This page will show you the spring planting schedule we are keeping here in South Central Texas. Many of you will have completely different planting schedules. This is based on where you are located, when your last frost is in spring, and when your first frost in fall should be. Some of you have a very long growing season. Some, like us, have two separate growing seasons, separated by the awful summer heat, and others have a very short growing season.
Happy birthday to my younger son, Matthew!
All day long, we were filling and closing mail orders. We filled about 1,000 orders from David's Garden Seeds® today but we still have another 600 or so from this past weekend to fill. On Monday, we always have three days worth of orders to fill. We need to start thinking about having some people come in on Saturdays to fill orders. I used to do it on Saturdays, but we are getting way too many customers now on Saturdays at the Farm Store.
We had four sets of customers today, even though it was cold and wet most of the day. I sold all five dozen fresh eggs I had. I have two dozen fresh eggs for tomorrow in the store. First come, first served.
We had a delicious roast chicken with vegetables for dinner tonight and it was so good. Now I am in the den writing this because there was no time at all during the day to do anything other than wait on my customers and close orders. I had to work until 6pm just to close all of the 99 website orders I had today.
This week, we will look at the spring planting schedule that we go by. Keep in mind that it is different in many parts of the country. In January in South Texas, you need to start the following seeds in your greenhouse or in your home with heating mats and then grow lights once the seeds have germinated:
Happy Tuesday! I finally made it to the salon today to have my hair done. I look so much better! I was supposed to go the first week in January but I was sick. I am now in the Farm Store and we are having a great day here at David's Garden Seeds®.
We were so busy again today filling orders that we had to stay until after 6:30pm to get all of the weekend orders done. The actual people who fill the orders left at 4:30pm without asking, leaving many weekend orders unshipped. They did not ask; they just left. When they come in tomorrow, they will be asked why they got to go but we all had to stay and do their jobs until after 6:30pm.
I believe we are going to have to make people start coming in on Saturdays as the orders pile up too much over the weekend to be dealt with on Mondays.
It was a long day of work and we had tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches as the wind blew outside.
Today's spring planting schedule is about all of the plants that you can start outside by directly sowing seeds into your garden beds.
Good Wednesday morning. David is still in the house so no one has gotten in trouble yet. David is working in the den for a while. I am dressed but I still have to do my makeup. Matthew is outside getting some things done and since it is almost 8am, I hope the crew is here getting ready for another long work day.
It is time to sell spring seeds so everyone should understand how busy we get this time of year. There are not too many new employees this season. Just the fact that a bunch of order pulling employees, including their manager, took off at 4:30pm with the job not done makes me angry. David told them in no uncertain terms that all of the weekend orders had to be done yesterday, yet they drove off, leaving five of us to finish their job.
We got the crew straightened out this morning and then went to work and got caught up on orders. Some displays in the store were moved. We started restocking the store. We had just a few customers today. I added a lot of product to the website and we repriced a lot of things hanging in the store that were marked wrong. I was out for a lot of December and January because the kids gave me colds during Thanksgiving and again after Christmas. I cannot go to work if everyone thinks I am contagious and that is when things started getting priced wrong, during the six weeks of work I was forced to miss. Again, if your kids are sick, keep them home. I do not recover well from something at this age like people in their 20s and 30s do and it is not fair to me to make me sick.
My eggs sold out this morning. I realized I still had them at $3.25 a dozen which is actually very low for organic eggs. I had them higher at $4.00 but they were not selling so I was having to give away six or seven dozen a week. Then I lowered the price to $3.25 and they started selling a lot. Today, I moved them up to $3.45 a dozen. Chicken feed is expensive and I am losing money selling them that cheap.
I filled up the pond again as it was getting low. The fish were moving around quite a bit today. It stayed chilly all day but the temperature was in the high 50s.
February is the time on the spring planting schedule to start all of the following indoors in South Texas:
Good Thursday morning! I have been up early finishing up adding the new products to the website that David sent me. I just had some Dave's Killer Bread toast with cream cheese for breakfast. It was so good.
It is 43° and chilly in the house; however, the sun has come up so it will be a sunny day instead of a dreary day like the rest of the week. I am dressed but I still have to put on makeup before I leave the house. Linda, my assistant, has off today so it is just me in the store at 9am. Yes, our business opens at 8am for our employees to work. The Farm Store is not open until 9am. I am busy working in the house so don't expect to find me out there until 9am.
We are getting a lot more visitors now since the TV commercial has been airing. Everyone wants to know why we have four buildings in the parking lot. Some think we rent them out as businesses or houses. We don't. They are all part of our business. Our business is not just the Farm Store. In fact, that is an afterthought. Our business is counting and packing seeds and shipping them out across the country. That takes a lot of people, machinery, and space because we ship out thousands of packs of seeds each month across the USA. We do all of our work right here on the farm. We even print our own envelopes.
Exciting news! We have started bagging and selling our own rabbit manure which is wonderful for your garden. It won't burn your plants like uncomposted chicken manure. It is starting to sell like hot cakes so come by for a two pound bag and see if you like it. It is great for the garden!
I added about 25 new seed varieties yesterday, both vegetable seeds and flower seeds so come by or see online that we have a lot of new things.
We have close to 300 new orders waiting to be filled this morning so it will be another busy day at David's Garden Seeds® and thank you so much for choosing David's Garden Seeds®!
It is now 4pm and it has been a busy day. We have had a lot of customers and we have a lot of empty slots where seeds should go. We are attempting to get those empty slots filled before tomorrow and definitely before Saturday. Everyone is on a spring planting schedule and other seed companies are already cutting back by closing their physical stores and by cutting back on quick shipping.
Next on the spring planting schedule are all of the seeds to direct sow outside in your garden beds. They include:
Good morning. It is 9:35am and 45°. We are trying to get the store stocked up again. We have a lot of empty spaces from all of the customers who have been shopping. It is a nice problem to have but we need to replace all of the missing seeds. I am going to start on that right now.
I restocked all day long, in between customers. We were very busy. Seventeen sets of customers came in today and Matthew gave a lot of tours. This may not seem like a lot but for us, that is more than we get in two weeks so, yes, the commercials have really worked.
In March, by the middle of the month, our spring planting schedule shows we should get the following in the ground outside by seed:
Hi Everyone! We started out at 29° this morning and it is almost 4pm now and 67°. We have had steady customers all day long and David gave one tour. Matthew is on his fifth and final group tour of the day as we close in just a few more minutes. I have been restocking in between customers and still have so many more empty slots to restock. It has been a great day. All but two of the families have seen our TV commercial.
So around 11am, one of the customers came and told me there was a dead bird floating in the pond. It sure wasn't there when I fed the fish at 8am today. So, sure enough, there was a dead bird. We got it cleaned out and continued our day. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of it.
At 4:10m, the last customer left and I went out to collect eggs. In the doorway to the egg boxes, there was a dead Rhode Island Red hen just laying there. It was awful. There was no blood or anything like that. She was not dead this morning when I fed the hens. I am so sad. She was not even two years old yet. The other chickens stayed away so I have no idea what happened.
I called David because Matthew was already gone from the farm and he came out and got the chicken out of there. I feel very sad to lose one of my babies.
Good Sunday morning! All of my chickens were fine when I went out this morning. The ground was covered in frost and it was 32° at 7:30am when I went out. The other animals were all fine as well. I came in, made breakfast and got ready to go to church.
After church, I started laundry and baked a blueberry pie. Now I am folding laundry and I still have three more loads to wash. When you are working six days a week, not much gets done. I am exhausted from it all. It is sunny now and 68° so I should go out and get a bit of exercise.
I did go out and walk all over the property. When I got in, David was ready to go so he brought the three dogs and we walked the back some. The girls kept getting stickers in their paws.
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