With the surprise dusting of snow across parts of Northwest indiana Thursday morning, Mother Nature can't seem to make up her mind whether Spring has officially sprung, but Purdue's Extension Service evidently has by announcing their Tree Sale and Workshop to be held on Saturday, April 5th from 8am to 11am at the Porter County Fairgrounds.
Trees, as well as small fruit and asparagus plants, may be preordered until March 28 and picked up on the day of the event, which will also feature educational presentations on the hour. Preorders over $100 will receive a 10% discount.
For cooling shade – and perfect replacements for a lost Ash tree – are bare root whips or seedlings of Tulip Poplar, Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut and White Oak. If privacy and year-round interest are desired, choose from American Arborvitae, Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Frasier Fir. All are $4.
Beautiful spring flowers and delicious fruit can be had with a wide variety of apple, along with apricot, peach, cherry, plum, pear and nectarine, all great bloomers and available in 4-foot to 6-foot bare root for $18. Sizes are dwarf, semi-dwarf and standard depending on the variety.
Small fruit plants and shrubs, either potted or in multi-packs for $12, include blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, grape and blackberry, and make for great family projects and are good fresh or for freezing and canning.
Order forms are available at the Porter County Extension office in the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana St., Suite 301, Valparaiso, or at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/porter/pages/default.aspx
For more information, contact the Extension office at 465-3555
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