Gardeners selling plants, answering questions at market

Do you have an hour to spare this weekend?

Now that the weather is cooperating with us, the soil warming and nicely damp and the sun appearing at least once in a while, it is time to get planting.

And, right on time, the Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be in full swing at the flea market at the Seneca County Fairgrounds.

The sale will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and in a new location this year. When you enter at the main gate, we will be on the left of the drive. The tents and tables will be easily accessible from the parking lot, making it easy to load your purchases.

All the hundreds of plants for sale come directly from local gardens, so we know they will grow well in this area. With a new class of 17 gardeners having completed their classroom training, our membership is higher than ever, and we all have been potting up divisions and spare plants for the last few weeks.

This is our major fundraiser for the year and provides us with the wherewithal to pay for the community projects and educational programs we offer year round.

We are there rain or shine and are looking for a lot of “shine.”

There will be an assortment of perennials in the sale at the best time to plant them, coreopsis, black-eyed Susan, Shasta daidies, phlox, salvia coral bells, columbine and a big assortment of hostas and daylilies, our biggest sellers, readily available

Gardeners looking for herbs will find a variety, and there will be a limited supply of dish gardens and fairy gardens, along with sedum and other low-growing plants if you like to make your own creations.

Every plant will be labeled with the correct name, conditions needed for growth, color and size, and there will be plenty of Master Gardeners on hand at all times to answer your questions. An education table will be staffed, with reference books available for those thorny questions and to provide more information.

If you need shrubs, there will be Rose of Sharon, lilac, forsythia and more. And a popular feature is Betty’s rhubarb, potted up and ready to be planted in your garden, and bundles ready for the kitchen.

There also will be ornamental grasses, asparagus, strawberry plants, herbs and vegetables ready for planting.

We suffered through one of the worst winters on record, followed by a cold and windy spring.

Now, let’s enjoy some better conditions and celebrate the coming of summer with a planting frenzy.

Janet Del Turco is a local gardener and a graduate of the Ohio State University Master Gardener program.

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