Master Gardeners tell their “Dirty Little Secrets”

PHOTO: Dr. Karen Plumley, soils instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School, will present a program on garden soil on February 11, 7:00 PM at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County,

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County and the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will host a free program entitled “Dirty Little Secrets: 10 Tips to Great Garden Soil” on Tuesday, February 11, 7pm, at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

Dr. Karen Plumley, a soils instructor for more than 20 years in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School, will provide an upbeat take on what can often seem difficult for homeowners to understand—the vital importance of soil to a successful landscape in flower and vegetable beds, as well as lawns.  She will address the importance of soil testing and compost, in addition to appropriate maintenance practices.  Healthy soil can be an important component of a landscape that uses and retains water effectively, avoids soil erosion, and provides a base for healthy and robust plant growth. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how you can optimize the soil in your garden and lawn this growing season. Seating is limited; please register for this program in advance by emailing

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing, N.J. Rutgers Master Gardeners deliver educational programs throughout Mercer County and answer home horticulture questions through the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, 609 989-6853 (see website below for winter hours). For more information about the Rutgers Master Gardener program, Mercer Educational Gardens, or other Extension educational programs, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension at 609 989-6830 or visit the Master Gardeners of Mercer County website at

Cooperating Agencies:  Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders.  Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director’s Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.  

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