As spring temperatures begin to warm up the soil, many of us are busy studying seed catalogs and dreaming about eating luscious homegrown tomatoes and sweet peppers this summer. Our Fayette County 4-H students are making vegetable gardening easy for you this year. Club members have been potting up tomato and sweet pepper seeds to grow seedlings that you can purchase and plant right in your garden. Even if you have never gardened before, these hardy and disease-resistant plants will not disappoint. You can order seedlings now, and they will be ready for pick up and planting on May 1.
The 4-H’ers are offering the Celebrity Supreme tomato. This is a superior and tasty tomato with outstanding disease resistance. These determinant (bush) tomatoes will bear masses of big (8 oz) fruit that are very uniform and resistant to cracking. You can purchase a one pint tomato or sweet pepper plant for $4.00 or a 3-pack of tomatoes or peppers for $10.00 or a mix of 3 plants for $10.00. As an added bonus, you get a free cookbook with a purchase of 3 or more plants! You can grow these superior plants in the ground, in a raised bed or in a container.
On Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm the Fayette County 4-H and master gardeners will host a free class on planting and maintaining your tomato and pepper plants. Instructors will share how to transplant, water, fertilize and handle any possible disease or insect issues. The class will be held in room 210 at the County Administrative Complex, 140 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville, 30214. The class will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, at the master gardener plant sale, located in the parking lot of the County Administrative Complex.
All plants will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, May 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the master gardener plant sale in the County Administrative Complex parking lot. Pick up your plants and shop some more. The master gardeners will have hundreds of annuals, perennials, vegetables and shrubs available for purchase at great bargain prices.
The deadline to purchase plants is April 23. To download an order form online, go to: http://www.ugaextension.com/fayette/4H/index.html. For more information, contact Andrea McCourtney, 4-H Youth Development, at email@example.com or call (770) 305-5412 ext 5134.