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22 TUESDAY,. JULY 31 - THURSDAY AUGUST 2~ 2012 Cape Gazette DELAWARE'S POULTRY NDUSTRY Shown are (I-r) Markell, Kee and John Bartelme of Perdue. RACHEL SWICI(MAVITY PHOTOS DUR|NG GOVERNOR'S DAY at the Delaware State Fair July 26, Gov. Jack Markell and Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee cele- brated Delaware's top industry. "Agriculture is a significant Delaware industry, and poultry is the biggest of all," said Markell. "75 percent of the money in Delaware agriculture is poultry, with more than 11,000 jobs in that industry. It's been important in our past; it's important right now and it's going to continue to be an important industry in our future." Kee said, "Delaware has a tradition of supplying healthy, safe and nutritious food all around the world." More than 50 industry representatives and friends filled the Delaware Agriculture Commodities building on the state fair- , ,6rounds."Having young kids, our future farmers, learn from the ground up means we're going to be well positioned to grow Delaware's agriculture industry, as we all work together to keep moving Delaware forward," Markell said. Markell and Kee recognized leading poultry producers, including Perdue, Allen Harim Foods and Mountaire. They also rec- ognized the donation of a poultry exhibit to the Delaware Agriculture Museum. The exhibit features Delaware poultry history, starting with Cecile Steele, who is credited with kickstarting Delaware's broiler industry. Representatives from Allen Harim Foods, based in Sussex County, were honored during Governor's Day at,the Delaware State Fair. Allen Harim, which has afacility in Harbeson, was one of three poultry operators honored July 26 in Harrington. Shown are (I-r) Brian Hildreth, Gary Gladys, Dr. Key Lee and Dr. Hak Rim Lee. Roger Marino of Mountaire, right is recognized duringthe poultry industry celebra-, tion July 26 in Harrington by G0v. Jack Markell, left, and Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee. t's hot . It's dry. It's searing. Fittingly "sere," meaning dried up or parched, was once an old name for the month of August. August, of course, comes from Augustus Caesar, meaning venerable. But what part of this hot month can be venerable in the garden? Granted, you can still plant, as- suming you water well. August is a good month to prepare your fall garden. Plant beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, lettuce, summer squash and peas for fall harvest. Try flooding the plant- mg rows with water, letting them drain and then planting your seeds. Cover the seeds with dirt and water again. Many gardeners plant summer-sown seeds just a little deeper than usual to protect them from the scorching sun. During hot and dec summer months, soil can form a hard crust over the seeds and keep them from sprouting. Lettuce and spinach seeds won't even germinate when the soil temper- ature is higher than 85 degrees F. Try Covering these seeds with wet burlap cloth, newspapers, or even boards to maintain a cool and damp soft. Shade the newly planted crops with twiggy branches and use a light mulch over the seeded rows to keep the temperature down. Once your seeds sprout, be sure to remove the boards, burlap and any shading brush right away. The compost pile needs water to stay active, so give it a good soaking once a week. NOw through September is a good time to transplant any trees or shrubs that you have purchased with root balls wrapped in burlap. Plant them immediately or within three days after buying them. No need to fertilize newly planted trees or shrubs for at least two years, when they develop feeding roots. If your lawn has bare spots, you can reseeded with grass now. The newly planted grass seed will take hold and develop roots before winter sets in. Al- ways water newly planted grass every day. In the cutting garden, leave at least three leaves when cutting gladiolus, so that the corms (bulbs) can continue to build up food. Let the corms ripen before digging them up for winter stor- age. Cut your flowers early in the morning and put them im- mediately into cool water. Change the water in vases every day to prolong blossoms. Cut back or deadhead any flowers that have finished blooming. This will encourage reblooming providing you give the plants plenty of water and a side dressing of fertilizer. August is when lhuch of the vegetable garden is in full pro- duction. Keep, everything well picked to encourage more vegetables to grow. Also, most vegetables taste best when picked on the small side. Huge, over-ripe sum- mer squash or zucchini will have tough, inedible seeds and AUGUST .IS A GOOD MONTH to prepare your fall garden. Plant beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, lettuce, summer squash, and peas for fall harvest. skins. Toss them into the com- post pile. Cut herbs just before the flow- ers open for the most flavor. Once the plants flower, most herbs become bitter and woody tasting. Harvest early in the morning, after the dew dries, but before the heat of the day. Cut your annual herbs such as basil, right up until a hard frost. Stop cutting perennial herbs such as rosemary and lavender about one month before the frost date. If you Cut them late in the season, the plants often send up new tender shoots that will be killed in winter. Winter? Given the searing heat one wonders if winter will in fact ever come. Paul Barbano writes about gardening from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Contact him by writing to p.o. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958,