Gardening Workshop Teaches Time-Tested Strategies

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to take part in a garden workshop exploring the time tested strategies of Square Foot and 3 Sisters Gardening. The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Ave. South Brunswick.

Instructor for the class will be Rutgers Master Gardener Juanell Boyd who will explain to attendees the values of these planting strategies as well as her experiences. There is a $20 program fee. Register in advance at 1-732-398-5268.

Square foot gardening incorporates the use of compost, and concentrates on a small clearly defined area. Advocates say this method works great for areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners or those with disabilities. 3 Sisters Gardening is a Native American technique of companion planting.

The local Extension office, it is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by; the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The EARTH Center is located in one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful parks, the 300+ acre, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and features ponds, wooded trails and open fields. Educational displays at the park include a demonstration vegetable garden, hard-scaped herb garden, and a water-conserving rain garden. These displays are used to spark conversation about earth-friendly gardening techniques, local agriculture, and topics that are the focus of Extension’s Agriculture & Natural Resource Management Department.

Visitors can also find out more by calling 1-732-398- 5262.


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