Sussex Master Gardeners announce summer/fall workshop series

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their Summer/Fall 2012 workshop schedule. The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. & Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  Please preregister by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu.  or http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/workshops.html  Workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Schedule:

Livable Lawns   register online
Monday, July 30, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3
Presented by Valann Budischak.  The goal of the Delaware Livable Lawns initiative is simple – reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff from lawns. This workshop will provide the necessary information needed to maintain a healthy, beautiful, lawn while partnering in the protection of the environment.

Hypertufa  register online
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden and
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden
Presented by Barbara Busch.   Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, peat moss, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant. It is lighter than terracotta and can withstand winter weather.  At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot to take home.  $15 charge for materials, limited to 12 participants (each session).  Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves. Please make checks payable to Sussex County Master Gardeners.

Flavor Up Your Herbs    register online
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1 p.m., Kitchen & Conference Room 2
Presented by Betty Lou Suter.  Welcome to our “Herb Garden” and “Kitchen of Samples.” We plan a walk through the herb garden; see a wattle?….knot?, many culinary and cosmetic herbs, then off to the kitchen for herb ideas for gifts and culinary uses. Sample some goodies made more delicious with herbs; rosemary shortbread, pansy rollups, just to name a few! YUM! Limit 15.

Buzz About Bees   register online
Thursday, September 20, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3
Presented by Shelley McNeal.  Bees are a fascinating, social, and endangered group of insects. This talk will focus on the wonder of bees, recent threats to their survival, and the efforts being made to protect them. Shelley will describe her experiences as a beekeeper. Included are landscaping practices that homeowners can easily adopt to help protect our pollinators.

Peter Rabbit is NOT my Friend  register online
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7 p.m., Conference Room 3
Presented by Tracy Mulveny.  This workshop will discuss the five most common animal pests in our gardens, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, moles and voles. Some ideas on how to eliminate or co-exist with them will be presented. New ideas are always welcome so bring your own success stories to share.

Raised Bed Construction and Gardening   register online
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3.
Presented by Mike Deshaies.  Raised beds have many advantages over traditional garden beds; their soil tends to warm earlier in the season, they tend to have better drainage, the gardener has more control over the soil in the beds, and the placement and design of raised beds can make for easy access. Building a raised bed is a not-too-difficult project that can quickly increase the size and quality of the growing space. This workshop will provide tips and ideas for constructing raised beds for your garden.

Containers for the Holidays  register online
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room 3.
Presented by Mary Sue Colaizzi.  There is no reason to put your garden containers away for the winter. Summer containers do not have to look like a “pot full of dirt” during the winter months. With a little imagination and design savvy your containers can offer beauty and pleasure all year round. Come learn how to make a four-season container to get you through the winter blahs.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

Sussex Master Gardener's helpline to go live April 15

Sussex County Master Gardeners are happy spring has arrived and look forward to assisting the public with their gardening questions.

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the opening of the Sussex County Garden Helpline for the 2010 gardening season.     The Helpline is a free and valuable gardening resource for the residents of Sussex County.  Master Gardeners are able to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including:  lawns, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, shrubs and insects.   The Helpline will be open from April 15, 2010 through October 15, 2010.  Master Gardeners will be manning the phones from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Call 302-856-2585, extension 535, to speak with a Master Gardener or leave a message.  A Master Gardener will respond to your questions as quickly as possible. 

 Sussex County Master Gardeners are volunteers for Delaware Cooperative Extension System. Cooperative Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Cooperative Extension office.