New Gardener in the Family

My kids never showed a lot of interest in gardening begore, so I was pleasantly surprised when my son recently expressed a desire to build a full garden with water feature. By water feature, I mean a pond with the works…including fish, two ducks (he informed me today while shopping for supplies), and a waterfall. His new job at Tractor Supply has inspired him to the extent that he bought a planet bed with trellis and several plants today. He also discovered one of the cases where what his math teachers tried to teach him in high school is used in an adult situation,  since he had to buy enough soil to fill the 4×4 container and discovered that 3 bags containing 1 cubic foot of soil each would hardly full his planter.

When all was said and done,  after the tears and math and planting,  we end up with several pots of caladium bulbs and a planet with one grape vine, a self-pollinating kiwi vine and a self-pollinating blueberry bush.

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The Problem with Traditional Vegetable Gardening?

By Jonathan White, environmental scientist.

Traditional vegetable gardens require an enormous amount of hard work and attention – weeding, feeding and strict planting schedules.  There is also the problem of seasonality, allowing beds to rest during the cooler months producing nothing at all.  Then we are told to plant green manure crops, add inorganic fertilizers and chemicals to adjust imbalanced soils.  It takes a lot of time, dedication and a year-round commitment to grow your own food the traditional way.
But does it really need to be that difficult?

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Our garden store is open!

While not all of the products have been added, the store is now functional. We’ll have a grand opening event when the products are all added complete with contests, specials and coupons… so stay tuned!

As with any of our stores, if there are any particular types of items you would like to see (provided they belong in a garden store), feel free to let us know and we’ll do our best to find them for you!

Inventory Fun

It’s always a lot of fun finding new inventory to offer for sale.  Most of our merchandise is drop-shipped, which makes it a lot easier for us as far as keeping track of inventory. It makes it more difficult in other ways, but we have to weigh the pros and cons.  All of the Lake Travis Gifts stores started with selling items on eBay, which we still do on a daily basis. We have, to date, sold two garden items in this manner. One of them was a stepping stone which the customer loved. The other is a birdbath whose auction hasn’t ended yet. I’ll post soon with more information on both items for those who are interested, but I certainly hope the birdbath customer is as pleased with their purchase as the one who purchased the stepping stone!

Already planning for next season

Ok, I realize that “growing season” down here in central Texas might not mean the same thing it would mean in, say, Bristol, PA. We don’t really get all that cold here on a regular basis, but we still need a down-time for growing gardens. I have some plans for next year already and some things that I want to try and work on as well.

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