GROWING IN THE GARDEN
ACUA has a robust organic community garden at our Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. Gardeners can rent plots for $15 per growing season and are granted access to compost and a greenhouse. Please contact us if you have interested in growing here!
Educational Programs in the Garden
ACUA is excited to partner with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County to offer the community monthly Garden Talk meetings in 2022. This year, the format will be a mix of virtual and in-person meetings, which are free to attend and are open to anyone with a little (or a lot) of gardening experience. Garden journaling will be a recurring theme throughout the year. Not only is it important to get into the habit of documenting plans and ideas before growing, noting progress and challenges during the growing season, but it’s also helpful as a point of reference when brainstorming about the next year’s garden plan.
Talks will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted.
April 21 – Garden Journaling II – Time to check in and document how your earliest growing is going Master Gardeners will share their thoughts and ideas to keep all types of gardeners on track. If you haven’t started your Garden Journal yet, don’t despair, it’s never too late to get started. Check out our earlier recording on how to get going.
May 19 – Container Gardening – Not a lot of space? No worries! It’s easy to create and maintain a productive container garden. There are many varieties of vegetables and herbs that are especially suited to thrive in containers on a patio or porch.
June 16 - Composting Basics- Learn to turn your veggie scraps into garden gold! Composting is easy and won’t smell or attract pests if done properly. Save money on fertilizer, reduce water waste, and make less trash for the landfill – composting has endless benefits - for you, your garden - and the planet.
July 21 – Pests, Weeds, and Diseases– Learn all about the unpleasant stuff that can happens in your garden this time of year– weeds, bugs, and disease. You’ll learn from Master Gardeners and come away knowing how to best manage some of the challenges of the summer and maximize your harvest and your hard work.
August 18 - Garden Journaling III – Don’t forget to document in your journal mid-season. Be sure to note environmental conditions, plant varieties, and of course, produce flavor! Take good notes to reference next year. We’ll discuss veggie plants that have good yield through the heat of August and how to best plan for fall crops too. No journal? No worries, you can start now. Watch our past videos to see what you’ve missed and join in. Don’t miss the chance to document important information on this season’s successes and challenges.
September 15 – Native Plants, propagating and attracting pollinators – As native plants start to wind down for the season, learn how to propagate, divide, and share your native flora! Vegetation native to South Jersey has endless environmental benefits and is great for local insects and animals too.
October 20 – Seed Savings and Bulbs – Did you know that fall is the best time to plant bulbs for the spring? We’ll cover what should go in the ground and when for a bright and colorful spring. This is also the time to collect and save seeds for next year. Learn which seeds are the best type for saving to grow again next year.
*Saturday, November 19 – Create Your Own Fall Décor from Natural Materials at ACUA’s America Recycles Day – This month’s Garden Talk event will be built into ACUA’s in-person celebration for all things “recycling”. Not only will we go over how curbside recycling works in Atlantic County and why it’s so important, we’ll have hands-on recycled crafts for all ages! Join us to make a natural fall wreath for your door or to use a pumpkin as the base for a beautiful floral arrangement.
December 15 – Garden Journal IV – Now that the year is coming to a close, flip through your journal, reflect back and also look ahead to next year. If you’re new to the Garden Journal concept, please join us for inspiration to start your Journal for the coming year.