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The Practical Gardener – Vegetable Garden Basics – An 8-Part Series

  • February 12, 2023
  • September 24, 2023
  • 8 sessions
  • February 12, 2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
  • March 12, 2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • April 16, 2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • May 07, 2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • June 12, 2023, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • July 17, 2023, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • August 14, 2023, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • September 24, 2023, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Middlebush Road Neighborhood near Route 27 in Somerset. (Exact address to be provided upon registration).
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Join Anne Macaulay in a Learn-By-Doing Garden Workshop Series. 

Program Description

Whether you are working with containers, pots, raised beds, a backyard plot or a community garden, home-grown vegetables and herbs are delicious and full of nutritional value. Growing a garden can get you, your family, and friends to eat more vegetables and may save you money as well as provide fresh air and exercise.

Join Anne Macaulay, Ph.D., a self-described “practical gardener” as she teaches the basics of vegetable gardening through this 8-part series. The program will be held once a month from February through September. (Yes, February is a great time to start planning the garden!)

Participants will learn everything from planning and soil preparation, what and when to plant, dealing with pests and finally harvesting and putting the garden to rest.

Dates, Times and Topics – each session is 90 minutes

  • February 12th (Sunday at 3pm): Choosing the right location and soil.  Ordering seeds.
  • March 12th (Sunday at 3pm): Starting seeds indoors. Plotting out your garden on paper. Planting peas and hardy greens if weather permits.
  •  April 16th (Sunday at 3pm): Starting cool season veggies outdoors. Transplanting tomatoes and peppers into larger pots.
  • May 7th (Sunday at 3pm): Planting party! Planting warm-weather seeds outdoors and transplanting vegetables and herb starts. Weed prevention.
  • June 12th (Monday at 6:30pm): Staking.  Weeding. Insect prevention.
  • July 17th (Monday at 6:30pm): Watering.  Animal pests.  Planting for fall harvest.
  •  August 14th (Monday at 6:30pm): Enjoying the bounty.  Harvesting. What to cook with all your tomatoes and zucchini.
  • September 24th (Sunday at 3pm): Preserving the bounty.  Harvesting past the first frost.  Putting the garden to bed.

If you have questions please contact

About Anne Macaulay

At a young age, Anne was in charge of the family garden, and she has continued gardening ever since.  Her focus on real food is integrated into her practice as a Functional Health Coach and Behavior Change Specialist.  Dr. Macaulay earned her Ph.D. in Immunology from Stanford University and her Functional Health Coaching certification through Chris Kresser's ADAPT program.          

Anne sees gardening as a gateway drug to a healthy lifestyle. Start with one seed and before you know it you are eating your vegetables and getting fresh air and exercise. 

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available if requested 2-weeks prior to the start of the program. There are no refunds for a missed session in a multi-session program. To request a refund, send an email with details about the specifics of the program to

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