Annual OSU Master Gardeners plant sale is June 1

  • Arrive early if you want some of the sale’s biggest sellers: tomatoes.

“Grow your own” was a catchy phrase from several years ago that sort of, in a way, encouraged us to provide for ourselves. I always felt it was a rather blunt, unfinished statement.

Then, along came a phrase I thought had more merit — “farm to table.” In my mind that phrase brought the process full circle. Since many of us don’t have farms, henceforth and forever more we should think of vegetable gardening endeavors as garden to table. Making that definite a statement to friends and family means you are going to complete the gardening circle by cooking and eating what you plant. It seems it is more of a commitment than just growing your own.

All the above-average temperatures we have enjoyed these past weeks makes us feel as if we have missed June and the annual plant sale at the Oregon State University extension greenhouse.

We are back to our more normal temperatures with the realization that the annual sale is still an upcoming event.

The first Saturday of June is the traditional day for the OSU Extension Central Oregon Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale and Garden Market. The sale is June 1 from 9 a.m. till noon at the OSU Deschutes County Extension Service, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.

The Garden Market vendors will remain open until 3 p.m. in parking lot J. The popular annual Redmond Garden Club Plant Sale will be on-site again this year with a variety of vegetables, annuals and perennials.

Plainview Gardens, Variegated Gardens and RareLoom Farm & Garden offer selections of vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Favorite vendors from the Spring Seminar Garden Market will be sharing the day. Rustic Garden will be back with metal garden art as will Unique Pieces and Still Waters Lavender with plants and products.

New vendors this year will be Herringbone Books and Savon Skin Care Products.

The plants offered from the master gardeners are tried and true varieties that have proven to be successful in Central Oregon’s short season climate.

Tomatoes are the biggest seller, so plan on arriving early and standing in line. No early sales.

The following varieties will be available: Legend, an early slicing tomato bred and released by Jim Baggett of Oregon State University. The variety is resistant to late blight. Sun gold hybrid is a sweet bright orange cherry tomato. Sweet million produces cluster of red cherry tomatoes on 4- to 6-foot-tall vigorous plants. Roma is the classic variety for canning and saucing, producing 2- to 3-ounce thick-walled fruit.

Some vegetable varieties might surprise you. Minnesota midget cantaloupe is a prolific producer for Central Oregon’s short season; eclipse eggplant is an early variety for cool, short seasons. Three pepper varieties are being offered: two hot peppers and a sweet bell named Chablis.

To tempt you even more are varieties of summer squashes: Sugar New England pumpkin is an excellent variety for baking and sugar baby watermelon is a sweet, juicy 6- to 8-inch round fruit. Two basils and Calypso, a slow to bolt cilantro are the herbs being offered.

Plan to include time to take advantage of the additional activities offered. The Insect Table is a collection of local insects that may be sharing your garden. Are they good or bad? Stop for a look-see and some conversation. The used book sale may have a copy of a book you have been looking for. The Plant Clinic table will be available to help sort out your landscape problems; plus all the OSU extension handouts will be available to help you understand gardening in Central Oregon.

Hope to see you there!

— Reporter:

If you go

What: OSU Extension Central Oregon Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale and Garden Market.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 1

Where: OSU Deschutes County Extension Service, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Lot J, Redmond

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