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Soil & Nutrient Management in Vegetable Gardens

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Extension Gardener Workshop – ONLINE

Vegetable Boot Camp (Part 2 of 6)

Rye Cover Crop Linda N., Flickr CC BY-2.0

Rye Cover Crop
Linda N., Flickr CC BY-2.0

Successfully growing most vegetable crops require soils that are well-drained, have sufficient organic matter, adequate nutrients, and appropriate pH. But soils in Chatham County can be so poor that a rabbit would need to bring a packed lunch to get from Pittsboro to Siler City*. How can you improve and select soils that are optimum for growing vegetables?

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) and a free, online lecture for home and community gardeners on how to improve soils and manage nutrients with proper fertilization. Participants will learn about soil biology, soil structure, incorporating organic matter, using cover crops and green manures, nutrient cycles and flows, soil testing, how to adjust soil pH, and types of fertilizers (organic and synthetic).

The lecture will be presented as three recorded modules, approx. 20-30 min. each. Register online. Lectures will be released starting April 2, but you can register anytime after that through June 30. On April 2 and on a rolling basis thereafter, you will be emailed the links to the recorded lectures.

Please complete the requested demographic information: N.C. Cooperative Extension tracks this demographic information to make sure we are serving citizens of all communities and to ensure our audiences are as diverse as possible. After completing the three modules, please fill out a brief evaluation of the course so we can continue to make improvements and measure the impacts of our programs. Those that complete the survey will be entered into a monthly (April- June) drawing to win a hardcopy of the NC Extension Gardener Handbook.

This workshop is part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone. It is also part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program. More information about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Chatham County.

QUESTIONS? Contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email:

*Deer, however, seem to do just fine…