Dressed to Kill Austin Blog Finds Some R&R at Sage Hill Inn & Spa
Dressed to Kill owner, Ashley Hargrove, is a stylist, model and Austin fashionista! We were so excited to have her stay at the Inn this summer. See an excerpt below about her experience, not to mention the beautiful photos she captured while here.
Sage Hill Inn is home to gorgeous views of rolling hills and
with a short hike you are looking over Onion Creek’s flowing water. The
property has the most beautiful garden that was perfect for a morning stroll
and convenient enough, the garden is right next to the spa! After I enjoyed an
overly relaxing massage I lounged in the hammock for literally 3 hours! If 100%
relaxation doesn’t sound amazing enough you have plenty of games to keep you
occupied. Bocce ball and horseshoes grace the property, so grab a glass of wine
and get your game on! Sage Hill was actually honored as BedandBreakfast.com’s Top Luxury B&B! So, if you live in or around Austin, take a scenic drive to explore your new favorite Inn! Read more here.
Sage Hill Inn's Justin Raiford Shares Expert Gardening Advice
Preparing Your Garden For Fall
In a normal August the ground would
be baked dry hard cement. With this cooler, wetter August, it’s looking to be a
wonderful year to have a fall garden and maybe the best and easiest year to
start one for the first time if, you have been thinking about taking that
project on. Normally gardeners cannot wait for Fall planting, Sage Hill’s
Justin Raiford thinks it is the best time of year for this part of the country,
but in order to fully take advantage of our mild Fall and Winter there is some
heavy lifting, even when the temperature is 105 degrees!
1. Preparing the soil for fall
planting. I recommend soil testing which you can do through Texas A& M AgriLife Extension to know
exactly what you are working with. If you have a large area or different spots
in your yard make sure to take a couple different samples.
2. Feed the soil! Nothing is better
than really good rich compost. I like using a mix homemade, farm style compost,
and turkey compost. Here in the Hill Country the soil is full of clay so we add
composted rice hulls to help bring down the ph and also add loftiness to the
soil. The rice hulls really help keep the soil from compacting, letting the
roots spread out and keeping the clay from turning to solid concrete in the
summer. Soil testing will let you know further amendments that your particular
garden may need.
3.Work on bringing your soil back
to life or boosting the life of your soil with Plant Success granules. These granular
mycorrhizal granular inoculum consists of 13 carefully selected
endomycorrhizae, ectomycorrhizae and Trico derma fungal species. Basically
these are beneficial bacteria and fungus that keep
your soil alive and healthy. They break down the nutrients in to a
form that your plants can then take up through their roots. If
your soil is dead you are wasting money adding fertilizer.
Some people also use compost tea to recharge and awaken their
4. When plating seeds or
transplants make sure you know which plants grow well next to each other. For
example for our Fall planting, brassicas (i.e. broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, turnip) do not like
strawberries and would hate being planted near your fall tomatoes. There
are many plants that benefit from growing next to each other! A little
internet research can really help you out! Click here for more information.
5. Make sure to mulch, mulch,
mulch! Keep the soil moist, protect your beneficial bacteria and fungus
in the soil, and keep weeds down.
The Rain Is Over, Come See Us for a Summer Splash!
The rain is gone, sunny skies are back and the grounds at Sage Hill Inn & Spa have been revitalized! What better time to come see us and savor that last weekend of summertime fun in the sun. Enjoy your stay with a refreshing dip in the pool and a Sage Hill libation...sip on homemade sangria, a frosty beer, mimosa, or a glass of something sparkly!
the miles of trails found at Sage Hill Inn & Spa, you’ll run into dozens of
native Texas plants and geological formations. We’ve put this nature guide together to
give guests a better idea of what they will be seeing.
Before you head out,
please keep a few things in mind:
to drink plenty of water – it gets so hot here!
water and hiking sticks are available at the trailhead
and bug spray are available at the pool
respect private property. Do not cross fences or the creek.
don’t litter, we love this countryside!
forget, you are in the Texas Hill Country….look out for the wildlife!