Lawn & Garden
Viola Carson, Home Horticulture Program Assistant
- Up-to-date information on pest and insect problems
- Advice and information on vegetable gardening, lawns, flowers, trees and houseplant care
- Soil testing (see below)
- Weed and insect identifications and recommendations
- Educational programs
Soil Sample TestingMrs. Carson coordinates the complete soil test samples sent to the Rutgers University Soil Testing Lab. Once testing is completed, the results are mailed directly to gardeners so they can modify their soils to have the best possible growing conditions. The current cost for the basic testing is $20.00. For complete instructions on taking soil test samples and fees, visit Rutgers soil testing. pH and soluble salt tests are done on site for $3.00 per sample.
Up-to-date information on pest and disease problems, vegetable gardening, lawn, flowers, trees and houseplant care is available through the home horticulture program. Samples can be brought to the Extension Center for identification and management options.
Educational programs are presented at the Extension Education Center on various topics. There is an "Evening Gardening Class Series" currently being held on the second Thursday of each month. The classes run about two hours and cost $10.00. The remaining classes are: June 10th-Grow Roses in the Landscape; July 8th-Enjoy the Butterfly Garden and August 12th-Preserve your Harvest by Canning and Freezing. For additional information on these classes, please call the Extension Center at 856-451-2800, ext. 4.
For the Home Horticulture calendar, clink on the "calendar" link at the top of this page on the right hand side. If you wish to view the statewide events, you must choose "statewide" from the drop-down menu located on the calendar and then refresh the page.
Rutgers Master Gardeners
Viola Carson, Home Horticulture Program Assistant, coordinates the Cumberland County Master Gardener program. The volunteer training began in 2006. Fifteen students begin training in January and graduate in May to start their volunteer work. Topics covered include basic entomology, plant diseases, composting, houseplants, soils and fertilizers, pruning, vegetable and flower gardening, turfgrass management and pesticide-safety. For details on the statewide Master Gardener program visit: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/
If you are interested in individual classes, they are open to the public at $20.00 per class. Advanced registration is required Applications for the full progam and indiviual classes are available by contacting our office.
Master Gardeners are responsible to complete volunteer hours providing researched-based information to the public and special projects. They are available to answer gardening questions April through October; Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon at 856-451-2800, ext. 4.
For the Master Gardeners' calendar of events, click on the "calendar" link at the top of this page in the right hand corner. If you wish to view statewide events, you must choose "statewide" from the drop-down menu on the calendar and then refresh the site.