Friday, December 21, 2012

Blueberry Plant, Asparagus Sale to Benefit Master Gardener Program


Blueberry Plant, Asparagus Sale to Benefit Master Gardener Program

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.

The public can support the projects by ordering a set of highbush blueberry plants, 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. Plants must be
ordered by April 30 and will be available for pickup at University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices and at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Saturday, May 18. UMaine Extension county office locations are listed online ([
http://extension.umaine.edu/county-offices ]http://extension.umaine.edu/county-offices/).

Purchasers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions from UMaine Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers. 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.

A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. Additional information is available at  umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit 
For more information about Grow It Right! contact Brzozowski, 207.781.6099 or (toll-free in Maine, 800.287.1471), or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine, 800.287.1479), or email richard.brzozowski@maine.edu or [
_blank:marjorie.peronto@maine.ed ]marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.


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