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4-- i CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 21 GARDEN & FARM Jim Westhoff photo Hangin' out at the fair Young people from all over Delaware spend the entire week at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, tending to their animals, making sure they are ready for the moment when they show them off to the judges. At left, Sarah Hitehens brushes her hampshire sheep before she gives its wool a clipping. Hitchens, of Hartly, said it is important to brush the sheep first to pull out all of the wool fibers. Things can get just peachy in your garden It's estimated that about one in every 40,000 births result in dwarfism. Whether in Grimm's fairy tales of seven dwarfs or in Norse mythology, throughout time there has been a fascination with dwarfs. Dwarfs were thought to have magic powers and bring good luck. Dwarfs were of- ten portrayed as skilled metal- workers or miners. The mythical Norse dwarfs Brok and Sindri made such magical metallic things as the god Thor's hammer and Odin's magical ring. In the plant world there are ge- netic dwarfs as well. Unlike graft- ed dwarf trees, a genetic dwarf is "born that way." An advantage of not having been grafted is that the trees are stronger and grow on their own root systems. Now that peaches are beginning to ripen many gardeners wish they had room for a tree. Thanks to ge- netics a dwarf peach tree can fit into the smallest yard or even a patio tub. "All genetic dwarf peaches are self-fertile so you need only one to.harvest full sized fruits. The Bonanza Genetic Dwarf Peach is a yellow-fleshed free- stone peach whose yellow skin has a bright red blush. It matures to just five or six feet making it perfect for tub culture. As a bonus the blossoms are showy and fra- grant. Bonanza Miniature Peach ripens in August. The Bonfire Genetic Dwarf Peach is ornamental as well as ed- ible with long deep maroon red I GARDEN JOURNAL Bonfire has really striking double pink flowers in springtime fol- lowed by full size fruit. | Eldorado Miniature Peach ]a high quality dwarf,_ peach with a deep rich flavor. It s a yellow fre- stone fruit with red-blushed skin. Eldorado can ripen as early as e middle 'of June. If you worry about frosts nipping your peach blossoms try the later blooming miniature Garden Gold Miniature Peach. This yellow freestone peach blooms late and ripens about two weeks after most man season peaches so you can extend your peach season a bit. The tre seems to be a bit more robust than other miniatures peaches, l To plant a dwarf peach tree in! a -tub be sure the tub has god drainage and fill it with rich sol. Any potted plant will need more water than a plant grown in the open garden so keep your dwarf The Bonanza Genetic Dwarf Peach is a yellow-fleshed freestone peach whose yellow skin has a bright red blush. It matures to just five or six feet making it perfect for tub culture. As a bonus the blossoms are showy and fragrant. Bonanza Miniature Peach ripens in August. gy. If your trees put out too many fruits you will have to thin them so that the fruit stand at least 4 or the potted peaches in a sunny spot. With luck you'll have spring- time blossoms and delicious Snow White would be proud. Address questions or comments to Paul Barbano c/o the Cape leaves all spring and summer, peaehe well watered but ngLsog: .5i..hepapon0.[imb.s. Kcel. pe0lesiajusttwp.o.rthreyears: Gazette ........... . .......