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.

Delaware Soybean Board & Delaware Cooperative Extension hosts summer soybean tour

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware Soybean Field Day
August 22, 2102
(rain or shine)

Tentative Agenda:

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks & Sponsored Lunch – The Grove, next to Carvel REC

Dr. Mark Isaacs, Director of the Carvel Research & Education Center,
Dr. Michelle Rodgers, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach and Director of Extension at the University of Delaware,
Kevin Evans, Chairman of Delaware Soybean Board,
Secretary Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours – Group Split into Two Groups

Group # 1 remains at Carvel REC, soybean production updates and wagon tour of agronomic, insect and weed plots – University of Delaware Extension

Group # 2 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm (Harbeson, DE) by charter bus. Tour of variable rate irrigation and subsurface irrigation plots – University of Delaware Extension

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours – Groups Switch Places

Group #1 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm

Group #2 remains at Carvel REC

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Group # 1 returns, wrap-up at Carvel REC

6:00 – ?

Social & Fundraiser including a silent auction for “Save Farm
Families” coordinated by the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association
Join us for specials on food and beverages at
The Brick Hotel – 18 The Circle, Georgetown

 

Pesticide, Nutrient Management and CCA continuing education credits will be available.

For more information contact Cory Whaley (302) 856-2585 ext 594

 

Registration:

Please contact Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 x 540. You may also register by eFax at (302) 264-8368 or online at www.desoybeans.org

This event is FREE, but please register by August 15 to help us prepare for meals. Thank you.

 

 

 

A beautiful day for “You Just Have to Look”

It couldn’t have been a nicer day for 59 registrants who attended You Just Have To Look, a family friendly Master Gardener workshop!  Before outside explorations, Master Gardener Brent Marsh provided workshop attendees with an orientation of the wonders of insect life in the garden.  One of the highlights was how different mature insects look from baby insects, how insects change and transform, and what is the difference between a good or “beneficial” insect and pest insects that eat crops!

With 10X triplet loupes in hand (children got to take theirs home) everyone went out to the Sussex County Master Garden Demonstration Garden for an afternoon of family, learning, color and exploration.

“You Just Have to Take a Look” at these photos!

“You just have to look” – Sussex Master Gardeners offer an insect workshop June 26. 2012

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a presentation titled “You Just Have to Look” to be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1 p.m.

The insects in our backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they are so mall, you just have to look. Grownups, kids and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids or come by yourself.

Brent Marsh will be presenting this workshop at the Carvel Research and Education Center – Sussex County Cooperative Extension in Meeting Room 3. The workshop is free. Please pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 x 544 or by email: tammys@udel.edu.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by the Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and the Delaware State University Extension offices. It is the Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy 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 to hold garden photography workshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Del. 19947

(Route 9, one quarter mile past Sussex Tech High Schol)
Meeting Room 3

Presented by Bobbie Ranney, Master Gardener

The Demonstration Garden designed and maintained by Sussex County Master Gardeners provides many vignettes of color to capture the beauty of flora and fauna

Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels, or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, this workshop will help you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional. Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.

To register contact Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 ext 544.

Brain Healthy Lifestyle Series offered in Sussex County

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension along with its Sussex Mental Fitness partners invite the public to attend Plant-Based Eating for Healthy Well-Being 101, a program on Thursday,Feb. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Cordrey Center in Millsboro. Cost: $5 to cover food. Please pre-register so that an accurate food count can be ordered. You may register by calling (302) 856-5815. The check-in table opens at 12:30 p.m.  Download the Brain Healthy Brochure (PDF)

The brain is the largest organ in our body, and exercising and keeping it fit is crucial to the quality of human life. Young, old, or in between, it is never too late to challenge our brain and allow it to work for us at peak capacity.

Practicing a Healthy Brain Lifestyle not only enhances your overall health by promoting exercise and nutrition, it asks your brain to work in new ways helps to prevent diseases that can manifest in our more mature years.

Healthy Eating is Tasty Eating is the first of three series focusing on maintaining  a healthy brain. The second in the series is Feel Better, Move Better, and will offer an introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong. This will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, 16486 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  The workshop is free. Please dress for comfort!

The third Healthy Brain Lifestyle seminar, Lighten Up…Feel Great, will focus on the medicinal properties of laughter and will include a Positive Energy People Panel. Workshop is Thursday, March 15. Hours are 1-4 p.m. at the Lewes Library, 111 Adams Avenue.

For the past four years, Anne Camasso, Sussex County family and consumer science extension agent has been UD’s representative at the event. “This is the fourth year the Sussex Mental Fitness Partners have organized the Living a Brain Healthy Lifestyle program,” Camasso says.  “Each year attendance has grown and each year attendees go away talking about the great time they had.  We are pleased to offer three diverse programs and activities to stimulate the brain.  Taken together, they encourage a healthy lifestyle and balance for our brain’s well being.”

Joining Delaware Cooperative Extension as partners are the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Cordrey Center, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Sussex (RSVP).

Additional Information:

Download the Brain Healthy Brochure (PDF)

Download the Brain Healthy Flyer (PDF)

Directions to Cordrey Center

Directions to UD Carvel Center

Directions to Lewes Library