It's time to pre-order quality trees from the Porter County Extension Board, while supplies last. Apple, Apricot, Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Pear are priced from $12-$18. The Tree Sale and Workshop will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds from 8:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2012.
Fruit trees lend themselves to ornamental plantings as well as orchards. Many have beautiful blooms and striking fall color.
Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees come into bearing earlier than stand-sized trees, occupy less space, and can be more easily pruned and sprayed with equipment available to the average gardener. As a bonus, people can harvest varieties that are not easily available in stores. Budded trees grow no more than 15 to 20 feet tall. Also, available this year are Asparagus, Grapes, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.
We are also offering a variety of Evergreens like the beautiful American Arborvitae, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Hemlock. Also, on our list are a series of Hardwoods like Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, and White Oak. Both breeds range from 18-24 inches and are sold for $4.
Order forms and descriptions are online at: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/porter/pages/default.aspx or you may call the Porter County Extension Office at (219) 465-3555 for more information.
On March 13th, the program will begin with a short tour and refreshments provided by County Line Greenhouse. After the refreshments, W. Garrett Owen, floriculture Ph.D. student at Purdue University will discuss new research in floriculture.