Soil Test Among Tips on Spring Gardening Checklist

A capacity crowd of 30 filled the Mercer County Connection office in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Tuesday to hear a presentation by Mercer County Horticulturist Barbara Bromley on spring planting essentials… Rooted in 60-plus years of gardening, Bromley freely shared her experience and advice on subjects ranging from the commonplace "you can fertilize now" to the esoteric "downy mildew is an emerging disease that is decimating impatiens… The Mercer County Extension program is part of the statewide Rutgers Cooperative Extension that has offices in all 21 New Jersey counties. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is at 930 Spruce St. in Trenton.

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Rutgers VETS Program Graduates Inaugural Class

 

VETS Program graduates and Rutgers trainers. Top Row: Jackie Long, Irvinia Moody, Jason Baker, Isaac Ezirim, Jan Zientek; Middle Row: Amy Rowe, Rodney Spencer; Front Row: Shawn Rhagnanan, Wendy Huggins, Verdie Williamson, Robert Robinson, Matt Smith

VETS Program graduates and Rutgers trainers. Top Row: Jackie Long, Irvinia Moody, Jason Baker, Isaac Ezirim and Jan Zientek; Middle Row: Amy Rowe and Rodney Spencer. Front Row: Shawn Rhagnanan, Wendy Huggins, Verdie Williamson, Robert Robinson and Matt Smith

Unique partnership among a university, a church and companies makes a difference for unemployed veterans in Newark

It was a proud moment at the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark, NJ, on March 3, where 12 local veterans graduated as the inaugural class of the Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (VETS) program.

Each of the veterans had stories to share of struggle after returning from service, with limited opportunities to earn a living. When some entered the program last May, they were unemployed and had nowhere else to turn. [Read more…]

Getting a Jump Start on Spring Gardening at Trailside Center in Mountainside

A group of 54 teachers and community volunteers braved the icy grip of winter to get a running start on the spring planting season, at last month’s "Get Your Youth and Community Garden Growing" conference. The event was conducted by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County at the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside… The free Gardening Helpline is a project of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County, an all-volunteer group run by the Extension with the support of the Freeholder Board. The group is based at the Extension offices in the County’s Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield. Among their many civic projects, Master Gardeners cultivate the elaborate grounds of the Demonstration Garden and host the Spring Garden Fair.

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Effects of Poor Turf Maintenance Released During Winter Thaw

Water pollution from phosphorus occurs during the winter when heavy rains and melting snow wash over landscapes and carry phosphorus-containing contaminants such as sediment (soil erosion) into our waterways.

Water pollution from phosphorus occurs during the winter when heavy rains and melting snow wash over landscapes and carry phosphorus-containing contaminants such as sediment (soil erosion) into our waterways.

Soil erosion and phosphorus runoff are consequences of poorly maintained turf. When the winter snow melt begins, these problems become apparent. Extension Specialist in Turf Management Jim Murphy provides an overview of what the winter thaw can reveal about annual turf maintenance. Read more in the Plant & Pest Advisory.

Green Thumbs: Get a Jumpstart on Spring with Forced Blooms Indoors

If this winter has not gotten you down, you are among the few and a touch of spring would definitely be a boost to most gardeners. There are several flowering shrubs and trees that can be pruned and forced to bloom earlier indoors… Place your branches in a bucket and add 3 inches of water. The branches should be kept in a cool area, 60 to 65 degrees, to develop. Warmer temperatures can cause the blooms to develop improperly. To help prevent bud loss, mist the buds regularly or keep the branches close to a humidifier… This article was written by Mona Bawgus, a certified master gardener and consumer horticulturist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County.

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