This page can be your spring vegetable garden planner. Many climates around the United States allow for just a spring/summer growing season. If you are fortunate enough to live in Texas, the South, or Southwest, you should be able to grow another garden in the fall and in some places, you can grow year round.
We got an early start on work this morning because we had hundreds of orders in the queues because of the weekend. We filled orders all day long and got hundreds but not all of them out. Each day we are getting more seed orders which is a wonderful problem to have.
If you are a vegetable garden planner, hopefully by this time, you have already planned out your garden and ordered your seeds. If not, there are still seed companies that have plenty of seeds, like David's Garden Seeds®. We have run out of some seeds, like everyone else, but we planned ahead last summer and fall and bought a lot of extra seeds to have on hand for the thousands of orders we are getting for spring planting. Some seed companies shut down as they are overwhelmed by orders and then reopen when the orders are filled. Other companies have stopped selling to home gardeners and are just selling to commercial companies.
If you have not yet ordered your seeds for spring 2021, get them ordered right away so you don't miss out on planting some of your favorites. If your favorite seeds are gone, don't be afraid to try some new varieties. Sometimes, that is how you find new favorite seeds. Don't wait much longer because you will miss out if you wait. In the spring of 2020, the "seed crisis" did not start until the middle of March when all of a sudden everyone was terrified of Coronavirus. This year, the "seed crisis" has already started and it is only January.
Good Tuesday morning to you! It was hot yesterday and it is 49° F now. Time for another busy day on the farm. Running a business takes a lot of work. David does a great job of it. I help so I am constantly busy, but no where near as busy as David is.
It is a sunny, warm day with beautiful blue skies. Matthew got the drone up and got some good footage around the back of our farm. The plumber came by to replace some pipe fitting in our well house. He was here for several hours so I am not sure what the problem is.
We put up a bulletin board in the store this morning to post things for the customers to see. In San Antonio, we put up all of our Dave Ramsey certificates and photos as well as photos from company functions. If you know us, you know that we are big supporters of Dave Ramsey's wonderful financial help programs because they changed our lives. Now we teach Dave Ramsey's FPU and help others with their finances because we took the financial counselor training. We are happy to show others how to get out of debt. We get nothing from teaching FPU except the satisfaction that we are showing others how to get out of debt. In the same way, we now run our company debt free from Dave Ramsey's Entreleadership.
The best tip I can give you is to get a notebook that you can use as a daily vegetable garden planner now. Draw diagrams of your vegetable garden and mark each section with what seeds you plan to put in it. Plan, plan, plan. Don't just buy random seeds and hope for the best. It is always a good idea to have a plan. Don't be afraid to change up the plan some when you are executing your plan, if you think of a better idea.
One of the things you should consider in your vegetable garden planner is Companion Planting. This is a real thing. Follow my companion planting guidelines for success. Or look up other resources on the subject. There is much more than the small page I have about it on this website. If you want more information on the subject, I do have four pages over on David's Garden Seeds® that I wrote when I had to do a garden class on Companion Planting.
Good Wednesday morning. Seems we've had a visitor at sunrise this morning...Yes, Bernie was cold this morning when the sun came up in our backyard. LOL!
Here is a Bible verse that I found this morning.
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. -- Luke 14:11 (KJV)
Just to be clear, read it below in NIV.
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. -- Luke 14:11 (NIV)
Jesus said if you are exalting yourself up above others, you will be humbled. And it never feels great to be humbled after you think of yourself as so much better than others. Reality will set in when the Lord is ready.
And now, back to our page on being and using a vegetable garden planner. Today, we are swamped once again with seed orders and we are so grateful for the business. So many of our customers are good vegetable garden planners. They remember last spring, after coronavirus hit, how difficult it was to get seeds. The stores were sold out of seeds and many food items. People began to panic and many beginners wanted to grow their own food for the first time. A lot of the bigger seed companies would shut down while they filled thousands of orders and then reopen and repeat the process.
David's Garden Seeds® stayed open and hired new people to fill the tens of thousands of orders we were given in the middle of March 2020. We worked seven days a week for about three months until we filled every order. We ran out of a lot of seeds but we substituted some varieties so at least our customers were receiving some seeds to plant.
Now, we are seeing it happen all over again, only two months early. This is good, because if you wait until March to order your spring seeds, you won't get very many in 2021 since everyone is ordering now. Thank you to all of our wonderful customers!
It will be cold tonight, down to 38°. I have been power walking each evening this week, doing a bit more each time. Maybe I can get some weight off. One of the things that happens when you sit at your job a lot because there is so much to do is you gain weight. I certainly have.
Happy Thursday morning! When I woke up, the full moon looked like this. An hour later, there was a beautiful sunrise with purple and pink clouds.
Today, the dogs will go to the groomer to look and smell pretty and the housekeeper is coming again. I hope she can be done in four hours or less but I think it will be closer to eight hours. There are a ton of seed orders to be done but I will be in the house for most of the day, probably all of it depending on how long she takes...
It is cold outside, 38° F. when I asked Alexa and there is even some frost on the back deck. I went out there to take photos and the cold wind slapped me good. My foot hurts and I am tired. I woke up at 4am and had to go sit up on the couch and fall back to sleep because my nose was clogged again. Kitty joined me as usual.
You should have a notebook as your vegetable garden planner. Draw diagrams of your garden areas and decide where you will plant what seeds, using the Companion Planting Guide I have made for you so that your plants grow nicely.
Next, make a list of all of your seeds. Write down where you will put each one and if it will be in your spring garden or in your fall garden. Will it be in the ground, in a raised bed, or in a large pot? Fill that notebook with everything you have that is garden related and record how long each seed variety should take to grow.
You might think that you will have the seed packets but, trust me, those seed packets get lost in 60 to 90 days, so it is best to write down all of the gardening information in your notebook. Then count the days and write down how many days each one will take to grow once the seeds germinate. Then count and write down a harvest date in your vegetable garden planner, just so you know when each veggie will be ready to be picked.
Nacho and his son are here working on covering the new deck this morning in the cold weather.
Nacho got all of the framing for the roof done on the decks and, hopefully, will complete them tomorrow.
Our house got cleaned in just nine hours this time which meant I worked most of the day from my home office.
I collected only ten eggs but it was cold and I have read that the cooler weather makes a difference in egg production.
Nacho is by himself today, putting up the roof on the new decks connecting the store to the commercial kitchen building. We will come up with better names for these buildings. We just need to get creative.
I was up very early and I am now at the store. If you want spring planting seeds that are fresh and Non-GMO, come on over and get them today between 9am and 5pm and tomorrow between 10am and 2pm. While you are here pick up some farm fresh eggs from our chickens as well as some delicious strawberry topping. David made a batch and I made a batch in our beautiful new commercial kitchen. If you want a tour of what we have going on, just ask and we will make it happen. We are closed on Sundays.
Nacho did not finish the deck cover. It is a lot of work, he came by himself today, and then he had to leave early to drive to Austin for his son's basketball game. Hopefully, he will finish next week and start another one of David's projects.
I collected 16 eggs and a lot of feathers are growing back in on some of the chickens and not so much on others. The guineas are still upset that they are not in with the chickens. Hopefully, they will soon have their own house.
This evening, I pulled my sourdough starter out of the fridge and it looked pretty dead. I refreshed it with 1 and 1/2 cups of flour and 1 cup of warm water. Two hours later it was starting to bubble already.
Good Saturday morning. Our store opens in 29 minutes. I have a ton of computer work to do while I am in there.
I got the sheets changed and laundry started. I also emptied the dishwasher and refilled it. We had scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast.
My sourdough starter is bubbling up.
I had a good day at the store, getting lots of work done. Not one customer showed up but that is okay because there was a lot that needed to be taken care of. The only problem is I feel like I don't get a day off. When the store closes at 2pm, it seems like Saturday is over. We are open on Saturdays because the public keeps asking us to be open. Now we have been open for over a month on Saturdays and on two of those Saturdays, not one customer came in.
It was a nice day. We enjoyed Svengoolie tonight.
This morning, we went to a great church in San Antonio and were part of a wonderful service. It was the first good service we have been to in ten months.
We came home and had leftovers and enjoyed the day. It was beautiful. In the evening, we made homemade pizzas and they were so tasty.
We hope you can see how important it is to keep garden notes in your vegetable garden planner. Next year, when you look back at this year's notes, you will remember what varieties you grew and where you grew them from the diagrams in your vegetable garden planner.
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