FREEHOLD, NJ – With spring just five weeks away, now is the time to plan your 2012 gardening activities. If you are thinking about planting trees in your landscape, the Monmouth County 4-H Teen Council may have just the right species at the right price. 

Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir and White Pines are the four varieties of evergreen seedlings available in bundles of 25 seedlings for $20. Deciduous seedlings available in bundles of 10 are Kousa Dogwood (tree), Silky Dogwood (shrub) and Redbud (bush). Deciduous seedling bundles are $15 per bundle.

The 4-H Teen Council is accepting orders for the seedling bundles from now through April 11. The order form is available on the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service section of the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. You can also call the county 4-H Office at 732-431-7263 for an order form and additional information about each variety.

Each bundle contains a single variety of seedlings 2 or 3 years old, about 6- to 24-inches tall. The seedlings will be available for pickup between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Rd., Freehold. 

“This is the Teen Council’s primary and most popular fundraiser of the year,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Cooperative Extension Service. “The teens use money raised from this sale to offset the cost of community service projects, the annual state teen leadership conference and other worthwhile teen activities.”

“The county’s Teen Council is comprised of high school youth who meet, plan and participate in activities that develop leadership skills, address community needs and help them serve as role models and teachers for younger 4-H’ers throughout the county,” said Kaitlin Everett, Monmouth County 4-H Agent.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H offers educational programs to all youth, kindergarten through 12th grade, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. For more information about teen council and other 4-H programs, please call 732-431-7263.