Blueberries are a natural for Maine gardeners; they are well adapted to Maine’s climate, highbush varieties offer a long harvest window and large juicy berries that are easy to pick. Now you can try blueberries and or asparagus and support other Maine gardeners and garden projects.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is selling blueberry bushes and asparagus crowns to raise funds for its statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program. Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and also will 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.
A high-bush blueberry plant pack consists of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95 or a pack of 10 asparagus crowns ready for planting in the spring for $15.00. Plants will be available for pickup only at specific University of Maine Cooperative Extension county offices on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Specific information on pickup is available at the website. In addition to the plants, buyers will receive expert advice on growing blueberries and growing asparagus at every stage and a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.
For more information or to place an order, visit the sale website. The Extension recommends a soil test prior to planting to get the most out of their garden site.
We started with just 9 plants here at Henbogle, and over the years have expanded to a few more. In 2011, we picked over 20 pounds of delicious berries. We use most of these berries for fresh eating, and they are tasty!
*Blueberries for Sal is a Caldecott-honored picture book that tells the story of Sal and her mother, who meet up with a bear and bear cub while picking blueberries in Maine. Many Maine children of a certain age are familiar with this and Make Way For Ducklings, another fabulous Robert McCloskey picture book.