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Get expert advice on effective gardening techniques from our Extension experts, who cover a variety of topics for beginners and professionals alike, with our "RU Ready 2 Garden" webinar series!  This series is offered through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

The webcasts return in March 2021. For a personal invite to join them, E-mail your name to with “RU Ready” in the subject line.


Spring Webinar Sessions

Thursday March 11, 6:30 pm

Pruning Your Fruit Trees

Pruning Your Fruit Trees

Whether you’re a seasoned orchardist or first-time fruit tree grower, Rutgers fruit tree breeder and professor, Dr. Goffreda will explain the best techniques for pruning and maintaining the fruit trees in your home garden.


Thursday March 18, 6:30 pm

Soil Testing, Amendments and Preparation for Healthy Plants

Horseplow tilling soil

How important is soil to a vegetable garden? Very! Starting a new vegetable garden can seem like a daunting task but Rutgers professor, Bill Hlubik will explain soil testing and cover the best ways to set up your garden for a successful growing season.


Thursday March 25, 6:30 pm

Selecting Seeds for Your Vegetable Garden Needs

Tomato Seedling

A discussion on which seeds will be the most fruitful for your efforts including when to where to sew and Master Gardener favorites. Presented by Master Gardener Vivian Morris who has extensive experience in seed propagation and preparing plants for the gardening season


Thursday April 1, 6:30 pm​​

Planning a Backyard Vegetable Garden

Watering a Garden

So you want to start a vegetable garden but don’t know where to begin? We will discuss the steps and considerations when planning a vegetable garden in your own backyard. Topics covered include site selection, soil testing, seed and plant selection and when to start planting.


Thursday April 8, 6:30 pm​​​

Controlling Garden Weeds Without Pesticides

Person working in garden

Professor Bill Hlubik discusses non-chemical techniques to achieve weed control in your garden.

• ​​How clovers can be beneficial
• Tips for weed control with mulches
• Role of Cover Crops
• Creative tips

Thursday April 15, 6:30 pm

Irrigation Options for the Home Gardener

Person uses watering can

Irrigation solutions for people who hate watering.

• Budget options for irrigation
• Basics of running irrigation lines, mulches and accessories
• Drip irrigation vs. PVC pipes
• Understanding irrigation components for the garden


Thursday April 22, 6:30 pm

Growing Exotic Leafy Greens

Exotic leafy greens​Learn about leafy vegetables popular with people of the Mediterranean region and how to grow them in NJ. While some thrive in summer heat, others prefer cooler weather. Some even endure winter with protection. Suggested varieties and how to prepare them, will also be covered.


Thursday April 29, 6:30 pm

Growing Delicious Fruits in Containers

Blueberries on a bush​Fruit crops can be fun to grow, but space limitation is a major issue for a lot of gardeners. Growing fruits in containers can be an excellent option. Dr. Gary Gao has done research on growing blackberries, blueberries, hardy figs, and raspberries in containers. He will present an informative session on how to grow apples, blueberries, brambles, and strawberries in containers.


Thursday May 6, 6:30 pm

Why Garden Off the Ground​​?

plants growing in a BBQ grill

Raised bed, straw bale, and container gardening take place above the surface of the soil. There are many advantages to these methods, including accessibility, aesthetic design, pest control, and being able to garden in a small space. The presentation includes an introduction to construction of these types of gardens and consideration about what types of plants to grow. Presented by Middlesex County Master Gardener and educator Pat Donahue


Thursday May 13, 6:30 pm

Getting Back to Our Roots with Root Crops

Small pile of root crops

A journey through the past, present, and future of root crops in the home garden. Join Adam D’Angelo, a researcher from the University as Wisconsin, for a discussion on how to choose, grow, and eat common root crops. From ancient recipes to cutting edge science, come see what exciting opportunities are growing just beneath the soil. Attendees will also get a sneak peak of the new vegetable varieties being released from the UW Madison carrot, onion, and beet breeding program!


Thursday May 20, 6:30 pm​​​

Growing Organically - 5 Keys to a Bountiful Home Garden

Small orange flowers

Learn the basics of organic gardening and tips for maximizing your harvest while working with nature.

• Setting your garden up for success
• Building healthy soil
• Managing pests and diseases
• Reducing weeds
• Caring for your garden between crops


Thursday May 27, 6:30 pm

Edible Flowers

Small orange flowers

In this presentation, we will explore the world of edible flowers. Discussion will include their culinary uses, general care of edible flowers and how to incorporate these gorgeous floral edibles in your garden landscape.


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
42 Riva Avenue
Davidson's Mill Pond Park
South Brunswick, NJ
Phone Number: (732) 398-5262
Fax: (732) 398-5276
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Mailing Address:
42 Riva Avenue
Davidson's Mill Pond Park​
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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