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The Annual Watauga County 4-H Annual Fruit Plant Sale is Underway, Accepting Orders Through March 28

by Rachel Emily Auton

Feb. 5, 2014. The Watauga County 4-H Fruit Plant Sale is now accepting orders for local plants through March 28. The annual sale serves as a fundraiser, with proceeds dedicated to supporting youth programs in Watauga County. Orders are accepted on a first-come, first-ordered basis while supplies last. 

fruits1“We’re expecting to have a lot of people interested and have a great gardening season this year after our cold winter,” said Karee Mackey, Watauga County 4-H representative.

“The thoughts of berries can help warm them up.” 

This year’s plants include blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and heritage apple trees. All plants are bare-root, save for two varieties of blueberries sold in containers. 

“The advantages to bare-root plants are lower costs and that they can usually be established easier for growing,” said Mackey.

“The challenge is to care for them properly once they’re received.” 

Bare-root plants are sold with exposed roots rather than in potted soil and must be kept moist prior to planting.  

“We have horticulture agents in office that can help with growing issues and Master Gardeners available on pick-up day for questions,” said Mackey. 

Informational and instructional handouts for planting and care will also be made available upon pick up. 

“It’s a great fundraiser because it’s something very healthy,” said Mackey.

“Not only is it healthy to eat the fruit, but also to get outdoors and garden and be active.” 

The order form is available in office or online and can be mailed or hand delivered to the Watauga Cooperative Extension office at 971 W. King St., Boone, NC 28607. Payment should be made to Watauga County 4-H by check or cash in correct change. 

Completed orders will be available for pick-up on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension. 

For more information, call (828)264-3061 or visit http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/