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Master Gardener's fall plant sale Oct. 2 and 3

By Carole Massey
Master Gardener Coordinator
Can you believe it? We’ve had some rain, the temperatures are not hovering around 95 and the humidity is not making our hair curl.
We have put off planting major landscape specimens for two years or more. Are we out of the woods yet?
Concern is still evident when we see the levels of many ponds in Rowan County. Wells still have not recovered to the extent we would like. However, it’s fall and the urge to plant has surfaced and needs to be addressed.
The recommendation from Cooperative Extension is always inclined toward fall planting.
Perennials, trees and shrubs can be planted now to allow for root growth and development through the winter. This will enable plants to become better established and more likely to survive the heat of summer. Choose the proper location in the landscape. Prepare the planting area, be it an entire bed or a hole, with suitable amendments to give a healthy plant an even better chance to thrive.Be prepared to supplement irrigation when rain water does not exceed one inch per week. Mulch to conserve moisture, reduce weeds and insulate from the cold.
With a little thought and planning, your fall plantings will have every opportunity to withstand whatever the winter brings.
In case you would like to have some locally grown specimens to add to your landscape, the Master Gardeners will be having a fall plant sale Thursday, Oct. 2 and Friday Oct. 3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the covered shelter of the Agricultural Center on Old Concord Road. These are the same days as scheduled for pre-ordered crepe myrtle sale pickup.All of the plants offered for sale are from previous year’s propagation classes. There is quite a nice selection of gardenias, azaleas, camellias, passion-flower vine, butterfly bushes and weigela. In addition, there are several Master Gardener specials, some unique and others old favorites. All of these plants need a new home and will be priced accordingly.
If you have any questions, please call Cooperative Extension 704-216-8970.

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