Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I was told by an Englishman once or maybe a few times, more than a few because it has been drilled in my head!! I am sure he will read this so he knows who he is! Anyway he told me that Americans don’t know what a Tomato is. I have to agree with him on this. What is that pale red thing you buy at the store. It is just a highly breed shell with a tomato looking inside. They have been breed this way so they survive the shipping process but because of this we have sacrificed all taste and texture. Most tomatoes I buy are not only tasteless but they are mealy in texture. So what can we do about this? How about grow our own darn tomatoes and show friends, family, co-workers what a real tomato looks and tastes like.

My ranting has inspired me to build a vegetable garden here at Magnolia Gardens Nursery, plus the 80 degree weather is helping me get moving on this project as well. This is not a property that is best suited for growing vegetables, the ground is highly compacted after much traffic driving over and over it. Also I have a feeling when they built the place they compacted the grounds as well. This is much the same problem home owners will have, especially those in urban areas. This got me thinking that I would start a series in the Blog of the progress of my garden, good or bad I will update everyone. Why is this so interesting? Well mainly because I decided to build it on the parking lot, since most of the property is like a parking lot. I used cinder blocks to build a raised bed, double staked as a single stake was not deep enough at the recommended 12 inches. A double stack gets you at about 16.5 inches which only makes things better since the roots will have nowhere to go once they hit the bottom. I filled the garden with some Nature’s Way mix and I added some Mycorrhizae for good measure and soaked it down and let it sit for about a week. I plan to go organic with this garden, this will be a new adventure as well. Now for the plants, I went to a seminar at Arbor Gate, a local retail garden center, on heirloom gardens, I am glad I got there semi-early because nearly all plants were gone (hopefully a sign of times to come). Next year I will have to plant some seeds of my own so I have better pick, maybe sell some and make some money in the process! Some of the varieties I did get were: Black Pineapple, Green Grape, Creole, Abraham Lincoln, Pittman Valley Plum, Black Cherry, Ghost Cherry and German Johnson. I also got a few peppers, I can’t wait to see the sweet wrinkled old man.
What I think this experiment will do is teach people that you can grow your own and everything will taste so much better. Also that it does not have to be in perfect conditions. Plus in the struggling economy I see this trend only increasing over time. Check back soon for my progress, good or bad...Hopefully good! Good Eats that is (If the blog could play music it would play the theme song for the show Good Eats here, doo doo dooo doo doo doo doo, Good Eats!)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

21 days....

They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit, good or bad. Obviously the days go by much quicker when we are making a bad habit, like eating candy everyday!!! Anyway I went to a Franklin Covey class on life organization and we are suppose to follow the formula exactly for 21 days. So far so good except yesterday I forgot my planner so I wonder if the clock starts over. For anybody looking to reorganize their life I highly suggest trying this out. It helps you get the bigger things done and helps to stop piddling around with the small stuff. I have done more stuff in the past 2 weeks or at least I feel like I have accomplished more in the past 2 weeks than I have in months before the class. If everything works out I should have written 2 patents and 4 trademarks by the end of Spring, LOL! Well it it written in the planner so it will happen, at least I hope.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday the 13th, oooohhhhh!

Well seeing as how my week has been pretty hectic I decided it best I not go to the office on the 13th! So far this week it seemed if something could break, it did! I am still not sure if everything is fixed. I will be self torturing myself by riding 80 miles on my bike, woo hoo! I am training for the MS150 but the group I am riding with decided to do the 170 mile ride in one day instead of 2, OUCH! Normally I ride on the weekend but I am running the Austin half marathon so I decided to take Saturday for a day of rest. Plus it will be Valentine's Day, a day for candy!

This week I have been working to add new product descriptions to our Web site. It is tedious but I don't mind sine it means New Plants! We are trying some perennials this year, something a little different. At least I know the employees will like them, there are only so many Nandinas a person can have in their yard, LOL! I also took advantage of the bad economy this week and went to Circuit City to pick up a video camera, so look for video posts of what we do here soon....pending I can figure the thing out!

Ok time to rest for the 80 mile trek.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

GSHE Show Report

I have to say I went to Mobile expecting the worse, in fact we only made 100 copies of the availability since we did not even get close to handing out this many in Baltimore. I guess if you expect the worse you can only go up from there! By 11:00 I had to dash away and make more copies, I was pretty happy about this so I skipped the whole way, haha! Although we did not write many orders the booth stayed busy and we passed out tons of literature. Not sure if it was the plants or the dancing, hmmm? Miss the dancing? Don't worry it will resurface in Dallas! I think most people were optimistic that Spring will turn things around....I am too.