HAMMONTON – New gardeners as well as experienced backyard growers are welcome to Hammonton's new Community Garden for a monthly Garden Talk presented by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County. These informal talks will be held at Hammonton's Community Garden, 11th Street and Washington Avenue. The presentation will offer gardeners a chance to learn from Atlantic County Master Gardeners and to ask questions about growing healthy food.

The talks will be held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from June through September.

"Every month, a speaker from the Rutgers Master Gardeners program will discuss an issue that relates to what's happening in the garden," said Amy Menzel, chair of the Hammonton Green Committee. "The talk on June 9 will focus on 'Essentials for New Gardeners' and will discuss growing vegetables organically and using compost to enrich the soil."

Hammonton's Community Garden is a new initiative recently developed by the Green Committee. Garden plots are available for a fee of $20 for the season, and provides space for people who cannot garden at home. Hammonton's Community Garden is on property owned by the Town of Hammonton, behind the New Jersey Transit train station in Hammonton.

Upcoming Garden Talks include:

• Tuesday, June 9, Organic Gardening basics: Essentials for new gardeners

• Tuesday, July 14, Succession planting and Pest identification: Planning to keep your garden productive and hands-on organic problem solving

• Tuesday, Aug. 11m Extending the growing season: Gardening into the fall and saving seeds for 2016

• Tuesday, Sept. 8, Putting your garden to bed: Garden clean up and using fall/winter cover crops to boost nutrients and control weeds

There is no cost to attend. For more information, on the talks and the garden, visit

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