Whether in an urban, suburban or rural landscape, tending to the home or garden comes with a number of challenges involving insects, weeds, trees, shrubs, turf, and critters. New Jersey residents spend significant time and money coping with theses challenges—but not alone, thanks to the vast array of services offered by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). Cooperative Extension, a unit of the experiment station, serves homeowners through fact sheets, Rutgers Master Gardener helplines, workshops, and services that test soil and diagnose plant disease. While extension personnel and Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are on the front lines providing information to residents, Rutgers researchers are working behind the scenes developing plant and turf varieties that are more resistant, drought tolerant, or environmentally friendly by requiring less input.
Community Garden Unveiling at the Flemington Food Pantry
Asters are in their glory now!
There are 3 in the garden blooming. Aster tatarian has huge basal leaves and light lavender colored flowers topping a 6’ spike! Symphyotrichum novi-belgii formerly known as New York Aster in a nice bush form covered in darker purple flower.
Symphyotrichum lanceolatum is technically a weed in most gardens, with a flurry of small white flowers with yellow centers. What? Due to DNA studies, the Asters have been downsized from 500 in 1973 to 150 in 2011. You can still find this perennial fall beauty referred to as an aster and listed under Key Plants for Pollinators