SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has several great programs for gardeners this spring: If you’re looking to try something new in the kitchen, relax through gardening, or eliminate garden pests, you’ll want to sign up now.
All events listed are free and take place at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick NJ.
March 13, 6:30 p.m. Horticultural Therapy: A Sense of Nature and Finding Ground
Join Registered Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado for this highly interactive, hands-on session about Horticultural Therapy to learn how gardening can promote physical, social and psychological well-being.
March 19, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate National Ag Day
National Ag Week is March 10 through 16. Just about everything we eat, wear, or use is made possible through agriculture, so celebrate our nation’s growers with us. In honor of Ag Day, join Agricultural Agent and farmer Bill Hlubik as he discusses the importance of local agriculture.
April 20, 11 a.m. Gardening in Small Spaces Workshop
Featuring Square Foot and Container Gardening. Advocates say Square Foot Gardening works great for beginning gardeners or those with disabilities and Container Gardening can give urban gardeners a way to safely and productively grow their favorite crops.
“Gardening promotes mental and emotional health, a balanced diet and a healthy environment. Come out and explore all these classes have to offer,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.
“Protecting the environment, de-stressing and eating healthier may sound difficult, but these courses can help you do it all from the comfort of your own backyard. Get ready for spring and try something new,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.
Middlesex County’s EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. 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 also offers a host of environmental services to the County. Residents can purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation. Rutgers trained Master Gardeners also provide free gardening and environmental advice to residents through their Garden Helpline at 732-398-5220, weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
To learn more about the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search “extension” or text EXTENSION to 56512 to stay connected with events and updates from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.
— Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County