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. 



RUTGERS GARDENS GARDENING NOTES FOR AUGUST:  To me, August is the month that epitomizes summer. The days remain long, with the daytime chant of the cicadas with the evening chorus of the crickets. Fortunately, July provided more than adequate rainfall, so most of the plants do not look exceptionally tired from the heat. August typically has many humid days, but the temperatures are usually in the 80’s, which is good for both the plants and the gardener! Remember to get outside during the cool of the morning or evening, use sunscreen and continue to take good notes of your endeavors.