BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County is inviting the public to its Spring Gardening Seminar/Workshop on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NJAES Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office at 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater.
The three-part seminar, Vegetable Gardening 101, 102 and “Home Composting with Red Wiggler Worms” (Vermicomposting) will run from 9 a.m. to noon. An optional build-a-worm bin workshop will run from noon to 1 p.m.
In Vegetable Gardening 101, Linda Lewis, a certified Rutgers Master Gardener in Somerset County, will address how to take your plot from bare ground or grass to workable, rich soil.
Vegetable Gardening 102, also presented by a certified Rutgers Master Gardener, Lorna Fletcher, will cover planting your crops, maintaining, inspecting and treating for problems, as well as when and how to harvest.
In “Home Composting with Red Wiggler Worms,” Joe Gyurian, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Horticulturist, will explain an effective, odorless way to transform kitchen vegetable scraps into nutrient-packed worm compost with the help of hard-working red wiggler worms. After the seminars, there is an optional hands-on workshop to turn a plastic bin that will be supplied into a cozy home for the worms.
The cost for all three presentations is just $30. The cost to make a worm bin is an additional $35, which includes the bin, worm bedding and a supply of worms. Space is limited. You must pre-register to participate. Go to http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden/ to download the registration form. The deadline to register is March 8. Please pay by check made out to Rutgers University and mail to or drop off at the NJAES office 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. For more information, contact the office at 908-526-6293 option 3.
— Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County