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0 t Garden & l'arm 20 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 Cape Gazette I Del Tech partners with Spade and Trowel Club Gardening classes offered Sept. 18 The Corporate and Communi- ty Programs division of Delaware Tech Owens has partnered with the Spade and Trowel Gardening Club of Seaford to offer a series of gardening classes this fall. This educational series cov- ers a variety of topics under the categories of outdoor gardening, indoor gardening, hardscaping and patio, and deck and balcony gardening. The Spade and Trow- el Club of Sea_ford will provide expert guest speakers and an array of knowledge from master gardeners. The four classes of this series, and the dates and times they are being held, are as follows: Introduction to Outdoor Gar- dening, 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, will provide an over- view of basic landscaping design principles. Students will take an inventory of their garden and discover what types of plants they currently have. After a de- sign goal is achieved, students will learn how to effectively add new plants to enhance the effect. Introduction to Indoor Gar- dening, 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, will cover effective ways to bring the outside in and fresh- en up the home. The care and types of different house plants will be discussed, and additional topics will include the effects of natural and artifi- cial lighting, and the amount of water that should be used. Introduction to Hardscaping, 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, will instruct on creating paths and walls, discuss what materials to use, explain correct placing, and explore how to effectively create special areas. Temporary fixes and erosion control will also be discussed. Introduction to Patio, Deck, and Balcony Gardening, 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, will feature how gardening in pots with flowers, herbs and vegeta- bles can accent a yard, add color to a deck or patio and allow gar- dening in small spaces. Students will learn how to create beautiful pots for sun and shade, proper draining, feeding and light ex- posure. Classes are available for registration individually, or at a discount if registering for all four together. To register or for more information, call 302-259-6330. Food Bank of Delaware and T.S. Smith i Sons celebrate autumn More than 100 guests will at- tend the second annual Dinner in the Orchard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. The evening will feature fresh foods straight from local farms, beer and wine, horse-drawn carriage rides from Circle C Outfitters and entertainment from the Swing Notables. Food for the evening will be prepared by stu- dents from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware's Milford Branch. The menu includes seasonal items such as cream of corn with crab and white truffle oil, black bean roasted vegetable salad, tomato salad with goat cheese and basil, seafood okra gumbo, grilled rosemary pork loin, bison sliders, grilled lamb chops and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of Del- aware's Milford Branch. The recently-expanded facility in- cludes a kitchen to house The Culinary School, a culinary arts training program for un- employed and underemployed adults, and a volunteer room to increase capacity of hunger- relief programming for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties. Dinner in the Orchard will be held in T.S. Smith & Sons' pavil- ion within one of the farm's many peach orchards. The entrance to the event is located off Orchards End Road. Orchards End Road is on the northbound side of U.S. 13 across from the Goodwill store just north of the Rt. 404 intersec- tion in Bridgeville. Briefly )) Farmer and Foodie Festival set for Sept. 22 Georgetown's Farmer & Food- ie Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, on The Circle and The Brick Hotel property at 18 The Circle, Georgetown. Highlights of the family-friendly event include Farm Fun for kids with face painting, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and more sponsored by Evans Farms and Lawson's Produce; hayrides and horse & carriage rides spon- sored by AP Croll & Son and Baxter Farms Inc.; a pig roast and concession at The Brick and a 16 Mile beer garden with live entertainment featuring Lisa Says No sponsored by King Crop Insurance. New this year is the Historic Georgetown Art Crawl featuring local artists. For information contact georgetown- artshow@yaloo.com. Call The Brick at 302-855-5800. Milton 6arden Club fundraiser Sept. 25 The Milton Garden Club in- vites the public for a day of food, fun and fundraising from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Irish Eyes, 108 Union St., Milton. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of food, nonalcoholic drinks and merchandise will go to the club. For details, go to the- miltongardenclub.org. Fragrance of daffodils is a ,nus in the garden ummer of 1932 was brutal for many World War I veterans and their ram> lies, when over 40,000 of them marched on Washington for immediate payment of a bonus promised them in 1924. Many of these veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression and could use the money. War-time military bonuses began in 1776, to make up for the difference between what a soldier earned and what he could have earned if he had not enlisted. In the garden there are often bonuses, or extras. We often choose flowers that grow easily, are pest free and can be left for years without much care. If they are also fra- grant, well, that's a bonus. Plant the right daffodils now and you will have armloads of flowers, with the bonus of perfume. Fragrant daffodils include Bridal Crown, which dates back to the mid-1940s. This is a tried and true performer in the gar- den. Bridal Crown daffodil has mukiple blossoms with creamy- white and bright yellow double flowers. It is medium height, growing to about 16 inches tall. Cheerfulness daffodil is a happy flower that blooms late so you can enjoy daffodils well into May. This easy-to-grow daffodil has clusters of creamy white flowers dotted with sun- ny yellow spots. As a bonus to the bonus is fragrance. Cheer- fulness will happily naturalize and spread into big clumps. The aptly named Fragrant Rose has the delicious aroma of raspberries mixed with old rose. The huge, waxy flowers are often a full four inches across. It has off-white petals with a bright pink corona. The color fades beautifully toward the pale green base. Fragrant Rose blossoms are especially long- lasting and make great cut flow- ers. They bloom in late April. Sinopel is a late-blooming daffodil with a round, sparkling white three-inch-wide dish shape, accented by a sharp green-edged cup accented in yellow. The tiny cup actually changes color depending upon temperature. The cup will be greener when grown in warm weather, and more of a yel- low when the spring is cooler. Sinopel makes an outstand- ing cut flower with a pleasant fragrance. Plant fragrant daffodils in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. They do well on hillsides and raised beds. Dig down at least 12 inches deep. Add your compost, peat moss or aged rotted manure to the soil if needed. Daffodils look best when planted in clusters or masses. Avoid the single-file plantings that can look sparse and un- natural. Plant your daffodil bulbs with the pointed end up. Set the bulbs about four to six inches deep and six inches apart. Luckily, daffodils are very for- giving, so don't fret if you plant them too closely or not deep enough; they should still bloom well. Water them well. In the spring when they first sprout you can apply a bulb fer- tilizer and again after they are done blooming. Be sure to let the leaves die down naturally so that the bulbs can store energy for next season's blooms. As for the Bonus Marchers of the Depression? Sadly, they were routed by none other than U.S. Army troops and forced out of the city. Perhaps this fall, before Veterans Day you can plant some daffodils in honor of all veterans. Whether they have fragrance is, well, just a bonus. .% DAFFODILS LOOK BEST when planted in clusters or masses.