I went on a little field trip of sorts today to a nursery right down the road from our house. I have been anxiously waiting the need to go buy compost, mulch and plants from them. And today I was finally ready. In anticipation for the sod coming next week in the back yard, I wanted to get some flower beds installed so we wouldn't have to pay for grass that we would eventually dig up later. So before the guy came out to measure the back yard yesterday I put in my edging around the deck below the benches so he would know not to measure that area. And today I got to the point that I was ready to fill those bad boys up.
It's About Thyme is a local nursery which has been open for 28 years. The people that work there are not only super nice, but have tons of wisdom and knowledge about landscaping, gardening, etc. And they love to share it by hosting free classes. Any question I had they were able to answer with good advice and accurate knowledge. It helps that I have been doing this for years so I know some, but can't always remember it. I felt totally welcome and appreciated there. Even with my maroon A&M cap in a sea of burnt orange caps and shirts. The gentleman who helped me load my truck even gave me a pat on the shoulder when he said goodbye and told me to come back again. They were great and their selection is unbelievable. Their plants are in great condition and they have lots of everything. I had no idea where to start but all I had to do is ask and they took me right to it. And there was always someone nearby or they appeared right when I had a question. Unlike some of those national stores where you can never find anyone to help you. That drives me crazy. Plus I felt great putting money back into my local economy. Not only was it a local business, but they supported local businesses as well. All my compost and mulch came from the local area, Austin and Cedar Park and one from Slaton which is close to Lubbock (still Texas!). And to make it better, all the packaging for the compost and mulch was recyclable. Awesome!
You definitely need to go check them out when you need any gardening and landscaping products or have questions. And just to give you some secret information. If you buy local farm eggs on Saturdays at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market, you can get them $1 cheaper per dozen at the nursery anytime. They have a refrigerator in the little shack where you pay for everything. And there's a coupon on their website. The nursery is full of funky yard art and cool stuff inside the house. So shop local, help out your neighbors and have a great time while you do it.