Plant Sales & Hydroponics Workshop!

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Each year the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Union County host 3 plant sales. February is the Tree & Fruit Sale, April is the Spring Plant Sale, and October is the Fall Bulb & Plant Sale. The funds raised from these sales support the educational programs conducted across the county by the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers.

The Tree & Fruit Sale was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Over 70 folks were in line to shop when the doors opened. The first 45 minutes of the sale were similar to a typical Black Friday shopping experience. We sold out of all bare root trees and fruit making this sale one for the records. This is truly a team effort among the Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Some volunteers helped by digging, dividing and potting up plants from the Teaching Garden, or from their own gardens. We even had some narcissus that were rescued by volunteers from a home that was being torn down in the Monroe historic district. Other volunteers helped with preparing bare-root plants by wrapping and labeling, by helping with set-up for the sale, by working the sale, and by helping with break down and clean up at the end of the sale. Those shoppers who came later learned that if you want the best selection, you need to come early for this annual sale.

The next plant sale will be the Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9 a.m.–noon. We will have vegetables, herbs, fruits, as well as some natives and ornamental plants at this sale. Mark your calendars now, so you don’t forget.

Join the Extension Master Gardeners volunteers in Union County for their Successful Gardener program on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Union County Ag Center. The speaker will be Steven Copabianco, Horticulture Extension Agent from Mecklenburg County. Steven will discuss Hydroponics for the Home Gardener. Come learn how you can get started with an inexpensive hydroponic system you can build at home to grow vegetables.