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Outdoors Living Indoors

Our eyes and sinuses have made us very aware that it is gardening season in Central Texas. We all love to get our hands dirty, landscape our yards and patios, and have a great time watching the (sometimes literally) fruits of our labor grow. We have been having a fantastic run this spring with beautiful organic starter plants from our local providers Gabriel Valley Farm and Lone Star Nursery. Why not bring some outdoor beauty inside your home also?

This late spring and early summer we will begin working closely with some of our local flower farmers to help make your living space even more beautiful. A long time Wheatsville collaborator, Flower Farmer Scott, will be providing us with more of his colorful, long lasting bouquets. These have been a customer and employee favorite for the last couple of years, and we are excited to bring back his beautiful arrangements. His bouquets are an easy way to liven up your home. We will also be working closely with Prickly Pair Farm, located in Lampasas, Texas.

Prickly Pair Farm are trying to get in to the retail business, and we are more than happy to help them accomplish this. We feel that helping newer local businesses get their feet wet is really important for our local economy, and we look forward to a long lasting relationship with them. You can currently find them at the Mueller’s Farmers Market on Sunday and the Cedar Park Farmers Market on Saturday.

But wait, there’s more! We will also have our friends at East Austin Succulents bringing us their amazing assortment of cacti and succulents for those who prefer some locally grown, heartier greenery. We really like what they do around here and if you get the chance you should visit them at their location in East Austin on 801 Tillery Street. Also look for an assortment of tropical foliage in small pots; there is such an amazing assortment of tropicals out there, I would get one of each if I had room in my humble home.

Coming in May — Houseplants!

Starting in May, we have a fantastic new addition to the Wheatsville produce department: house plants! We are really excited to bring you some new roommates for your home. House plants add a whole new dimension of warmth and coziness to your living environment.  Not only do they help purify the air in your home, they also bring an air of tranquility and relaxation, softening up the aesthetics of the rooms you put them in.

We have carefully selected varieties that are not only attractive but also easy to care for. With proper care and nurturing, your new house plant could become your companion for several years, perhaps accompanying you on a few moves in your life. Each plant will come with a care tag, giving you the basics on how to maintain your plant’s health. In addition to that, here are some basic house plant care tips.

  • Do not over water!  This is the most common cause of house plant problems.  It is much easier for a plant to recover from being dry than from being oversaturated. Follow the watering guide for the specific plant carefully. Before watering, stick your index finger about an inch into the soil to get a real “feel” for how moist the soil is.
  • Determine how much sunlight the room has. A simple test can be done with the shadow your hand makes on a piece of paper.  A well defined shadow means bright light, a fuzzy shadow means medium light, and a very faint shadow means low light.
  • Most plants like more humidity than your house has, so depending on the plant, misting water on the leaves with a water bottle could be a good idea.