This is the most wonderful time of the year for a gardener... except the garden centers are closed. The stay at home order during the coronavirus has kept them closed except for ones attached to big box stores or hardware stores.


Those don’t often have the selection of Central Texas-specific plants, though.


Lone Star Nursery, which typically is a wholesaler, is offering free delivery service to homes as long as you place an order for $30 or more. It’s all organic.


The available plant list changes every week. Order by email at flint@lonestarnursery.com or call 512-294-4565. They are working on a website to order from as well: lonestarnursery.com.


If you’re thinking of putting in a victory garden to grow food, this week’s lists includes four kids of cucumber, kale, three kinds of okra, artichokes, about a dozen peppers, about a half dozen peppers, two tomatillos, eight tomatoes, six spinaches, three basil, three mints and some catnip and elderberry.


New Austin plant delivery service Grow Gardenio ships plants all over Texas. Right now you can order plants for your herb garden including rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley and cilantro.


It works like a subscription box service, sending one grow box, which includes three plant kits of plants, containers, soil, mulch and plant food, every season for $45 each season. Its app also sends you reminders on when to water your plants. If a plant dies, Grow Gardenio will send you a new one. It uses UPS to get the boxes to you. growgardenio.com