July 2012 archive

Cooperative Extension, DNLA to hold Summer Turf and Nursery Expo Aug. 16

Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association in partnership with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension offer day-long program for the commercial green industry

Thursday, August 16, 2012
8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Horticulture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2012 Summer Turf and Nursery Expo held at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown, on Thursday, August 16, 2012. The program is organized by Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association (DNLA) and will feature guest speakers, a choice of workshop subjects and an opportunity for industry professionals to earn Maryland and Delaware continuing education credits in Nutrient Management, ISA and Pesticide recertification. It is an opportunity for those in the green industry to increase knowledge and improve skills.

“Events such as this are great forums for education and networking among fellow green industry professionals,” says Valann Budischak,  Cooperative Extension agent for UD’s Plant and Soil Science Department and executive director of the DNLA. “This is the third time this event has been held in Sussex County and the first at the Carvel Center.”

Tracy Wootten, Sussex County horticulture agent for UD Cooperative Extension is excited to be able to offer local arborist’s training. “It’s a great opportunity for ISA recertification here in Sussex,” Wootten said. “Participants will have many opportunities to see demonstrations and live specimens that will improve identification of problems in the landscape and see beneficial insects at work,” Wootten says.

Topics include:

  • Transportation Regulations,
  • Laws & Safety,
  • Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk,
  • Soil Health
  • Intermediate Wall and Raised Patio Construction
  • Business Planning
  • Safe Tree Removal
  • Proper Pruning Techniques and
  • Certified Nursery Professional (CNP) Plant ID Challenge & Potential Pests

Download the Summer Turf and Nursery brochure and registration form here


8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration/View Exhibits/CNP Plant ID

Option A: Transportation Regulations, Laws &  Safety
Option B: Soil Health

9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Concurrent Education Workshops

Option A: Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk
Option B: Transportation Regulations, Laws & Safety

10:40 a.m. 11:00 a.m.  Break/View Exhibits/CNP Plant ID

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  Concurrent Education Workshops

Option A: Soil Health
Option B: Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk

11:50 p.m. – Noon Remarks by Michelle Rodgers, Director of UD Cooperative Extension

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch/View Exhibits

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Intermediate Wall, Paver (Raised Patio) Construction


12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Safe Tree Removal

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Proper Pruning Techniques


12: 45 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Business Planning

2:45 p.m. – 3: 35 p.m. CNP Plant ID and Their Potential Pests

Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 8. Registration fees apply:

$40 for DNLA members

$55 for non-DNLA members

After August 8, or for walk in registrations the fee will be $60.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. See brochure link above for more information.

Questions? Contact Valann Budischack at (888) 448-1203

Cooperative Extension agents and volunteers interviewed at the Delaware State Fair

We just love these interviews filmed live at the Delaware State Fair.  If you’d like to know a fraction about what we do and how the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension forms great partnerships with volunteers, colleagues at Delaware State University and other Extension offices…take a look at these “on the spot” videos by our friends at Catch it Live!

Bill Brown talks about Cooperative Extension, his role as state poultry agent and other Extension programs:

Video streaming by Ustream
Tracy Wootten and Maggie Moor-Orth (and a couple of volunteers) talk about the Delaware Master Gardener Program:


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



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

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




A Day in the Garden – Sussex County Master Gardener Open House Sat. July 14, 2012


Sussex Master Gardeners invite the public to “A Day in the Garden”

When:  Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where: Demonstration Garden, behind Carvel REC, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown

What: Sussex County Master Gardener Open House – annual event

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking: Free and ample!

Cost: Free to the public

Come get inspirational ideas for your garden – colorful photo opportunities abound in this annual open house of increasing popularity, more than 300 Sussex County residents and their families are anticipated to attend this open air event that will provide a multitude of events including:

  • Plant sale
  • Regular showings of the award-winning production of  “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden” which delight children
  • Expert advice at the Plant Clinic for vegetable and flower garden!
  • Demonstration Garden labeled with native and non-native plants that are idea for Delaware’s climate and growing conditions!
  • Garden Smart Garden Safe demonstrations on accessible gardening techniques and resources including tool demos and raised beds, etc.
  • Mini-workshops on:
    •  Making Herbal Vinegar and Flavored Honey
    • Shade Gardens
    • Five Ways to Save in the Garden
    • Free Tool Sharpening
    • Much, much more

The Plant Sale is a popular feature! There's nothing like a plant grown with love by a master gardener!

Talk with our Cooperative Extension experts and volunteer Master Gardeners who can provide advice, resources and inspiration for growing flower and vegetables and discovery of nature in Sussex County, Delaware. Did you know that in 2011, Master Gardeners donated nearly 6000 hours of service to their community. Many of those hours are spent planning and developing this beautiful teaching garden! We hope you will join us!



Visit the Open House “A Day in the Garden” website: http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/OpenHouse.html (include photos from 2011 Open House event).