Updates about current operations at Rutgers Gardens.
February is the month to finalize design considerations for the year and finish ordering seeds. Enjoy the garden’s late-winter beauty and give thought to changes. Here is a list of all of the things you will want to tackle this month—from pruning, to seeding, to edging—to insure a repeat of your past successes!
Italian Arum plays an important role of providing winter foliage interest. Its unusual flowers have a unique method of attracting a specific type of pollinator. And after the flowers fade and the foliage withers away, clusters of bright red fruits bring another layer of interest to the garden well into August.
Chilly temperatures are in the air, and it’s time to properly prepare the garden for winter, as autumn truly bids farewell and sub-freezing temperatures are just around the corner. Here are some things to keep in mind for your December garden.
Dr. Dennis Werner, of NCSU, was the 2019 Hamilton Award recipient. He accepted the award at the Gardens Party, our annual fundraiser to support the Rutgers Gardens Internship Programs.
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We are about a month away from garlic planting time! Secure your seed now if you have not already. It is not recommended to plant cloves from the grocery store, as they may carry disease or not be suited to our climate. Instead, source your seed from a local farmers market (Cook’s Market!) or from a seed company or grower that produces certified garlic seed to reduce the likelihood of disease. Hardneck garlic is known for more robust flavor profiles and the delicious flowering stalks (garlic scapes) that arrive in June. The main advantage of softneck garlic (most of what you find in supermarkets) is that it stores a little longer than hardneck. You can also get away with planting softneck garlic in late winter or early spring, where hardneck varieties need a chilling period over winter to bulb up. Planting in our region should be done in late October or early November. Timing is important as too much growth leaves the plants vulnerable to dying back in cold winters, but insufficient root establishment will reduce yields. ... See MoreSee Less
Today at Cooks Market 11-3 Visit the Gardens tent and prepare your home for Autumn. (Also Don't forget to pick up your pre ordered mums!) ... See MoreSee Less
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