Garden Workshop Explores Organic Vegetable Growing At Home

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — For gardeners who want to keep their homegrown fruits and vegetables free of synthetic pesticides, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County offers a garden workshop exploring Organic Vegetable Gardening at Home. The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 6, from 1-3 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.

Many residents wish to lead a more “green” lifestyle and lessen their impact on the environment by tending a garden that doesn’t rely on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This class will share techniques to achieve this goal. Instructor for the class will be Rutgers Professor and Middlesex County Agricultural Agent William Hlubik, who will explain the values of these planting practices. Register by April 3 at 1-732-398-5262. This workshop will be preceded by a Backyard Composting workshop from 10 a.m. – noon. Register for this workshop at 1-732-745-4170.

There are many gardening techniques that homeowners can use to produce a productive vegetable garden without relying on chemical fertilizers. 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 towards achieving a healthy landscape. Topics like interpreting soil sample results and light requirements for various species will also be examined.

If you are not familiar with your 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.

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