|The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District Tree and Plant Sale pre-order deadline is Wednesday, March 12th, with pickup dates from Monday, April 21st through Friday, April 25th. They will offer a variety of bare root stock trees and shrubs for landscaping, whether your passion is for flowering trees, rose bushes, native berry bushes or nuts. They also offer an abundance of orchard trees, including apples, plums, crabapples, and cherries, as well as companion plants to help your orchard thrive. They have strawberry bundles, blueberries, grape vines and even asparagus. Some plants provide both food and habitat for birds, mammals, butterflies and also bees, which are necessary for pollination. We have ferns, lily of the valleys, giant Solomon’s seal and other plants to enhance the shady areas in your yard as well as garden and tree peonies to add real show and fragrance to your sunny garden. They also offer some medicinal plants such as Canadian wild ginger, lavender, and arnica, as well as plants that add winter interest like red osier dogwood and witch hazel. Hard-cider apple collections, as well as a hybrid plum collection are available to help get your new orchard started. They’ve added hops to their offerings for those of you who like to brew your own beer and special this year, is a limited supply of locally grown chestnut seedlings, both American as well as hybrid, to help repopulate the chestnut trees that were taken by blight 100 years ago. Most of their offerings are hardy to zone 4 so they should be well adapted to our area.
The selection of native Maine plants can be used to create beautiful rain gardens. They are not only functional, but are also attractive additions for a welcoming landscape. Their landscape helpers include Plantskydd Organic Animal Repellent, Recycled Rain Barrels, Kitchen Pails and Garden Composters as well as Biodegradable Mesh Tree Protector Sleeves. Plantskydd is effective against deer, rabbits, voles, moose, chipmunks, and squirrels. It offers over-winter plant protection for up to 6 months. No other repellent lasts as long. Plantskydd is organic -the first animal repellent to be OMRI listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute for organic food production. It is made in the USA.
For more information about the wide variety of plants and products available through this fundraiser that supports our educational programs, please contact the district office at 564-2321, extension 3, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the United States Department of Agriculture Service Center in the Pine Crest Business Park at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover Foxcroft, Monday through Friday, 8 AM until 4:30 PM.