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Garden .& Farm Cape Gazette TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 21 Pollinator Week proclaimed by Minner June 22-28 Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has 12"30 - 1"30 p.m.- Laboratory proclaimed the week of June 22 - Tours - DDRs Seed Inspection 28 as Pollinator Week in and Certification-DickGoerger, Delaware. In a statement, Min- seed lab supervisor, Plant Indus- ner said, "Our bees, butterflies, tries Section; Test your seed IQ] birds and other pollinators are State Insect Survey Lab - Jim essential to our food supply and Kroon, Cooperative Agricultural to maintaining our environmen- Pest Survey, Plant Industries Sec- tal quality. I hope that everyone tion. will become more aware of the Refreshments will be served, importance of pollinators and including Delaware Strawberries help protect them and their habi- and blueberries donated by Fifer tatsY Orchards, Magee Farms and Michael Scuse, secretary of Blueberry Lane Farm. agriculture and the Plant Indus- Pollinators are among the tries staff of the Delaware De- hardest-working creatures on partment of Agriculture (DDA), earth. Most of the 200,000 invite the public to celebrate Pol- species that act as pollinators are linator Week at the Delaware De- insects, and bees are the premier partment of Agriculture, 2320 S. pollinators. These creatures Dupont Highway, by visiting transfer pollen grains from DDRs poUinator garden on Open flower to flower of the same Garden Day Thursday, June 26. species so the plants can set The Open Garden Day schedule seeds and fruit. Local food sup- is as follows: ply and the quality of life would 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.- Pollinator be seriously impacted if pollina- Garden Tour and dedication; rib- tors were lost. For example, 75 bon cutting by agriculture secre- percent of the world's flowering tary;, the unveiling of future Liv- plant species rely on pollinators. able Landscape design for DDA; Also, 130 of the crop plants and a monarch butterfly release, grown in the United States are SUSAN WASHINSKI PHOTO 11:15 am_. to 12"30 pJn. Bees, pollinated by bees. The rich bio- AbumbebeeightsnsmegdenrdintheDeawareDepartmentfAgricuturespinatrgarden. Flowers & Butterflies, including diversity in local forests and oth- The ways of honey bees - er natural areas is dependent Native plants tend to be low stop along their migratory route about the Farming for Native Delaware Beekeepers Associa- both directly and indirectly upon maintenance and hardy, because to Mexico. Bees Project can be found at flop.; Sunflowers - Dr. Susan Yost, native pollinators, they are adapted to the local re- These habitats provide nectar http://dda.delaware.gov/planti- Delaware State University;, Farm- In spring 2007 in an effort to. gion. sources and the required host nd/pollinator.shtml. ing for Native Bees - Heather protect and preserve pollinators, The Pollinator Garden has also plant of mitkweed, so butterflies The garden project is one of Harmon, DDA Plant Industries DDA began a Pollination Garden been designated as an Official can lay their eggs. many DDA pollinator initiatives. Section; Delaware's butterflies - Project that is being unveiled for Monarch Waystation (No. 1172, The Department of Agricul- Information on other initiative Ashley Ward, DDA Forest Ser- the public June 26. In the garden www.monarchwatch.org), ture has also initiated a project to will be presented during the vice; Honey tasting and the mys- are nectar- and pollen-rich na- Monarch waystations are a ha- catalog and conserve the native Bees & Butterflies talks and teries of mead - John Talkington, tive plants to attract bees, butter- tionwide system that provides bees in Delaware's vine crop pro- demonstrations and laboratory mead maker, flies and other beneficial insects, habitat for monarch butterflies to duction areas. More information tours. Argula should be eaten right after it is harvested hen it's hot and W hurnid there are few things better in the garden than a fresh salad. But a salad doesn't have to be bland. One of the easiest-to-grow salad greens is a Mediterranean favorite known as rocket or amgula (Eruca vesio caria). This leafy green has a rich, peppery taste. Arugula, like gardeners themselves, likes some shade and lots of water. It can be grown close together by simply broadcasting the seeds. If you want rows, thin the plants to 6 to 9 inches apart in rows 12 to 15 inches apart. The seeds germinate in just three or four days. It grows easily in al- most any soil, but produces best in loose, fertile loams. Your soil should have plenty of organic material so it doesn't dry out, and a pH of 6.0-7.0. Because you can pick arugula after just three or four weeks, for light frosts. If you can't fred seeds locally try one of the specialty seed companies such as Thompson and Morgan (www.tmseeds.com), lohnny Seeds (telephone 877-564-6697 or online at www. johnnyseeds.com) or any of the major mail-order seed compa- nies. Like most greens, arugula does best under cool tempera- tures. Once the temperature gets hot, try giving it some light dap- tomatoes. Arugula needs a, steady supply of water for tender growth. Fre- quent watering is best because of its shallow roots. Like any greens, you can eat arugula at any size. Even the flowers are edible and can dress up salads. You can either pull it up roots and all or pull the leaves from the plant, leaving the plant to produce more leaves. If you cut the leaves they tend to turn brown. Once picked, arugula is extremely perishable, and so should be eaten fight after har- vest. Rinse the leaves in cool wa- ter and pat dry on a paper towel, then wrap the leaves tightly in plastic and refrigerate. Besides using as a salad green, you can also steam or stir fry arugula as a vegetable. In Italy it is often used to top pizzas, added just before the pizza comes out of the oven so the Amgnla Can be cooked into pasta sauces for a delicate, musky flavor. Arugula pesto will be a spicier alternative to tradi- tional basil pesto. Just grind the fresh arugnla with olive oil, gar- lic and parmesan cheese. For an easy-to-grow quick sal- ad crop it's hard to beat arugula. You may even come to love it. Indeed, the Romans used it as an aphrodisiac. Paul Barbano writes about prclening fTom his home in Rehoboth Beach. Contact him by wTiting to p.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. a steady supply, sow seeds pied shade. You can plant it un- arugula barely wilts. Arugnla is sUBMIm P,OTO throughout the.year until falL der the light shade of tall trees low in calories and high in vita- One of the easiest-to-grow salad greens is a Mediterranean favorite known asrock- ".'AOl.6s'tr ;.-.-,..Oc.bolze'.Oll_er_v_eget_a_bles e_._ mins-A and C; .............. :-et or'amgula(Eruca'vesirmriaZ ................................. - ..... :