Mariposa Master Gardener plant sale

-- Elizabeth GabrielApril 17, 2013 

We all agree there is nothing like home-grown vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, cantaloupes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, blackberries, corn or fresh herbs like thyme, basil, rosemary or dill.

Although starting plants from seed is a hassle and buying plants can be expensive, the Mariposa County Master Gardeners can help Mountain Area residents its annual plant sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Amigo Picnic Area at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Members have been planting seeds and watching them sprout since January. Windowsills and greenhouse are now full of plants ready for sale.

There will be hundreds of tomato plants for sale, from giant Mortgage Lifters to little Sweet 100s.

The growers have reported a wide range of edibles from cool and hot peppers to melons and thornless red raspberries. Then there are ornamentals from Blue-eyed Grass to hyssop and chocolate mint to walking onion. You can even try growing loofa sponges (gourds). Succulents, cactus and buckeye bushes will also be available along with an assortment of foothill native plants, which take little care or water once they're established.

In addition to the plants, the sale will feature succulent wreaths for sale, a tool-sharpening station, where attendees can learn how to keep gardening tools in best shape, an advice table for your gardening questions, a Master Gardener who will repair tool handles or create new ones, garden-related art, T-shirts, paintings and photos.

This is one of the group's most popular events. It is recommended that attendees arrive early for the best selections.

The Mariposa County Health Department will also be at the plant sale, with its Mosquito Fish Distribution Day. The fish, at a suggested donation of $5, should be used only in ponds, troughs and self-contained systems, not in natural waterways.

Details: (209) 966-2417, cemariposa.ucdavis.edu/Master_Gardener.

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