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Cape Gazette GARDEN & FARM TUESDAY, MAY 20 - THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 25 CENTER FOR THE INLAND BAYS HOLDS PLANT SALE STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS THE CENTER FOR THE INLAND BAYS held its lOth Annual Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View May 3. Nurs- eries: brought out hundreds of native plants, and organizations were on hand to help gardeners create backyardhabitats, test soil and provide advice to the hundreds of gardeners who want to go native, Carrying some water-friendly native plants from Envirotech Environmental Con- sulting for their Grandma are Mahala, left, and Leah Krieger. Po' Boys joins Milton Farmers Market On the fourth Friday of each month, the Milton Farmers Mar- ket in historic Milton adds special vendors to their slate of offerings at the corner of Union and Mag- nolia streets. Open from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday, this USDA Best Start-up Market brings all- natural and wholesome foods for table, pantry and freezer, plus a range of specialty items in- cluding homemade jams, honey from local hives, lush blossoming planters, and lavender-infused lotions and creams from Laven- der Fields Farm. Po' Boys Creole and Fresh Catch Restaurant joins the Mil- ton Farmers Market Friday, May 23, with a special Fourth Friday menu of gumbo and cornbread. "It's all about promoting the Town of Milton and our new restaurant," said owner and chef Mike Clampitt, promising to re- turn every Fourth Friday with a variety of Creole-inspired soups and breads from Po' Boys on Route 16 in Milton. Visitors looking for farm-fresh milk from grass-fed cows milked that morning can stop by Rus- tic Acres Rehoboth Dairy next to the market manager's tent. The milk is bottled in glass and pasteurized using low heat, and the benefits to the consumer SUBMITTED PHOTO PO' BOYS CREOLE and Fresh Catch Restaurant joins the Milton Farmers Market Friday, May 23, with a special Fourth Friday menu of gumbo and cornbread. include improved flavor plus more vitamins and minerals. The milk is available in half gallons and quarts; it is the artificial- hormone-free milk that is used in Rehoboth Dairy's Bavarian chocolate ice cream, also avail- able at the Rustic Acres Farm tent May 23. Baywater Greens offers locally grown hydroponic lettuce variet- ies including bibb, romaine, and spring mix. These greens are grown year-round in a no-soil, pesticide-free, climate-controlled greenhouse. Also, Baywater brings micro-greens to the Mil- ton Farmers Market each week including radish tops, red kale, mustard greens, sprouts and ba- sil. Visit www.baywatergreens. com and call ahead to order any of their specialty products. Kemp's Liquors will be at the Fourth Friday market offering tastings of red and white wines as well as three craft beers. Deb- bie Costello will guide visitors through the many choices at her tent, pouring a light German Riesling, a new Chardonnay, a grapefruit-infused Ranga Ranga, a Chilean red blend, a beautifully balanced Lodi Zinfandel, and more. For the beer lovers,:she will have Brooklyn Blast, Elysian Super Fuzz, and a Rye IPA to sample. Market patrons always enjoy live music. The Bullbuckers will enliven the afternoon with their upbeat blend of reggae and rock on May 23. Open every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., the Milton Farmers Market facilitates the shopping experi- ence with free parking in the lot across the street. Visitors can stop by all the farmers' tents, bak- ers' tents and main course tents to stock up on fresh and whole- some selections. Reading up on the Brilliant Red Chokeberry offered by East Coast Garden Center is Johanna Barbati of Rehoboth Beach. Volunteer David Ludlow gives a Workshop on how to make a rain barrel from recycled food containers. Early prevention is key to reducing mosquito populations To drastically reduce the ideal environments for mosquitoes to breed and live, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management,_ fisheries management and re- lated environmental services for the eastern United States, recommends ecologically sus- tainable, preventative, and proactive measures to homeown- ers, landowners, homeowners associations, golf courses, and municipalities. "After the wet season that much of the East Coast has ex- perienced this winter and early spring, homeowners and com- munity managers need to take extra care in eliminating or alter- ing all environments that attract mosquitoes for breeding," said David Beasley, lead fisheries biologist with SOLitude Lake Management. Preventative suggestions Eliminate standing water in artificial containers such as flowerpots and buckets. Small containers of stagnant water are the ideal breeding environment of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which is a carrier of the West Nile virus, among other diseases. With only a 200-yard flying ra- dius, eliminating their preferred breeding environment can lower infestations. In larger aquatic environments such as lakes, ponds and storm- water basins, circulate water Small containers of stagnant water are the ideal breeding environment of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, with aeration. Mosquitoes breed in and prefer to live near warm, stagnant bodies of water. Circula- tion though a submersed aerator or surface fountain will help eliminate the environment that mosquitoes would consider for breeding. Stock fish that feed on mos- quito larvae in lakes, ponds and stormwater basins. In addition to stocking mosquito fish or fathead minnows annually, there are many fish species that can be recommended by a fisheries professional for specific states that will naturally feed on the mosquito larvae, and therefore reduce the number of surviving adult mosquitoes. Plant vegetation that attracts dragonflies. Dragonflies feed on mosquito larvae and also adults. Studies have shown that a single dragonfly can eat up to hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Pickerelweed, arrowhead, iris, rush, and sedges are some plants to consider adding in and around a lake or pond. Add biological larvicides to lakes, ponds, and stormwater ba- sins. If a mosquito management strategy is not making headway with natural methods, there" are biological larvicides formulated from beneficial bacteria, spe- cifically designed for the various habitats that the mosquito larvae inhabit. In order to be effective, these larvicides need to be ap- plied anywhere from weekly to monthly, depending on condi- tions, during the course of spring and summer. As a result, natural methods like adding aeration and dragonfly-attracting vegetation, as well as stocking certain fish are typically preferred as a more sustainable solution. Learn more at www.soli- tudelakemanagement.com.