Mark calendars for Saturday, May 17, and prepare to be there at the starting gun for a plant sale where plants move fast. The sale runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking area of Cornell Cooperative Extension, 1 Geneva Road, (off Route 312 — upper DMV Parking Lot), in Brewster.

The event features a variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other popular vegetable seedlings plus annuals, perennials, herbs and shrubs grown by or specially selected by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Putnam County. Master Gardeners will answer questions about planting, nurturing and harvesting. Stop at “Our Favorite Things,” a tent full of specialized tools, gardening gloves, soaps, handcrafted hypertufa planting pots and other items.

Free soil testing will be available. The soil’s pH (acidity or alkalinity) can make a difference for plants. It may be necessary to amend soil to change its pH in order to make the vegetable garden thrive. Bring a half-cup sample of your garden soil in a plastic bag for a free soil pH test.

Visit cornell.edu/putnam or call 845-278-6738.

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