Fall Plant Sale
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Fall is a busy time for families with many school and athletic events, festivals, and other events to attend. With an early taste of fall weather, I hope you have enjoyed the past week or so as much as I have. The azure blue skies that we get this time of year always wow me.
Fall is also the time for planting spring flowering bulbs. The Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Union County will be holding their annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale this Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. The Sale will be at the Greenhouse at the Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Rd, Monroe.
Bulbs that will be available will be unique varieties that you don’t find for sale at garden centers and big box stores. Varieties will include tulips, daffodils, crocus, as well as several other unique bulbs. Come early to get in line as the selection often sells out quickly.
There will also be perennials from the Teaching Garden and a good selection of container trees, shrubs, and fruit plants for sale. Fall is an excellent time for planting, as plant roots will continue to grow until the soil temperature drops to below 45°. This allows plants to establish a good root system and be more tolerant of the heat and drought conditions the following summer.
Stop by and visit the Plant Sale and take time for a walk through the Teaching Garden. You will see many fall-blooming perennials with flowers in yellow, blue, white and others. If you are lucky the Tea Olive or False Holly may be in bloom and you can take in the wonderful smell. Look for it in the white garden area near the greenhouse. Gather some ideas for your own garden to take home.
If you have questions about fall planting, composting, growing ornamental plants, fruits or vegetables, or insect, disease, or weed problems, call the Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Growline at 704-283-3822.