Gardening On A Shoestring Workshop

SOUTH BRUNSWICK—On Saturday, May 15, Middlesex County’s Agricultural Extension Office will present a garden workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. The topic presented will be “Gardening on Shoestring.”

Many homeowners enjoy a beautiful landscape, but in these tough economic times, cannot afford the time or chemical inputs they might normally invest in. There are many techniques gardeners can use to invigorate their landscapes, without relying on expensive chemicals of pesticides.

This workshop will also introduce the concept of using integrated pest management on the home front; and how simple practices, like the use of compost to improve soils, can go a long way to achieve a healthy landscape. Other methods to be explored will be use of native plants, drought tolerant plants and “the right plant for the right place.”
Secrets for obtaining plants “on the cheap” will be discussed as well.

This practical workshop is designed for the beginner or intermediate gardener looking to minimize environmental impact while maximizing garden enjoyment. The workshop will be presented by Middlesex County’s Agricultural Agent and garden columnist William Hlubik.

The program fee is $20. Size of the class will be limited, so register early to insure a space. Family discounts are available. For more information contact the Ag office at 1-732-398-5262.

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