Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

Serving Union County with award-winning programs for family and community
health, 4-H youth development, and agriculture and natural resource management.



Rutgers Cooperative  Extension

of Union County


Master Gardeners

Rain Gardens

Rain Barrels

Steps to Health & Wealth

Stormwater Management

New Jersey 4-H

UC Green Connection

Grow Healthy

Get Moving, Get Healthy




Contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County


Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ
Staff Directory

Community Gardens

  Expert guidance for community, school and home gardeners.

General Information

Planning a Vegetable Garden

Varieties for New Jersey Home Vegetable Gardening*

Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Fertilizing the Vegetable Garden*


Soil Safety – “Know Before You Grow”

Since many parts of Union County are densely developed, we do recommend a soil test to ensure that your soil is free of harmful contaminants. Call the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County office in Westfield, 908-654-9854 to obtain a soil test kit that includes shipping materials for your convenience. If the test results indicate an issue, the solution can be as simple as using raised beds filled with new soil.

Safe Soil*

Lead Contaminated Soils*


Other Helpful Topics

Grow Your Own Vegetables and Flower Seedlings*

Container Gardening with Vegetables*

How to Start a Window Sill Herb Garden*

Organic Land Care


*Available in PDF format.

County of Union, New Jersey Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
908-527-4000 / 877-424-1234