Master Gardeners of Sussex County will hold several workshops this fall on a variety of subjects from lawns to composting to herbal teas.
Bring a container and take home a miniature garden or bring the kids and some of their old clothes to build your own “scarebaby.”
> Establish, Renovate, Livable Lawns, Sept. 4, 7 p.m. The workshop is presented by Carol Kingsley and Valann Budischak. Do you want to plant a beautiful green lawn or renovate the one you have? Learn the steps of planting including taking a soil test, fertilizing, liming, seeding and watering. Also slated for discussion is the Livable Lawns program that focuses on sustainability.
> Tea Party with Herbs, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. The workshop is presented by Betty Lou Sutter. There is a limit of 15 participants and the cost is $5. It’s time to harvest our favorite herbs, make some tea and enjoy a few of Betty Lou’s favorite recipes.
> Composting, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. The workshop is presented by Ana Dittel and Linda Peters. Composting organic material found in and around your home is a great way to recycle nature. We will discuss different structures for holding compost. Learn how to create this soil amendment from material in your yard to enhance your gardens.
> Gardening in Miniature, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. The workshop is presented by Donna Fellows and Mary Noel. There is a limit of 20 participants and the cost is $10. This is a hands-on workshop where all aspects of miniature gardening will be discussed. Mary and Donna will have samples of gardens to show. Bring your own container not to exceed 12 inches wide. Soil, plants and some accessories will be provided.
> Let’s Make Scarebabies, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. The workshop is presented by Carol Kinsley and Jackie McPeak. There is a limit of 20 participants and the cost is $5. This is a fun family activity for all ages, where you and your children or grandchildren will enjoy making a miniature scarecrow for the garden or doorway. Materials that will be provided are a plastic pumpkin head, straw stuffing and a frame of bamboo. Participants should bring a complete set of child-size clothing, including a long sleeve shirt and long pants, preferably worn and about to be discarded. Footed pajamas work well as underwear. Socks and gloves add to the effect, but are optional.
The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, located at 16483 County Seat Highway in Georgetown. Participants must pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585, ext. 544, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://extension.udel.edu.
Workshops are free unless specifically noted. Come early or stay late to enjoy the Demonstration Garden behind the building.