'Grow it Right' offers support and expert advice

Blueberry plant, asparagus sale to benefit UMaine's Master Gardener Program

Fundraiser to support statewide horticultural projects and provide program scholarships
Posted:  Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 6:45pm

ORONO - 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 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 program and these projects by ordering either blueberry plants or asparagus crowns that are ready for planting in the Spring. A set of highbush blueberry plants, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, are for sale for $35.95, and a pack of 10 asparagus crowns is available 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.

Purchasers will also receive expert advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions from UMaine Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers. The Extension will provide the gardeners with applied research information as the plants mature and reach harvest. 

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 Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in the Cumberland County office, at 781-6099 or richard.brzozowski@maine.edu, or Marjorie Peronto at 667-8212 or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.