Monday, February 03, 2014

Prepping For Spring Gardening

The Sussex County Master Gardeners over at the extension office on Route 9 have a few courses they are offering.  You don't have to live in Delaware to attend them.

Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m., Blue Birds and Songbirds of Delmarva. Master Gardener Bob Dougherty will present.
Learn the secrets of attracting bluebirds and other songbirds to your backyard. Dougherty will also give a brief introduction to the many types of bluebird box designs and setting up a neighborhood bluebird trail. There will also be an open discussion on the diet and needs of your neighborhood birds.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m., Landscape Design for Your Home. Master Gardener Wendy Ferrante will host.
    Bring a photo of your landscaping problems to this class and we will discuss what can done to improve your home’s curbside appeal. You will learn now to graph out your own design and do research in order to complete your landscape at home. What not to put in, where to put what you want in, where, when and how to maintain your plantings, how to research your desires and execute your plan.
  • Tuesday, March 4, 1 p.m., Edible Landscaping. Have your ‘Scape and Eat it, Too. Master Gardener Gaye Mara will present this workshop on kitchen gardens.
    Don’t hide your kitchen garden away in a back corner of your property. Home-grown produce can be as beautiful as it is delicious! This workshop seeks to inform and inspire your next edible gardening project with planning and planting tips; top recommended plants for beauty, flavor, and vigor; and photo examples of attractive kitchen gardens both large and small
  • Thursday, March 20 at noon, Get the Jump on Spring. A workshop on propagation presented by Master Gardeners Tracy Mulveny and Susan Trone.
    This workshop will offer techniques for starting seeds and cuttings using traditional and repurposed materials to get you a supply of new plants for your garden.

The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. Pre-registration is required. You may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544.

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