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Bountiful plants await gardeners at MJHS

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For everyone itching to burst their green thumb and dig in the dirt this spring with bountiful flowers and veggies, there's a greenhouse waiting your arrival.

Let's talk about petunias, marigolds, zinnias, cockscomb, vinca, snapdragons, wax begonias, dragon wing, spreading petunias and so much more - in both trays and baskets. There are so many more awaiting eager gardeners with vegetables available as well, like early girl, pink girl, red cherry, better boy and more. Add peppers galore like better bell 2, jalapeno, sweet bananas, and this year, some squash and cucumbers are for the taking.

The annual Mt. Juliet High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) plant sale is set for April 5 at Mt. Juliet High School (around the back of the school in their double greenhouses) starting at 8:30 a.m. and open until all the beautiful flowers and vegetables are sold. This is the 25th year of this popular sale and get while the getting is good!

Sale student generated

Mitzi Pigg is in her third year overseeing the sale as teacher of Greenhouse Management/Honors Plant Science at MJHS. She took over for long time teacher Don Willoughby's spot when he retired a few years back.

"The plant sale is used to teach students about plant science, soil science and how to grow and care for plants," Pigg said. "Greenhouse Management students also learn about the individual plants we are growing and they are expected to be knowledgeable about the product they are selling to the customer. Students also learn about pests, pest damage and how to prevent and control pests. The sale also teaches them how a small might operate. Students learn basic business skills, for example how to keep inventory, how to calculate cost and work with customers.

The popular plant sale is a double benefit with eager buyers of health, robost plants, and experience and credit to high schoolers. Students learn basic business skills as well, like how to keep inventory, how to calculate costs and work with customers.

The approximately 24 students started to plant seeds in January for this spring sale. The money raised from the sale helps support future learning in the horticulture program and helps with leadership activities through the year.

And, to whet the gardener's appetite, there's big beautiful Boston firs, Kong coleus, angelica, lantana and more.

MJHS is located at 1800 Curd Road.

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