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Wide variety at Master Gardeners' May 18 Spring Plant Sale


5/7/2019


Schoharie County Master Gardeners will host their 23rd annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9am-noon at the Extension Center, 173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill, directly across from the Sunshine Fairgrounds. Available will be a selection of annuals, perennials, native grasses, vegetables, herbs, seed potatoes, and hanging baskets. Master Gardeners will be on hand also to answer gardening questions and collect garden soils for a free pH test. One change of note this year: the potential spread of the invasive (Asian) Jumping Worm (Amynthas spp.) limits the sale’s ability to provide a wide variety of perennial divisions as was popular in the past. Although there have not been recorded occurrences in Schoharie County, sightings have been recorded in nearby counties, causing concern and a change in propagation methods. To that end, Master Gardeners are using best practices for annual and perennials grown from seed in sterile soils to prevent further broadcast of worm cocoons into our soils, but will no longer be able to accept perennial division donations from the general public. More information will be available about the jumping worm at the plant sale.   The Extension Spring Plant Sale is the annual fundraiser in support of the Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Programs, two of many educational programs from Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Programs provide home gardening information, consumer horticulture, educational workshops, soil testing, and work within the community on garden-related projects. For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, (518) 234.4303/296-8310, email schoharie@cornell.edu, or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org.


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