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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Sweet Corn in Central Texas!

I believe I mentioned before how dubious my husband was about our being able to grow sweet corn at our house. Granted, it would take a TON of work to get it growing in the ground considering how rocky the ground is here… but we’ve been trying the modified earthtainers to get around that problem.

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