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Posted on: May 31, 2016

[ARCHIVED] "Gardening by the Seasons" 2016 Series Offers Valuable Gardening Lessons

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Resource Management "Gardening by the Seasons" 2016 Series Offers Valuable Gardening Lessons

Photo 6705 Linda Conover shows participants worm bin.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Resource Management held the workshop, Better Backyard Composting, on May 11, 2016 at the 4-H Lockwood Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

The workshop was the fourth installment of the "Gardening by the Seasons" 2016 series and was taught by Linda Conover, Rutgers Master Gardener for Cape May County and owner of Watershed Worm Farm. Conover’s presentation demonstrated how you can improve your garden and help the environment at the same time. Participants learned the process of composting, the science behind compost, why compost is good for your plants and the planet, and how to compost at home. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to see different types of "bins" and composting methods and also, take home a sample of finished worm compost to boost their own compost bin.

If you would like to attend the next workshop in the "Gardening by the Seasons" series, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline, there is still time to sign-up. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., rain or shine, at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 355 Court House - South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

The guest presenter will be Kim Eierman, Environmental Horticulturist and founder of EcoBeneficial. Eierman specializes in ecological landscapes and native plants. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. Eierman is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological gardening topics, presenting for industry conferences, "green events," Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeeping groups, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements. In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Eierman is a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center and a member of the Garden Writers Association.

Participants will learn how to attract an array of pollinators, what plants they eat, how to provide them with shelter and how you can help win the war on pollinator decline. Also, each recipient will receive four starter plants for their victory garden.
This is a beginner class, therefore, no experience is needed. The cost for this workshop is $25 and includes a pizza dinner. Registration is due by June 1, 2016. To register or for more information, please call 609-465-5115, ext. 607 or email

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County helps both youth and adults improve their knowledge and skills, enhance their quality of life, and resolve problems in areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development. This is accomplished through the use of science-based knowledge and university research. Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an education organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

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