Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

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Bumper Crop of Basil

22nd July 2013

This summer we have a bumper crop of basil – 29 different varieties! That’s one for each year that I have been here at the spa. I didn’t plan it that way, that’s just what I found this year. Some of our old favorites are back, like Mrs. Burn’s lemon basil.

Last year this basil was so popular that I planted an entire row of Key Lime Basil. So there is plenty for guests, staff and the kitchen. I love the flavor in lemonade, with tomatoes and even in watermelon margaritas!


Root Knot Nematodes

24th June 2013


These parasitic worms infest plant roots and rob them of water and nutrients. They are microscopic worms, but the damage to roots is very apparent. They are more common in sandy soils and can be introduced when soil is added to the garden, from soil on tools and garden implements or from infected plants.

It is easy to see the difference between the healthy okra root and the other roots in the photo below.

These are not nitrogen nodules which are found on the roots of beans and other…

The Life Cycle of Ladybugs

27th March 2013

Do you believe Ladybugs are lucky? Have you ever wondered about a Ladybugs life cycle? Our Director of Flora and Fauna discusses the life cycle of a ladybugs in her latest segment.

Click here to watch the video.