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 called “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?
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.)
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.
I’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.
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.
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.
After more than 15 years it was time to spruce up our sign. Last night the good folks at Pflugerville Signs installed new panels on our old sign. I love the new sign and am inspired to work on freshening up the rest of the storefront.
The rainy little cold front that blew in today has me feeling like we just might get some Fall weather here in central Texas after all. To celebrate, I bought a new chick feeder and set it up for some seasonal snacking–for humans this time. An inexpensive chick feeder with a canning jar makes a pretty decoration when filled with candy corn or M&M’s. Plus it kinda limits the speed of snacking since it’s not easy to get a handful of goodies at a time.
Update September 21st: New chicks arrived today. Black Australorps, Rhode Island Reds, and Silver Laced Wyandott chicks available now. We also have about 6 two-week old Ameraucana chicks left.
Black Australorp, Buff Orpington and Ameraucana pullets available now at Gaddy’s. Please call us at 512-251-4611 if you have any questions. If you come in the store and don’t see any chicks, don’t worry. We have set up the brooder in the back room to help us keep the front store clean.
The first chicks of the Fall season are expected next Thursday, September 7th. We should receive Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, and Ameraucana chicks. As usual, we order pullets (all females) but please note–there is a 95% accuracy rate when sexing chicks, so roosters do sometimes happen. Please call or email Kim if you have any questions.
I know it seems too hot for anything to grow right now, but it really is time to plant tomato, pepper and eggplant plants. For the brave of heart we have some fall vegetable plants at the store plus some nice herb starts. We also got in our fall seed rack. If you hurry, you can still get some squash and cucumbers planted from seed!
Click august planting guide to access our August planting guide for the Pflugerville area.
If you want to plan ahead, here’s the September guide: september planting guide.