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GE, arden & Farm 22 TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 Cape Gazette New brochure to highlight ag festivities The Delaware Department of Agriculture has been awarded a direct grant from the Delaware Tourism Office to create an Agri- cultural Festivals & Events brochure and accompanying video. The grant, totaling $3,840, is one of eight direct grants award- ed by the tourism office to tourism attractions and organiza- tions. Ten nonprofit tourism groups were also awarded money in matching grant funds. The idea to apply for the grant came from Delaware Depart- ment of Agriculture (DDA) mar- keting specialists Lisa Falconetti and ]o-Ann Walston. Walston, who once worked for the Delaware Economic Develop- ment Office, previously adminis- tered the grant program and knew there was money available. She thought it would be a great idea if DDA applied. "This brochure will be a use- ful tool not only for visitors to Delaware planning their vaca- tions, but for Delawareans who are looking for an agricultural experience," said Falconetti. The Agricultural Festivals & Events brochure will be available in 2009 and will be found at farm stores, farmers markets, on-the- farm-markets, chambers of com- merce, convention and visitors bureaus, hotels and motels, li- braries, etc. The brochure can al- so be viewed online. To list a festival or event in this new brochure, contact Falconetti at 302-698-4554 or Walston at 302-698-4523. Hem's a few 0000teps:to make your garden safer Honey, is this poison ivyF' J J he said as he held up a big clump of green vine that he removed from the hedge along the driveway. Yikes, he'll be sorry! Step No. 1: Learn to identify poison ivy, very common here in Sussex County and often found growing in our gardens. If you think you have been ex- posed to this vine, wash off the oil ASAP. Take a shower and wash with a strong liquid deter- gent - don't use a bar soap as it will spread the oil to other parts of the body. Lathering up with Fels Naptha, an old-time, heavy- duty laundry soap, will do the trick. These soaps will greatly reduce and in most cases pre- vent a skin reaction to the oil in poison ivy. Rubbing alcohol will also remove the oil. These oils can be transmitted from your clothes or your pooch. Washing your clothes and the dog in hot water with the detergent should remove the oil. Always have a first aid treatment on hand for "PI." A small sprout of poison ivy can be removed by pulling. When I spot a sprig in my gar- den, I put a plastic bag over my hand and yank it out, folding the bag over the plant tosend it to the trash can. But if it's a full- fledged vine, it's best to spray with an herbicide. Check out the label and to see that it con- tains glyphosate and follow the directions. There are some new, safer, organic types on the mar- ket. It can take repeated herbi- cide applications to rid your gar- den of these tenacious plants. Be diligent and patient. Wear garden gloves, long sleeves and long pants, then launder them immediately after the treatment. This treatment also applies to poison oak and sumac. Step No. 2: Don't have poison- ous plants in your garden. Curi- ous young children or grandchil- dren can be tempted to taste plants. Many popular garden flowers are very toxic, even fa- tally so, when ingested. Don't plant these but, if you must, take precautions to plant them out of bounds for children. Hyacinth, Narcissus and Daf- fodil bulbs cause diarrhea and vomiting. Digesting these bulbs may be fatal - too bad that does- n't have the same effect on my squirrels, which spend all fall eating these bulbs. One or two castor bean seeds are a lethal dose for a child. Lantana berries, yew berries, mistletoe berries and buckeyes are fatal to both children and adults. Lily-of-the-Valley, foxglove leaves and flowers, delphinium and larkspur seeds cause an ir- regular heartbeat and pulse. Bleeding heart foliage, rhubarb leaves, and all parts of rhododendrons and azaleas are poisonous and fatal. MARY SUE COLAIZZI PHOTO LEARN TO IDENTIFY POISON IVY, very common here in Sussex County and often found growing in our gardens. It is hard to tell if those mush- rooms growing in your lawn or on that old tree stump are poi- sonous. Your best bet is to re- move and dispose of mush- rooms whenever you see them. Step No. 3" According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers more than 92 percent of the 2.4 million poison exposures reported in the latest year studied occurred in the home. Yet, the Home Safety Council found that most families are not taking the appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of poison exposure. The chemicals used to beautify our lawns and gardens are toxic. Search for safer organic products and al- ways follow label instructions carefully. Store all lawn and gar- den chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides in a safe place out of the reach of children and pets. Step No. 4: Garden tools should not be left lying around when not in use. Lawn mowers, rakes, spades, forks, pruning clippers, fries and metal plant stakes are potentially harmful. Strewnhoses are tripping haz- ards; store them safely. Happy safe gardening. Mary Sue Colaizzi is a master gardener with The Delaware Cooperative Extension and recipient of the 2007 Sussex County Master Gardener of the Year Award. She has been a gardener in Rehoboth Beach for the last two decades. Address questions or comments to Mary Sue Colaizzi c/o newsroom@cape