Spring is coming and the anticipation is killing me! At this point I am so over my winter garden…and winter temps…and can’t wait to plant some tomatoes, peppers, and other favorites in my garden.
While I love browsing around my local nursery throughout the year, there is nothing more fun than attending a local plant sale. Something about waiting in line with all those fellow gardeners and talking about your favorite varieties and gardening secrets…you just can’t beat it. Plus I love that many of the sales benefit local gardens and non-profits.
Here is a list I put together of some sales around town selling organic veggie transplants. I highly recommend you check one of them out. But be warned: garden fever will arrive in full force.
This is one of my favorite plant sales in Austin. I’ve gone the past couple of years, and always look forward to attending with my sister-in-law. This year they will be selling almost 70 varieties of peppers and over 130 varieties of tomatoes, plus tomatillos, eggplants, and all kinds of herbs. You can even bag your own compost. It is a serious must attend. Insider tip: get there early.
This transplant sale is perfect if you need convenience, and I don’t know about you but I like convenience. Simply pre-order online and pick up at your selected farmers market around Austin or at JBG’s greenhouse. Live outside of Austin? You’re in luck, these transplants are even available at the Waco, Bastrop, and New Braunfels markets. I love that you can pick an heirloom tomato or hot/sweet pepper mix and try out several different varieties. They also have basil, tomatillos, eggplants, and potatoes available. No waiting in line here, folks. Place your order today!
This annual plant sale is hosted at the Zilker Botanical Gardens. Austin Organic Gardeners have been around for over 65 years and provides information and monthly meetings to learn more about the benefits of organic gardening. I would definitely check out this sale and pick up some vegetable, herb, and ornamental transplants, plus a walk around the botanical gardens never hurt. Click here for more information about Austin Organic Gardeners.
This one is a little different because it is not actually a sale, but it is so special I had to include it. Whether you are a new or seasoned gardener Sustainable Food Center wants to provide lots of free resources for you. That includes compost, transplants, and seeds…yes, for free! The spring resource day is coming up mid-March, but you have to apply by March 14th in order to be able to attend. Check out the Sustainable Food Center for more details and how to apply.
Our very own Jenni from The Dig In is having a tomato transplant sale. All of the seeds used are non-GMO and the plants have been grown organically. The sale will be happening over three different Saturdays with over 16 different tomato varieties available—Sungold, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Pink Brandywine, Celebrity, and more. Each transplant is $2 and $1 from each sale will be donated to The Children’s Shelter. Call 512.745.9726 for the address.
And of course you can never beat wandering around your local nursery. Besides plants, local nurseries can also be great resources for soil, fertilizer, and there is usually someone on hand to answer any of those gardening questions you might have.
Here are some favorites of ours and others that have been recommended in the Austin area. I would definitely check in with them to see when their spring transplants will be arriving.
Barton Springs Nursery
3601 Bee Caves Rd
Austin, TX 78746
Callahan’s General Store
501 Bastrop Highway / 183 S.
Austin, TX 78741
It’s About Thyme
11726 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748
8648 Old Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78735
Red Barn Garden Center
12881 Pond Springs Road
Austin, TX 78729
Round Rock Garden Center
901 Sam Bass Rd.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Shoal Creek Nursery
2710 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78731
The Great Outdoors
2730 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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