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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 14 - July 20, 2000 - 69 GARDEN & FARM New Web site ,:an answer gardeners' questions If you're all thumbs when it comes to gardening, why not put your digits to good use by digging up the latest gardening informa- tion via the Internet? The nation's first commercial cybergardening network, known as OvertheHedge.net, allows gar- deners nationwide to communi- cate one-on-one with a gardening expert over the phone or via e- mail through technology known as Webcasting. Webcasting combines the best of radio and television garden shows with the Interact, allowing you to ask questions of a garden- ing expert on the air while at the same time view pictures of the plant or flower in question. Here's how it works: you con- tact a gardening expert during a live Webcast program with a ques- tion such as how to prevent aphids on your rose bushes. As the expert responds to your questions, pictures of both the rose bush and the various types of aphids will instantly appear on your computer screen. The expert will then discuss why aphids attack roses and how to eliminate them. He or she may even suggest a particular type of insecticide, which will also pop up on your computer screen. With just the touch of a button, you can then look up gardening stores in your neighborhood or find their site on the Internet so you can purchase products dis- cussed by the experts. Want to hear the answer again about aphids or maybe how to protect .your fragile tomato plants from a late frost? You can simply download the Webcast program and watch it again at your conve- nience. You can also quickly review archives of past shows without having to go to all the trouble and storage space associ- ated with recording a show with a VCR, as you would have to do for .J television. OvertheHedge.net offers live interactive webeasts for garden- ers. For "do it yourself" gardeners who like to figure out problems on their own, the Webcast network also offers features such as: Customized content that allows you to search information by plant category, growing sea- son, climate zone, flower color, plant height, as well as sun or shade accessibility Access to the world's largest gardening database with 32,000 plant listings Problem-solver database to help you diagnose and treat com- mon plant problems Product and store locator organized by Zip Code so you can quickly determine where to buy gardening products and tools locally To take part in the country's first live Webcast shows for gardeners, visit www.overthehedge.net for a full programming schedule. Cost share applications to be accepted The Sussex Conservation District will be accepting applications for cost-sharing assistance on poultry manure structures, poultry carcass composters and cover crops from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 14-18. t All applications will be based on need and funding availability. Those who plan to sign up for cost-share assistance during the week of Aug. 14 should bring the following informa- tion with them: Social Security number of applicant or FIN for corpora- tions, number and type of birds grown; number of poultry houses; and information about manure handling/nutrient management for your operation. Applications for cost-share will be taken at the Agricultural Service Center located at 408 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown. For more information, call 856-3990, Ext. 3. It's hard to k,::ep llaese back road ramblers down To American lumberjacks, a forest was affectionately called "the sticks." Eventually, any place off the beaten track was referred to as "the sticks." The car, named from the Latin "carrus," meaning a two-wheeled wagon, allowed us to ramble out into the sticks. And along those roadsides in the sticks you proba- bly more than once have seen beds of daylilies. Their big orange trumpets rise above sword-shaped leaves. These daylilies take their common name from the fact that their blooms last only a day. Luckily, new blooms take their place so the plants are usually in color from early summer until frost. The scientific name, "Hemerocallis," comes from Greek, meaning "beauty and day." But these wild daylilies art not wild flowers at all, just escapees from cultivated gardens. Notoriously easy to propagate; often pieces of their roots are scraped by snowplow blades and carded along the roads, resulting GARDEN JOURNAL Paul Barbano in beds of orange flowers. The common orange daylily is making something of a comeback. Nostalgia for simpler times, along. with its cast+iron disposition, makes this one of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to groW. Like all daylities, the orange roadside daylily isn't very fussy about where it grows, Daylilies gro:lmst with six hours of direct sunlight but will manage with as little as two hours of sun. They will grow in nearly any soil, though additions of compost help. The ideal soil has a pH of between 6.2 and 6.8. To plant daylilies, dig the soil to a depth of about a foot. Space the plants in clusters about 18 inches apart. If the roots have dried out soak them for a few hours. Set the crowns no more than one inch below the soil. The best time to plant daylilies is in early spring. In addition to the single orange trumpet, there are double daylilies with raffled flowers. The doubles are just as hardy as their single cousins are. Daylily flowers are edible and an important ingredient in Asian cooking. Select fresh flowers, rinse them and pat dry. They can be added to stir-fries, dipped in batter for fritters or merely used as a colorful addition to salads. Once you've grown the com- mon roadside daylily you may want to try your hand at some of the modem eultivars. "Stella De Oro" is famous for mass blooms of bright yellow flowers from June until frost. "Hyperion" is another yellow repeat bloomer with fragrant five- to six-inch flowers. Daylilies are nothing if not durable, so it's no surprise that even though "Hyperion" was introduced in 1924, it is still one of the most popular daylilies grown. There are even miniature daylilies like the fragrant rosy red 18-inch tall "Baby Betsy." "Mini Stella" is a tiny 10-inch tall plant that blooms all season. Left alone, most roadside daylilies do fine for several years. In the garden you might want to divide them after five years. Extra roots can be given to friends or tossed into the compost heap where, not surprisingly, they just might sprout and spread. It's hard to keep a rambler down. Paul Barbano writes about gar- dening and farming from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Address questions or comments to him c/o the Cape Gazette. Daylflies