Apple tree pruning and grafting field day April 25

SKOWHEGAN — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm, 234 Dexter Road, Saint Albans.

Avalon Acres owner Mark Sheriff, an alumnus of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, will present information about general planting and management practices for apple trees and demonstrate pruning and grafting in the orchard. Home orchardists and those planning to plant apple trees this spring are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is requested. Attendees should wear footwear appropriate for walking on uneven terrain. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Pete Bastien at 207-474-9622 or 1-800-287-1945.

Workshop on raised bed gardens starts April 28

SKOWHEGAN — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers.

Classes meet monthly from April through September at the UMaine Extension office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. The first class is from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 28; the final class is Sept. 15.

Somerset County Extension staff will teach classes and local Master Gardener Volunteers will work with participants in demonstration gardens throughout the growing season. Harvested produce will be shared with area schools as well as senior and food kitchen programs.

Course fee is $20 per person. To register, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Pete Bastien at 207-474-9622, 1-800-287-1495 or [email protected]

ASCEA to hold plant sale

LISBON FALLS — The Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Extension Association (ASCEA) will hold a plant sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.

Perennial flowers and plants, vegetable and herb seedlings, annual and perennial flower seedlings and seed packets, raised bed frames, birdhouses and other garden-related craft items will be for sale. Children 10 years and younger will receive a free gift. Proceeds will benefit UMaine Extension outreach programs in the two counties that are supported by ASCEA.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207-353-5550 or email [email protected]


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