Class: Organic Vegetable Gardening

We’re happy to welcome Linda Burch, Travis Co Master Gardener, to Gaddy’s on Saturday, March 10th from 2-3pm.  Linda will talk about organic vegetable gardening just in time for the Spring garden season.  Join us for some great information on gardening and composting.  And as usual, we have plenty of room, just not plenty of chairs.  Please bring your own folding chair if you’d like to sit.

Call Kim at the store if you have any questions – 512-251-4428.

Here’s the Poop About our Chicken Event

Gaddy’s first ever annual Crazy Chicken Day is just around the corner.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm, then tell all your crazy chicken friends.  You don’t want to miss the inaugural event.  Here’s what is planned . . . so far:

-Rob Cunningham from Coyote Creek Organic farm will deliver two free classes.  From 1-2pm, he’ll talk about what you need to know to raise laying hens from newly hatched chicks.  Then from 2-3pm, Rob will cover topics related to established flock management. (Bring a folding chair for this event, if you don’t want to stand.)

-With super short notice, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group agreed to take their Chicken Poop Bingo game on the road and will hold three games during the event.  One game will be before Rob’s 1pm talk, the second will be before Rob’s 2pm talk, and the third will be after Rob’s talk–a bit after 3pm.  (We’re going to be pretty fluid on the times.)  Bingo tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will go to the group’s mission trip to Puerto Rico.  I still have donations coming in, but so far the prizes are pretty awesome. Prizes will be available for viewing at Gaddy’s starting March 1st.

Saori Weaving demonstration by Sarah Gaddy Dauro.  Sarah, my talented sister-in-law, owns a Saori Weaving Studio in Belton.  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand a weaving or even if you’d just like to spend a relaxing day creating, I encourage you to take a class.  I did and it was like fiber therapy–plus at the end of the day you have a beautiful piece of fabric.

-A representative from Zignature pet food will be here with coupons and free samples.

-T-Shirt door prizes from Gaddy’s.


-Posters, hats, shirts door prizes from Ideal Poultry.

-Chicks for sale (including some Bantums for this time).

-Sample some of Pflugerville’s best salsa from Beba’s Salsa

-I’ll have information available about Jessica from Reynolds Roost.  Jessica raises Easter Eggers, Cream Legbars and a couple other breeds.  Jessica also sells hatching eggs, but you might need to get on a waiting list for her specialty eggs.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at Gaddy’s  512-251-4428, Kim





Stop Spring Weeds, Use a Pre-emergent Herbicide Now

February is the ‘sweet spot’ of the year when it comes to applying pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn.  A little effort now can greatly reduce the weed pressure in your yard later in the season.  Pre-emergents work by drying up weed seeds so they never get a chance to sprout.  The trick is, you have to apply the pre-emergent before the seeds begin to germinate.  And that means, you have to do a little yard work before it is warm enough outside for you to really feel like doing yard work.

We have several pre-emergent options at Gaddy’s.  If you want an organic pre-emergent, we sell corn gluten meal.  Besides being a desiccant, corn gluten is a natural source of nitrogen, the element that helps ‘green-up’ your grass once it starts growing.  Our Fertilome-Hi Yield Grass and Weed Preventer is an economical chemical pre-emergent.  One $15.99 bag will cover 3,500 to 5,000 sq ft.  If you want a product with a pre-emergent and a post-emergent, we sell Weed Beater Complete.

Use a broadcast spreader to apply pre-emergent granules.  Read the directions carefully.  Most pre-emergents need a little bit of moisture to become active.  For example the Hi Yield product recommends about 1/2 inch or rainfall or irrigation.  But too much rainfall immediately after application can lessen the effectiveness of the pre-emergent by washing it away.

When using pre-emergent, think about places in your yard where you want seeds to germinate and avoid those areas.  Don’t apply pre-emergent in a vegetable bed where you want to start seeds next month or in an area of your yard that you want to reseed.  Some pre-emergent can be effective for up to 3 months.  The pre-emergent will not differentiate between the seeds you want to grow and those you want to kill.

Fun & Functional & Environmentally Friendly

As a person who spends most of their day on their feet, I appreciate a good pair of shoes–and socks.  It’s even better when the socks are fun.  So when I saw these adorable socks by BlueQ, not only did I have to own a pair myself, I had to start carrying their products in the store.

blueQ sock on kim

Not that you really need an excuse to buy these fun socks and bags, but you can feel good about purchasing a BlueQ product for many reasons.  BlueQ uses recycled materials to make their bags, plus a portion of every purchase goes to environmental conservation charities.  Now that’s a great company.

Christmas Tree Care

One of my favorite chores at the store this time of year is to water the Christmas trees.  At least twice a day we walk through the tree area and spray the foliage of the Fraser Firs to keep them nice and fresh and hydrated.  We also keep them under the shade cloth to protect them from the sun.

Once you get a cut Christmas tree home, here are a few tips on how to keep it fresh throughout the holiday season.

  1. When we sell a tree we will cut the base of the tree off, perpendicular to the trunk, before it is taken home.  Keep this cut as it is.  Don’t ‘chisel down’ the tree to make it fit your stand.  Don’t drill a hole into the base of the tree.  And don’t take off bark to make it fit the stand.  The tree will drink in water best from the outermost layers of wood so they are important to leave as is.
  2. Keep your tree in a type of tree-stand that holds water.  Lots of water.  Stands should be large enough to hold about 1 quart of water for each inch of tree trunk diameter.
  3. Check the water at least once a day.  Make sure the water level is high enough that the bottom of the tree is covered.
  4. Keep your tree far from sources of heat like heat system vents, fireplaces, or a sunny window.  Use low-heat lighting like mini lights or LED lights.

Our trees look especially good this year.  We have Fraser Firs in a 6-7ft size ($49.99) and a 7-8ft size ($74.99).  Please let us know if you have any questions.  512-251-4428

Chicken Poop for Sale at Gaddy’s

Mark hasn’t yet tired of asking customers if they want to add some chicken poop to their feed order.  Mark’s not going crazy, he’s just having fun with our new line of lip balm callecpoop2d “chicken poop.”  And no need to worry, there’s no actual chicken poop in this lip balm.  Jamie, who makes the stuff, says one time she complained to her grandfather that she had chapped lips.  Her grandfather told her to put some chicken poop on them.  That way she’d stop liking her lips.

Jamie’s company also makes a darn good solid hand salve and an all natural deodorant which they call a “defunkifier.”  Isn’t the packaging wonderful?


Pet Pictures with Santa

Please save the date.  Santa & Mrs. Claus are headed to Gaddy’s on Saturday, November 25th from 1-3pm.  I know this is a busy weekend, but we hope you’ll stop by with your pets (or children) and take a quick picture with Santa.  There’s no charge for taking pictures.  Bring your own camera and we’ll provide the rest.   And if you want us to help take some pics we’ll be glad to assist.  (BTW . . . Santa Ron is well worth the trip.  See photo below.)

santa ron

Halloween on Main St

Sometimes Pflugerville can feel like a small town again.  Last night Mark, Becky and I participated in the Food Drive/Halloween on Main St sponsored by the Greater Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.  Despite questionable weather there was a good turn-out and we had great fun seeing all the kids (furry kids too) dressed up in their costumes.  Thank you to everybody who participated and donated food items to our community.

What’s New for Fall

good veg picI’m hopeful the crisp cool mornings we’ve been waking up to lately mean Fall really is here and we can pack up our shorts for the season.  My tomatoes are setting fruit and the cool-season greens Wade and I planted are experiencing a growth spurt.  While I’m not going to be able to fill the vegetable display like I was in the Spring, I’m starting to bring in a nice bit of produce after a long hot dry spell.

The great pumpkin experiment was a dud.  It turns out you can’t successfully grow pumpkins in the middle of summer in Texas.  Wade and Kaleb and I fussed over rows and rows of pumpkin plants, watered, weeded, and fought bugs for a couple of hard months, all for some pretty puny results.  We’re enjoying the Fall atmosphere our meager group of pumpkins are providing us though, and consider the experience a lesson learned.


Along with the cooler weather, I’m looking forward to some Halloween fun.  Mark and I and our daughter, Becky signed up to participate in the Food Drive on Main St.  We’ve got our dog-themed booth decoration all ready to go and are just waiting for Tuesday evening to give out some candy.  Right now I’ve got the big cardboard dog decoration perched on top of the display of the new line of dog food we brought in called Zignature.  It is a fabulous limited-ingredient dog food boasting no grain, no potatoes and no corn.   Next week we should also be getting Taste of the Wild’s new limited-ingredient food.zignature in store display.jpg




Fall Pecans

If you are lucky enough to have pecan trees in your landscaping, this is the time of year to start looking for pecans on the ground.  A mature pecan tree can produce 40 to 50 pounds of pecans on a good year.  The pecan trees in our yard were planted by my in-laws over 30 years ago.  With a little maintenance, a little fertilizer and a bit of water over the summer, they do well by us.  Over the weekend Mark and I gathered as many pecans as we could find.  And since I still had most of last year’s pecans yet to shell, we decided to make use of the beautiful day yesterday to haul all our pecans over to Nutcracker Station in Bertram to have them cracked.  If you make an appointment they can crack while you wait.  It was well worth the trip.  Now I have plenty of pecans to cook with all year long.

pecan picker close up

Here is a pecan picker-upper that I highly recommend–it will save your back.  All you do is firmly roll it over the ground, pushing the pecans through the wires.  When the hopper is almost full, you gently separate the wires and the pecans will drop out.  Frank demonstrated this for me.

And here’s a link to the Nutcracker Station in Bertram.  Mark and I had a great time walking through the downtown section of Bertram while our pecans were being cracked.  It was like stepping back in time and it was only a 45 minute drive from Pflugerville.