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#. ~0 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 GARDEN & FARM Cape Gazette Shop for Delware Christmas trees More than 30 Delaware farmers have Christmas trees available for First State families this holiday season, with local firs, spruces and pines in abun- dance - and easy to find and buy with the Delaware Fresh mobile app and the Delaware Buy Local Guide, "Buying local is a great way to get the freshest tree and sup- port our Delaware growers," said Delaware Secretary of Agricul- ture Ed Kee. "You can have some old-fashioned family fun picking out the perfect tree and helping a Delaware-grown business at the " ame time." Growing Christmas trees is a cal and economical to buy one specialized business in Delaware, that is somewhat flat or sparsely with growers selecting particu- branched on one side, so it fits lar varieties for attractiveness into a corner or against a wall. or other features. It typically While choose-and-cut pur- takes seven to 10 years to grow chasers gain in popularity, a thriving 7-foot-tall First State families that buy their trees from Christmas tree. This is the busi- retail lots can also check for est time of year for Delaware's freshness. They can test cut trees Christmas tree farmers, Kee said, by bending needles to check but they work year-round to care resilience (if it springs back into for their trees, position, the tree is fresh); bump- To pick the right tree, examine ing the base of the tree on the it carefully, looking out for these ground (if the needles don't fall, details: the tree is fresh); and feeling the The shape and size of a tree bottom of the trunk (if sappy and will depend on where you plan to moist, the tree is fresh). place it and the height of the ceil- When the tree is home, fami- ing in your home. Some people lies still need to care for it to want a more slender tree like make it stay fresh throughout a fir, while others like a larger, the season. fuller tree like a spruce, and still Keep a cut tree in a cool, shad- others prefer a fuller, bushier tree ed area, sheltered from wind, like a pine. with the trunk in a bucket ofwa- Although most people prefer ter until you are ready for setup. a well-rounded and shapely tree, Just before putting a cut tree you may find it more practi- into its stand, cut an inch or two FILE PHOTO FIRS, SPRUCES AND PINES are available in abundance - and easy to find and buy from local family farms. off the butt end. This fresh cut setting up the tree. will allow the tree to more read- Then, check the water level ily take up water once it is moved at least once daily to see that it inside, is above the bottom of the tree's Fresh trees take up water at a trunk. It is not uncommon for very fast rate. You should check trees to take up a quart or more the water level two hours after of water daily. Tickets on sale for Jan. 21 Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner Tickets are now available for Kee will present the Secretary's will not be mailed. No registra- the 44th annual Agricultural In- Award for Distinguished Service tions or payment will be taken dustry Dinner set for Wednesday, to Delaware Agriculture, and the at the door. Registration forms Jan. 21, at Dover Downs Hotel & event will also feature an auction are available at; Casino. The evening begins with of two low-digit farm vehicle tags from the Delaware Council of a reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at - No. 1 and No. 3 - with proceeds Farm Organizations, P.O. Box 132, 6:30 p.m. An early-bird discount benefiting the Delaware Farm Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934; or is available for registrations Bureau Foundation's mobile ag- by emailing lisa.wildermuth@ received by Wednesday, Dec. ricultural education laboratory, 31. Sponsored by the Delaware Tickets purchased by the Dec. Individuals, organizations or Council of Farm Organizations, 31 early-bird deadline are $60 comPanies interested in spon- the event began in 1971 as a way per person or $550 per table of sorships can also sign up by to celebrate Delaware farmers 10. Tickets purchased by the completing a registration form. and honor the state's agricultural Jan. 9 final deadline are $65 per Sponsorships must be received heritage, person or $600 per table. Tickets by Dec. 31. For more information, Secretary of Agriculture Ed will be available at the door, and call 302-698-4500. fly culture says in a reminder, or other paved areas. Brie )) State regulations adopted by "Most rain runoff occurs in the Delaware Nutrient Man- the winter and spring, so this is Winter applitation of agement Commission in 2007 the prime season," said Nutrient fertilizer and manure prohibit certified nutrient han- Management Program Adminis- dlers from applying commercial trator Larry Towle. "Protecting regulated in Delaware and manure-based fertilizer from nutrients from runoff during the Delaware farmers, lawn care Dec. 7 to Feb. 15, the time of year winter is imperative." c ompanies, golf courses and most vulnerable for nutrient Failure to comply with the other nutrient handlers should runoff. Application may also winter application regulations not apply nutrients to the ground not occur on snow-covered or may result in a compliance and during the winter months, the frozen ground, or on impervious enforcement hearing before the Delaware Department of Agri- surfaces such as sidewalks, roads commission. Look no further than PEPPER'S GREENHOUSES for all your holiday decorating needs. We Grow Poinsettias! Thousa to choOse from. Sprays, Cemetery Wreaths - Tributes & SaddlesFresh, Artificial Cyclamen, A large array to choose from. Christmas Cactus WE CUSTOM MAKE YOUR DESIGNS Silk Flowers: arrangements, custom arrangements, make your own craft supplies Largest selection of stems & containers in the area Pottery * Statuary Houseplants Windchimes Open Mon.. Sat. 8-5 Sun. 8-4 13034 Cedar Creek Rd. Milton, DE (302) 684-8092 Indoor " ] IHIII Farmers ~1~ East Coast Garden Center INDOOR FARMERS MARKET Tuesday, December 16th 12-4 PM 1:00 PM: Cooking Class with Gretchen Hanson of Hobos *Closed Tuesday, December 23rd & 30th. Market re-opens Tuesday, January 6th with new hours: 12-3 PM