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TUESDAY, JUNE 7 - THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 GARDEN & FARM Cape Gazette e Ju Sussex County Master Gar- dener Bob Williams will present a program, Accessible Gardening - Garden Smart, Garden Easy, at 10 am., Thursday, June 9, at the Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat High- way, Georgetown, one quarter mile west from Sussex Tech. The program is free to the pub- lic. The program is designed for those who catch themselves say- ing, 'qf only I could" when think- ing about tending to the flower or vegetable garden. It is also de- signed for thoge who would gar- den more, if only an aching back, sore knee or other limitation were not in the way. There are tools that can make a difference and techniques in design and materials that allow gardening to be access le. By using Garden Smart-Gar- den Easy techniques and re- sources presented at this work- shop, attendees will discover that less is more. Less bending and less watering can mean more beauty and enjoyment. Sussex County Master Gardeners wel- come the public to attend this seminar and learn about the re- on news and media, or by calling sources that are available for the Tammy Schirmer at 302-856- gardener, regardless of age or 2585, Ext. 544. l mobility. Weather permitting, Master Gardeners are highly visit the demonstration garden trained, working volunteers and and see how accessible garden- are supported by Delaware Co- ing techniques are put to beauti- operative Extension. ful and productive use. In 2010, Sussex County Master Preregistration is required. Gardeners volunteered more Register online by going to than 5,600 hours to the commu- www.rec.udeLedu and clicking nity. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has announced that its . osquito Control Section has begun testing for possible occur- .rences of West Nile Virus in Delaware. Horses and humans can con- tract West Nile Virus and East- ern Equine Encephalomyelitis if bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Delaware State Veterinari- an Heather Hirst is reminding horse owners to be sure that their equines' vaccinations are up to date. Both diseases are po- tentially fatal in horses, with the most severe cases occurring in unvaccinated animals. The viruses cannot be trans- mitted from horses to humans or from human to human. The viruses are normally maintained in a cycle between mosquitoes birds. Occasionally, the EEE virus is transmitted from mosquitoes to mammals, with illness and some. times death occurring in equines and humans. A statewide net- work in Delaware operated by Mosquito Control monitors for both EEE and WNV,, the primary mosquito-borne human health threats in Delaware. Hirst urges horse owner.s to contact their veterinarian imme. diately if they suspect their horse may be showing Clinical signs of EEE (neurological signs) or WNV. Clinical signs of EEE in horses include fever (102.5: 104.5F), anorexia, head pressing depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convul- sions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, and hind-limb weak- hess. These clinical signs are also consistent with WNV infection. Both EEE and WNV vaccines are available through equine veteri- nariam. Vaccination as a means of pre- vention is far more cost effective than treating the actual disease. In some cases, infection with these preventable diseases could lead to the animal's untimely death. Owners are strongly encour- aged to consult with their Veteri- narian about vaccinating their animals against herpesvirus (rhinopneumonitis), influenza, rabies and tetanus, among oth- ers. Also, DNREC's Mosquito Control Section is again asking the public's help in monitoring WNV virus byreporting sick or dead wild birds of certain species that may have contracted the virus. Only sick or dead birds of the following species: crows, blue iays, cardinals, robins, and hawks or owls, plus clusters of five or about EEE or West Nile virus, call the Delaware Division of Public Health at 888-295-5156 or 302-744-1033, ] For animal-rdlated questions more sick or dead wild birds of about or W st Nile, call the any species, should be reported .Delaware Department of Agri- by calling Mosquito Control at culture at 1800-282-8685 302-739-9917. (Delaware only) or 302-698- Bird specimens should have 4500, and ask fo the Poultry and been dead for less than 24 hours Animal Health section. and not appear to have died or For questions about the state's been killed by other obvious Mosquito Control program t)r causes, mosquito biologic, call DNREC at For human health questions 302-739-9917. Briefly )) Nitrogen tgts available for manured soils The Sussex Conservation Dis- trict is offering its pre.sidedress nitrogen testing program for ma- nured soils to corn growers in , -Sussex County. Soil samples for testing must be taken when the corn is between 6 and 10 inches . high, and before any additional nitrogen is applied. District plan- ners will take up to five samples. Any additional samples may be gaken by the landowner, and will be processed at no additional independent lunch will be en- joyed in the cafeteria-style restaurant in the visitor center. For m0rc information Or to register, can Dixie Carlisle at 302- 349-5237. USDA reminds producers to file forms The Delaware Farm Service Agency reminds producers that, in order to receive USDA pro- gram payments, each payment recipient must have an adjusted gross income verification con- sent form on file with the Inter- nal Revenue Service. The consent form authorizes charge. Samples must be imme- " IRS to verify whether a payment -,diatelyputinaeoolerwithacold recipient's AGI meets the eligi- pack to ensure accurate resuits. Test results are normally avail- ..able within 24 hours. When the time is fight, call 302-856-3990, EXt. 3, o'Winterthur Gardens tour June 22 The Greenwood CHEER Ac- tivity Center, located at 41 Schulze Road in Greenwood, is .offering a motorcoach trip to Winterthur Gardens in Win- terthur V rednesda June 22. The departs Greenwood at 8:45 m. and returns at 5".30 p.m. Cost is $41 per person for members or $46 for nonmem- bers. Cost includes house tour, garden tram tour, exhibits and motorcoach transportation. An bility requirements. The form became a requirement for pay- ment eligibility beginning with the 2009 crop year. - In order to avoid an intemip- tion of program payments, pro- ducers need to check their records and turn these forms in to the IRS immediately. Individu= als must submit form ccc- 927and legal entities must sub- mit form CCC-928. These consent forms are re- quired for payments received from the Natural Resources Con- servation Service as well as those received through FSA. Complet- ed forms must be returned to the IRS. For more information, contact the local Farm Service Agency or go to www.fsa.usda.gov. ::,', : ,