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David's Garden Seeds And Products Newsletter
February 20, 2021
Crazy Texas Winter Snowstorm
Good afternoon from the farm! We survived the Snow In Texas 2021 Event this week. If you don't live in Texas, you may not realize that it snowed twice here in one week! We had ice and blizzard conditions,two different days of snow, sleet, power outages, then rolling blackouts.
David, Matthew, and I were the work force for much of the week. We pulled seed orders in icy, cold, dark buildings and then took them in our house, where the generator was working, and put them together to ship.
Interestingly, we had many USPS mail crates filled with orders but there was no mail service to take them. We tried going to the Post Office with them, but they were closed. Fortunately, the Post Office opened yesterday so we were able to get your orders off to you.
On Tuesday, two of our team members came to help for several hours.
On Wednesday, four of our team members came to help us pull orders. On Thursday, there were eight of our team members here pulling orders along with us. Interestingly, all who came were from San Antonio. None of the local team members showed up.
Yesterday, we had eight of our team members, some of them different than the other days. All of the ice was gone and most of the snow had melted. No one came close to working anywhere near 40 hours so we gave them the option to make up time on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone declined.
Hopefully, we can get back to a normal schedule on Monday in the bright sunshine with all 20 of us!
Planting Summer Squash
One of our favorite spring vegetables to plant is Summer Squash. A lot of people have trouble with squash bugs. There is a companion planting work around. Plant your squash seeds and then plant a border of White Icicle Radish seeds around the squash. The squash bugs love the leaves of the white icicle radish and will hope over to the radishes, leaving your squash plants alone.
If you have not grown squash before, this page on our website will be helpful to you. Here is an excerpt from the page written by David:
Start summer squash in doors about one to two weeks before transplanting outdoors. You will need to follow some sort of harden off procedure before planting out. But squash grows fast enough that I think you can direct sow when the soil warms up to 70 to 76 degrees.
Plant the seeds or plants three to a hill or in a row one foot apart. I like the hill method best. Plant the seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Some say plant the seeds one inch deep but that is not really necessary.
If possible wait about 2 months before expected first frost or July. This will help with the squash vine borer. There is no treatment for this nasty bug. The best thing is to pick them off as you see them and their eggs. If you are only growing two or three plants this should be possible.
You will get about 15 to 20, or more squash per plant.
Our Farm StoreYou can order seeds online or you can come out to the farm.
Our physical store is located at 5029 FM 2504, Poteet, TX. We are actually in the beautiful community of Rossville, right on FM 2504. There are signs on the fence as you drive by that say "David's Garden Seeds". Turn in at the gate and park in our parking lot.
An Important Tip is to stay on our driveway and/or our parking lot. Do not drive in the sand or you will get stuck in the sand unless you have four wheel drive.
We think you will enjoy the drive out to the farm. Once you get off of I35 or 1604, you will calm down (because the city traffic goes away!) and enjoy the country roads. There are horses and cows to see almost everywhere! We just love it out here and we hope you will visit often as we continually add on to the farm.
Our store is open from Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. We are closed on Sundays.
Our gorgeous store is pictured above so you will recognize it. Right now, we have no plants or starts for you to purchase yet, but we do have over 1600 varieties of seeds.
Follow Us On Social MediaIf you don't follow us on Social Media, please check us out on Instagram here. We are on Facebook here, and on Twitter right here. I almost forgot our Pinterest page. You can find behind the scenes photos and news on the different platforms, including some of our new seeds and when we run sales on Amazon. Yes, you will see our pets, our own garden, and nature shots; also the occasional selfie--Juanita just cannot help herself!
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Have a wonderful time planning and growing your spring garden!
David and Juanita Schulze David's Garden Seeds®
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