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Grow For It! Spring and the UCCE Master Gardeners of EDC Plant Sale

By From page B3 | April 16, 2014

It’s hard to believe that not only has springtime arrived but that it is time for the semi-annual plant sale. The spring plant sale will be the 10th plant sale put on by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.

The Saturday, April 19 sale is from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will again be held in the parking lot at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville.

The weather this spring has brought about some challenges for the Master Gardener growers; plants have wanted to get ahead of schedule. The unseasonable temperatures along with the drought have not stopped us.

We have been busy seeding, feeding, and growing so that the home gardeners in El Dorado County have a large selection of plants to choose from.

This spring, because we are still in a drought in California, we will clearly identify those plants that are low-water users once established. We will also have material available to offer suggestions on how to keep on gardening without using more water than necessary.

The information booth will be staffed by experienced Master Gardeners who can answer questions about all aspects of home gardening.

As in prior spring sales, we will have a very wide selection of heirloom tomato plants available. There will also be some hybrid tomatoes, along with lots of vegetables.

Growing your own vegetables makes a lot of sense, especially in a drought. Store prices will be much higher. Commercial growers use much more water per crop than a home gardener does. And if that doesn’t convince you, think of the amount of fossil fuel that is used in harvesting then delivering to the stores the commercially grown plants.

As always, Master Gardeners will have a wide selection of annuals and perennials to use to beautify the landscapes.

The “bones” of any landscape, trees and shrubs, will also be available at really economical prices. And, growing in popularity, especially with the dry conditions, are succulents.
And if that isn’t enough, there will be a large selection of herbs, including many that are not usually seen at the garden centers.

Whether shopping for perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, succulents, vegetables or herbs,  knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and help everyone make the best selections for every gardening conditions.

A complete list of the plants to be offered will be posted on the El Dorado County Master Gardener Facebook page at facebook.com/UCCEElDoradoMG and on the Master Gardener Website at ucanr.org/sites/EDCMasterGardeners.

Many thanks again to the Veterans Memorial members for the use of their parking lot. Be sure to check out the wonderful breakfasts that are held the first three Sundays of the month. The breakfast is not only delicious but also is a great bargain.

The recipient of the funds raised at the plant sales is the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. Much work has gone on over the last few months. The biggest accomplishment is the addition of the perimeter fence. The hardscape portion of the garden’s development is nearing completion and the individual garden committees are looking forward to getting their gardens ready for the plants they have been “babysitting.”

With the perimeter fence in place, the pesky critters in the area will no longer be able to wreak havoc on anything planted.

The Demonstration Garden naturally fits in with the mission of the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County, that of providing education to the home gardening public about all aspects of plants, pests and how to manage landscapes.

There is no Master Gardener class this Saturday, so plan to check out the Spring Plant Sale. Be sure to check for topics of interest to you at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/Public_Education_Classes/.

In addition to public education classes, Master Gardeners are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. – noon by calling 530-621-5512. Walk-ins are welcome at the office located at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville.

Merry Campbell

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