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David's Garden Seeds And Products Newsletter
January 30, 2021

January Is Garden Planning Time

Hello from the farm! I am working in the Farm Store today and decided to say hi to you all in between customers.

This past week, Nacho started putting the cover over the new decks but he did not finish. Hopefully, he will finish in the coming days.

It has been overcast here for most of the week, just like today.

Stop by and say hi at 5029 FM 2504, Poteet, TX. We are actually located in 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.

Farm Life

Our chickens are now almost nine months old and are laying some beautiful eggs. They are available for purchase from David's Garden Seeds® Farm Store.

Follow our continuing progress on the farm at Juanita's farm site, Mrs. David's Garden Seeds Our Small Farm. which features a daily diary of what is happening on the farm and in the business.

Order Pepper Seeds Now

We talked about tomatoes last week. Today, let's talk about peppers. Bell peppers, Specialty peppers, Cayenne, Chili, Hot, Jalapeno, Serrano, Ornamental--What kinds do you love to eat and grow?

Peppers are fairly easy to grow. Peppers grow at various speeds. Bells grow fairly fast while hot peppers are slower with the reaper and ghost being some of the slowest. It can take months to get even a six inch plant.

Peppers can be harvested when green or let them ripen to their mature color — providing you with a longer harvest window as well as the opportunity for stunning multi-color market displays. You can eat many of them fresh, while some will need to be dried, pickled, and with the proper equipment, roasted.

Peppers, like tomatoes, love the heat and hate the cold. They do not like temps below 50 degrees F and will not produce when temps are above 90 degrees.

Sow seeds 8 weeks prior to planting outside. Pepper seeds should be planted ¼" deep in a fine-textured seed-starting mix or vermiculite to provide good drainage.

Even though they can be directly sown, I would suggest starting inside.

I like to recommend using 4 x 4 square black pots or 3 inch CowPots to start the seeds in.

When the seedlings are about 7 to 8 weeks old, they should be 6 to 8 inches tall.

Ideally, they will have some buds but no open flowers.

Harden off the plants before planting outside.

Peppers perform best in well-drained, fertile soils with a pH of 6.5. Abundant levels of phosphorus and calcium will result in better yields.

When the weather has settled and the threat of frost has passed, the peppers can be planted into the garden.

Bury them a bit deeper than the root ball to encourage additional root growth that will make them sturdier.

Plastic mulch and row cover can be used to increase warmth and hence, earliness and yield. You can use hoops to prevent the row cover from rubbing across the plants' tender growing tips.

Peppers have perfect flowers, meaning each flower has both male and female parts and the plants can self-pollinate. Bees and other pollinators are not absolutely necessary for fertilization and fruit production.

Exposing the seedlings to controlled cold treatments can increase the number of flowers and fruits. When the third true leaf appears, grow the plants at a minimum night temperature of 53 to 55°F for 4 weeks. The plants should receive full sunlight.
You can learn more about planting and growing peppers here.

You can find all of our pepper seeds here.

Follow Us On Social Media

If 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!

Please Follow, Like, and Share our pages with your gardening friends. We appreciate it!

Thank you all so much for your support of our small business. Seed sales are starting to go through the roof again like last year. We are so grateful to you.

We hope to see many of you out on the farm soon!

David and Juanita Schulze David's Garden Seeds®

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