Love Creek Orchards Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch is named one of the 5 best pumpkin patches in the south.
It’s time ….. to plant maples! Over the years, I have had people tell me time and time again that Bigtooth Maples don’t grow. We have grown a small forest of these wonderful trees at Love Creek Nursery and I want to share them with you.
Aside from the beauty of the Bigtooth maple, planting trees increases your property value and can reduce your cooling bill in summer.
As we learned in school, trees absorb sunlight as part of photosynthesis. If the light that previously fell on your house is absorbed by your trees, your house will stay cooler. We all know how hot concrete sidewalks and driveways get in the summer. That heat is radiated out at night keeping the air around your house warm. Shading your sidewalk will help keep your yard cooler in the evenings.
The cities of San Antonio and Austin know this and are offering rebate programs to help finance planting of native trees like the Bigtooth Maple. CPS Energy is offering rebates to help cover the cost of planting on the East, West or south side of your house. Austin is continuing their Urban Forest Grant Program. Depending on the size of the tree planted, these programs can cover the entire purchase price.
So what are you waiting for?! Call your local nursery and ask for Bigtooth Maples, spec them into your landscaping build, or come on out to Love Creek for lunch, ice cream and a Maple tree.
The Pumpkin Patch will be open to the general public every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Oct 3rd through Oct 31st.
Hours are 10-to 4, but come early because many activities are on a schedule. If you come late, you will miss some stuff.
Admission is still only $6 for kids 3 years and older.
The apples are all picked and peaches have been gone for a month. We still have plenty of ultra-sweet Alma Figs on the trees.
Call Randy for latest update at 830-589-2588. Picking is Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Apple picking is on hold until August 15th, but Alma figs are ready NOW!
Standard hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 to 4:00 and Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30.
The Orchard will be closed Sunday and Monday but the store will be open.
Call 830-589-2588 for latest fruit update.
The Peaches are starting late this year but we are now picking! Pick-Your-Own for peaches will be Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 to 4:00. Saturday from 9:30 to 3:00.
We will not be picking on Sunday or Monday. There is not enough traffic to justify paying a person to sit there and watch the highway.
Apples are looking good for early July.
Call 830-589-2588 for latest update.
Visit State Gifts USA for gift ideas. Naturally, they include Love Creek Orchards for Texas made products.
Dallas New recognizes Love Creek Orchards in their travel section. Sure it’s a bit of a drive from Dallas, but stay over night and enjoy the Hill Country.
Southern Living selects Love Creek Orchards as one of the Top Ten Places for Pie in Texas.
Spring is here! The trees and bushes at the orchard are starting to grow and bugs are starting to appear with the warm weather. Naturally some of the bugs are mildly harmful and some are majorly harmful but others are beneficial. I would like to concentrate on a couple beneficial beetles: the ladybug and the soldier beetle.
The Ladybug. Most people are aware that the ladybug or ladybird bug is a beneficial beetle which feasts on aphids, mites,
and scale. In addition to the common red with black spots, they can be orange and yellow with black spots or even black with red spots. Don’t confuse black lady bugs with the smaller brassy willow beetle. The brassy willow beetle is a harmful beetle which eats leaves and has a distinctive brassy shine.
It is also important to learn what the ladybug larvae looks like. These scary looking critters eat hundreds of aphids before they grow up to be ladybugs so don’t kill them!
You can buy ladybugs from the internet and release them to help clean your garden. If you do this, remember that they will follow the food and water so keep the plants moist and don’t be surprised if they leave once the aphids are gone.
The Soldier Beetle. Also called the leatherback beetle and the leather wing beetle, the soldier beetle eats aphids, mites, and even caterpillars. They are long, grey and black with red, orange or yellow color and are thin, sometimes resembling fireflies but without the luminescence. They are often found on flowering plants eating pollen or lying in wait to ambush other bugs.
The soldier beetle larvae are dark worm like creatures often found in the soil, under dead bark, or in dead leaves. They eat the eggs and larvae of grasshoppers and moths.
I am not aware of soldier beetles being for sale, they just show up in swarms some years. They are currently swarming the peach trees and blackberry bushes at Love Creek Orchards.
It is important to know these beneficial insects. Using pesticides to kill aphids can kill the beneficial bugs feeding on the aphids. If the aphids are too much for the labybugs or soldier beetles to control, a strong stream of water can kill aphids without hurting the beneficial bugs. In fact, the ladybugs will appreciate the water on the leaves for them to drink.