of orders and we are out of some of the seeds so we have to wait for them to come in or for the new packages of them to be made.
We set a record high today of 106° and the weatherman said tomorrow would be even hotter. We pray he is wrong.
About 9pm tonight, we went out in the truck to the road and parked across the street from our property. I played around with the lights and had them going well. Then I set them to go off at 1am.
A lot of folks don't realize that here in South Central Texas and in most parts of Texas, you get a second growing season. It got too hot too quickly this year, so it was not much of a first growing season except for a few things like melons, squash, and zucchini.
David has put together a beautiful Fall Garden Seed Set with 34 varieties of seeds that do very well in Texas. Check it out!
Start your fall tomatoes now, indoors, under a grow light in little pots. Everything else, you can grow from seed right in the ground when the last week of August arrives. Transplant your tomatoes using our Hardening Off Techniques and your Fall Garden will be planted.
Well, the Trimlight lights did not go off at 1am. In fact, when I went out to the Farm Store this morning at 7:45am, the lights were still on, going in the same colorful pattern I put them in at 9:15pm last night. So I will need to do some more playing and researching because they did not come with an instruction manual. TrimLight is not cheap so where are my instructions.
I filled up the pond again. The fish seem to be doing well and I have not seen any snakes lately.
Good, hot morning everyone. It is almost 11am and it is 88° and cloudy. It looks like rain but there is no rain in the forecast and Alexa just told me that it will get up to 106° again. We are pulling up plants as they will not make it in this horrible heat.
I just heard rain so I went outside and there is a light rain and a cool breeze! Hallelujah Praise! Thank you Jesus! Please send a lot more! It stopped after about five minutes and then a little while later, there were some more sprinkles. It is now 100° and it is 2:12pm with no more rain.
A nice couple who live about 50 miles south of here came by to buy a plant and some of our prepared foods. They lived in Poteet for a while and were just out for a drive.
We cut up some delicious Orangeglo Watermelons from our garden for all of our team members to enjoy. Matt is taking down the Christmas lights from the fence in front since we do not need them anymore.
First, get your official David's Garden Seeds® planner here or pull out a notebook and start to plan your fall garden right now. What you plant will depend on where you live and what you have time for before the first frost is supposed to hit your area. Even then, in some places, you can grow a winter garden. Don't try this up North, folks. I've been there. I know what that looks like.
So determine when your first frost is. We are in zone 9A so our first frost is expected November 21 and my last frost date is March 10. Keep in mind that these are not exact dates but you can use them to plan.
So here, I have 131 days left before the potential first frost which means we can still grow a ton of things. Keep in mind that roots which are grown in the ground will keep growing, even when there is frost and cold in the warmer climates. This means you can grow carrots, beets, onions, shallots, turnips, radishes, and more even when it is chilly. The cold actually makes your garden roots taste sweeter!
Here in South Central Texas, we get our best green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, tomatoes, and lettuce in the fall. We even have time for corn in the fall.
The key to a successful fall garden is to plan your fall garden now while it is still summer. And if you will be growing tomatoes, it is time to start them now in little pots indoors under grow lights that you can purchase on Amazon. Then during the last week of August when you plant the tomatoes, after you harden them off, they will have enough time to produce fruit before the first frost.
It is already 11:30am on Wednesday! It is 99° and should get up to 107° today. Totally insane. We haven't had many customers because it is just way too hot and people are now buying school supplies and school clothes, not to mention getting their family vacations in before back to school next month. I get that. Besides, it is just too hot around here to plant anything now. However, it is time to plan your fall garden and get the seeds because they will go fast soon.
Around here, we plant our fall garden during the last week of August through the first week of September. So it is necessary to plan your fall garden before you buy the seeds. First, how much space do you have? What do you want to grow? What do you have time to grow before the first frost in your area. Write everything down in order to correctly plan your fall garden.
I wrote three website articles this morning and put them up today on this website. I then did some more social media posts. Sales are so slow right now and they are that way in every seed company across the country as gas and grocery prices continue to rise for no good reason. David talks with other seed companies and they all say it is so slow and ask us why. That is simple. People have to buy school supplies for next month as well as groceries and gas. When we fill our truck up now, it costs us $100 and we hardly ever leave the farm. Prices for everything continue to rise. No one has extra money to buy a lot of extras.
This evening, David got an email from an ex-employee of ours from five years ago. He asked us for a job again. He wants something simple with good pay so he can learn how to homestead. He must be tripping. This dude worked for us for about a month or so five years ago. He called in at least once a week and could not take orders. We finally fired him and about a month later, after hearing his mother at church (we went to the same church that he did at the time), we rehired him. He signed a paper saying he would not be absent for the first 30 days if we took him back. Not too much to ask, right? Ha!
His first day back, he decided he needed to be absent the next day for a family thing. We told him no. He said he fully intended not to come in. We showed him the door the same day he started back. When you work for someone, you work the hours you agreed on, not when you feel like it. So, NO! You cannot work for us ever again, even if you are the only person left on earth. Not to mention that we are not hiring at this time.
Good morning. I woke up at 6am to Ethel in my face, wanting to go out. I let her out and shortly thereafter, I heard the sound of a riding mower. David was still sound asleep. Nacho is outside mowing the farm. He had an hour's ride to get here so he left home well before 6am.
Today, we are having a birthday celebration for one of our team members off campus. We will be closed from 11am to 2pm. So if you are coming to the farm today, plan on coming at 2pm or after.
It is a bright, sunny morning. I checked the weather channel and it shows 100° plus every day for the next two weeks except for tomorrow where it will be 99° and no chance of rain still. We are having a horrible drought and so much humidity and heat here.
It is too hot here to grow anything. School supplies are out in the stores so people are buying those for next month as well as school clothes. Plus, people are taking their summer vacations now before school starts. Sales are down as they are every summer at this time because of the above listed reasons.
We never did get the proposal from the pond man about redoing the pond and putting in a decent filter. That is okay because right now, we just don't have it in the budget to get the work done. Once sales pick back up, we can revisit getting it done.
We took the company out to Triple C restaurant in Devine for our birthday celebration lunch. Happy Birthday to Shayleigh. Everyone had a good time. The food was okay.
We came back to the farm for cake.
During Covid, back in 2020, all of the seed companies had way too much business which was a good thing. Now with prices of everything going higher and higher, seeds are not a necessity to many so we are all getting less sales. There are more seed company ads all over social media. It is crazy. Take a look.
Hybrid seed sales have dropped because people are now equating hybrids with GMOs. Hybrids are not GMOs. We used to sell a lot of hybrid seeds because they are disease resistant. People would come into our store and tell us over the last several years that hybrids are bad. I would educate them but some refused to believe what I said. Some said that almost all seeds are GMO now due to bad press over the last decade or two.
Truthfully, saying Non-GMO is a sales gimmick because you have to have a special commercial license to be allowed to sell GMO seeds. We don't have that. We don't sell commercially. We sell to backyard gardeners so we couldn't sell GMOs even if we wanted to. (We don't want to, by the way.)
David left with several large bags of mail for the Poteet Post Office at 3:30pm. It is 17 miles away and it closes at 4pm on weekdays. While we were at lunch, the mailman came. We got back at 1:10pm. Some days he shows up at 4pm, sometimes 2pm and once in a while, before 2pm so we thought we would be back in plenty of time for him to take the mail. Not today!
It is currently 4pm and 105° Fahrenheit. How can it be this hot and humid? How can we not have any real rain?
Radar maps of Atascosa County started popping up on Facebook in the late afternoon. We were going to get heavy rainstorms. At 7pm, it was cool and very windy. Sand blew across the property hard. Large cloud banks rolled in. There was lightning and faint thunder. Our open to the public sign on our gate was ripped down. Fortunately, it was still hanging by one zip tie when I went out to close up the farm for the night. I was able to rescue it from being blown away. Earlier, the sign was hanging proud with four zip ties securely in place.
The wind, as I mentioned earlier was blowing hard but the air was cool and so nice after the ugly heat we had today.
By 9pm, Matt was texting me movies of the downpour he was experiencing two counties away but we didn't get a drop.
Alexa said we would get rain at 11pm. We did not. Meanwhile, Matt got good a good heavy rain for over three hours where he lives.
I am sure many of you in our area did get rain. I saw a lot of posts on Facebook throughout the evening but for some reason, our farm was bypassed. I was so disappointed. Everything is so brown and dusty. Our plants, grass, and trees really need some rain. Maybe next time.
You really do need to plan your fall garden now even in the midst of all of this heat. We know that one day, it will rain again. One day, the temperatures and humidity will go down and it will be time to grow fall vegetables. Be sure to get your fall garden seeds now while the supply is good.
I was awakened by a dog this morning at 5:30am wanting to go out. We did not get a drop of rain all night long. There is a small cloud bank in the East but Alexa says we won't get any rain today.
The dogs and cat are now fed and I am having some eggs and coffee as I write this. We have another busy day ahead of us as we continue to redo the store as well as the Fulfillment and Production buildings.
I spent most of the day in my home office. We ended up having one customer in the afternoon and Matt took care of him. I got a lot done by not being disturbed too much. It is hard to think and write articles when I am interrupted by vendors, mailman, team members, and customers all day long. People don't realize that when I am sitting in the store, I am actually doing things, not just sitting there waiting for someone to come in and chat.
So what do I do all day long when customers aren't there? I do my social media posts. I update the online store, adding, changing, and taking away items. I do website posts and articles. I answer customers all throughout the day on the various platforms including emailing customers. I check orders to make sure they have been filled correctly. I ship some orders out. I wait on customers and help them find the perfect seeds when they do come in. I distribute the mail and packages. I write all business checks and pay all bills. I listen to problems that my team members are having. I offer solutions. I do a lot. I am Mrs. David's Garden Seeds®!
Happy Saturday. It is 4:45pm and 100° Fahrenheit. There were six of us working today. David has some projects going in the Fulfillment Building. I took care of our customers today. We sold out of eggs and our banana peanut butter is almost gone.
No customers showed up until it was lunchtime. Matt tried a new place today and brought us back plates. Then they showed up, three families at one time. So I ate my flauta plate a bit cold. But they were all such nice folks and I really enjoyed meeting them.
My garden planners and recipe notebooks came today. I have to add them to the store and to the website. I am excited about them. If you would like to order one direct from Kindle Printing, you can get one here.
Tonight's Svengoolie promises to be a good one with Don Knotts. How can you miss with a talented actor like him? We are excited!
Excited for nothing. Once again, San Antonio decided that people want to see some arena football instead of Svengoolie. Nobody cares about that. It is not even football season but all summer long they have been trying to cram that down our throats. No thank you. So no Svengoolie for us again.
Well, hot and happy Sunday. I went out early and got all of the animals fed in the heat and humidity. David made omelettes so that was good. Then we got dressed and tried a new church. We like this one. We knew all of the songs. The message was a well thought out and planned four point message like they taught us in Bible College, not a hodge podge of thoughts all over the place. We will go back and hopefully, they like 401Ks, investing for retirement, and Dave Ramsey unlike the other churches we have been trying for the past three years.
After church, we ate at Subway in Pleasanton. They no longer have Swiss cheese there so I won't go back. I could not see the ingredients because they had cheap signs up I couldn't tell them what to put on my sucky ham without Swiss cheese sandwich. After that delightful meal, we bought a lot of groceries. We have not shopped in a month. Then I had to unload the truck in the heat. Once inside, sopping wet with sweat, I had to put it all away.
Now I am cleaning the coffeemaker with vinegar so that stinks. I emptied the dishwasher and loaded it. Day of rest? No. Not for women anyway. It is now 4pm and time to go out and get sweaty all over again to get eggs and check on chickens. It is 105°.
I did not sleep well again, having bad dreams and waking up with my nose clogged again several times in the night. We will be having company next weekend. Time to clean the house.
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