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Get Your Hands Dirty

May 3, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

The weather has warmed up, the sun’s out more, and for those with green thumbs (and those just starting to develop them), it’s time to get outside and get your hands dirty. This weekend there are plenty of events to help both newbies and pros get started in this year’s garden.

If you’re just starting out, you might want to check out Planning Your Vegetable Garden with Morris County’s Master Gardener, Stan Nathanson, on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Mendham Township Library in Brookside. Nathanson will teach you everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables, from maximizing space to choosing varieties, transplanting, and more. To register, call 973.543.4018 or e-mail

NJ Audubon is hosting its second annual May Day on May 7, with music and entertainment, hands-on nature activities, live animal demonstrations, and displays from local organizations. While you’re there, make sure to check out the 276 acres of scenic woodland, fields, and floodplain habitats at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, where the event’s being held. For more information, visit

Itching to get down the shore? Cape May is kicking off the season with an Earth Day Fair starting at 10 a.m. on the 7th. Enjoy a day at the Cape May County Park and Zoo with live music, educational exhibits, conservation eco-shops and lectures, and a craft show. Learn about the importance of local eating from Slow Food South Jersey as you nibble delights from the food court. The event will be held at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May.

The Master Gardeners of the Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County will host a Garden Expo and Plant Sale on May 7 at the Offices of Government Services in Clayton. The event will feature workshops and demonstrations on a wide array of gardening topics, as well as free soil pH testing, children’s activities, and a sale of 25 varieties of plants. Pre-registration is requested. To register, visit

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