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. 

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Enjoy Margaret Roach’s Away to Garden April Chores List: I’M STICKING to what I say each year at this time: We are not powerless over April–even though in most areas, it’s a contender for the busiest month of the garden year. My best advice for how to cope with cleanup and all the rest sounds likewise like the script of a 12-Step pamphlet of slogans: Easy does it. Progress, not perfection. And also this one: It works if you work it.


Rutgers Gardens Gardening Notes For March:  March can be such a finicky month! Two years ago there was a long warm spell, only to be followed by two nights with extremely cold temperatures which killed many plants, including many Hydrangeas, to the ground! Long range predictions are for average spring temperatures, but it never hurts to start the spring gardening chores early! Keep referring to notes of last year as to when you sowed seed and performed other chores as you need not reinvent the wheel. Also, keep making notes for this year so that you can see if any of the changes actually yielded better results!