preparing a garden

Preparing Your Garden Site: Getting Ahead of Weeds [webinar]

Wed, 05/12/2021
6:00pm - 7:15pm

When establishing a new garden, it’s tempting to rush ahead but experienced gardeners learn the value of starting with a weed free planting bed. Whether converting lawn to garden, or working with a site overgrown with weeds, there are several proven approaches to preparing your garden plot. In this talk, you’ll learn about the many approaches you can use, and considerations for choosing which approach to use for your next garden expansion effort. This talk will focus on non-chemical approaches, and will cover practices ranging from Extension favorites to those you might not want to rely on. Practices you’ll learn about will include, but not be limited to, tarping, deep tillage, double-dig, sheet mulching, and building up with raised beds.

Registration is required and a $5 or $10 donation is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This session is the third in a six-part spring webinar series to be offered every other Wednesday through June for Granite State and Pine State gardeners.

Meet Our Presenter

Nick Rowley is a Food and Agriculture Field Specialist working out of Coös County. Nick is a member of the Fruit and Vegetable Production Team, as well as the Dairy, Livestock and Forage Crop Team. He is also involved in Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program and New Farmer School and has been with UNH Extension since February 2020. Nick’s work focuses on soil health, fertility management, cover cropping and weed management in vegetable production and perennial forage systems.

Prior to coming to UNH Extension, Nick worked for UMaine Extension as a Research Associate focusing on reduced tillage on small scale farms, vegetable variety trials, compost utilization, organic fertility optimization and product development. Nick also worked in various aspects of the horticulture and agriculture industries in Maine. Nick earned his B.S in Environmental Horticulture in 2013 and M.S in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science in 2018, both from UMaine.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact UMaine Extension at or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.


$5 or $10 suggested donation for this webinar