Family studies show that families can build emotional bonds and help their children excel at school by spending quality time together. One great way to spend time together throughout the year is with a family garden. Burke County Cooperative Extension and the 4-H program have a variety of resources and materials available to families who are interested in starting a garden. Not only are gardens a way to spend time together as a family, they can also provide fresh, nutritious produce at a faction of the cost.
With a 4-H gardening project, youth and families can learn about planting a garden, how to properly care for it, and the benefits of growing their own nutritious foods. And as spring approaches, so does the planting season. One great way Burke County families can get started gardening is with the Burke County Cooperative Extension Annual Small Fruit Plant Sale.
Each year, Burke County Cooperative Extension sells small fruit plants and fruit trees during the months of January and February. This year the sale includes blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes, muscadines, apple trees, peach trees, plum trees, fig trees, pecan trees and asparagus. All varieties of these plants are selected to grow well in our area. Orders must be placed by the end of February and the plant will be available for pickup in mid-March. Orders can be placed by mail or by calling the Burke County Extension office at 439-4460.