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Basic Gardening: A Two-Part Workshop at Trailside, Oct. 5 & 19

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a program, “Learning the Basics of Gardening,” a two-part workshop for adults, ages 18 and older, at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. The sessions will be held on two Saturdays, October 5 and 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with park naturalist and gardener Ruth Yablonsky. The fee for this two-part program is $20 for Union County residents and $24 for out-of-county participants. 

“This workshop will give you all the basics for starting your garden,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “What better place to learn gardening than in Union County’s beautiful Watchung Reservation, right at the Trailside doorstep.” 

On Oct. 5, you’ll discover the difference between annuals and perennials and learn how to choose and prepare a site for your garden. Participants also learn what kind of tools and supplies are needed, and how to make compost, critter-proof a garden and create raised beds.   

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In the second session on Oct. 19, participants will focus on where and how much to plant, weeding techniques and the various chemical options that exist to help maintain a garden. Other topics in this session include: bugs as friends and foes; planting and placement; and how to choose between seeds vs. seedlings. 

Pre-registration for “Learning the Basics Gardening” is required. Space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits. This two-part series offers teachers and master gardeners a chance to earn five Continuing Professional Education Credits. Participants should bring lunch. 

For additional information about this lecture or other adult programs and upcoming events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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