Everyone in Texas wants to plant onions in October of every year, especially the Texas 1015Y which we are about out of and the Texas Early Grano. They are good to plant in fall, winter, and early spring. They are versatile yellow onions with a mild flavor. These onions are good raw, sauteed, and in roasts with vegetables.
Good Monday morning. I have gone to feed the fish and I have watered all of the plants out back. I am going to add some Wandering Jew plants in all the colors in my back garden bed that has the honeysuckle and jasmine in it. There are some open spots.
Today is Columbus Day which means no rain and no pay day because banks are not open. I have four bills all ready to go out but no mailman. This holiday just sort of sneaks up on you. So we will have to wait until tomorrow for paychecks and mail.
We got confirmation from a homeschool group coming up from Corpus Christi this Wednesday. There will be a total of 25 coming to take a tour. I prepared gift bags and David will speak to them after they finish their picnic lunch. Then they will be given a nice tour. This is our first large school tour group and we are excited.
If you are new here, you can order our seeds 24/7 at David's Garden Seeds® or you can come by the Farm Store here at 5029 FM 2504 just outside of Poteet, Texas. There is a discount code WINTERGARDEN to use at checkout for 20% off when you spend $20. This discount is also good in the Farm Store.
From now on until just before the first frost, you can plant onion seeds to overwinter and harvest in February and March. You can actually do this with pretty much all root seeds if you live in a warm climate like Texas.
We have a lot of heirloom onion seeds for you to choose from including white onions, yellow onions, and red onions. It is a good idea to plant one of each. White onions burn the most. They are good with roasts and in pico de gallo. Yellow onions are more mild and are good for burgers. Red onions are great in salads because they are sweeter than yellow or white and most do not burn your mouth if they are raw.
Several of our customers today came in asking for sets so they could plant onions. I advise them that we always use onion seeds to plant and that right now is a good time to do it. We still have several onion varieties to choose from including the Texas Early Grano. Two of them listened today and bought some onion seeds. Some are just not ever going to plant seeds because they think it is easier to plant sets. But, honestly, we plant onion seeds all year long and never have a problem. It is easy.
Good morning and welcome to David's Garden Seeds® Farm today. We just went over the company handbook that was recently revised. We sat down with the whole team except for one person who did not show up or call in. So there is that.
There are some new items that have been added and/or changed to the old one. It is important that you abide by the company rules when you come to work for us. They are in place for a reason. First, we want our employees to like working here. We don't want gossips or disgruntled, complaining people. They tend to drag down the team and they are no fun to be around. If you like that sort of thing, please don't come here looking for a job.
Next, no visible tattoos or piercings except for one pair of earrings for female team members. No designer holes in your pants. David hates that. Don't wear sandals. We are on a farm, a working farm with spiders, snakes, and more. Sandals don't provide any protection for your feet.
Don't use profanity. We have a lot of visitors here and many bring children. Nobody wants to hear those words here. If you can't make it through the day without dropping the F bomb, stay home.
If you don't like to work, stay home. We want people here who love to garden, love to help others, and love to accomplish their goals. We get online seed orders every day. You have to pay attention to what you are doing so the orders are right. We strive for 100% accuracy and we do it quickly. Now that the post office says it takes five business days to get a simple envelope from point A to point B, it is even more important to get orders out quickly. Because by the third day after placing the order, people are calling and emailing wanting to know if we got their order and when they will get it.
David contacted the employee who did not show up or call in this morning. He started here full time and then took a job with HEB so we were getting whatever time he has left in the week. He expected us to go over his schedule and try to figure out when he might show up. Some of his off days were not spent here. Well, it turns out that this week, his HEB schedule is different from last week but he did not tell us. That is not our job to go through his schedule and try to figure out when he might show up.
So he no longer works here. Too bad, because he made more per hour with us than with HEB and he was a good worker. From the start of the second job, we knew he would not stay long. It is a difficult balancing act to work two jobs. We need our people here when we need them, 40 hours a week during regular business hours. There is a lot to do on a working farm and we should not be expected to go through his changing schedule each week. We have a lot to do each day. You don't tell us when you will work. We are a fully functioning farm and we seriously need work done every day.
Today is payday. I have six eggs, not six dozen but 1/2 dozen eggs. The chickens are just not putting much out. They are still moulting.
We went into San Antonio to take our pastor and his wife plus one of the associate pastors and his wife out to Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse. The special occasion is that October is Pastor Appreciation month. It is so easy to say hi each Sunday to the person who prays for you and brings you fresh messages from the Bible each week but not do anything in return for him and his wife. So each year, we take a pastor and his wife out to this wonderful place for a delicious lunch.
David and I know how hard ministry is because once upon a time, long, long ago, we pastored several churches. For the most part, we were treated like dirt in each church. The most we were ever paid in a church was $135.00 a week. We had children and student loans. We couldn't even afford groceries sometimes. We found out that so many people don't want a pastor to spiritually guide them. They want a scapegoat, a person to yell at, a person to borrow money from, a contractor, a plumber, a chauffeur, a mechanic, and a person they can depend on when things go wrong in their lives but they never think of being nice to the pastor and his family. We have been through it all. So instead of using this time to carry on about us, we take the pastor and his wife out and have a few hours of fun and good eating.
Right now, I am filling the pond because it has really gotten shallow over the past few days. It is currently 93° and I am so hot.
It is noon and I just finished a delicious chicken salad with grape sandwich. It was so good! A homeschool group of 25 is almost here. They are coming up from Corpus Christi. We are so excited. This is our first big group to visit. They will eat a picnic lunch here and then David will talk to them. After that, they will get the big tour.
Our only outdoor worker is going to plant onions tomorrow morning. She has been planting beans today. It is going to be 96° so instead of getting cooler, it is getting hotter here. I am just sick of the heat. Our plants are looking so good right now due to the cooler weather and here we go back up toward 100° again.
Our homeschool group has finally arrived and they are eating lunch out on our decks. Lots of children running around. Matt will be giving the official tour and Linda will be filming. Then, David will talk to the kids. After that, we will hand out gift bags.
The group had a wonderful time. The children were well behaved and polite and it was a pleasure spending time with them. Two families did not make it so we had less. I believe we had a total of 18 people here. Matt and Linda gave them a tour and took video. Then David talked to them. They shopped and left, spending almost three hours with us. One of the little boys told me it was the best day ever! He was so cute. His mom said he loves to garden. I think he was about four years old.
Our outdoor worker went home ill. She thinks she may be dehydrated. That is no fun. She actually said that she wakes up in the night sick every night so I don't think she will be back. The temporary agency we got her from was interviewing another potential employee for us today and they just texted and said that they liked the guy so much that they hired him to work for them so we now have zero outdoor people. Wow. Less than two weeks ago, we had three and now we have zero again...
Good evening! Hell's Kitchen just came on and I just put away the animals and the food from dinner. I made chicken and rice with garden asparagus from this past summer's harvest.
Our outdoor worker whom I thought was done came back today so we have one again.
We decorated the Farm Store porch for fall today, something we should have already done. I changed our lights to a fall pattern. Matt needs to pick up a few more pumpkins but it is looking pretty good. We had a short staff today for sure. One was out for a family emergency and another left at lunch because her child was sick with a fever.
We had quite a few customers today which is unusual for a Thursday. David and I had some errands to run up in Devine this morning so we were gone for a little while. I have been so busy today that I did not have time to get on here until now. It is 7:10pm.
Tomorrow morning, we have to take Lucy, Ethel, and Kitty to the vet for their yearly rabies injections and other things that they get every October. So there will be a big expense.
Happy lunchtime to you! It is almost 1pm and it has been a busy day so far. We got up extra early and left the farm by 7:40am to get Lucy, Ethel, and Kitty to the vet for their yearly rabies appointment. Kitty was just miserable and scared everyone. The only thing she got was her shot, no exam. She was busy hissing at everyone including the new vet. The regular vet is retiring this month. After spending about $750, including some medicines, we are done, not to mention broke! The puppies got their rabies shots months ago.
We got back and there were no customers so I stayed in the house trying to get some laundry folded. Then the doorbell started sounding. I have had nonstop customers since. I ran to the house to nuke some leftovers and came back to Matthew helping some more customers. I dismissed him and now am getting to eat.
Our outdoor worker called in again, twice in one week. Since she doesn't work the weekend and should have watered everything good today for the weekend, I will have to make sure everything is watered. The whole idea of having employees is so we don't have to do everything ourselves but some of our employees don't get that. There is no sense if we have to keep doing their jobs.
The mailman came at 4:30pm today as he had car trouble. Rural carriers use their own vehicles. Matt took the mail at 3pm so it would go out tomorrow. Our post office closes at 4pm on weekdays and at 10am on Saturdays.
Everyone is gone now except for two. One has jury duty on Monday and I don't know if the outdoor worker will come back again. From day to day, one never knows. I had to go out in front and water all of the plants for the weekend as they were all drooping from this heat. It is 94° and so humid and miserable. I am going home now to change because my clothes are all sweaty from being out there. My eggs are gone again.
It is 11am and I am just now getting on here. We got up super early this morning to go into Pleasanton so David could have bloodwork done before his next doctor's visit in two weeks.
Since Quest is inside of Walmart, we shopped for groceries and then came home. I finally got everything put away and came over to the store. I feel like I am done for the day, I am so exhausted. My feet hurt.
So far today, we have had a few customers. It is humid and 83°. It should get up to 94°.
Eleven years ago today, we got Lucy. She was three months old. She was supposed to be David's dog but she wants to go everywhere I go all the time.
Shayleigh is restocking the store today. I want to go home and go to sleep. I feel so tired. In my dreams early this morning, I was ill and was hooked up to an IV with a spider. They were giving me some sort of fresh spider something or other in the hospital. The spiders were freaking me out. I was glad when I woke up...
We have no one to plant onions today but most of our customers from yesterday and today want to plant onion seeds as they bought a bunch of onion seeds.
Interestingly, no customers came from 2pm to 4pm when we closed. I think maybe we should cut our hours and close at 2pm. This has almost always been the case on Saturdays. Every once in a while, someone would come around 3:30pm and make me stay until 4:30pm but that has only happened a few times. If you are not here by 3:45pm, I am closing up.
We had good sales today but I wonder why they were not better...
I am making enchiladas, queso and chips, and Mexican corn for Svengoolie. In fact, the food is almost done and it is 20 minutes until Sven comes on, if San Antonio allows it tonight. It is a Vincent Price movie I have never seen, The Tingler. I really like Vincent Price's work and his voice.
That was a freaky weird movie. The enchiladas came out great and so did the queso.
Good early morning. I have been waking up early even when I don't set an alarm. I got up at 6am and made a K cup of Dunkin Donuts Maple Coffee. Pretty good. It is still humid and 72° out now. I put Lucy out. Now she is in and Ethel got up so I just had to put her outside. I don't know where they hide in the night anymore. I think they get up and move around all night long.
We got everyone fed and then visited a nearby church. Now we have eaten leftover enchiladas from last night and they are so good. I did such a good job making them! It has been a while. I am glad I made the effort.
It has been a bit cloudy out all day and a cold front and rainstorm are supposed to be coming some time late today. It is 1:30pm and 87°. I cannot wait for some cooler weather. I have a lot of transplanting and outdoor work to do but it has been too hot and humid outside. The humidity is the worst thing.
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