“Veggie Basics” offered by Master Gardeners

Mercer County Horticulturist Margaret Pickoff will offer a three-part series of talks on vegetable gardening. The first talk will be held on Saturday, February 1.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County and the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will host a three-part educational series on vegetable gardening, “Veggie Basics,” featuring County Horticulturist Margaret Pickoff. The first program in the series will be “Planning a Vegetable Garden and Starting Seeds” on Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

Margaret Pickoff will be assisted by Mike Gliddon, a Rutgers Master Gardener and long-time vegetable gardener. They will focus on important considerations for any vegetable garden such as site assessment, choosing crops, amending soil, creating a basic garden plan, and starting seeds indoors. The program will include a demonstration of how to set up a simple seed starting station at home.

The next two programs in the series will be Planting and Maintaining a Garden” on Saturday, April 25 and “Harvesting Crops and End of Season Tasks” on Saturday, August 29. Whether you are a first time vegetable gardener, in need of a refresher course, or just interested in the latest tips, the Veggie Basics series is an excellent introduction to the art and science of vegetable gardening. All three Saturday morning programs will take place at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County at 1440 Parkside Avenue in Ewing, from 10:30am to Noon. Space is limited; please register by emailing programs@mgofmc.org.

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 www.mgofmc.org

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.  

Submitted by: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County

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