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Plant sale just in time for Mother’s Day

This year the Montgomery County Master Gardener annual plant sale is just in time for Mother’s Day.  It will be held at the new, indoor venue, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We are excited to offer homegrown, affordable, carefully nurtured perennials, annuals, house plants, and crafts to please the loving mom your life.  Tomatoes, the most popular garden vegetable in the US, takes center stage. We have a range of types and sizes: big beefsteaks, medium-sized slicers, sweet little cherry tomatoes and meaty paste tomatoes for making sauce or salsa. Varieties include reliable favorites like Champion, Early Girl, and Sweet Million, as well as more hard-to-find varieties. When choosing a tomato, notice whether the variety is determinate or indeterminate. Determinate tomato plants generally grow less than four feet tall and ripen their fruit over a short period of time — good qualities if you are short on space and want to process tomatoes over a limited time. Indeterminate tomato plants continue growing and producing fruit all season, until they are killed by frost. They can easily reach six feet in height, requiring staking and pruning, but you can harvest tomatoes throughout the growing season.
Would mom like pepper plants?  Of course, we also feature many ready-to-plant varieties of pepper plants as well as cucumbers, melons, kale, broccoli, zucchini, green peas.  Herbs include sweet basil, dill, parsley, Mexican tarragon, Bee Balm, chamomile, English thyme, German thyme, and lemon thyme. We offer sweet peppers that ripen green, red, or orange, as well as the popular spicy pepper that ripens red with a touch of heat.
If you are looking for ornamental plants, there is a selection of beautiful perennials and annuals.  Want something fancy and affordable for your healthy young plant purchases?  Browse the craft section and select just the right pot or container that will make mom happy.  Of course, you’ll find irises, trees, shrubs, and bushes, and a limited amount of black bamboo.  Adhering to UMAS directives, all Master Gardeners and customers must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Come early.  The best plants are always the first to be selected.  

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