The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County are a group of volunteers who provide horticultural information and programs to the community.  Trained by faculty and staff of NJAES, Rutgers University, and by horticultural experts, the Master Gardeners are knowledgeable about a wide range of gardening subjects.

Gardening Notes For February:   The month of January was warmer than average, but fortunately, we had a sufficient number of cold days to convince plants to continue winters’ slumber! February is the month to finalize design considerations for the year ahead and to finish ordering seeds, since many of the more popular varieties soon become sold out. On warmer days, make it a point to walk through your garden, enjoying its beauty and giving thought to those design changes. Reread your journals from last year, and focus upon how to improve those parts of the garden that performed poorly or on how to repeat last years’ success stories!