MCG Receives Proclamation

On January 1, 2011 the Maplewood Community Garden received a proclamation from the Township of Maplewood for the extraordinary work and the amazing growth of the Gardens over the past three years.

Congratulations to all!

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New Member Sign-up for the 2012 Maplewood Community Garden

We are now accepting new member sign-ups for the 2012 Maplewood Community Garden.

To register for the 2012 Community Garden:

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at contact@maplewoodcg.org

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Existing member renewal for the 2012 Maplewood Community Garden

It’s hard to believe, but renewals for the 2012 Maplewood Community Garden are underway! We are currently accepting renewals for existing 2011 MCG members only. January 9 – 12 will be the registration period for new members.

To register for the 2012 Community Garden:

  • Please complete the sign-up form located at: http://goo.gl/pXq9k
  • Submit payment of $65 to the Maplewood Community Garden by January 20, 2012

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at contact@maplewoodcg.org

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The beginning of Fall at the Town Hall Garden

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SOMS sixth grader digs gardening and writing!

Check out sixth grader Luc Maynard-Parisi’s great article about helping at the Montrose Community Garden in Maplewood Patch at maplewood.patch.com/articles/digging-in-at-montrose-garden. Keep up the good deeds and great writing, Luc!

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The Montrose garden in bloom!

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Beekeeping classes offered

Learn the basics of beekeeping in the first of this series of classes offered by the Rutgers University’s Office of Continuing Professional Education, Oct. 6-8 in Bordentown. Read more about the classes and bees at  http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Beekeeping.html.

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Town Hall Site: Memorial Day Weekend

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Gardening Forum

Post your gardening questions and answers here! All are welcome to respond and provide guidance. Here are a few to get us started… 

Where can I get reliable information on my gardening questions?
The Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station website is an excellent source of information on a myriad of issues. Visit their website at  http://njaes.rutgers.edu/. 

What if I want to talk to a live person?
You can get reliable answers to your questions from the Master Gardeners of Essex County. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have been specially trained by staff of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The Master Gardeners of Essex County maintain a telephone hotline weekdays from 10 am – 2 pm to answer your gardening and plant care questions. The hotline number is 973-228-2210. They will even examine specimens to assist in diagnosis of problems. Visit their website at http://www.mgessex.org/cms/. 

How do I know if my home garden soil has the right combination of nutrients?
Soil needs to be tested to determine the nutrient composition. Some plants, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, and hollies, prefer low pH (acidic) soil. Others, such as cabbage, lilacs, boxwood, clematis, and lavender, prefer alkaline, or high pH soil. Some thrive in nutrient rich soil, others in nutrient poor soil. Different parts of the same garden may have different soil qualities.  You can order a soil testing kit from the Master Gardeners of Essex County by calling 973-228-2210. Soil specimens are sent to the Rutgers Soil Testing Lab for analysis. For instructions on how to take soil samples or for more information, visit http://njaes.rutgers.edu/soiltestinglab/.

Why are the leaves on my tomato plants turning yellow?
Yellow leaves on the lower stems of mature plants are not necessarily cause for concern and may simply be caused by lack of sunlight and nutrients reaching the lower leaves. Other causes of yellow leaves may be inadequate watering or improper watering, too little nitrogen in the soil, or a fungal infection. Read more about diagnoses and treatments at http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/vegetable/yellow-tomato-leaves.htm or http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/TomatoProblems.htm

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Community Garden Coming to Montrose School Site

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Maplewood Community Gardeners cut sod in preparation for a third community garden on Clark Street in South Orange.

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