The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a special “Grow It Right!” plant sale to raise funds for its statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and also will provide scholarships to those who cannot afford the Master Gardener course fee. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.
You can support the project by ordering a high-bush blueberry plant pack, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95 or a pack of 10 asparagus crowns ready for planting in the spring for $15.00. Plants will be available for pickup at specific University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices or specified sites on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The office locations include; Hancock County in Ellsworth; Penobscot County in Bangor; York County in Springvale, Knox-Lincoln counties in Waldoboro, Oxford County in South Paris, Washington County in Machias; Cumberland County at the Barron Center in Portland, and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth.
You will receive expert advice on growing blueberries and growing asparagus at every stage and a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.
Cooperative Extension will provide the gardeners with applied research information as the plants mature and reach harvest. “This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience with positive results,” says Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in the Cumberland County office.
To place an order, go to the following website: http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/.
A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site.
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