Blueberry, Asparagus Plant Sale to Benefit Master Gardener Volunteers Program

Highbush blueberry plants and asparagus crowns for spring planting are being sold by University of Maine Cooperative Extension to benefit the statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Orders are now being taken in the Grow It Right! sale for highbush blueberries — three young plants, two varieties per pack for $35.95 — and asparagus — a pack of 10 crowns for $15. Plants must be ordered by April 30 and will be available for pick up 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 (extension.umaine.edu/county-offices).

UMaine Extension experts and Master Gardener Volunteers will provide advice on growing blueberries and asparagus, as well as take-home instructions. Online resources are available to gardeners throughout the growing season and harvest.

“This is more than a plant sale. It is an educational experience with positive results,” says Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension educator in Cumberland County.

Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteers projects and provide scholarships for participants. 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.

A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site. Additional information is online (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 marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.