Notes from the Lake

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Twig Girlders

3rd March 2014

Are you finding mysterious looking branches on your lawn? If the ends of the branches appear to have been shaped with a pencil sharpener with a jagged center it is likely the work of the twig girdler beetle. Find out about their life cycle and measures to control them on my latest Central Texas Gardener segment.

Fabulous Fall Gardens

13th September 2013

Finally, cooler weather is here and it is time to plant for fall. The fall garden season is one of the most rewarding for us. Cooler temperatures, more frequent rainfall and fewer insect pests make it easier for gardeners to be successful. The variety of plants that we can grow makes the fall garden very worthwhile.


Lettuce in all its shapes, forms and colors is one of the stars of the fall garden. Sweet Buttercrunch lettuce is always a favorite of our guests. Merlot, Red Sails and…

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!

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